I have long marveled at the quintessential candy bars including the Hersheys, Reeses, Kit Kat, Milky Way, M&Ms, Snickers, Almond Joy, 3 Musketeers, Butterfinger, and on and on. You will note these are not highfalutin gourmet or esoteric dark chocolates that have become popular as of late. No, these are the pedestrian treats found in every convenience store.

I appreciate each and take great delight enjoying them when I can afford the calories. I particularly appreciate their construction: bars that are easy to put in your pocket or purse and stay solid at room temperature, layers of discernable ingredients covered in some casing that usually includes chocolate. The inventors labored over both the individual elements and the gestalt experience.

Of course, I was pleased when the History Channel recently released The Food that Built America and included the confectionary creations that started our nation’s candy craze.

It’s a great joy to have a mundane treat that can be enjoyed almost anywhere for a relatively small sum. What simple pleasures might you delight in enjoying this week?


“Candy is childhood, the best and bright moments you wish could have lasted forever.” – Dylan Lauren