In some form or another, I eat chocolate almost every day. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t eat much, but I usually manage to find a little cookie or candy of some sort to have a bite of. I told this to Andrew once and he was in total shock. I told a few other people at work this and they were also shocked. It seemed so normal to me I couldn’t understand why people were so surprised. Then I went home and asked my mom “Mom, do you think it’s strange that I eat chocolate almost every day?” and she replied, “Of course not, I do too!” It was that moment that I realized that my habits seemed so normal because that’s how I grew up. Cookies for breakfast? No problem. M&Ms for a snack? No problem. My mom’s trick was to control how much she ate, not necessarily how often. One dessert a day was enough (well, on most days), and whatever she decided to eat had to be worth it. No wasted calories on fake chocolate syrups and diet stuff.
In honor of Mother’s Day and our long shared love of desserts, I have compiled a list of the top five desserts that remind me of my mom. When I eat these classic desserts today, I always think of the past and wish my mom was there to share it with me.
Top 5 Mom Desserts:
1. See’s Assorted Chocolates
The holidays wouldn’t be complete at my house without a box of See’s Assorted Chocolates. My mom can identify each flavor by sight alone, and we were never left guessing which was which. While I loved eating that box of See’s candy, the best part about See’s is actually visiting the store. You get a free sample with every order (even if you only ordered one piece to begin with) and it’s usually one of their top sellers like the Bordeaux.
2. Mrs. Fields Chocolate Chip Cookies
Conveniently located in malls across America, Mrs. Fields was my first introduction to big cookies and thick brownies (although my mom used to make me share half of one with my sister.) I still walk by Mrs. Fields today hoping to catch free samples out on the counter.
3. Nestle Tollhouse Chocolate Chip Cookies
Do you see a theme to this short list? My mom always said a house is not a home until a batch of chocolate chip cookies has been baked. She also said that you can tell how good the chocolate chip cookies will be by how good the dough tastes, but I think that’s just an excuse to eat the dough.
A quick chocolate fix could always be had at my house by grabbing a few M&Ms from the candy dish. For a quick supply at work, my mom has a miniture bin of M&Ms from Dylan’s Candy Bar, which comes with a convenient little scoop for sharing.
5. Junior Mints
Junior Mints were meant to serve as the “Low Fat” chocolate option in my house. Instead of M&Ms, my mom would store a box of Junior Mints in the cabinet for an afternoon chocolate snack. Of course I usually ate twice as much, and the box was gone long before the M&Ms.
Happy Mother’s Day Mom, Grandma and Aunt K!