At first, I thought the long plastic tubes filled with teardrop-shaped chocolates and topped with sunflowers were just the latest in a shameless string of M&M brand extensions (see Jim Ridley's Bites post below). But had I known that the rest of the editorial staff had just been gifted with Sunny Seed Drops, a promotional gift from an unnamed marketing team (You can't buy editorial love with candy.), I just might have had my feelings hurt. M&M's are one thing—a dime a dozen, almost literally. Who needs 'em? I got a desk drawer full.
But they weren't M&Ms. They were Sunny Seed Drops. Ooooh...Sunny Seed Drops.
I have never seen a more perfect sweet-and-salty marriage than these chocolate-dipped-and-candy-coated sunflower seeds. The tiny kernels, in an assortment of autumnal colors, look they just might sprout 1970s-era appliances of harvest gold and avocado green if they were sown and watered. Chomp down onto a mouthful of the clicking candies and the smooth skins combine with the oily nuts to create the sensation of a liquid—nay, a caviar—gliding across the tongue.
By my estimation, a 9-oz pack contains about 1,000 tiny seeds. I will try to pace myself.
In the meantime—and this is apropos of nothing—I'll just mention that Cheekwood is kicking off its exhibit of scarecrows Sept. 29 through Nov. 4.