I saw a flock of robins today. A whole FLOCK. I've seen more than one robin at a time before, but always scattered, as if they weren't TOGETHER-together and instead just happened to be occupying the same yard. I don't think of them as flockers. I hope this means we are having an EXTRA GOOD spring.
(I looked it up, and apparently they DO flock, but mostly at night---they split up during the day. Also, Robin's Egg Blue is a very pretty color.)
I remember at some point mentioning that my favorite piece in the Russell Stover assortment box is the Roman Nougat, and then I got all excited because I found out I could order a WHOLE BOX of JUST Roman Nougats online, but then they were out of stock. Anyway, they finally came back into stock, so I ordered a whole box of dark and a whole box of milk (I HAD to, to get free shipping, and also I couldn't decide which ones I preferred). (And incidentally, it turns out that the See's Rum Nougats have kind of spoiled the Roman Nougats for me, but let's not let that ruin the story.)
WELL. Before I hit "place order now," I noticed an OUTLET section, and in the outlet section was a box of "Bloopers": a 3-pound box (it says "48 ounce," but there is a cross-wiring in my brain that ALWAYS makes me think 48 ounces is 4 pounds) (oh, I'll bet it's because 48 inches is 4 feet) (anyway, 3-pound box is clearer) (well, unless you usually think in terms of kilograms, in which case it's like one and a third kilograms) of chocolates that look funny but taste fine, in a random assortment based on what got picked off the line by Quality Control that day.
I was immensely curious about this. I wanted to know HOW badly malformed they were, and also I was intrigued by the idea of the GAMBLE: it could be 2.5 pounds of molasses chews (least favorite) and .4 pounds of truffles (second least favorite) and .1 pounds of vanilla creams (love)! OH WHAT WOULD IT BE? Also, I liked the thought of the workers picking them off the line, pick pick pick, like in videos of factories, gloved hands working fast, hair in white paper caps, serious focused expressions. So I ordered a box.
It was with high anticipation I awaited the arrival. Finally the day came.
As you can see, Bloopers are just tossed into the box all willy-nilly, so they look scruffed-up from chocolate-on-chocolate action. The defects vary: a few were lightly squashed, but mostly it seems to be either misshapenness (supposed to be round, but had a lumpy part; supposed to be rounded oblong, but too low and rounded), or filling peeking out (convenient for picky picking!).
It appears from the way I arranged the photos that I opened the box of Bloopers right away, but in fact I waited more than a week. I was NERVOUS. (Also, I had some clearance Valentine's Day candy I was still working my way through, which is how I unfortunately found out the Roman Nougats were now just Fine.)
And...I lucked out. It appears that the ones with a cream filling are most likely to be misshapen or have little bits oozing out of them, or maybe they were just working on creams that day, because almost the whole box is creams, and creams are my favorites. I've had about ten that are either maple-walnut or walnut creams and it looks like it's over a pound of just those, so I can picture someone else being TOTALLY DISMAYED (ack, nuts! ack, maple! ack, creams!) but I love those ones so I could hardly be happier.
I've also had several caramels, and one lemon cream, and one vanilla cream, and I see several that are Roman Nougats, and I gave Paul a coconut (I like coconut but he loves them) and a truffle. I ALSO saw one that was definitely a molasses chew (filling peeping out), and I wish they looked different on the outside than the Roman Nougats because I just know I'm going to bite into one by accident. (In some assortments the molasses chews have white stripes, and in some they don't. In this box, they don't---and two of the maple walnuts DID. What the? I wonder if sometimes they forget to turn on/off the striping machine? I think I need to go work in their factory to find out the answers to these questions.)
There are no nut ones. I mean, there's the walnut creams and maple-walnut creams, but there aren't any nut clusters. It might be that they weren't working on them that day, or it might be that those are harder to get wrong because they are lumpy by nature.
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