Is there such a thing as healthy candy?
Though nobody is suggesting that you replace broccoli with chocolate and nougat, there are a whole lot of chemicals and other garbage being mixed into most commercially available candy. Take out the hydrogenated oils, GMOs, artificial flavors and colors, preservatives and a whole lot of the sugar and you have a significantly less bad for you product.
And, as with many smart ideas, it came from the mind of a kid. A 13 year old asked a question, his grownups took him seriously and UNREAL candy was born.
When my box of candy arrived in the mail, I very responsibly tasted each and every kind to make sure that I was happy serving it to my guests. After tasting, I almost decided that I wasn’t going to share 😉
Some people clearly have a lot of time on their hands!
Obviously not. The thought is ridiculous. And most sane people would agree that a young child's choice of dress-up doesn't have much bearing on his or her future gender identity. And, if it does point to future proclivities (which it may or may not depending on the child)–is there anything to be gained from not letting a kid be his or herself?
Girl dress up clothes have a tendency to be more fun…glitter, colors, shiny shoes, makeup. Why should girls get to have all the fun?
I read a fabulous post on the Nerdy Apple Bottom blog detailing one woman's decision to let her 5 year old son wear his choice of costume on Halloween (see pic above) and the nasty reactions that ensued from other parents.
I have always wanted to make my own candy, and now, with a nut-allergic toddler, I am even more interested in experimenting with candy that I make sure is safe for him. Candy Corn has always been a favorite of mine despite all of the nasty waxy ingredients in the mass-produced kind, so I'm kind of excited to try to make my own without all of the factory additives!
CAVEAT–I have not yet tested this recipe. I am merely sharing it because it is seasonably appropriate and sounds pretty simple (if labor intensive) and yummy. My friend Sheri tried it and vouches for it–though she replaced the Light Corn Syrup with Lyle's Golden Syrup. I hope to test it out soon…and I'll comment back!