The fact that she may have missed the blog post announcing her success, has provided the opportunity for a really tough experiment in self-discipline amongst all family members here.
Her chocolate bars have been sitting in the cupboard for nearly a month now, and I've lost count of the times I've heard any of the following:
"Have you written on your blog to Mrs Armstrong yet?"
"Do you think Mrs Armstrong still wants the chocolate?"
"Is it OK if I open this?"
and Husband likes to see my response when he rustles any packet in the vicinity of the chocolate bars..."Noooooo!"
I have to confess that I may, just may, have delayed this blog post, in order to test them all a teeny bit more!
I've nearly caved in and tucked into the choccy bars myself, but one of the stories I remember from my childhood, possibly from Listen With Mother, is the story of the chocolate kittens.
The details have become blurred over the passage of time, but it involved a little girl who bought a box of chocolate kittens for a present for someone, and ended up eating them herself. First she had one, then just one more, and finally she decided she might as well eat the whole box. I recall that she felt a little poorly, knew she had done wrong, and there was trouble the next day! I know that Mrs Armstrong's Fry's Chocolate Creams could easily go that way, so I'm not going to risk the guilt, the tummy ache, or if I did need to buy a replacement, the chance that the special 4 pack offer has ended!
Interesting as it would be to see just how long we could hold out, and who would be the first person in the family to crack, I think this chocolate deserves its rightful home.
Mrs Armstrong, if you're reading, pop me an email with your address, and your treats will be on their way!