How I Celebrate Valentine’s Day…with Candy

February 14 is Valentine’s Day, a holiday celebrating something very special: candy. I mean, love. Valentine’s Day is about love! Well, for some… But for kids my age, let’s be real. This holiday is all about the candy. We may get candy on Halloween but Valentine’s Day is way better. Why? Because no one judges us for being too old to celebrate! And the best part? We don’t have to dress up and embarrass ourselves. So, if people say you’ve aged out of trick-or-treating, you just need to hang on for a few more months and candy will be yours once again.

Chocolate is probably the most traditional and popular candy for Valentine’s Day, followed by those sweet little hearts with sayings on them, like “Be Mine.” Really, you can make it about whatever candy you like best. For me, it’s the sour stuff. My obsession with tart candy started when I was little with PEZ, the character dispensers. They are candy plus a toy, all in one. The problem was, I hated refilling them. Plus, it was a bit disturbing for Batman to be puking out tiny, pink, rectangular bricks that I then ate.

Luckily, I discovered you can just buy the refills without wasting money on the dispenser. You can even buy the refills in bulk. (Don’t tell my dentist.)

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Second to PEZ candy is the Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups. I love Reese’s cups, mini-cups, pieces, you name it. And I don’t think I am alone in this. Last week, a friend at school brought in a bag of mini cups to share. It turned into a tug-a-war which almost tore open the whole bag.

You never know about other people’s candy preferences. For example, one of my friends stayed out of the fray because she thinks Reese’s are gross, which surprised me, because how in the ever-loving name of Thor does one hate Reese’s? Unless you have a peanut allergy, which she didn’t have, she’s just picky. I get it. I mean, I avoid dark chocolate, gummy sharks, and Laffy Taffy at all costs because to me, those are the definition of disgusting.

Whatever candy you love, I hope you were able to enjoy it this year on Valentine’s Day. And if you don’t love candy, I may never understand, so please feel free to celebrate whatever it is you do love!