While children across America were pawing through their Easter-grass filled baskets and stuffing Reese's eggs in their mouths and biting the heads off of their chocolate bunnies, I was quietly taking stock of what I had in my own basket and scheming. You see, I knew that the candies I preferred had a low market value. And I could triple my stash if I cut deals with my siblings. I just had to play my cards right.
My wish list was pretty short:
- Black jelly beans (yes, really) or red jelly beans. Preferably both.
- Starburst jelly beans
- Cadbury eggs (none of this mini-egg business...I'm talking the Cadillac of egg-shaped candies: the original full sized Cadbury Creme egg)
- SweeTart chicks and bunnies
Thankfully, both of my siblings hated licorice-flavored candies, so I could get copious amounts of black jelly beans for a song. Cadbury eggs were also an easy sell: a few mini Crunch eggs could buy me a whole lot of the full-sized chocolate eggs with the creamy, sweet center.
I needed to use my smooth-talking skills a little more when trying to increase my stash of Starburst jellybeans (my sister also enjoyed them), and the chicks and bunnies were a hard sell (especially the blue ones, which we all know are the best).
But despite the odds, every Easter, I managed to get a nice little treasure trove of not-so-popular candies that would last me for an entire...three days.
So if any of your children turn their noses up at their black jelly beans this Sunday, let me know. I know a girl who can take them off your hands...