Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Put Down the Mini-Snickers, Now

Halloween Bagged Chocolates says it all.
Your response is that it's not a mini-Snickers. Okay, so it's a KitKat or Almond Joy or M&Ms. We see you indulging in a candy orgy. One mini-Snickers becomes half a dozen and then you add three of the little bags of M&Ms and then you're looking for the back up bag of candy corn and then you're in a sugar daze. But it's Halloween and this is Halloween candy.
Actually, it's Halloween bagged candy. Next week it will be Christmas bagged candy and the M&Ms will be tinted red and green. But it's the same candy, and you can buy it 365 days a year. Somehow when it's Halloween candy it justifies the sugar overload and added poundage. Wrong! A KitKat is a KitKat is a KitKat. Putting a pumpkin on the wrapper doesn't make it a pumpkin KitKat.
When I hear the words "Halloween candy" my memories go to the kitchen in the house in which I grew up. My mother is melting Kraft caramels -- are they made now? -- and we're dipping apples. I think about trick or treating and bringing home a big bag of candy. It was a treat for my elementary school self who never imagined I would be able to eat bags of candy whenever I might want to when I grew up. I can eat all the Halloween candy in every drugstore in New York and I can't bring back the days of Kraft caramels and trick or treating.
So put down the mini-Snickers and leave the candy corn in the bag. Savor the memories and enjoy the little ones in their adorable costumes. You will save thousands of calories and stop the inevitable seasonal slide to a larger size that begins with the first piece of Halloween candy. Your waistline will thank you. 
I was thinking of skipping this post because of today's  tragedy in Lower Manhattan. But as former Police Commissioner Bill Bratton said, we are New York Resilient. We are heartbroken and we mourn for those who were killed, but we're tough and even in the most tragic of times no one takes away our ability to enjoy life. No one.
Hold your loved ones close and take good care of yourselves and thanks for visiting Buttercupland.


~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

I'm heartbroken too...so sad. And my husband and I were just talking about the caramel apples and popcorn balls we remember from our childhood. Hershey's miniatures were my favorite though. Hugs!

Mimi said...

Sadness and holiday joy. Life is a mix of feelings. Watching the news unfold last night was disturbing. Then I got a photo of our smallest granddaughter swinging by the hands from a tree limb in her yard while wearing her princess gown costume. It's the smiles mixed with the tears that makes it all bearable.

I'm mostly known as 'MA' said...

So true, no one should take away our happiness, but they surely do try sometimes. Holding on to what we love and who we love dearly becomes more and more important to me each day. Praying for all affected and hoping for peace in our world.

Starting Over, Accepting Changes - Maybe said...

Thank you, Carol. I was just thinking of getting off the couch and getting myself a leftover mini Snicker/Kit/Kat/Peppermint Patty. I will try to be good today and then pack up it all up and bring it to food pantry tomorrow. However, I work there, so I can’t promise that I won’t sneak one (or two) there.

My grandchildren still make Carmel apples.

I can’t listen to the news much anymore. It get more upsetting every day.

peggy said...

Too late I am reading your advice, however I did give away 99 percent of my candy stash.
I am so sorry too about things that happen all too often. I wish there was something we could do and I guess there is, just to live the best we can and hope for things to get better.


i wish i could give away my halloween stash of candy. but we had no trick or treaters this year. so sad what happened there. so sad, indeed.

Melinda said...

Glad you are safe.
Prayers for NYC and those who live and work there.

M : )

Paula Kaye said...

So sad what happened. I thought of you that day and I will continue to pray. As for the candy, I didn't buy any this year. So I didn't have any to eat!

Theresa said...

I just had a mini-snickers bar last night, JUST ONE:) I am praying for your City and all that were affected by this tragedy! HUGS!

Susie said...

Carol, Our trust of others is getting chipped at all the time. We just have to stand strong and pray . Now another wacko has killed members of a church. God help us all. Stay safe on your journey here and there. Always be alert.
Some times I do not need a holiday to want or eat candy. LOL. Blessings to you my friend, xoxo, Susie