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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Mindful Eating and Why It’s Important

Mindful Eating and Why It’s Important

Mindful eating can also be described as

  • Apprehensive
  • Careful
  • Cautious
  • Cognizant
  • Conscious
  • Conversant
  • Knowledgeable
  • Observant
  • Respectful
  • Solicitous
  • Vigilant
  • Wary
  • Watchful

Replacing Mindful with any of these words, like Careful Eating, or Knowledgeable Eating, or how about Vigilant Eating would imply to the following when eating.

Respectful Eating - Mindful Eating and Why It’s ImportantEat like a connoisseur of food and smell, savor, and see the color and texture of every bit you take. Make sure when you are eating that you are sedentary, always sitting, and avoid standing up, and don’t stand in front of the fridge and eat. That is not Respectful Eating.

Set your table with your fine China, crystal, and silverware. Or at least something graceful and pleasing to plate your food, doing so will make your meal feel special. Avoid the colors red and yellow. They have an effect on your emotions causing you to want more food.  That would be Knowledgeable Eating.

Always remember the purpose of eating is to enjoy what you’re eating, and not to eat just to fill a void.

Don’t multitask. Focus on what you are eating, that’s practicing Observant Eating.

Turn the television off, as well as the cell phone. Research as indicated that watching TV while eating prompts mindless eating, and not Vigilant Eating.

Practice putting your fork down between bites, this will allow you to chew your food more. The fork in hand would only signal to put more food in Apprehensive Eating - Mindful Eating and Why It’s Importantyour mouth before you have swallowed what is already there. Putting your fork down between bits would be Watchful Eating.

Rate your hunger before you eat. Using a scale of 1-10, with 1 being not so hungry and 10 being very hungry will help you to avoid emotional eating. That would be Cautious Eating.

 

Stay hydrated as thirst can impersonate hunger. That would be Apprehensive Eating.

Solicitous Eating - Mindful Eating and Why It’s ImportantIf you’re the cook enjoy the process of preparing food in place of rushing through it. If you’re not a cook, get in the kitchen and help, and enjoy the feeling of preparing great food.

Be mentally present, in the moment, as it were, while you’re dicing, shredding, grating or chopping the food.

Breath in the aroma of what you are cooking. Notice how cooking can relieve stress. That would be practicing Solicitous Eating.

Try new foods and get out of the mindless eating pothole, trench, and furrow. That would be Cognizant Eating.

Wary Eating shows a suspicious attitude to junk food, fad diets or yo-yo dieting.

A person who practices Conversant Eating knows or remembers from experience why they have changed their bad eating habits to healthy eating.

Those who practice Conscious Eating fully appreciate the importance of a healthy diet that includes complex carbohydrates, good fats, and protein.

If you practice Careful Eating then you are paying close attention to accuracy and details of Mindful Eating.

 

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