Junior Size Love

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Judith Heaney
3 min readNov 19, 2021

In my younger days, when I could eat anything I wanted and not consider the calorie consequences, I had a regular rotation of favorite sweet and salty treats I kept on hand in my cozy one-bedroom Boston apartment for when I was reading or writing or watching a favorite movie: Lays potato chips, Ruffles (you know, because of the ridges), Snickers bars, and Mounds bars, to name just a few. Of course there was a 7–11 convenience store directly across the street from my place which came in handy when I didn’t have something on hand (an absolute city luxury I deeply appreciated).

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When it came to movies in the theater, however, which I attended solo regularly while living in Boston, the sweet treat at the top of my list was Junior Mints, and I always stopped at that 7–11 to pick up a box before heading to the theater. I always bought my popcorn at the theater, because if you’re a popcorn lover (and I am), is there anything better than movie-theater, butter-slathered popcorn? I think not.

But in between those buttery bites of popcorn, I loved the dark chocolate mini mints, and if they were “just right” I could squeeze them slightly between my thumb and index finger and make the minty white filling ooze through the cracked chocolate. Junior Mints are the perfect pairing for any kind of movie…