Listening to old-time radio shows, I’ve learned that one big tradition for Halloween parties “back in the day” was apple cider and donuts. During the various Halloween episodes of Jack Benny, they almost always make a reference to serving cider & donuts for the gang’s Halloween party. Since I don’t know a place in the area that makes/sells cider donuts (I miss you, Quality Dairy!), this sounds like the next best thing short of dipping the donuts into the cider, which I wasn’t about to do.
After I worked my second job last night (which was insane before trick-or-treating time and then deader than a zombie afterwards), I decided I would do the traditional cider & donuts along with the cliched viewing of Halloween (one of the all-time horror greats). I have to be honest, after an exhausting evening at work, when I got home around 10:45PM, I was struggling to keep my eyes open. I lasted until 11:45 and then went to bed and finished up the rest of the movie this morning while drinking coffee and eating maple bacon! Even though Halloween has come and gone, I plan on watching Halloween II (almost as good as the original) this afternoon on this lazy wet & gloomy but still warm & humid day.
By the way, I picked up the donuts from the way-too-close-to-my-house-for-my-own-good Dunkin Donuts and got old-fashioned cake donuts along with some sugar raised donuts!
And, yes, that is the 25th Anniversary DVD edition of Halloween. I don’t own the 35th Anniversary Blu-ray. :(
I made a stop off at Yankee Candle® the other week while killing time before catching the RiffTrax Live: Night of the Living Dead event at a local movie theater. Not sure if the seasonal push is on or what but I was swarmed by 4 or 5 employees trying to get me to by wick cutters and lid illuminators and the bacon candle. That candle smells like Bac-O Bits, so not bad, but would just make me hungry if I had it lit in the house. It’s kinda odd being the only guy in the store surrounded by women who are all discussing the size of your wick. Although, there was one employee there whose votive holder I would’ve like to place my candle into (if you know what I mean). My main purpose was to pick up some seasonal candles (which I did) and the 2×4 candle from their Man Candles line but they were sold out. :(
Still, using my $15 off coupon, I made out pretty well:
- a large jar of Celebrate Christmas (new this year and it smells like a combination of nutmeg, cinnamon and gingerbread cookies)
- a large jar of Apple Cider (this is also new, I think)
- Pumpkin Pie votive
- Sparkling Cinnamon votive (new)
- Gingerbread votive
- Home for the Holidays votive
- Holiday Garland votive
At Walmart last weekend, I saw that there is now a limited edition Swiss Miss Mint Cocoa flavor from Snack Pack’s line of pudding. Snack Pack seems to be going all out these days. They have a ‘Bakery Shop’ line of flavors featuring frosted sugar cookie and apple pie a la mode… and those aren’t seasonal flavors. They’re available year ’round. Those two flavors sound very weird but I enjoy a good cup of hot mint cocoa during the winter so I figured having it in pudding form would be fun. It really does taste exactly like a hot mint cocoa drink. They completely nailed it. It’s just kinda strange having it as a pudding.
Okay, there’s nothing really special going on here other than the label. Is there some push for eggnog to become a Halloween staple that I’m not aware of? I see this going on with milk as well. In the last few years, I’ve noticed dairy companies are slapping pumpkins and bats onto their jugs, bottles and cartons of milk & eggnog to get into the Halloween spirit. I’m not against it but there’s nothing out of the ordinary here. This isn’t pumpkin spice-flavored eggnog and it’s not the color of orange. It’s just eggnog. I do love the whole design going on here though. What a glorious patch of Jack-O-Lanterns!