Monday, October 24, 2011

What's Your Favourite Colour?

My therapist told me the way to achieve true inner peace is to finish what I start. So far today, I have finished 2 bags of M&M's and a chocolate cake. I feel better already.
Dave Barry, American author and humor columnist

M&Ms didn't exist in Canada when I was a kid; instead my treat was called Smarties, sold in boxes of colourful hard-shelled chocolate pieces, made by the Rowntree company. I loved the sound made by shaking the 'beans' in their box. Then I would open the box and pick out one or two -- I think I even shared a few with my brother ;-) -- but I always saved the red ones until last. Obviously I was not unique because somewhere in time the commercial ditty rose:  
"When you eat your Smarties, do you eat the red ones last? Do you suck them very slowly, or crunch them very fast? Eat the candy-coated chocolate? But tell me when I ask: when you eat your Smarties, do you eat the red ones last?"
If you remember the ditty, I bet you will be singing it all day now. ;-)

M&Ms emigrated from the US to Canada in 1980; by that time I was in university. They were a delicious treat -- one which I didn't dare allow myself too often -- but because M&Ms are sold in small bags that make only a boring crinkle sound, they can't replace Smarties in my heart.

Notwithstanding my heart, Mom predicts that these cookies will sell very well at the church bazaar.


M&M Cookies
Makes: about 30 cookies

Ingredients:
1 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup white sugar
1/2 cup golden shortening
1/2 cup butter
2 eggs
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups candy-coated milk chocolate pieces*

* Note: I have not tried using Smarties, so I can't comment on the relative merits of Smarties vs M&Ms.

Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
2. In a large bowl, mix sugar, eggs, shortening, butter and vanilla thoroughly. Add flour, salt, and baking soda to creamed mixture. Blend well. Add 3/4 cup of M&M candies.
3. Drop dough by teaspoonful onto cookie sheet. Slightly push a few candies on top of each dough ball with remaining candies.
4. Bake for 9 to 11 minutes.

Source: All Recipes website

1 comment:

Shari said...

A friend wrote, "I didn't remember your jingle, but I do remember the TV commercial "Wotta Lot I Got" - with Smarties falling like rain on ecstatic children. And I loved the little cardboard tubes they came in, with a plastic lid."

I haven't seen the "Wotta Lot I Got" commercial. Wikipedia says that the word "Wotalotigot" still appears on Smartie boxes in South Africa. Wikipedia also mentions that tubes are the traditional packaging in the UK.

My memories are of thin, rectangular boxes. Sometimes, the company would put games on the inside of the boxes so the fun continued after the candies were gone. Those were the days! ;-)