Monday, January 4, 2016

Stuff regifted and genocide is pretty bad too.

Just about everybody gets some kind of food gift basket for the holidays.  Most of the time they are not the really expensive kind with fine wines and gourmet foods. No, usually they contain several treats of some kind in small enough sizes so that you don't end up with 10000 calories or something.  We have gotten very used to a large tin that comes from the Popcorn factory once a year intended for one of our colleagues from her pathologist co-worker.  The package did indeed come this year, but was noticeably smaller.  We figured the guy economized and just expected smaller amounts of the usual selection of three types of corn - butter, cheddar and caramel.  But he threw us a curve ball in that this smaller tin was in fact a gift basket with smaller portions of five different types of popcorn an some other items including chips and salsa, little holiday balls of chocolate, some cookies and a bag of mints.
Eclectic choice today!
A much bigger box usually attives!
The tin is more festive than in the past!
Not the usual three sections with three flavors!!
The full spread from the tin!!
The five packages of corn were quite a step from the ordinary. Sure one of them was cheddar corn, but the others were butter toffee, cinnamon, peppermint bark and holiday cookie!  The latter three..seriously?  We liked the remarks regarding the cinnamon about how it was "zippy" a "true original" and with a "brightly tinted color" hinting at its "warm, spicy, flavor!"  If you say so!  It truly was bright and almost and unworldly shade or red.
At least three types of popcorn!
Holiday cookie corn?? The other two are familiar!
We held the toffee and the cheddar corns for another day and went with the other three.  The cinnamon had its supporters. The holiday cookie corn, which was a sweetened glazed corn with drips of chocolate and sprinkles was roundly condemned. Who makes their holiday cookies and came up with this idea. The peppermint bark, which probably had a white chocolate coating. also little bits of candy cane or similar candy. If you are good with peppermint you probably would be good with this, but some felt it was better if you knocked off the little candy cane pieces.
Our three selections for today!
Brightly tinted and zippy!
Whoever does their holiday cookies should rethink this popcorn.
If you knock off the candy cane pieces it's not bad!
The chocolate balls were okay but a version of the never spectacular milk chocolate that is ubiquitous with these baskets.  The chips and salsa filled a void for those that couldn't deal with these flavored corns.  Somehow we need to get the message back to the sender to go back to what he had yearly sent.
Bad chocolate. Worse than genocide?
Someone, we know who actually, dropped off some cookies and salt water taffy so it was a pretty eclectic cake hour.
A few additional re-gifts!
Gluten free? We know where these are from!
They look okay but bring back the gluten!
 The quotable quotes were the exchange..."there's nothing in the world worse than bad chocolate."  Response: "I don't know, genocide is kind of bad too!"  Yes, indeed!
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