I must digress from my “What are you going to do when you graduate?” series for a moment.
So as I was helping my interns clean out their apartment on checkout day, I acquired some unwanted leftover packets of hot cocoa. Never being one to turn down free chocolate, I received it with joy. I made myself a cup that night, where I discovered that this is the kind of cocoa that comes with marshmallows right inside the packet. “Marshmallows.” I use this term loosely.
Have you ever seen these things? These are about as far as you can get from a marshmallow and still stay within the bounds of edible substance. Real marshmallows are light and puffy and squishy. These are… well, they’re white. They’re sweet. They’re kind of gritty. They’re about a sixteenth of an inch square. But these are not marshmallows. These are non-soluble floatie sugar globules.
I suspect they were invented by the guys working at the cocoa factory quality control when the machinery went haywire one day.
Guy 1: “Oh no! This is bad! There are non-soluble floatie sugar globules in the cocoa! We’re going to have to do a massive recall.”
Guy 2: “No, no, we can work with this. Let’s label them, ‘with marshmallows.'”
Where were the “truth in advertising” folks on this one?
Needless to say… despite my sarcasm, I drank the whole thing. NSFSG’s included.