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Neatly arranged chocolates wrapped and ready to go were no match for my longing to choose my own selection of sweets, packed by the See’s ladies. In my See’s Candies store the same two ladies always worked behind the magical counter that held small dishes of each type of See’s candy. Waiting in line for one of the ladies to help me was torture. Staring at the case of candies required patience and careful studying of the many choices.
Upon reaching the register, one of the ladies always greeted me with a smile and a sample and asked me what I would like. As I munched on my sample, I rattled off my selection. Sometimes I’d get a single piece with an all day Butterscotch Lollipop. Other times my neat white bag would be a little larger and contain pieces like a Butterchew, Lemon and Pineapple Truffles, a Butterscotch Square, and perhaps a favorite for each member of my family. It was bliss in a bag!
A few pieces of candy at a time were a treat but it was even more special to visit my grandmother on Sunday mornings to find that she had been gifted with a 1 or 2 pound box. As a teen, I spent many Sundays chatting with her and my mom over countless boxes of chocolate. Whether I was planning a shopping date with my grandmother, updating her about school, or just listening to her and my mom discuss family matters, the mornings with our box of See’s filled my head with a knowledge that only comes from an intimate relationship with See’s- learning the identifying marks on each piece of candy to determine its hidden filling.
See that box above? The Bordeaux are the round ones with sprinkles, Lemon Truffle is triangular with the white criss cross pattern, and the Raspberry Cream is the dark chocolate circle with the circle on top. Don’t mistake it for the round milk chocolate one with the same markings. That’s a Strawberry Cream! I can tell if I am picking up a Marzipan or Cocoanut, Chocolate Butter vs. Scotchmallow, and can spot a Rum Nougat in a heartbeat to avoid it like the plague!
Despite our intimacy, unfortunately See’s Candies stores and I are now separated. I had to move and See’s refuses to move to the East Coast. Our separation is difficult on me. I must admit that the mall kiosks that come at certain times of the year are no substitute for the real thing. I miss the aroma of chocolate hitting me in the face upon walking into a retail store, the intimate knowledge of the See’s ladies who greeted me as a child, and the ability to hand select just a few pieces but at least I can pick up a box to pass along my intimate knowledge of the See’s Candies markings to my own daughter who is slowly learning which ones are her favorites.
In honor of Valentine’s Day, I’m partnering with See’s Candies and the Clever Girls Collective to provide one very lucky winner with their own See’s Candies Red Signature Box (heart box pictured above) containing two pounds of delicious chocolate that will arrive in time for Valentine’s Day! To enter, share Your Sweetest Love Story in the comments and include your e-mail address.
Extra Ways to Enter
Do you really, really want to win? Here are some opportunities for extra entries, in addition to your comment with Your Sweetest Love Story:
- Visit the See’s homepage and sign up for the newsletter and leave a comment letting me know you have done so.
- Tweet about this contest using the #seescandy tag. You can Tweet daily and post the link to your Tweet in the comments below!
- Blog about why you want to win the Share Your Sweetest Love Story. You must link back to this post as well as to the See’s homepage. Post the link to your blog post in the comments below.
Enter now! Deadline for entries is midnight, PST, Friday, February 5th. Winner will be randomly chosen and notified by e-mail.
This blog post was written as part of the See’s Candies and Clever Girls Collective Share Your Sweetest Love Story campaign. For this post, not only did I get to profess my undying love for See’s Candies as my Sweetest Love Story but I also will receive $50 and my own 2 pound Red Signature Box of chocolate to enjoy.
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