Priorities and Tootsie Rolls

When I was first learning how to use a computer (that Never ends does it?) I didn’t have one.
So, I would go over to my sister’s house and use theirs.
I’d park in the street.
Go in through the kitchen door, past the dining room, down the steps to the living room. Right past a big glass bowl filled with individually wrapped French Caramels.
Well, I didn’t go past that bowl of caramels.
I’d grab a HUGE handful and then sit down at the computer, eating caramels while trying to figure it all out.
I finally got my own computer and didn’t need to go there on a daily basis to use hers.
BUT, every time I would even get close to the exit to take off the freeway to get to their house, that craving would set in. FOR YEARS! Fortunately, she quit buying them.

I had the same thing happen with a party supply store that I used to shop at for work.
It’s huge,as only places like that can be in the States.
A warehouse of supplies, costumes and anything else you would need for an event.
They also have a whole aisle dedicated to candy and all kinds of cute goodie bags to put that candy in-for kids of course.
And, they had candy in the bins next to the line to check out.
In those bins one of the candies they had was Tootsie Rolls! One of my all time favs! I know I wrote about healthy eating but I love Tootsie Rolls! Have since I was a kid!
Well, every time I would go to this place (which was often at one point) I would grab a handful of Tootsie Rolls and throw them in with my other items-not waiting to get in the car before I would start ripping into them. These are the mini Tootsie Rolls I’m talking about-not the big ones.
Anyway, this was in the 90’s.
I eventually gave up my business and moved to Mexico for a few years (another post)
When I moved back and started catering again, I went back to the same place for assorted things.
And I craved Tootsie Rolls as soon as I pulled into the parking lot!

I didn’t succumb though.

Until the other day.

I had to go in there and the urge for a Tootsie Roll was SO strong! But they are like 15 teeny-tiny ones for a dollar.
So, I passed-knowing that I had a BIG one stashed at home.
You guessed it!
As soon as I got home I ripped into that Tootsie Roll!
I savored it’s chewy, chocolaty, unhealthy, sugar and artificially flavor filled goodness-letting it slowly dissolve in my mouth.

Jeez! It’s always something isn’t it??

But, what I have noticed is that the past few times in the grocery store or a big warehouse store, when I’ve walked down the wine aisle the first word that comes into my head is POISON!

And, I keep on walking.

How cool is that?

With Love

Tootsie Roll












4 thoughts on “Priorities and Tootsie Rolls

  1. It’s funny, I eat my 6 squares of Cadbury every afternoon with a cup of tea now and never really thought about why. Your writing about associations reminded me!! Cadbury always reminds me of tea at my grandmothers house growing up. I never stocked them at home until I gave up wine. Now I look forward to my chocolate almost as much as I did wine. I now realize it’s because I have wonderfully pleasant associations of all those chats over tea before my grandmother passed away. I used to get headaches, especially in high school and I’d go there for tea. She would say “oh you have a headache? I have just the thing….” and she’d get out the Cadbury. It became a thing that I would walk in and say “Grandma, I have such a headache…” even if didn’t, just to get the chocolate. She was on to me but she always had it ready along with the Earl Grey. Thanks for bringing back my reminder of why I possibly chose this as my method of comfort to stop drinking wine!

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  2. I love this post! I am such a chocolate/sweet nut that it really is another addiction. Once the drinks go away, the sugar craving appears. I am going to deal with this tomorrow. It is sooooo cool that you can do the alcohol/poison thought. I am doing the same. But the chocolate … I want more, more, more! Tonight, I am beginning to read a book called Grain Brain because it helps to throw myself into a new eating plan. This one basically calls sugar the sweet path to dementia. Also, I will re-watch “That Sugar Film.” These are all good problems to have, however. I am NOT scheming about not drinking. How refreshing!

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