Countdown to candy

If you’re like me, you put off buying Halloween candy for as long as you possibly can. Not because you don’t have the holiday spirit, understand, but because you perhaps experience the holiday spirit too fully and find yourself munching on the goodies.

I have a solution to this dilemma, of course. I buy a few bags of lollipops and a few bags of chocolate candy (Snickers, Heath, Twix, etc.) so that I have a variety to offer the children who come trick-or-treating. Or maybe just so that after I eat all of the chocolate, I still have some lollipops to give out. (“Hey, you smell like chocolate!” “Shut up and eat your lolly, kid.”)

My two main objectives in purchasing Halloween candy are 1) finding it cheap and 2) buying something I don’t particularly like. I can’t help it; I don’t normally keep sweets in the house and bagsful of my favorite candy are a temptation I cannot be expected to withstand. Neither did my children find it a brilliant solution when I suggested we give out pencils.

In the spirit of the season, today I offer you some candy-related links for your perusal.

First off, Candy Blog is running a section about having a Green Halloween. If buying fair trade is important to you, check it out. Buying fair trade is important to me in theory, but in practice it’s not really as important to me as having grocery money for the week (which is approximately what some of those yummy offerings cost). So I’ll continue drinking my fair trade coffee with my slave-labor (but so delicious) mini candy bars. At least for now.

Next, I can almost quell my appetite for the forbidden goodies when I ponder which is more disgusting: Candy Scabs or Hose Nose Candy. I just don’t know. On the one hand, the Hose Nose Candy was feature on Jay Leno. On the other hand, the Candy Scabs are feature in this video, which is pretty horrifying in its kitsch. I can’t decide.

Tell me about your Halloween candy proclivities. (I won’t tell anyone; it’ll just be between you, me and the Internet.) What will you be handing out?

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One thought on “Countdown to candy

  1. We used to buy only candy that we (the grownups) like, so no leftovers would go to waste. Now I try to buy stuff I specifically don’t like, so I’m not tempted. In any case, a few days after Halloween everything, kids’ hauls included, goes with dad to work for the communal candy bowl. I’m afraid to ask how much he then eats himself.