For those of you who don’t know me, one of the things I love most about Christmas time is candy canes. Oh candy canes! I can’t get enough of their wonderful minty goodness! I wish sugar free candy canes tasted better, because I would be sucking those down like I hadn’t eaten in months.
I love all the new things manufacturers come out with every Yuletide season that are “candy cane” flavored. Pop Tarts. Oreos. McFlurries. Coffee. Cupcakes (who am I kidding with this one, though, I can have candy cane cupcakes anytime I want!). Pretty much, I think the rule of thumb is, if you should not be eating it, they’re going to be tempting me to do just that by adding some mint flavoring and red food coloring!
A few weeks ago when I headed down to the Strip District for X is for eXact Change, my brother and I stumbled into the Pittsburgh Popcorn Company and saw on their “Coming Soon” billboard a listing for candy cane kettle corn for one week in December. Be still, my heart. Kettle corn AND candy cane. Holy mother!
Here’s the problem with the PPC, though…I don’t work anywhere NEAR them. And they all close at normal human hours of 6 or 7pm. Oh snap. Yesterday was an easier day at work, so I thought, hey, let’s leave a little early and head on downtown to get some Candy Cane popcorn. Sounds like the perfect winter gift.
Except, everything that could have gone wrong went wrong. Traffic was moving slow as dirt, Lord knows why because there’s no hockey game to head downtown for. Then I get downtown and stupid bus lanes clog me up even more. Thanks to some good friends I managed to snag some free parking downtown. But by then it was 6:35 and the place, still several blocks away, closed at 7. There I ran, in the dark, in the cold, by myself, in high heels, trying to make it to the PPC. Out of breath, 6 blocks later, I pulled up at the door at 6:45. I pulled on the door. Locked. All the lights were on, but it looks like they decided to close early. I called the store, heard the phone ringing inside. Nothing. No one answered. No one showed their face. No candy cane popcorn.
Thankfully, my awesome brother lives downtown, and managed to get the popcorn for me today, without sprinting through the downtown, without banging on the door for several minutes. God bless brothers.
This is my life, though. Chasing time for candy canes. Maybe it’s why I love life so much 🙂
Time to bake. See you soon!!