‘Twas the Night Before Kakao
If you haven’t seen our holiday window display at Kakao Maplewood, you should. If you can’t, here’s the poem our own Jen Weinman wrote for us, and for you. Happy Holidays, everyone!
Twas the shop in St. Louis, just there in town,
Where tremendous confections were made by the pound.
The chocolate was tempered and poured into molds
In hopes that our customers would be so bold.
The caramels were nestled all snug in the case,
Their salt-topped crowns glittering, neigh, dancing in place.
Packagers packaged and confectioners dipped,
Hot chocolate was steaming and ribbons were clipped.
When out on the street there arose such a clatter,
We jumped from our tasks to see what was the matter.
Away to the windows we flew like a flash,
Peered into the night each batting a lash.
The moon on the breast of the new-fallen snow
Gave the lustre of mid-day to street signs below.
When, what to our wondering eyes should appear,
But a throng of people heading right here!
Young folks and old folks and families too,
We knew in a moment there would be a queue.
More rapid than eagles the customers came,
We whistled, and shouted, and called them by name!
“Now Marcia! Now, Pete! Now, David and Jane!
Come, Dennis! Come, Josie! Come, Donna, Elaine!
To the sidewalk! To the front door!
Come in everyone! Come and explore!
So into the shop our friends they flew,
Hungry for chocolate and excited too.
Hustling and bustling they flooded the door,
But all were polite as they entered the floor.
And with a smile we welcomed them in,
Offering samples and seeing their grins.
As we took our posts and readied our hands,
They squealed with delight and jumped at the chance.
They spoke not a word, but went straight to their work,
And filled all their baskets with nary a smirk.
Barks, hot chocolate, caramels too!
Marshmallows, brittles and bars – who knew?
They shopped and they shopped, their favorites abound,
Then Santas and Snowmen were none to be found.
Steadily tables dwindled with goods,
All had their fill, as at Christmas, they should.
After we closed on that magical night
We got quite a thrill once we turned out the lights.
Walking home we glanced into windows nearby,
And saw in each stocking, a Marshmallow Pie.
We knew we’d done well, and shouted “Hooray!”
For our chocolate had stirred every heart that day.
Come see us this season for confections so true,
Happy Holidays from Kakao to you!