Looking forward to Halloween? Halloween is the second most celebrated day, not holiday, behind Christmas (holiday) in the United States. Festivities on this gory day include dressing up in costumes, most often your alter-ego, and collecting then eating the treats, i.e. candy. Children and adults alike enjoy the self-imposed guilt-free, one-day-a-year gluttony of treats, that’s why we look forward to this day.
Traditionally, Halloween candy comprise of any and every type of candy but the signature candy on Halloween and for the fall season is . . . candy corn. Candy corn, a cone-shaped little orange, yellow and white morsel is made up of sugar, marshmallow crème, vanilla flavor, corn syrup and fondant which is a type of icing. Candy corn was originally called “chicken feed.” Candy corn was invented by a candymaker by the name of George Renninger at the Wunderlee Candy Company in Philadelphia in the 1880s. “The Goelitz Confectionery Company brought the candy to the masses at the turn of the 20th century. The company, now called Jelly Belly Candy Co., has the longest history in the industry of making candy corn — although the method has changed, it still uses the original recipe.” www.bhg.com
While candy corn is on the list of what not to eat to the millions diabetics in the U.S. and detrimental to the millions who diet religiously, Halloween candy, certain candies, is unhealthy to even eat once a year. There are 140 calories in 19 pieces of candy corn, no fat and 32 grams of sugar according to caloriecount.com. For those battling diabetes and high blood pressure, it is best to eat sugar-free candy corn. Generally speaking, candy like candy corn contains little fat but the culprit in the unhealthy aspect of candy is the amount of sugar. According to a 2010 article in the Daily Beast, some of the most unhealthy candies to eat are: Twix, Snickers, Milky Way, Baby Ruth, 3 Musketeers, Mounds, Butterfinger, Rolo, M&Ms, Almond Joy to name a few. Each of these candies account for nearly 250+ calories and 28+ grams of fat each.
The trick to Halloween is consuming massive amounts of treats and then suffering the ill-effects either by gaining weight or getting sick. Most holidays in the U.S. are hyped up by advertisements and social media; how we respond to what we see and hear is up to each individual. There are ways to enjoy Halloween and other holidays by consciously eating, bypassing the ill-effects of eating candy and consuming healthy foods prior to trick or treating or partying. Any leftover treats should be donated or discarded.