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Care Package Answered

My parents know that I have been trying to save money, so they sent me this nice care package for easter to provide me with much needed sustenance. Lets see whats inside... 1. A bag of fun size skittle packets, Sweet! They remembered my skittle addiction. 2. 6 single serve Jif peanut butter cups 3. Edible easter grass ... o.k? 4. Some laughing cow babybels and spreadable swiss 5. A hickory farms ham and crackers ... this is getting kind of weird 6. 5 little strawberry candies 7. About fifty single serve splenda packets (err...) 8. A bunny basket with creepy eyes What a strange selection of goodies. If any of you wondered where I got my weirdness from, you now know.

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thejrb
thejrb

12 years ago

So weird....

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Weissensteinburg
Weissensteinburg

12 years ago

I don't see it as that weird..Seems like the makings of an easter basket:

  • Basket
  • Fake grass
  • Candies
  • Food
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Tetranitrate
Tetranitrate

Reply 12 years ago

Recent e-mail from my parents: "Only Weisensteinburger gets it."

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Weissensteinburg
Weissensteinburg

Reply 12 years ago

hehe =]

Maybe they should have sent it to someone at the Labs...they could have assembled it in secret and then left it on your kitchen table for you to find easter morning. At least, that's what my parents do. (minus the send it to Squid Labs part)

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Tool Using Animal
Tool Using Animal

Reply 12 years ago

This is an honest question. I thought you were Jewish, do Jewish people celebrate Easter? Mind you, I'm an atheist and I celebrate for all the sweet, sweet chocolate. Laughing Cow spreadable swiss is one of Mank Ind's greatest creations.

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Goodhart
Goodhart

Reply 12 years ago

Easter is based completely on a pagan holiday, even the name (which does not occur in any Bible except the old KJV, where the word Pashe is mistranslated. Pashe refers to Passover. The name Easter comes from a couple of pagan sources; all of them in reference to the goddess of fertility. If you like Chocolate, it must be at least an 85% chocolate, bar, and Lindt is one of the better ones. Since I have partaken of this chocolate, I no longer like the watered down taste of "milk chocolate". My wife, however, says it is too strong. I told her, yeah, that IS what chocolate tastes like though. *sigh*

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tech-king
tech-king

Reply 12 years ago

yeah pessach. exept for the matza part. it tasts like nothing,so you add peanut butter, then the crumbs get stuck to your teth, and the bread breaks, spilling more crumbs. and you cant have real bread. but the apple and cinamon stuff is nice. my favorit chocolat is 3 muskeeters, but im trying to cut back on chocolat.

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Goodhart
Goodhart

Reply 12 years ago

my favorit chocolat is 3 muskeeters, but im trying to cut back on chocolat.

:-) There isn't much real chocolate in a 3 Musketeers bar ;-)

BTW: any purer then an 85% chocolate bar, and you end up with unsweetened baking chocolate....and that is very bitter.

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Kiteman
Kiteman

Reply 12 years ago

The only American chocolate I've eaten is Hershey's, but I've been told it is "typical American chocolate".

That's why I haven't eaten the chocolate I won for the Love contest: I'm nervous.

For the UK readers - the best chocolate is either Galaxy milk chocolate, dark Toblerone or Cadbury's Fruit an Nut.

And it is now spelled choclit.

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Bran
Bran

Reply 12 years ago

That's why I haven't eaten the chocolate I won for the Love contest: I'm nervous.

Give it a polyurethane coating and hang it on your wall. (Or stick it in that huge 10x10 foot box full of all your iBles gear....) ;-P

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Kiteman
Kiteman

Reply 12 years ago

Hmmm....

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Kiteman
Kiteman

Reply 12 years ago

I forgot to say - I ate it. It was nice. Somebody tell Hershey they're damaging the reputation of the US chocolate industry.

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Kiteman
Kiteman

Reply 12 years ago

The chocolate ...

... sheesh!

