As a little girl growing up, I didn’t have a sweet tooth.
I had a mouthful of them.
Now that I’m a 21-year-old college student, my sweet teeth and I have tasted thousands of different candies, baked goods, pastries, and confectioneries … without getting a single cavity. My dentist may attribute this to my professional-level teeth-brushing skills (two minutes using a circular motion, don’t you forget it), but I know for sure why these pearly whites have remained spick-and-span all these years despite the constant sugar-abuse. Like salt & pepper, peanut butter & jelly, macaroni & cheese (… why are these all food references?!), sugar and I were made for each other.
See, whenever I see a candy store or a bakery, I have to go inside. My five senses are fine-tuned to the delicate aroma of freshly baked croissants, the sparkle of sprinkles on top of iced cupcakes, and the crisp crunch of a customer enjoying a chocolate bar. Like an army of ants that swarms to a picnic when a sugary treat drops from unsuspecting sticky fingers, I never leave a single crumb. When it comes to sugar, my sweet teeth aren’t satisfied until I try it all.
Which brings us to little march(ing)ant: Not only to delight the crowd (or the one or two of you who happen to be reading) with devilishly sweet candy stores and bakeries, rare sweet treats from all over the world, and my own sloppily-sweet attempts at emulating my favorites crafted by confectionery masters … this blog of candies, chocolates, baked goods, and pastries is meant mostly to delight myself with the sticky-sweet adventure of it all.
As for me, I am the little marching ant at the front of the line who can’t help but lead her friends to the giant, awe-inspiring picnic of sweet treats found all over the world. If you’d like to join me (in single file line, of course), that would be absolutely, undoubtedly, well … sweet.
Edit, June 2013: Now that I have become vegan (since February 2013), I’m interested to see how this blog changes and flourishes as I seek out new candy and baking adventures that don’t include dairy and eggs. If you have any questions about my diet, please click on the ‘Contact’ tab above. I’d love to chat!
Rachel Marchant [March-ant. Get it? March(ing)ant? There you go. You got it.] is a 21-year-old college senior attending Northwestern University in Evanston, IL, where she studies theatre, psychology, and marketing and is actively involved in the student theatre community. Besides spending most of her time studying, baking, and eating things that “go straight to her hips,” she occasionally gets her butt out of bed and spends time running outside. Rachel was born in Doylestown, PA, but if you ask her where she’s from, she’ll probably just tell you “Philly.”
If you have any questions about this blog or about Rachel [trust me, the blog is much more interesting], you can contact her by clicking the ‘contact’ page above or by posting a comment on this page.