To quote the great poet J. Lo, "Love don't cost a thing", but in China chocolate and all things imported sure does. Right before my birthday I received a wonderful surprise! Here is what I wrote on Facebook:
Absolutely gobsmacked tonight! Jamie McClintock comes home with a very cute & large reusable shopping bag filled with chocolate, cookies, m & m's, peanut butter and nutella with a card that is clearly not his handwriting (he had no idea how it had gotten to his desk). My very thoughtful friend, Julie, found a co-worker to deliver my birthday present to Jamie's desk at work...IN CHINA! Not only did she pick out all my favorites, but I know that she used energy that she doesn't have (sleepless nights will do that) and she used free-time that she doesn't have (three kids will steal all of that). I didn't cry, but I could have.
I decided to do some research and see approximately how much all of the goodies she sent to me would cost me in US dollars if I bought them in China versus the US.
In China: In US:
$6.03 $3.69 Milano Melts-Dark Creme
$15.86 $4.97 Bunny Mix M & M's
$12.38 $4.68 Petit Ecolier Mill Chocolate Biscuits
$9.29 $3.68 Jif Peanut Butter
$9.20 $3.28 Nutella
$12.00 $4.52 Dove Peanut Butter Eggs
$12.00 $4.52 Dove Dark Chocolate Smooth Eggs
$11.43 $4.79 Ghiradelli Semi-Sweet Chocolate Baking Chips
Wow! That's priceless!
I had planned to take some really artsy fun pictures at the grocery store of the products sitting on the shelf...but I totally freaked out. I thought store employees might turn in the crazy white lady that was whipping out her massive camera and taking pictures of chocolate chips. So, I used my iPhone instead and went undercover!
The prices listed are Chinese RMB. The exchange rate is about 6.3 RMB to $1 USD.
|Chocolate cookies similar to the |
Petit Ecolier Milke Chocolate Biscuits.
|This is where the chocolate chips used to be.|
It's not uncommon to go to a store and find
the one ingredient you need missing.
|I can only find small bags of M & M's, which|
means some of my cookie recipes become
very, very expensive!