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Goodhart
Goodhart

Reply 12 years ago

I have discovered |Moser-Roth German chocolatiers 70+% Cacao and although it is a bit more tainted then the Lindt's 85%, it is probably more palatable to the normal, um, palate. :-)

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Tetranitrate
Tetranitrate

Reply 12 years ago

Oh come on man! We sent you Ghirardelli, not some cheap-o Hershey bar. In my opinion Ghirardelli's is on par with Godiva. They both have a hell of a lot of fat though. And from that letter (I wrote), you know we weren't able to send out the chocolate lollipops because of blooming. Don't complain about bad chocolate until you have had to taste test a batch of bloomed lollipops.

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Kiteman
Kiteman

Reply 12 years ago

I think I'll open it on Sunday, then, since nobody has bought me a chocolate egg this year :-(

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Goodhart
Goodhart

Reply 12 years ago

Ghirardelli ? Really ? Ummm, yes that is the other one I like (beside Lindt)

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Goodhart
Goodhart

Reply 12 years ago

Eww, yuck, I hate Hershey's, the Great American PLASTIC bar. :-)

Really, I do. I mention Lindt, because that is Swiss made, not American made One of the BETTER, IMHO, Lindt bars - 80% pure

Many people "in the states" can not stand the "taste of real chocolate" which is why they consume Milk Chocolate, and the "less then tasty" Hershey's, Mars, Etc. chocolates.

We have a small local chocolate factory called Wilbur's, and they make a much tastier Dark chocolate then Hershey, again, IMHO.

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iman
iman

Reply 12 years ago

hershey's = :P yuck
I am with you Goodhart I love dark chocolate and semi sweet chocolate

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Goodhart
Goodhart

Reply 12 years ago

I don't even like Hershey's dark chocolate though. It takes too much effort to "taste" it. (if that makes any sense).

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iman
iman

Reply 12 years ago

lol

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zachninme
zachninme

Reply 12 years ago

Not only isn't there much chocolate in it, but the temper's all off! I can't stand the texture!

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Goodhart
Goodhart

Reply 12 years ago

Yes, it is nearly as bad as finding "crunchy things" in your mashed potatoes LOL

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Labot2001
Labot2001

Reply 12 years ago

MMMMM I loovveee Hershey's, but Wonka bars would have to be my favorite =]

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whatsisface
whatsisface

Reply 12 years ago

Hersheys is the worst chocolate known to man (me). With you on the dark toblerone though.

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CameronSS
CameronSS

Reply 12 years ago

85% chocolate, or 85% cacao? Cacao isn't "real" chocolate, it doesn't become chocolate until it is processed and mixed with milk and sugar. The strong flavor IS what cacao tastes like, not what chocolate tastes like. Just pointing that out...As a teenager, it's my job to annoy adults...

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trebuchet03
trebuchet03

Reply 12 years ago

Chocolate doesn't need milk to be chocolate :) Only milk chocolate does :D

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CameronSS
CameronSS

Reply 12 years ago

True...I just realized that. In any case, it still requires processing, the sole purpose of which is to change the flavor. Thus, my original argument still stands that the flavor of cacao is not the flavor of chocolate.

Sorry, it's spring break and I don't get to argue with the dumb people at school, so I have to argue here.

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zachninme
zachninme

Reply 12 years ago

To change the flavor, or to change the taste?
There's a big difference you know ;-)

I'm arguing with you because you just called Paul dumb!

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CameronSS
CameronSS

Reply 12 years ago

Wait...when did I call Paul (wherein I assume you mean trebuchet) dumb? I called the people at school dumb. Well, there is a dumb Paul at school, but I'm guessing you don't know him.

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Goodhart
Goodhart

Reply 12 years ago

Cameron, just a note, reading your sentence again, one can assume certain things:

Sorry, it's spring break and I don't get to argue with the dumb people at school, so I have to argue (with dumb people) here.

That can be read in that manner (I chose not to, but I did notice the possibility of someone reading it that way ;-)

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CameronSS
CameronSS

Reply 12 years ago

I see that now...Sorry, trebuchet03! (I'm still right.... *impish grin*)

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trebuchet03
trebuchet03

Reply 12 years ago

No worries, it takes quite a bit more than being called dumb (which I didn't think was going on anyway) to bother me ;)

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Goodhart
Goodhart

Reply 12 years ago

he flavor of cacao is not the flavor of chocolate.

