I’ve been thinking about ice cream bonbons.
We never had them at home when I was growing up. But when my parents took us to the movies, there was always a box to be shared in the dark, before the feature even started. Those chocolate covered frozen treats were enticing and terrifying to me. I knew when we sat down, the box my parents had bought would open and one would be placed in my hands, still rock hard, along with a wad of napkins. If I put the entire bonbon in my mouth, it would adhere to and burn every soft surface it touched. If I tried to spare myself that misery by biting off a reasonably sized piece, the chocolate shell would split, dropping fragments onto my chest or lap, leaving the ice cream to melt in my hands.
Thus, most of my favorite childhood movie memories are intertwined with those bonbons, and the sensation of puffed out cheeks, a sore tongue and upper palate, and melting sweet cream and cocoa.
As I think back, I suppose I could have asked for a different treat. But, in a strange way, that would have drained the outing of some of its excitement. Everything was large and magical then—the theater, the films, the treats; and nothing was larger or more magical than those bonbons dissolving in my mouth, and the love in the hands that offered them.
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