But my love of chocolate goes way, way back to before high school. It may have started the Christmas when both my sister and I received Whitman's samplers for Christmas.
Looking back, this may have been one of my favorite Christmas gifts ever. I felt so "grown-up" to think that I had an entire box of candy all to myself, to eat whenever I wanted.
I love how the inside of the lid had a diagram so you could easily find your favorites. The caramels were first to go, then the ones with the nuts. I would eventually (and by "eventually" I mean within a few hours) get to the fruit crème ones. Those candy coated almonds in the center? Those were last. I only ate those once all the chocolates were gone AND I had already licked all the wrappers.
Being the chocolate fiend I am, my box was gone pretty quickly and it didn't take long before I started eyeing my sister's. She tried to dissuade me from eating hers by taking each remaining chocolate out of the box and licking it right in front of me. I was undeterred. Seriously, she would have had to pee on them to stop me. I stole quite a few. Sorry, Katie!
I did get a little bit of candy and gum to put in the boys' stockings this year, hoping they will love it as much as I did. I'm so very excited for Christmas this year - perhaps more so than the boys! It's going to be EPIC!