Bertie Botts Every Flavor Beans
Yesterday, I watched the newest, and sadly the last Harry Potter movie – Harry Potter 7 part 2 – The Deathly Hallows. But this blog isn’t going to talk about what I thought about the movie, or the sadness I feel, knowing that the Harry Potter story is over (not including the soon-to-be-released pottermore…) You have no idea how tempting it was to talk about the last movie, and the idea that with the last movie, a generation of Harry Potter madness is over.
No, instead, I shall talk about Bertie Botts Every Flavor Beans. One thing I know everyone will remember from the Harry Potter movies is the banquet halls filled with food. Hopefully a lot of people also remember the Trolley on the Hogwarts Express – the one with all the candy! If not, then what the hell have you been doing with your life fool? Anyway, Bertie Botts Every Flavor Beans are one of the goodies on the trolly – a box of beans with pretty much any possible flavor in the world. I mean, “Fred swore he got a bogey flavored one once”!
A long time ago – when the first movie came out (I think…) someone gave my sister and I a bag full of Harry Potter type sweets, some of which were Bertie Botts Every Flavor Beans. What relevance has this to do with my “reminiscent blogs” that I’m writing this summer? Well, read on to find out!
Normally, after about 8 years, you would *assume* that all the candy in that bag my sister and I got would have been eaten. You would have assumed wrong. As I was helping my mom clean certain parts of our house, I found a box of Bertie Botts Every Flavor Beans. After 8 years. Seriously.
I shook the box a little, but didn’t hear the normal rattling sound one hears when there are “beans” inside a box. I was tempted to open the box straight away, but then thought “hmm.. the last movie comes out in two weeks, why don’t I keep it for the day I watch it, then blog about opening the box?” And that’s exactly what I’m doing.
Since I didn’t hear the beans moving inside, I figured they’d somehow melted and possibly merged into one giant blob of gummy bean goop. As you can see in the following three pictures, I took the plastic wrapping off the box. In the last picture, you can see the expiry date for these beans. Incase it isn’t obvious to you, the date reads 20th November 2004.
I then proceeded to trying to open up the box. Now, I’m not some mega-muscled muscle woman or anything close to that, (actually I have no upper body strength at all), and was having difficulty getting the box to open. I finally managed to pry out one end of it, and realized that some of the goop from the beans had actually gotten between the side of the box and the flap that needed to be removed (fourth picture), which explains why it wasn’t easy to open the box.
I ripped a bit of the top off accidently, and finally saw what had happened to the beans inside. Take a look.. if you dare!
The beans had, to a certain extent, lost their shape. They’d start moulding together into one giant big blob of goop.. I wish I had had two boxes – I would have attempted to keep the second box for a few years, and then opened it to see what had happened to it after that!
So ya, that was what I spent part of my time doing yesterday… Opening a box of (at least) seven year old Bertie Botts Every Flavor Beans. What did you spend your time doing? Huh?