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Among the many benefits of living on the west coast, one of the perks that is often overlooked is the availability of See's Candy from the Southern California local. It is so easy to obtain out here, that we sometimes take it for granted. After recently witnessing some cavalier attitudes towards the mixed chocolate box of deliciousness, I felt it might be time to introduce the See's Rules of Engagement.
When you decide to take a piece of chocolate from a See's box, you are entering into a contract. You are blindly taking a leap of faith that the piece of chocolate you pick will be of your liking, but even if it's not, you are obligated to finish that piece of candy. Throwing a half eaten piece of candy away is wasteful, and even worse, the offender is usually quick to back into the box to their luck again (once again without any qualms about tossing another half-eaten piece of candy into the trash). This is chocolate we're talking about. It's not like there's a poison chocolate in there, or a chocolate covered brussel spout. Worse case is you get nuts when you wanted nugget or a cherry when hoping for caramel. Suck it up and finish the piece of chocolate.
Some people try to sidestep the rule above by cutting the chocolate in half to see what's in the middle. That defeats the whole purpose. Forrest Gump didn't say, "Life is like a box of chocolates... stick a knife in it and see what oozes out". No one wants to grab the discarded half piece of chocolate that's already been passed over more times than a Charlie Brown Christmas Tree. Unless you go in with an accomplice who's willing to eat the other half of your butchered chocolate (while adhering to the rule above), then put the knife down.
In the case where you receive a double decker chocolate box, no one is permitted to "go downstairs" until the top layer has been completely finished. There's nothing worse than taking one for the team by taking the last remaining "nuts and chews", removing the dividing layer and finding nothing but a collection of empty grave wrappers down below. I'm sure as technology advances, we will eventually have a See's chocolate box with some sort of laser protection seal which prevents people from accessing the lower level until the top level has been finished, but until then, we will have to rely common decency.
See's chocolates are a privilege, not a right. By adhering to these rules of engagement, the experience will be even more enjoyable for all.