I'm not a big chocolate person, in fact I'll take caramel over chocolate any day. When I do eat chocolate, I love Lindt and Ghirardelli. "Cheap" candy like Hershey's and M&Ms have never really been my thing.
But let me just tell you, now that I'm a mom, I love M&Ms. I rarely even eat them, yet I make sure we always have some in the house. Before I go shopping each week I check on milk, toilet paper, and M&Ms because of the potential consequences of running out of any of them. They are the perfect candy.
I think the main thing that I love about them is just how powerful a bribe they are. OK, I know I shouldn't rely on bribes, but sometimes I just don't feel like battling a child with a poopy diaper. Really, what would you rather do, chase a small stinky child around with threats of time-out or offer a few small pieces of candy to buy compliance? If I'm up to it, I'll do the chase, but some days I just don't have it in me.
In addition to the bribe factor, I love the size of M&M's. Just a few M&M's can satisfy the candy desire of a small child without ruining dinner or adding lots of junk into his already questionable diet. Sometimes I can't help but pat myself on the back for successfully bribing Michael with just a few measly M&Ms. Seriously kid, you should hold out for a Hershey's Kiss or two.
And the best thing about M&Ms? The low mess factor. Granted, they aren't mess free, but anything that only looks like this after spending 20 minutes in the hot, sweaty palm of a toddler works for me.