okay, so i've heard tales of these wondrous candies that are supposed to be the vegan equivalent (basically) of m&ms, but until today, they had evaded me. i have never seen them in a store, so the only way i knew to get ahold of them was to order from economy candy, which, let's just say it didn't turn out to be very heavy on "economy." last summer i finally broke down and decided to place an order with them, because i REALLY wanted to try these little candies, and after coming to terms with the fact that i'd be paying just as much for shipping as for the actual candy, i clicked submit. later i received an email telling me that they wouldn't mail them to me (because it was summer) unless i paid even outrageously MORE for overnight shipping. *rolls eyes* i said 'no thank you' and canceled my order.
well, i remembered the other day that now it's winter (heh), so i decided to go for it once again. i ordered 2lbs of the plain variety and 1lb of the chocolate mint variety, and once again braced myself for the shipping charges. in the end, i paid $18 for 3lbs of candy and then $11 for shipping plus a $3 handling charge. ouch. i mean, seriously, give me a break. but whatever.
they arrived today, and i honestly had forgotten that i'd ordered them (it took a week). my husband said, "you got a box," but the return address didn't say "economy candy" and i was totally clueless. imagine my delight when i opened the box! hee. i immediately opened the bag of plain lentils and ate a handful. they're delicious!! next i opened the mint chocolate and ate a handful of those. also delicious!! plus, they had been on the porch for awhile, so they were cold, which is my favorite way to eat chocolate. yummers.
the entire time i was chomping on those first few bites, i kept saying, "oh em gee i can't believe i'm eating m&ms! i can't believe i'm eating m&ms! i paid a billion dollars in shipping but it's So Worth It!!" but now that the shine is off, i have to be honest: it's
a little completely frickin' ridiculous to pay $14 to ship the equivalent of a big ol' bag of m&ms to my house. so, my plan is two-fold: (a) figure out a way to make these 3lbs last as long as possible, so that i feel i get my money's worth, and (b) figure out how to get these suckers locally. there's GOT to be someplace that carries them, right? wish me luck!