Good morning, South Windsor! Today is Saturday, Oct. 6, 2012; there are 86 days left in the year.
As you all may already know, I am the Candy Ninja(tm). I love candy. ZOMG! I love candy. And Snickers is my Kryptonite. I’m not alone, of course. But if you ask people to name Snickers’ identifying features, they’ll likely note the chocolate, the caramel and the peanuts.
What gets lost in the shuffle is the nougat. The gooey substance is easily the most underrated of all the candy ingredients. Don’t think so? Find one person who says, “You know what I hate? Nougat.” Everyone, and I do mean all 7 billion people on the planet Earth, loves nougat. They just don’t know how to properly acknowledge the yeoman-like work nougat does each and every day, bite after mouth-watering bite.
The problem is that nougat, while freakin’ delicious, suffers from what I call the “Shawshank Redemption Syndrome” or SRS(tm). That is, it’s fantastic, like the prison movie starring Tim Robbins and Morgan Freeman, but it has a terrible name. Indeed, nougat sounds more like something that comes out of your nose after a fifth consecutive sneeze than a yummy confection that ties all good candy bars together. “See how much nougat there is in my tissue? Call the doctor.”
Too much nougat, however, is not a good thing. It doesn’t hold up on its own. And even when coupled with one other ingredient, like chocolate, the end result is, at best, underwhelming. The perfectly misnamed Three Musketeers - only chocolate and nougat adds up to two, not three things standing united, marketing peeps - is a primary example of too much nougat being a bad thing.
But that’s merely quibbling. Fact is, I’m on a quest, albeit a misguided one (and in my case, there really isn’t any other kind), to rebrand nougat so it gets its proper due. So, join me if you will, in introducing nougat’s new name, which I believe realigns it with its true purpose: Candy Spackle(tm). No one can ignore that.
(The above column was repurposed from a previous Daily 5 that appeared in The Granbys Patch last September)
Here’s your Daily 5:
1. Family Stories are today at the South Windsor Public Library at 10 a.m.
2. Shabbat and worship services at Temple Beth Hillel tonight at 9 a.m.
3. There’s a walk-in special at Yoga Born, one of the coolest places in South Windsor.
4. Bake and Tag Sale for Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk today in Ellington. A good cause, indeed.
5. From 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. the Cub Scouts are selling popcorn and mums at the South Windsor Fire Headquarters on Ellington Road.
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