Wednesday, May 5, 2010

What did you find?

As I was snapping pictures of the latest Mystery Candy manifestation,
I suddenly felt a presence close by, watching me intently. I stood up and turned to find a pleasant, middle-aged woman looking at me, noticeably puzzled.

Woman: “What’s so special down there that you’re looking at?”

Me: “It’s this candy. It’s weird. It just appears almost every day, out of nowhere.”

Woman: “Oh, it’s probably just from a restaurant. I’ve seen people do that. They grab a handful of those mints and walk out, then just toss them out on the sidewalk. When I used to live…”

Her words rambled on and I thought to myself, “But I know this candy is special. Besides, it’s not only mint. You’re wrong.”

Me: “That’s certainly a possibility, thanks. Have a great day!”

The light changed to green and she briskly walked across the street. I convinced myself she thought I was crazy as I sent my new photos into cyberspace. Luckily, the bus pulled up and I hopped on.

During my ride, I not only reassured myself that I’m not really that crazy, I also pondered how the candy itself is nothing particularly remarkable. It’s the experience of finding it and noticing it that is. Life occasionally throws something your way that’s completely unexpected. When it’s out of the mundane, daily grind, you have to pay attention. Whether you’re staring at pieces of candy on the ground, or watching your own backyard resident squirrel, it’s appreciating the intrigue and mystery that keeps things fascinating.

Keep your eyes open, you never know what you might see.

Friday, March 12, 2010

Looking for just the right candy?

No mystery about this one. 

Thanks to RedEye (@redeyechicago on twitter), if you're in need of sweets and feeling indecisive, check this out:

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

A candy song

I’m not about to make judgments, so whether you do or don’t is simply up to you.

For those making hardcore Lent sacrifices by giving up sweets, I wanted to offer you something special to tide you over.

I present...

Candy on the ground, candy on the ground
Lookin' like a fool throwin candy on the ground
With the wrapper in your hand
candy discarded
Eatin' throwin'
Candy on the ground
(by Jennifer)

Check back again soon. I don’t think reading about sweet stuff is a violation. Then again, I’ve been called a heathen on more than one occasion.

Happy Fat Tuesday!

Friday, February 5, 2010

The results are in!

It's time to wrap up the sweet voting day survey. It appears that all 5 of my followers have spoken and the results* are astounding.

I declare Starlight Mint the survey winner with 80% of the votes, and Orange running a close second with 20%.

The week’s true winner is the red (a.k.a. "Cinnamon Disk") candy, with a fresh appearance on Thursday morning (welcome back!). According to official sources at the scene, we’re in for at least another 6 weeks of mystery candy.

Stay tuned…

*This survey is not at all scientific and has absolutely nothing to do with anything in particular.  Thanks for playing along.

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Voting Day

Before or after you hit the actual ballot box, vote here in our own sweet poll.
Click here to take survey

Stay tuned for the results!

Monday, January 25, 2010

A Green Monday

Today's feel-good green Monday note: Saturday's Bake Sale for Haiti brought in $1700. Every cent is going directly to Doctors Without Borders and Oxfam to help Haiti.

How's that for sweet?

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

A little bit of sweet will do you good

I wanted to pause from our usual mystery to bring you a taste of some not-so-mysterious sweets.

Some local Chicago folks with have organized a bake sale to benefit those devastated by the earthquake in Haiti. In a short amount of time, so many people and businesses have come together to help with the cause. Even though there are a lot of organizations and benefits going on everywhere, it warms my heart to be connected to this community and see a movement grow out of a simple idea and a few words.

The bake sale is on Saturday, January 23 at Medici on 57th (1327 E 57th St, Chicago, IL). If you’re in the area, please drop in and buy plenty of goodies. All proceeds are going to Doctors Without Borders and Oxfam. You may even luck out and see yours truly there with a contribution or two. For more information or for details on how you can help, follow this link: A Bake Sale for Haiti.

Can’t make it or a bake sale isn’t up your alley? Whatever you do, just do something.  Just to name a few:
We can all use a bit of sweet in our lives.  Sometimes we can discover it by merely doing some good for someone else.  There's no mystery in that.

We now return you back to your regularly scheduled Project Mystery Candy.

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