Some how it keeps happening to me. I get a package of some sort with the words “Easy Open” printed prominently on the package. Great I think, I can easily get to my whatever and munch away to my heart’s content. How could I ever be so wrong?!?
I had the opportunity to fly to New York and spend some wonderful time with friends in Yonkers! Wonderful food, marvelous friends and perfect weather. If you are in Yonkers, head
over to McLean Avenue and Anna Artuso Pastry Shop for the BEST in Italian pastries along with great Irish and Italian restaurants. I gain weight just breathing the air in the pastry shop. Stop in, say hello to RJ and his crew and be prepared to take home box after box of goodies. At least their boxes are truly easy to open!
But I digress. One the flight up to NY, I was offered a really bad cup of coffee. Sorry Delta, Southwest has so much better coffee. Anyway, as I was trying to sip the not-so-palatable coffee, I was also trying to carefully open one of their packages with Biscotti cookies inside. Long, somewhat narrow package, 2 thin cookies high. Should be simple enough to get open. Ha! I tugged on both ends. Nothing. I then did the opposite way twist on both ends thinking the area where all the sides met the ends would be weaker, and let me in to get to the Biscotti. HA!
So there I am, it is 6:45AM and I have a cup of really bad coffee and no way to open this little Biscotti package. You can’t carry scissors anymore, no sharp nail files, no letter openers. Finally after several minutes of wrestling with the red package, I finally got it open! The opposite twist at one end finally did the trick. But then the whole package started to fall apart. It was as if once you got a chink in the armor, the rest feel apart. Easy open fail #1.
As the day continued, the opportunity to have some legendary airline peanuts came along with a small cup of Coca Cola (enough with the bad coffee). Peanuts are some of my
favorite munchies, being from Georgia where peanuts and pecans are so very good. Spent high school years in Eastman, GA where Stuckey’s Candy was founded. Right in the midst of peanut and pecan country. Yummy treats that can each be cooked, used in cooking and eaten by the handfuls.
Now these little packages contain about 21 peanuts, all roasted and salty. Just need about 21 bags to make it worth my while to try to open just one without scissors or a knife. Again I am struggling to open the package. No arm movements are enough since the package is just not budging at the little place where the opening is supposed to be. Finally I turn the package over, twist and peanuts pour out! Easy open #2!
Today the fun continued with Easy Open #3, with a box of Peanut Butter Cookies, natural ones in a simple but well closed box. First of all the construction of the box leads you to believe that the makers don’t want to hurt the environment any more than necessary, so there is no built in closure slots on the top. Then, once you do manage to open the box, the package with those yummy cookies manages to slice itself all the way from top to bottom! So I guess the idea of natural Peanut Cookies is to put them in a piece of Tupperware after opening so you can immediately recycle the box!
Easy Open is an Oxymoron! Will I never learn? Laughter seems to be the best way to deal with the term Easy Open! Laugh when I see the term and head for the drawer with the scissors!
Stay well and have fun!!