Life is like a box of chocolates–complex and swirling with the unknown! How many of you have peered into a box of chocolates, only to be filled with trepidation? Who knows what gooey substances, what nougat-enrobed candied fruit chunks, what mushed coconut shards, lie in wait? The holidays seem to be the prime time for these uncertainties to arise, as boxes of chocolates are distributed willy-nilly.
To assuage the discomfort that naturally arises when faced with unidentifiable chocolates, many households and communities have developed rules regarding chocolate consumption. I conducted an exhaustive poll (okay, so I asked a bunch of my friends) and came up with a smattering of rules:
- In a two-layer box of chocolates, digging into the second (i.e., bottom) level before finishing off the first is completely against the rules
- The removal of empty chocolate paper liners is mandatory
- Poking the bottoms of the chocolates to see what’s inside (knives, chopsticks, and fingers have all been mentioned for pokers) is acceptable
- Absconding with one type of candy, even if it is a favorite, is unacceptable unless agreed upon by others sharing the same box of chocolates
- Cutting a chocolate in half to reveal the insides then leaving it in the box is generally okay
- Taking a bite of a chocolate then dropping it back into the box is violently discouraged by most
- Sampling a chocolate then offering it to someone else (generally a father figure) if it is undesired, is a common practice
What other boxed-chocolate rules do you and your family practice? Did we miss any? Leave a comment and let us know!
Another option is to go with a pick-your-own chocolate box mix like Wolfgang Candy’s “Truly Yours”. You get to pick exactly what chocolates you want in the box so there are none you don’t like. Genius! See’s has something similar.