Editor's note: Every weekday in October, the Serious Eats editors and staff will chat about a candy they loved as kids (or love today). Artificial colors encouraged, no organic chocolate allowed.


If your sweet tooth leads you to the movie theater concession stand, what do you buy? Sour Patch Kids? Twizzlers? Twix? For me, there's only once answer, and it's Junior Mints.

I love the little divots on the backs of each Junior Mint. They balance so perfectly on the tip of your finger. I love that the chocolate shell isn't too stiff, so it melds and collapses into the creamy mint center. Sure, the chocolate's nothing fancy, but it's just an accent, really. And a challenge...

I love slowly shaving the chocolate off the circumference of each mint with my teeth, then attempting to remove just the top and bottom layers of the chocolate shell. Did any of you ever do that? It's one way to make an overpriced box of Junior Mints last through an entire movie. Or, well, at least half a movie.

About the Author: Maggie Hoffman is the editor of Serious Eats: Drinks and coeditor of Serious Eats: Sweets. You can follow her on Twitter @maggiejane.


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