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‘Tis the season to pig out

One of our printers sent me a package today and it turned out to be much nicer than the usual bribe — er, holiday gift. I’m used to getting something generic and relatively useless, but this printer (Fry Communications) knows the way to our hearts: food!

In the box (and now Out of the Box) we found individually wrapped goodies like chocolate covered pretzels and blobs made of popcorn, caramel, and other stuff my dentist would hate. There were just enough to go around our small office but we weren’t sure what was inside some of them. Luckily, small labels on the back made it all clear.

Here’s a close-up of the description for that ambiguous candy on the left:

This reminds me of the pitfalls of using a thesaurus to help write book reviews. I don’t know about you, but if I’m not careful it can lead me down a slippery slope to purple prose. I can’t be sure that’s what happened here — it might just be a translation issue — but I picture someone at Sweet Jubilee Gourmet getting tired of the word “coated” and deciding to kick it up a notch the only way a writer can.

Lolly Robinson About Lolly Robinson

Lolly Robinson is the creative director for The Horn Book, Inc. She has degrees in studio art and children's literature and teaches children's literature at Harvard University's Graduate School of Education. She has served on the Caldecott and Boston Globe-Horn Book Award committees and blogs for Calling Caldecott and Lolly's Classroom on this site.



  1. Kitty Flynn says:

    There had better be popcorn balls tomorrow.

  2. Surely everything was ‘dusted’ and not ‘sprinkled’ with salt or sugar??


  3. FYI, the machines that coat things in chocolate are called enrobers. So this awesome word is an industry standard.

  4. Lolly Robinson Lolly Robinson says:

    Darn, I liked the other scenario better. But thanks for the information!

  5. I can’t believe I am just now seeing this…over 1 full year later! I love the fact that you are talking about us and our “creative” use of the word enrobed. We use it all the time because it just says it so much better than coated or covered. Plus, Anne is correct. It is an industry word. Anyway, if you liked our goodies back then, you should check us out again! We’ll be updating our website soon with some great goodies on a retail level. You can also find a list of retailers on there, so you can go get yourself some more enrobed goodies or “blobs” of popcorn. LOL!

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