That, of course, is like saying that the flavor of cotton candy is not sugar ;-)

It is the flavor of chocolate as it adds it's flavor to the finished product, and if it were not included, it would not become chocolate at all (subtract all other components and you could still have chocolate).

Mixing it with things during processing is a form of adulteration, and dilutes the flavor given to the final chocolate product.

Cocoa is the dried and partially fermented fatty seed of the cacao tree. (Theobroma cacao) seeds are thus the main component making up cocoa and chocolate. The name Theobroma means "food of the gods".

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westfw
westfw

Reply 12 years ago

I've pretty much decided that I like my chocolate between 50% and 70%; too strong and it becomes something that can only be "tasted" rather than "eaten." I think the best "American" mass-market dark chocolate is "Dove"...

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Goodhart
Goodhart

Reply 12 years ago

Yeah, in the 80-90% range it almost needs to be an acquired taste, but I got so disgusted with most "local" chocolates (Hershey's, Mars, etc) that the switch was easy to make. The Wilbur's chocolate factory, although very small, makes a wonderful dark chocolate that doesn't "dry out your mouth" like 85%-90% does, but is still "flavorful". The locally famous Wilbur Buds are almost addictive (and there is a museum here too :-)

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Tetranitrate
Tetranitrate

Reply 12 years ago

Yeah, and isn't christmas a pagan holiday too. The beginning of "The Zeitgeist" explains, quite nicely, how almost all religious myths that people believe today, were just stories based on the movements of the stars. @Tool Using Animal Yes, Laughing Cow spreadable swiss is one of mankind's greatest inventions (Now that I think of it, the care package selection is pretty decent, it was just the initial apparent randomness of it that surprised me). That spreadable swiss stuff goes good on anything. If I had a girlfriend I would make her wear it, but since I don't, I have to wear it (I leave which article of clothing it replaces up to your imagination). It still tastes good, just not nearly as good as it would off a girl, and my tears of loneliness give the cheese a somewhat bitter flavor ...

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Goodhart
Goodhart

Reply 12 years ago

Yeah, and isn't christmas a pagan holiday too

It is the wrong time of the year, & filled with outside symbolism that were from pagan religions, yes. But the original version wasn't; only how it is viewed by most today.

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Weissensteinburg
Weissensteinburg

Reply 12 years ago

I am, but my dad is a non practicing catholic, so we get a tree around Christmas time and hunt for eggs on easter. It's the best of both worlds.

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Brennn10
Brennn10

Reply 12 years ago

That is exactly how my family is. My mother is Jewish, while my father is a non practicing Catholic. It is fun, but sometimes annoying to explain to a lot of people.

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westfw
westfw

Reply 12 years ago

I grew up Catholic, with a non-practicing Jewish father. It does lend an interesting perspective on a lot of things...

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Goodhart
Goodhart

Reply 12 years ago

Interesting. Neither of my parents were Jewish, but I personally neither celebrate Easter (Ashtar) nor Christmas, but I do observe Shabbat as best as I can :-) (though not in the "traditional way"); that is, I practice Zakhor & Shamor but not the using of the candles, reciting Kiddush, nor ending with Havdalah ritual.

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zachninme
zachninme

12 years ago

That's an odd combination...
Please don't try to combine all of them into one giant dish and make an instructable...
reverse psychology, you never let me down!

Cheesy easter sweet ham with a candy-cracker-grass crust and a peanut glaze -- yum!

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Tetranitrate
Tetranitrate

Reply 12 years ago

You almost read my mind. I was planning on posting a picture story slide show using some of the ingredients.

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Sunbanks
Sunbanks

Reply 12 years ago

Hehe I find that very entertaining

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Sunbanks
Sunbanks

Reply 12 years ago

Melt the skittles over it.... Ugh...

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Goodhart
Goodhart

Reply 12 years ago

Sounds like a recipe for some projectile v....... :-)