Short Halloween Linkspam

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A couple pretty good articles from Slate about Halloween candy:

Let Them Eat Candy!

But what if your kids don’t want to barter with the tooth fairy or set off controlled Kit-Kat explosions or sell you their Butterfingers? What if they really, really want to eat 8 pounds of candy? Right now I bet some of you are thinking—commenting, probably—What’s the big deal, lady? Chill out and let your kid eat some candy. (I know former Slate contributor KJ Dell’Antonia would agree.) And you know what? Research suggests that you might be right. As much as I’m going to hate watching my kid swallow eight Snickers bars in 90 seconds, letting go of my controlling tendencies may be the best thing for my son’s long-term well-being. That’s because when parents try to restrict their otherwise healthy children from certain foods, or when we actively pressure or coerce them to eat what we want, kids retaliate. Worse, our well-meaning interventions may cause our kids to develop abnormal relationships with food, increasing their risk for emotional eating and eating disorders.

How Dangerous Is Candy?

Noah’s mom, Laura, stocked their pantry with normal kid stuff—Popsicles and juice boxes and Teddy Grahams—so I didn’t think much about offering the jelly beans. But Laura seemed taken aback: “Well, he’s never really had that before … I suppose it couldn’t hurt.”

Couldn’t hurt? Could she really believe I was harming my child, and threatening to harm hers, by holding out a few tiny pieces of candy? But greater condemnation was to follow. Her husband, Gary, had been listening to the exchange, and with a dark glare in my direction, he hissed at Laura, “Oh, so I guess you’ll start giving him crack now, too?”

I have a few quibbles with that last one.

It’s a sensory symphony of fat, sugar, and salt: perfectly delicious and completely impossible to recreate at home.

I don’t think that’s exactly true. Peanut brittle=salt+sugar+fat (from the peanuts.

“People who think about these things every day, like indefatigable candy reviewer Cybele May, who posts at candyblog.net, sort candy from not-candy with a few specific qualities in mind: a sweet substance with a base of sugar, not liable to spoilage, ready to eat without preparation or utensils, and consumed primarily for pleasure.”

Snickers sometimes promotes utilitarian usage, though. I think at least some people use it that way.

The Fat Nutritionist has a Halloween post up. I haven’t checked out her links yet, but she has a pretty cool picture to accompany it!

Speaking of pictures, I keep thinking I should include more images. I included a heraldic image of a boar’s head, because boars are awesome.

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