Monday, November 2, 2009
Candy Not to Give Away: Jujubes
Hope everyone had a good Halloween! GoatSpawn and Foodgoat enjoyed their costumes immensely - the monkey in the banana tree.
This year, a new candy appeared on the list of things NOT to give out - Jujubes.
A few weeks ago, for GoatSpawn's 1st birthday party, I gave out boxes of Jujubes as party favors, since that happens to be one of our pet names for her. I had a vague recollection of Jujubes as squishy, chewy, gummy bear like candies, but when I opened up a box to try them (alas, after the party), I was alarmed to find that they are not at all like I thought they were.
No, these Jujubes are not at all squishy. Nor are they chewy, unless you have jaws of steel. Nor are they like gummi bears, which are sweet and fun to eat, as opposed to weird tasting and a dental nightmare. No, they are hard. Hard and small and artificially flavored.
So now when I see a box of Jujubes, I don't think, "Oh, cute name for GoatSpawn!" No, I think, "Nasty choking hazard."
If I'd wanted the soft, chewy type of candy, I should have gone for the Jujyfruits. Or I should have looked for Canadian jujubes, which apparently are the soft, edible kind.
Thus I left with several boxes of Jujubes I don't know what to do with. I think it could work as buckshot. Or to fill in potholes. But eat them? Not such a good idea.