It all started with a coupon for 50 cents off a bag of peanut butter cookie mix. Usually I don’t buy cookie mixes, but the bag is about two bucks, and double coupons make the bag cost less than $1.25. That, and there was a peanut butter blossom featured in the ad next to the coupon. You know. Peanut Butter Blossoms. The wee peanut butter cookie with a Hershey’s Kiss smushed down into it? YUM!
Anyway, I got hooked. I put both the cookie mix and the Kisses on my shopping list for today. Finding the mix was uneventful, but the search for Kisses turned out to be a real mindbener.
A Kiss is a Kiss is a Kiss, unless it’s near Christmas at the local Kroger. Here’s what happened. There are TWO places in a Kroger where one can find Hershey’s Kisses: the candy aisle and the SEASONAL aisle. (OK – three places if you count the little impulse bags in the checkout lanes, but that’s another blog…) Now, there were no less than 12 kinds of kisses in the candy aisle, including special dark, truffle filled, peanut butter filled, hot cocoa creme filled, caramel filled, hugs, almond, cherry cordial, dulche de leche, extra creamy and oyster. OK, I’m kidding about that last one, but where did all these flavors come from? and when did a small bag of Kisses start costing four and a half bucks??? In the candy aisle, I gave up on the idea of peanut butter blossoms, cause I wasn’t about to pay that much for a handful of candy. Not when the cookie portion of the recipe was about a buck.
Then I wandered into the SEASONAL aisle and found MORE KISSES!!! These were seasonal kisses, with red and green foils. AND THEY WERE LESS THAN HALF THE PRICE. However there were no – straight up – Hershey’s Kisses. Just flavored. I picked up a bag of SEASONAL milk chocolate with almonds. The blossoms were back on.
Where does Kroger’s get off selling essentially the same chocolate in two different places in the store for two different prices??? I really have fallen into a mental pothole over this whole thing. Seasonal things make me furious anyway. I understand why you can only get egg nog at certain times of the year, but yo-yo’s? My husband wanted to get yo-yo’s for Christmas gifts one year and was told by a Toy’s R’ Us rep that “yo-yo’s are summer toys.” Really? Same thing at K-mart when I went looking for an air popper in October. Summer is popcorn season, in case you were wondering. It’s cause everyone wants Popcorn balls for Easter and string popcorn garland for Fourth of July.
I want to know who decides what items are assigned to each season. That person needs a good flogging.