I had a fun experience today. Had lunch at Fried
Dumpling on Allen Street, and then realized that
I have been meaning for years to check out Economy
Candy, at 108 Rivington Street.
Turns out that the place is pretty neat - all
different kinds of candy, some of which you have
not seen for years. Plus, a good selection of
nuts, dried fruit, macaroons, etc.
But this is not really why I'm posting.
About a year ago, while in London, I spied a large
version of Kit Kat bar in a candy store. I've
always liked the smaller ones (you know, the 4
"finger" variety), so I figured that I'd check out
this new kind. I had one, and was hooked. I could
not put my finger on it, but it just tasted so much
better. Maybe, I mused, it was the larger wafer.
In any event, I wound up having one each day I was
there, and brought a bunch home as well.
My then-fiance (now wife) tried them, and she
agreed that they were great, but she attributed
it to the quality of the English chocolate. Thinking
she might be on to something, I sought out the US
version of this large Kit Kat bar, and found that
they were widely available. Bought some, and
tasted them side-by-side with the "Brit Kats",
as we now called the English ones. I definitely
detected a difference.
So last May, we got married, and it happened that
the honeymoon was to Greece, and it further happened
that we would connect in Heathrow for the flight
to Athens. Yee-haw - a chance to get more Brit-Kats!
(I suppose I could really elevate my Chowhound status
to say that I booked this connecting flight solely
for chow reasons).
We picked up a bunch, and after getting home, I decided
that we needed to validate this with a blind taste test.
We gathered some friends, cut up US and English kit-kats,
and put it to a test. With one exception, everyone
agreed that the British. From that point on, any friends
who planned to go to Britain, or even pass through, were
tasked with bringing some more back for us.
Okay, so what does this have to do with Economy Candy?
Well, while waiting on line, I spied a basket filled
with large Kit Kats in wrappers much like those in
London. I read the nutrition information, and when
it referred to kilojoules instead of calories, I knew
something was up. So I asked the guy at the register
where they were from, he responded in a very natural
tone, "England - they are much better than the ones
Well, maybe it's not a big deal, but I was pretty
excited to have my preferences validated, to say
nothing of how happy I am to have found a local
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