Friday, May 8, 2009

Would You Like Chocolate With That? ~ Candy From My Favorite Store

Yay - we're back to Chocolate Friday! And we need it I think - and deserve it, I'm sure! :)

When I was in MT, I got to go to my favorite candy store again (had to make up for the snow!). This time I got a pic of some candy, but this was a few days after I got back and it had traveled in my luggage. So imagine it looking a lot fresher and less beat up! Anyway, there are various yummy chocolates (individually hand-dipped!) and my fav thin mints. They are some sort of powdered sugar mints with a different flavor for each color - white/wintergreen, green/spearmint, pink/peppermint, blue/cloves, yellow/lemon, orange/orange, red/cinnamon (and long ago they had a black licorice - blech) - um, yeah, I should know all the flavors! I've been going there for over 30 years!

Here's a rerun of the post from last summer to tell you a bit about the place:

It's in the town I was born and raised in - Helena, Montana, and has been there since 1922!! My mother and her friends would "hang out" there in the 50's, listen to the jukebox and order from the soda fountain. I was introduced to it at a very young age and it is now a MUST every time I go back to visit.

My Favorite Candy Store - The Parrot

My tradition is that I have to go sit in a booth and order a sundae. All the dishes are small and cute. You may be surprised by just how tiny the sundaes are (so unusual these days!), but it really is all you need. That's because the ice cream and toppings are all homemade right there in the back. My favorite sundae is the caramel/marshmallow - one scoop of creamy vanilla ice cream covered with half caramel and half marshmallow. I know - no chocolate - but I do love all the chocolate stuff, too.

Hubby and son in a booth - the booths are the same as more than 50 years ago!

This is the Parrot Special - 3 scoops of ice cream with 3 different toppings, pecans, whip cream, and a cherry. I chose caramel, marshmallow, and hot fudge. Proportion doesn't look right in the pic; this is all small - that water glass is no more than 4 inches high and those are little espresso-size spoons.

After eating my sundae, I HAVE to head to the candy counter. I usually choose a few chocolate-covered pieces, some caramels, and thin mints of a variety of flavors. I realize I took no pics of the candy I ordered - ate it all up before I thought about it!! And I lost my nerve to snap a pic of the candy counter - there were too many people around. My husband and son are happy to be a part of this tradition and have already been there many times with me. They love the sundaes and the candy, too!

My son and the jukebox

Do you have a favorite candy store? I wish I could take you all to this one with me!

Now- please link up some chocolate! It's easy to do. Write a new chocolate post or find an old one and link it up with Mr. Linky below. If you're not sure how to do it, just ask! I'm sure all sorts of wonderful things will happen if you do link up - like me leaving a comment on your blog (LOL!) or you thinking constantly about chocolate or you finding a new chocolate idea!

Have a lovely chocolatey Friday!

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  1. Those mints look so.... good! I really like mint like that . My mouth is watering now. Melt in my mouth. Oh, there goes my will

  2. That looks like such a neat place! Love the booths!

    By the way, I REALLY like the lighter background - and for some reason your page is loading faster as well! :)

  3. I want to go there with you my friend. What a quaint place! And your chocolates still look yummy!

    Big beat up chocolate taste just the same as fresh size hugs to you my friend.

  4. I didn't even notice you messed with your background. Did I give you permission? Do I have to send back your stuff now that you are figuring it all out? LOL.
    Big I'm not needed any more size hugs to you! LOL.
    Love ya!

  5. Man, I made this mint fudge, and as much as I love mint, it tastes too strong. Think I'll stick to the original recipe and just come over here and have some of yours, ha!

    For those of you who can't wait... the recipe is Snicker Pie!


  6. Of course, I did use Andes. The ones you have here look like a version of gourmet Mentoes with a creamy texture and flair. How fun is that? Those memories are what it's all about.


  7. That place looks like fun! It reminds me of one we visited in Indiana; I can't find a website but the name is Schimpf's.

  8. Candy Stores are always fun. Glad you survived your snowy trip!

  9. *Drool*

    Hanging around this blog is dangerous for a pregnant woman...I'm about to o dive headfirst into a bag of chocolate! LOL!

  10. Happy Chocolate day, uh evening, almost over. I have a friend who just made a plate of Rocky Road candy. Yum... I will have to have you try it sometime.

  11. Hi LIsa!! I just wanted to say congrat's on winning the digital camera in the 5 minutes for mom Mother's day giveaway! So happy for you!! :)
    Happy Mother's Day!!!!

  12. I don't have a chocolate post (i don't think so anyway?) but I stumbled upon your blog and just wanted to say I love the title! I miss being able to go into a shop for a sundae - I don't have a favorite shop but someone once brought me Fran's from San Francisco and I DIE for them - I send them for all occasions to friends and family!


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