I am very spoiled.
Within a five minute drive from my house I have at least three grocery stores, three drugstores, a Target, a Walmart, and a Starbucks or six. But I’m still frustrated.
Because the closest Trader Joe’s is at least 15 minutes away, plus more in bad traffic. It’s just not fair. I want a Trader Joe’s in my city and I want it to be less than five minutes from my house.
Because I love Trader Joe’s. (Too much, it seems.)
Since it’s so far away, I always stock up when I go there: chicken stock, salsa, dog treats. Peanut butter pretzels, almond butter, and salted caramel sauce.
And at Christmas?
Candy Cane Joe-Joe’s. (I stock up on those Hershey’s Kisses too…but not at TJ’s. I get those at Target. And I buy LOTS OF THEM.)
So here I was, sitting in my living room, being lazy and eating Candy Cane Joe-Joe’s. I ate two the first day, three the second, six the third. Then I realized I needed to get rid of them because otherwise I would eat the whole pack.
To stop myself from eating the cookies, I decided to make bark with them.
Because adding semi-sweet chocolate chips,
White chocolate chips,
and Candy Cane Hershey’s Kisses to the cookies to avoid all those calories makes so much sense.
At least it makes perfect sense to me, anyway.
But we already know I’m not normal when it comes to food. Or grocery store requirements.
At least making it into bark makes it give-able. Because I can’t very well package up some Joe-Joe’s without dressing them up first.
The unfortunate thing is that now I need to go back to Trader Joe’s. To get more of these cookies, because now I’m out. And to get some regular ones, because I need to make more versions of this bark.