National Candy Corn Day

National Candy Corn DayEvery Halloween, bags of triangle-shaped, yellow, orange and white candies fill trick-or-treat bags all over the country. If you guessed “Candy Corn” as the candy, you are right.

Every October 30th is “Candy Corn Day.” The candy is basically made of sugar, corn syrup, confectioners wax, artificial coloring and binders.

Candy corn has been around for more than 100 years. George Renninger of the Wunderlee Candy Company invented the candy around 1880, and was originally popular among farmers.

Jelly Belly candy corn

 Jelly Belly – Candy Makers

The Goelitz Candy Company started making candy corn in 1900 and still makes it today, although the name has changed to the Jelly Belly Candy Company.

Most candy company’s will say candy corn is only five calories a piece and zero fat.

When people see a food being described as zero fat, it has to be good for you. But the fact is, that is NOT TRUE.

Corn syrup has been linked to weight gain.  A recent study (June 2015) at the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology at the University of Illinois found that, matched calorie for calorie with the simple sugar glucose, fructose (Corn syrup is a fructose sugar derived from corn) causes significant weight gain, physical inactivity, and body fat deposition (Science Daily).

Another study in 2011 at the Oregon Health & Science University used functional MRI images to gauge responses to fructose and sucrose alike on the brain. They used nine human volunteers, all who were of normal weight. They found in the part of the brain that controls responses to food, that there was a reaction to glucose that was opposite that of the reaction to fructose. The scientists stated that these results support previous research on animals and link fructose to obesity (Natural News).

But enough of the “Bearer of Bad News.” If you eat a healthy diet every day, a little candy corn will not hurt you to enjoy it this day, National Candy Corn Day.

Here are a few ways to enjoy the candy.

Candy Corn MartiniFor those of you who may through an Adult Halloween Party, here is a  Candy Corn Martini by Whiskey Blue in West Los Angeles.

They say candy corn is a Halloween staple, and while enjoying munching on everyone’s favorite Halloween treat try sipping on this martini.  Find the martini recipe by Linking Here.

If you go elaborate at giving out goodies to children who arrive to your door the early evening of Halloween, then here are some great cupcake ideas using candy corn.

Candy Corn Cupcakes

               Image Credit: The Sugar Turntable

 

 

Candy Corn Cupcakes – These celebratory cupcakes by The Sugar Turntable are easy to make.

Find the step-by-step instructions by Linking Here.

Candy Corn Cupcake

          Image Credit: Your HomeBased Mom

 

 

Your HomeBased Mom has a delectable recipe as well for candy corn cupcakes.

She says, Candy Corn Cupcakes are sure to be the hit of any Halloween Party you have been invited to attend. Get the recipe by Linking Here.

 

 

 

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Natural Bug Repellents

Natural Bug Repellents

happy romantic couple outdoorsSummer is a time to get outside and enjoy the garden, go to the park, camping, or the beach. We may even choose to put on a swim suit, shorts, or maybe nothing at all (if you’re a practicing nudist) to enjoy the summer warmth and sun.

midge to drink blood from hand of the personBut there is one pesky creature we have to also worry about, the bugs and insects, and most of them like to attach themselves to our skin. Therefore, out comes the bug repellent.

Poisons or chemicals that you would not ordinarily consume, doesn’t make since to apply them to your skin either. Many bug repellents have such non-eatable chemicals.

They may work at repelling bugs, but your skin is absorbing the repellent as well, and your liver is working hard to metabolize the toxins once they pass the epidermis and enter your blood stream.

The question arises, are there natural bug repellents that can work as well as chemical-induced repellents? Yes there is. Let’s examine a few ways you can keep obnoxious insects from invading your home and your body this summer.

 

Natural Bug Repellents and How to Make Them

Fleas

Spray cedar oil on carpets, floors and in your pet’s bedding.  d-Limonene, produced by the citrus industry, can be sprayed safely to prevent fleas.

Man with his dogWhat about your best friend, the dog that is? They can also be invaded by fleas, which can in turn be bothersome for you.

Try diatomaceous earth or powdered pyrethrum (purchased at any natural foods and herbal store) and sprinkle on your pet’s clean bedding and carpets in your home.

Herbal extracts such as rosemary, citronella, wormwood and pennyroyal are all natural treatments to repel fleas as well.

Mosquitoes

Marigolds, an annual flower are great at repelling mosquitoes. Plant them in around your garden and the areas were you sit, like the deck or patio.

Clove oil is effective against mosquitoes, but use sparingly as it may irritate the skin. Citronella (rose geranium), eucalyptus, peppermint, lavender and cedar oil are some of the most common insect repellents.

Flies

 Citronella can be diluted in oil, such as almond oil, and can be rubbed on the skin to keep almost any flying insects away. Eating herbs like basil, and mint on a regular basis will repel flies. Your skin will ooze the odor of the herbs which the flies do not like. Tansy as well as the smell of pennyroyal oil will keep flies away.

You can also use coconut oil to dilute the citronella, and hit two birds with one stone as they say:

  1. Repel the insects
  2. Retain the Moister of Your Skin and Make it More Youthful

Lemon and limes with cloves - natural insect repellent If your out in the yard enjoying family and friends with a meal, camping, picnicking at the beach or park you can naturally repel bugs and insects with lemon or lime slices stabbed with cloves.

All bugs and insects do not like the odor of cloves, it might be for the the oil it contains, which is eugenol oil, also found in cinnamon, basil, and bay leaves.

spray bottle Any of the natural herbal extracts noted in this article can be used in the following fashion.

Using a spray bottle, add an organic liquid detergent mixed with white wine vinegar and the plant extracts, like eucalyptus, lavender or tea tree oil, and any of the others noted above, and apply to skin.

Try some of these homemade natural bug repellents to repel bugs and insects before purchasing the extremely harmful products that contain poisonous chemicals that can only harm your health and the environment.

 

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