It didn’t really qualify as Wii-level madness, but I was irritated by the fact that I was seeing (or “seeing,” as I fast-forwarded with my TiVo wand) commercials for the new mint-flavored 3 Musketeers bar and yet was somehow unable to find it on the shelves of Safeway, Walgreens, or Longs (where have all the apostrophes gone?*), the usual place I stumble across cheap, mass-market chocolate. (Which, by the way, I do not disdain, either in theory or practice.
I may have been completely lifted into a different realm by a recent gift of exquisite Neuhaus chocolates purchased at the mothership in Belgium, but my universe permits all levels of chocolate appreciation. Sometimes you feel like a nut!)
After weeks of intermittent perusal of supermarket and drugstore shelves (and neglecting to use the handy-dandy Store Locator function on the 3 Musketeers website, simply because I had no idea it existed), I came across my first Mint 3 Musketeers bar in a Walgreens near where I work. And I still didn’t buy it.
Why? Because it was the same price as the regular 3 Musketeers bar, but it weighed less! I was annoyed. Could the addition of mint flavoring and a dark chocolate coating (so chic, so healthy!) be reason enough to up the price? I thought not. I thought that this was just another example of bait ‘n switch.
I didn’t actually get to taste the 3 Musketeers Mint until I visited my sister and she (who had also bemoaned the commercial-to-sighting ratio) offered me a Mini version, from a bag my 6-year-old nephew spotted at Raley’s, in the candy aisle.
And guess what. I didn’t like it.
But then, I remembered, I had never really liked the original 3 Musketeers bar, either.
*I know! On the house-proud signs of illiterate homeowners all over our fair land, i.e., “The Johnson’s”.