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Cupid Would Have Loved Candy Hearts

Romantic American colonists certainly did. They had their own form of text messages hundreds of years ago, no internet required. Instead, they used candy messages — they would give gifts of homemade hard candy with messages etched into the surface to their sweethearts. Years later the founder NECCO and his brother, who developed the process […]

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Super Bowl Food Trivia

Food and the Super Bowl

Super Bowl 51 is this Sunday. Even though professional football — as we know it – has been around since 1920, the first Super Bowl only dates back to January 1967. Super Bowl Sunday certainly has the trappings of a holiday both in the US and in many expat communities. It’s the most watched annual […]

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What To Eat For Good Luck In The New Year — And What To Avoid!

Pork products, fish, beans, cakes with coins, grapes, and pickled herring? Maybe lentils, black-eyed peas, cooked greens or long noodles? Food and symbolism play important roles in celebrations around the world. On special occasions different countries use certain foods — not just to celebrate — but often as a symbol of luck, wealth, and health. […]

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Is Santa Having Trouble Buckling His Belt?

It seems that Santa has some weight challenges – no small wonder with all of the cookies and milk left out for him on Christmas Eve! Plus, he uses a sleigh pulled by reindeer so he just slides down the chimney. That might be a tough task with that belly and big bag of presents, […]

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holiday eating waistline tips

15 Easy-On-The-Waistline Holiday Eating Tips

The holidays are here. You can’t go anywhere without sugary, glittery, shiny holiday themed food calling your name. Holidays create a “perfect storm” for eating way too much. They combine some of the worst cues and triggers for overeating: family drama, too much food (much of it sweet and fatty), tradition and ritual, stress eating, […]

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Holiday Food Safety Guidelines

How Long Can Your Turkey Safely Stay On The Table — And The Leftovers In The Fridge?

Once Your Bird Is Cooked, Does It Matter How Long You Leave It Out? It definitely matters – and the clock starts ticking as soon as the bird comes out of the oven, fryer, or off the grill. According to the Centers for Disease Control, the number of reported cases of food borne illness (food […]

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Do You Swipe Candy From Your Kid’s Halloween Haul?

Ah — Halloween candy! It’s pretty hard to escape because it’s everywhere – on desks, in restaurants, even in my veterinarian’s office in a nice purple bowl with a dog bone painted on the side. Halloween week accounts for about eight percent of yearly confectionery sales and 34% of seasonal candy sales (like Christmas and Valentine’s […]

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How To Pair Wine With Halloween Candy

Halloween candy isn’t only for kids. Neither are Halloween parties. So, if you’re an adult, why not have some wine with your candy – whether it’s the candy you bought for trick or treaters or what you snag from your kid’s collection. There are all kinds of opinions about what wine goes well with what […]

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8 Great Candy Corn Facts

Impress Everyone With Candy Corn Trivia

It’s orange, yellow and white candy corn time. No matter how hard you wish it, the candy shaped like a kernel of corn can’t substitute for a veggie. Those little tri-colored triangles have celebrated over 130 birthdays and are still going strong. Here are 8 sweet things you probably never knew about candy corn: Candy […]

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Jack O Lantern

Stingy Jack and the Jack O’Lantern

Stingy Jack and the Devil The story goes that the Jack-O’-Lantern comes from a legend that goes back hundreds of years in Irish history. It’s said that a miserable old drunk named Stingy Jack — who liked to play tricks on his family, friends, and even the Devil — tricked the Devil into climbing up […]

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