Time to go to the movies! Or play bridge! These are to two events I remember best when I think of chocolate covered raisins. Mind you, I don’t often think of chocolate covered raisins, in fact… I don’t really think of them at all until today. And that’s odd because I do like them. They should be healthy, but of course they aren’t. Since they are made out of a vegetable and a fruit one would think, “Hey, that works!”. Of course it doesn’t but if you need to feel guiltless when eating, say at the movies, then pretend you are having a healthy snack.
How to celebrate – Get some Chocolate Covered Raisins. Go to the movies. Learn how to play bridge.
It is believed that gum drops have been around in the United States since somewhere around 1801. They have appeared in many different forms, starting out as a hard candy and now being most popular as Gummis. Some actually have fruit flavorings but most are really little more than sugar on top of… sugar. But we all have our favorite, mine is the red which sometimes taste like cherries. They are fun to eat, certainly sweet and although they contain some sort of fruit they are not all that good for us.
How to celebrate – Decide which color of gum drop is your favorite. Learn how to make your own gum drops. Invent a new type of candy.
Today we celebrate covering everything and anything in chocolate! And why not, it makes nearly everything it covers better than it was in the first place. Naturally, its not so good for you and it might make you a whole lot fatter than you are now but then thing of the rewards in the way of flavor! Or maybe not. You can have chocolate, milk chocolate, white chocolate, semi-sweet chocolate, dark chocolate… did you know the original chocolate was very bitter? It was an American product that Columbus discovered and sent back to Europe where they almost immediately added sugar to it!
How to celebrate – Cover anything you have in chocolate. (By the way, no said it had to be food) Pick you favorite type of chocolate. Try some unsweetened chocolate.
July 15th Gummi Worm Day
If you feel like chewing on something all day long try a gummi worm! They come in numerous flavors and sweet or sour. The Gummi Worm was developed by a German company, Trolli. A common treat for kids is to place these gummi worms in chocolate pudding and make believe they are mud pies complete with worms. Talk about a sugar rush! There are bears, and horses and you name it, there is probably a gummi made in nearly every shape and form, but worms seem to be the favorite.
How to celebrate – Have some Gummi Worms. Visit Germany. Go to a candy store.
This is a simple day. It normally refers to something you eat being placed on a stick, supposedly so you can walk around eating it at a fair or a picnic or, well, where ever you find yourself walking around and eating something. It seems to best apply to meats, or ice cream, it is, after-all, a bit hard to put creamed corn on a stick (But you could if you froze it first.) Food just seems like something so much more fun to eat if it is on a stick.
How to celebrate – Eat something served on a stick. Come up with something new that you can serve on a stick. Remember a toothpick is considered a stick.
I remember when I was a child my grandmother had a bridge day with her friends once a month. During her “party” she served Bridge Mix, which included Chocolate Covered Raisins. While we children were allowed to play, which I did not want to do anyway we were allowed to sneak in and steal some of the Bridge Mix. Later, I found the Chocolate Covered Raisins at the movie theater. Made from the coco bean, the chocolate is a vegetable and the raisin is a grape (Fruit) so it seems like it should be good for you. Alas, it is not… but don’t let that stop you from eating one or two… dozen.
How to celebrate – Get some chocolate covered raisins. When the theaters open again, get them at the theater. Start a Bridge date with others just so you can buy Bridge Mix.
February 1 National Candy Making Day
Nearly everyone likes some form of candy. It has been with us for as long as nearly anyone can remember. Apparently the first recorded Candy came in India somewhere before the 6th and 4th century BCE. If you are able to remember beyond that then I apologize. But today is not about eating the candy, it’s about making it and sharing your recipes with others. Now don’t expect Mars or Hersey’s to share their recipes but as individuals we can share if for no other reason than to make someone’s day a little sweeter.
How to celebrate – Make some candy! Look over internet recipes sent in for candy. Throw a candy making party.
Hard Candy has been with us for years, though originally it was only available to the wealthy and privileged. It is simple enough to make, simply put it is 100% sugar boiled at 320 degrees F and then poured into molds allowing it to dry into what ever shape the mold is made of, and adding whatever flavors and colors you want to add.
The very first known hard candies to be made were lemon drops, and they are still popular today. Obviously the original recipe called for sugar and lemon juice, and that was about it. Over the years we have learned to add all sorts of flavoring to candy making it available in nearly any flavor you can imagine.
Peppermint came next and has been a favorite particularly around the holidays in shapes of candy canes and peppermint fluff balls. Until the late 17th century, the candies were too expensive for the everyday person. As sugar became less expensive the price of the candy dropped, making it affordable to nearly anyone. It actually probably made life better for the nearly 400 companies that opened producing candy, expanding the industry by leaps and bounds.
For years Werther’s Originals led the list of candies as the most popular, and also earning the highest paycheck. In 2015, Jolly Rancher took the crown away from Werther’s. Other popular hard candies include, Dum Dums, Life Savers, Tootsie Roll Pops, and Charms Blow Pops. In Japan it is now very popular to put insects inside the hard candy giving you something to look at while enjoying the tasty treat.
How to celebrate – Find your favorite hard candy and enjoy it. Buy, or make, some molds and try making your own candy (be careful though as the boiling sugar is very sticky and can burn really, really badly). Make sure you leave a candy bowl out during the holidays.
Did you know that over 9 billion pieces of candy corn are eaten a year!?! Did you know that since it is made from corn syrup, honey and sugar it contains no fat? Did you know that candy corn was originally named “Chicken Feed”? Does any of this really matter to you? George Renninger created candy corn for the Wunderle Candy Company sometime in the 1880’s in Philadelphia, PA. Today Candy Corn is manufactured by the Jelly Belly Company, producing 1,200 kernels per second.
How to celebrate – Get some candy corn. Try planting your candy corn. (I bet you grow ants) Find your own candy to celebrate fall with.
Okay, so like we needed another excuse to eat more candy and sweets. Well, add the third Saturday in October as another reason to celebrate something sweet to eat. The day was created by Herbert Birch Kingston in Cleveland, Ohio in 1922. This day originally was created to get sweets to those who could not afford them but as with most well intended ideas, it found a life of its own. So it’s sort of a mini Valentine’s Day today with the exception that it includes all kinds of sweets, not just candy.
How to celebrate – Give something sweet to someone you love. Provide something sweet to those who cannot afford them. Make someones life sweeter.