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     Candy Corn was created, or invented, (if there really is such a thing as “inventing” something that isn’t real) around 1880. George Rennigner of the Wunderlie Candy Company, now known as Jelly Belly Candy Co., came up with the concept that was primarily made from sugar, corn syrup (more sugar), artificial coloring and binders, to hold all that sweet stuff together!

     For the whole year, but mostly during October/November, Wikipedia reports that 9000 tons of candy corn are sold. Originally the candy was made by hand but now is made by machine. The “corn starch model” is still the same basic recipe.

     I really don’t want to think about the ingredients too much, since I have eaten some of those “corns” in my day. Now, I’m not such a big fan.

     I guess I’m glad that it’s not like Hollywood, where, when they find movie success with one Superhero;  Soon, we have every other movie with flying capes and Hero powers. Candy Corn might have led to Sweet Miniature Turnips or Bon Bon Broccoli.

     Across the nation, kids will be excited to receive bags of candy. Some parents will restrict the intake while others just let their kids have at it. Of course, kids have figured out how to sneak some of the candy past the parental inspectors anyway.

     Trick or Treat has never been a night for “Teriyaki Chicken on a stick” or “Roast Beef Newtons”. In a society where some kids just snag a Pop Tart for breakfast or nothing at all, I guess that nutrition is usually not in the vocabulary.

     I started thinking about Halloween and nutrition. When I googled it to see if any claims were really being made, I came across “7 Halloween Nutritiion Myths” that are worth considering. It’s a reminder that,  just because an advertisement or label says it, doesn’t necessarily make it worthwhile. 

     I’ve listed the 7 Myths below. The article gives more detail and is worth considering:

     Myth 1: Always Go Low or Non-Fat. This myth reminds that such a label may mean that there’s really more sugar or calories.

     Myth 2: Bite Size is best. Not necessarily so because it may just send off a binge where bite size leads to bag size, and the nutrition listing for the “fun size” bars are may still be prepared with hydrogenated fats, refined sugars and other saturated fats.

     Myth 3: Sugar-Free means healthy. Sugar substitutes can be just as bad and “Sugar-free does not mean fat-free”.

     Myth 4: Always Go Natural.  One example…. Potato Chips may be made from real potatoes but still be fried. “100% natural can be misleading”.

     Myth 5: Candy with Fruit and Nuts is Healthier. A reminder that Chocolate covered raisins or peanuts are still candy.

     Myth 6: Chewy, Fruity Candy is Fat-Free. Gives examples on why it might not be so and that you have to check labels for preparation.

     Myth 7: Dark Chocolate is Always Your Best Bet: Among the article discussion is that 1 oz. of chocolate is 150 Calories. Not many people are eating one ounce of chocoate and stopping.

     Now, I dig deep to the B&W photo days for a regal costumed dressed up cat for pic o’ day.


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