Over the weekend, we went to our first graduation party of the season. The graduate has been a friend of No. 2's for years, and we have gotten to know the parents pretty well. They're a nice family all around. Staggered along the long tables were candy dishes filled with pink and white M&Ms, and No. 2 suggested we have red, purple, and gold at her party. So, being the obedient mother that I am, I ordered four pounds of M&Ms in red, purple, and gold. The website is amazingly thorough with games and ads and ways to get you to buy candy. You can order nearly any color you'd like, and you can have the pieces printed with your school mascot or with messages for any occasion. Ours will just say the traditional "M." You can also get them delivered in little trinkets—candy boxes in plastic or glass or just cute little bags.
I love M&Ms. I especially love the peanut variety with dark chocolate. And when I eat them, I sort the colors first and try to make sure I have an equal amount of each color as I make my way through the bag. That usually means I have to eat the odd pieces first so that I don't have an imbalance, but I don't mind. If I had to choose a least favorite, it would be the peanut butter variety. That's what Reeses Pieces are for.
Some people like to eat them cold or even straight out of the freezer. I used to know someone who liked to keep a bag in the car on a warm day because she liked them gooey. I hated sharing her M&Ms. I prefer them to be at room temperature—not too soft and not so hard you could break a tooth.
I remember when M&Ms stopped making red ones because the dye was considered a carcinogen. What I didn't know was that the candy never contained the dye, but the M&M company discontinued the color anyway to appease the public. Years later when people had forgotten all about it, they brought the color back, although the dye they use for that color has been banned in some European countries because it's thought to be unsafe for children. I suppose if you picked out all the red ones and ate them by the hundreds, it would cause a problem, but I'm willing to believe a few now and then won't cause me harm. I'll have to make sure I mix the assortment well in each candy dish so that none of my guests will get just red.
I am excited to take delivery of my four pounds of M&Ms. I'll have to exercise a little self discipline so that I don't eat them all before the guests arrive. In honor of these little treats, I have turned myself into an M&M. You can, too—here. I'm not sure why she's blond since I specifically asked for darker hair, but at least she has coffee.