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A friend posted the above image to Facebook.
Skittles, Reese’s Pieces, or M&Ms? Many people chimed in with their vote quickly and easily.
I could not do it – at least not without spending the day thinking about it. For some of us, this is not a simple choice. There are many factors. Maybe my mood? Maybe the weather? Cost efficiency? Hunger? As I reasoned my decision throughout the day, I documented my method for those as indecisive as myself who could use some guidance.
Consideration #1: For the decisive – If you have a clear favorite, then that is your choice. It’s as easy as that. There is no logic or method to account for taste. I envy those so clear minded to make a decision like this.
Consideration #2: For the indecisive – If you struggle to choose, then you need guidance. Some of us stand at the candy counter with a dollar in our hand, frozen in indecision. Choosing a candy is like choosing a favorite child. Although choosing my favorite child is actually easy. I have two kids and I have a favorite. If you ask me in person, maybe I’ll tell you which it is. But I also may change my answer depending on the day.
Consideration #3: For the thrifty – If any of these are cheaper than the rest, then pick that one. This assumes the same/similar serving size. Here, I will assume that each cost the same at the candy counter.
Consideration #4: For the gluttonous – If one has a higher net weight than the rest, then pick that one. Here, standard “candy counter” packaging tells us: Reese’s Pieces = 1.53 Oz., M&Ms = 1.69 Oz., Skittles = 2.17 Oz.
Consideration #5: Weather, Source and Location – If you are buying or enjoying your candy in a warm place, then M&Ms and Reese’s will be too liquid to enjoy. If you are buying or enjoying your candy in a cold environment, then Skittles will be too hard to enjoy.
Consideration #6: Opportunity Cost – If one is a rare indulgence for you, then weigh that priority against other options. For me, my kid is allergic to nuts. So peanut butter is a rare treat, making Reese’s an attractive option. In the end, for me, this doesn’t outweigh consideration #4, but it helps edge out the M&M’s for the second spot.
Consideration #7 For the bold and fearless – If you can scrape up three dollars, just get them all, mix up the bags, blindfold yourself and take the “M&Reeeskittles Challenge.” Each bite will be a mystery and possible surprise – like Russian Roulette without the risk of brain matter on the wall.