Healthy Candy

Just Like “Jumbo Shrimp”… “Healthy Candy” is an Oxymoron

In America the annual per capita consumption of candy is about 24 pounds. Children eat between 1 and 4 pounds of candy just at Halloween.

I have avoided writing about Halloween candy, because I feel that it is no longer safe for kids to trick-or-treat. Also, I’m not fond of a day celebrating the dead and all things evil on All Hallow’s Eve an occult holy day.

That said, kids still consume tons of Halloween candy at school, collecting candy from neighbors and family or they attend a fall festival, or church harvest party and end up with just as much candy.

Have you ever wondered why you never have to convince a picky eater to eat candy?

Haley munches on her candy stash.
Photo with permission from ZIMage Photography

The Sugar Monster
Sugar is a monster. Somehow that’s appropriate for this holiday. Unless the sugar is listed as “organic” or it says “pure sugar cane,” it’s most likely from GMO beets. Just about every disease is linked to or made worse with sugar consumption.

Sugar consumption is directly related to the explosion in obesity and diabetes. In the refining process, all the vitamins, minerals, proteins, enzymes, and other beneficial nutrients have been stripped away. What’s worse much of the sugar in candy is now High Fructose Corn Syrup.

The amount of Halloween candy each child eats depends on his/her age and the amount their parents permit. This can be the ultimate battle, because after all, kids feel the candy belongs to them.

You can control your children’s candy consumption by having them dump all of their goodies onto the kitchen table when they return home. First of all it’s a good idea to inspect what in their bags. Next, let them sort the candy into three different piles: their favorites, the candy that they like somewhat, but not their favorites, and ones they don’t really care for.

The goal of the three piles is to allow kids the opportunity to designate their favorites. Parents can then combine the favorite candy into smaller packages so it’s not all eaten at one time and then throw out everything else. The small bags can be put into school lunches and eaten as after-school snacks. By dividing the candy this way, consumption is more manageable and the least favorite candy is disposed of right away.

Healthy Candy
Is there such a thing as “healthy candy”? No, I don’t believe so, but there are some candies without all the chemicals. It would be more accurate to say “natural candy.”

Sugar is always an issue, but for special times, it’s nice to have choices. My third daughter couldn’t tolerate the artificial dyes and flavors in candies.  I found out later that they are derived from petroleum, no wonder. When she was a child we had only two choices, both contain hydrogenated oils: Reece’s Peanut Butter Cups and Bit-O-Honey. Of course our Holiday Homemade Fudge is made without artificial stuff.

Today, you can find lots of “natural candy” without hydrogenated oils, artificial colors and flavors in a whole foods store or online.

So what’s in this natural candy? You’ll find ingredients like Organic Evaporated Cane Juice, Organic Rice Syrup, Citric Acid, Natural Green Apple Flavor, Dark Chocolate, and Natural Alfalfa Extract Color, Natural Lemon Flavor.

Natural candy is more expensive than ordinary chemical-filled candy, but I believe it’s worth it. Also, if you spend a little more, you just might eat a little less.

3 thoughts on “Healthy Candy

  1. Rachel says:

    Hi Nonna,
    I’d caution folks not to order from Sugar Coated Organics…..I placed an order on 11/11 and they never said any of my order was out of stock, but that’s what the website still says. I’ve sent numerous emails and filed a dispute with PayPal to see if I can get my money back. I haven’t received any product, or even a communication back from them, and don’t want anyone else losing any money with this website.

    On a much brighter note, I do enjoy reading your blog posts! 🙂

  2. Mary says:

    When my son was 5 he developed Type 1 diabetes. That first Halloween we offered him .25 for every piece of candy he wanted to sell us. We paid him $15 total! He was thrilled and didn’t seem to miss the candy. We haven’t been consistent with the money-candy trade sice that first Halloween but I wish we would have.

  3. jam says:

    Research is awesome. You should try it.

    Halloween is not an occult holiday. It was born from the Celtic festival of Samhain, the celebration of the end of summer and All Saints’ Day, a Christian holiday.

    The occult aspects of Halloween is purely societal in nature and has nothing to do with the meaning or purpose behind the day.

    I couldn’t agree more. Research is awesome. Twenty years ago I did quite a bit of research and writing on Halloween. Today, it’s sooo easy with the Internet. Just key in these words “Halloween history occult.” There’s a lot of information concerning the history of Halloween. Here are just two examples:

    “The pagan roots of Halloween are well documented. The holiday is rooted in the Celtic festival of Samhain, which came at summer’s end. As Nicolas Rogers explains, “Paired with the feast of Beltane, which celebrated the life-generating powers of the sun, Samhain beckoned to winter and the dark nights ahead.” Scholars dispute whether Samhain was celebrated as a festival of the dead, but the pagan roots of the festival are indisputable. Questions of human and animal sacrifices and various occultic sexual practices continue as issues of debate, but the reality of the celebration as an occultic festival focused on the changing of seasons undoubtedly involved practices pointing to winter as a season of death.

    …The complications of Halloween go far beyond its pagan roots, however. In modern culture, Halloween has become not only a commercial holiday, but a season of cultural fascination with evil and the demonic. ” These excerpts are from://

    Human sacrifice is documented by the Druids. This is from “Samhain: History of Halloween”

    “The feast of Samhain, which took place on November 1, is described by MacCane as order suspended. “During this interval the normal order of the universe is suspended, the barriers between the natural and the supernatural are temporarily removed, the sidh lies open and all divine beings and the spirits of the dead move freely among men and interfere sometimes violently, in their affairs” (Celtic Mythology, p. 127).

    Ward Rutherford explains that “the Celtic festival of the dead, Samain (was) an occasion marked by burning human offerings” (The Druids and their Heritage, p. 24).

    I think you can readily see why I’m not enamored with Halloween.
    Blessings, Nonna Joann

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