I have just finished the third-in-a-row Tunnock's tea cake. If you don't live in Great Britain, you need to know that they are domes of soft marshmallow sitting on a soft biscuit base, totally encased in chocolate. The skill in eating these is to bite off the base, eat it (of course) and then remove the marshmallow without using your fingers, so you have to contort your tongue. Sorry, but you do. AND all before the chocolate shell starts to melt from being held. Oh yum, and oh hell. Knowing that I can eat two, maybe three without even breaking my stride means that I don't buy 'em. But this afternoon, I was in the Co-Op doing village gossip with a friend that works there and I spied the teacakes on the shelf behind my chum. I stopped hearing, my vision became all tunnelled and panicky - they've changed the packaging! Oh Lord..please don't tell me that they aren't any longer a family business, established for over a 100 years? Not them and Cadbury's in the same month, surely? Nooooooo. Phew! Investigations reveal that the colour change to the packaging is because this particular batch of yumminess is encased in dark chocolate. Oh be still my heart. Somebody shake me. The sweet sticky white messy meringuey marshmallow offset by a dark, possibly slightly bitter chocolate. I can't, cannot, will not be able to think of anything else until I've tried 'em. So, gossip be damned, I headed off to the till armed with my new chocolate friends. It was all I could do to walk home before I ripped the box open. They are, without doubt, perfect. And therefore, another product on my 'do-not-buy-if-you're-going-to-be-alone-at-home-with-them' list. Because of course, I can hear them calling my name, even above the sound of the radio and my own, massive will power. Creme Eggs are on the list too. My own sense of embarrassment makes me stop at three. But I won't be sharing them. No sir. And the last one? Will take ages to be eaten...ages. Because it may well be the last one I ever buy. I can't share the gossip either. But that's because I can't remember a word of it. Share your love then....tell me your guilty sweet secrets.....I can't absolve you, but I won't tell another living soul.
The card: Making Memories heart paper, and folio paper, Basic Grey Sugar Rush paper (heart), Hero Arts alpha stamps, SU! binder edge punch