Azúcar and I go way back, like 2004 way back. Of course I don't call her Azúcar because that's not her real name, but everyone on the Internet does. She blogs at The Jet Set, and if you didn't already know this, it's cool to read her blog. When I moved to Washington from Utah, I was able to say, I'm friends with Azúcar, and immediately I was welcomed in to the inner circle (haha). Carina is stylish, witty, smart, sassy, and has curly hair just like myself. I knew we'd be friends when I found out we had the same stylist.
Oh, you thought that chocolates are the most overdone Mother's Day present ever? Maybe you thought to yourself, "I could just go down to the pharmacy and pick up a box of chocolates." Perhaps you even decided that chocolates are boring. I hate to say it, but someone has to: you're wrong.
When you give your mom a 1.5 lb box of real Belgian chocolates you're saying things like:
"Mom, I love you so much I ordered you chocolates that had to be shipped in a refrigerated box."
"Mom, when my siblings get you that Whitman's Sampler from the Walgreen's, they're saying they hate you."
"Shoot, mom, I guess if you really want to will me your ginormous amethyst cocktail ring because I gave you the best chocolates of your life, I guess that'd be OK."
Deciding that you're going to pick up the phone and order chocolates that usually cost north of $30 a pound means something. It means you love your mother, it means you understand her deep need for chocolate no matter how many times she protests her figure (and let's be honest, if it weren't for you, she wouldn't have her current figure, capisce?)
I do have a few insider's tips for you. If your mom is the type of mom who doesn't like liquor, make sure that when you place your order they replace those liquor pieces with pralines. If your mom is the type of mom who gets tipsy, she'll probably require something harder than chocolates anyway and that's not my area of expertise. The second insider tip is that ordering good chocolates will make the recipient (your mother, or your wife) unable to eat regular chocolate again without a twinge of regret and longing for the Belgian theobroma. On the upside, when I've recommended Leonidas Chocolates to my friends before, they've called me in tears because the taste is so beyond comprehension that crying seems the only appropriate expression.
Your choice: dime store wax chocolates that say that your mother is nothing but a shelf-stable afterthought, or mind-blowingly delicious rectangles that elicit tears of epiphany and joy.
I trust you'll pick wisely.
***I contacted the LOVELY people at Leonidas in New York City and they graciously offered to give one of you lucky readers a one pound box of Leonidas Chocolates Decorative Ballotins, and you will receive your order by Mother's Day. They are sending me my box today (overnighted), and I should receive it by noon. I cannot wait. Literally. You should call and place an order with them just to hear their beautiful accents.***
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