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Hawaiian Sun Dark Chocolate Adventure

Unwrapping a Hawaiian Sun box is a happy-making gift experience. I love those chocolate-covered macadamia nuts, regardless of the ultimate quality of the confection. Thanks for the present!

These were from last Christmas. I was just looking back through holiday-letter-worthy photos from 2012 and remembered these crunchy candies. Yum.

Only nine pieces in the package. Gotta savor those. One by one through February, some for myself and some to share. Make a nice after-dinner treat.

What a shock, then, to have a BLECH! moment while crunching down on one of these little morsels one evening. Acrid. Ugh. Pitooee. What was that?

A little closer attention to that final wrapper told part of the tale, but it took a magnifier to allow adequate inspection.

After discovering this little beauty, that moment a few nights earlier made much more sense. A girl's dessert request was met by the box. Appreciative and content, she sat as the post-dinner conversation continued. Suddenly she pointed at what appeared to be an imaginary moth flying from the dining table between us. She was sure, but neither of her parents saw it. Soon forgotten. But now.

Glad I, not she, got the last one.


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