Fat People Need Candy Too

Happy Halloween!

If you have candy around, enjoy it. Candy’s only real function is to provide pleasure. Everyone needs and deserves some pleasure, including fat people. Plus, the only way to get good at eating something is to practice, and even to make mistakes.

If it weren’t for my parents allowing me to have a complete sugar orgy one night of the year, I don’t know many years it would have taken me to learn that I do, indeed, have limits — even with delicious candy.

Here are some candy-related posts I’ve been reading:

Trick-or-Treating with the Dietitian

The Sticky Topic of Halloween Candy

Anonymous Coward Bullies Children on Halloween

Oh, and look what I found:

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  1. Twistie
    Posted October 31, 2013 at 12:25 pm | Permalink

    Alas, I won’t get to wallow in candy! Money is tight and we get a LOT of little vampires and ghouls on our street, so I expect to have to put out the porch light early when we run out.

    Then again, that’s the perfect excuse to get up tomorrow and make a batch of truffles or caramel corn for myself, and I did just put new batteries in the candy thermometer….

    • Mercy
      Posted October 31, 2013 at 4:42 pm | Permalink

      Did you say make candy corn??? Recipe??? (Also, please, universe, let this be a gluten-free thing…)

      • Twistie
        Posted November 1, 2013 at 10:21 am | Permalink

        Sorry, Mercy, I said caramel corn… as in popcorn with caramel. Sorry to get your hopes up. I could, however, dig around a little and see if I can find a candy corn recipe for you. I’ll even do my best to find one that’s gluten-free.

        • Posted November 1, 2013 at 4:07 pm | Permalink

          Coincidentally, I was just reading about candy corn (I really love candy corn, though I know not everyone does) and I learned that it is classified as a “mellowcreme” confection due to the texture and mellow flavour, and the usual ingredients (corn syrup, honey, colouring, sugar) are coincidentally gluten-free. I’d be interested to hear if it’s possible to make it at home.

          • Twistie
            Posted November 1, 2013 at 7:04 pm | Permalink

            Cool! That means the recipe I found should be gluten-free, then.

        • Mercy
          Posted November 3, 2013 at 5:42 am | Permalink

          WHOOPS, what a silly trick my brain played on me! Thanks for going out and finding me that recipe anyway! (I’d also like to make my own caramel corn some day, since the closest thing to it here isn’t gluten-free *sigh*)

          • Posted November 4, 2013 at 12:29 pm | Permalink

            The caramel corn I make at home involves microwave popcorn (should be gluten free provided you check the ingredients in the buttery topping, or just get plain), brown sugar, butter, corn syrup, and baking soda…all gluten-free.

          • Mercy
            Posted November 5, 2013 at 2:13 am | Permalink

            Would you mind sharing the recipe, please?

          • Posted November 5, 2013 at 4:37 pm | Permalink

            I will once I dig it out of my recipe box.

      • Twistie
        Posted November 1, 2013 at 7:06 pm | Permalink

        And now that I’m home again and able to do a quick search, I found a candy corn recipe for you complete with instructions for varying the confection for different seasons and holidays:


        Have fun with that!

    • Posted November 1, 2013 at 4:08 pm | Permalink

      Love homemade caramel corn. LOVE.

  2. Twistie
    Posted October 31, 2013 at 12:26 pm | Permalink

    Ignore this comment. It’s only here because I forgot to check the box to notify me of more comments.

    Clearly I need more coffee.

    • Posted October 31, 2013 at 2:12 pm | Permalink

      And caramel corn!

      • Twistie
        Posted November 1, 2013 at 7:09 pm | Permalink

        Most people need more caramel corn in their lives… or whatever particular confection floats their boats.

  3. Linda Strout
    Posted October 31, 2013 at 2:20 pm | Permalink

    A comment from a friend of mine: Candy just makes the world a better place.

    Happy Halloween/Samhain/All Souls Day and any other sort of celebration you enjoy at this time of year!

  4. Noel Lynne Figart
    Posted October 31, 2013 at 5:44 pm | Permalink

    Honestly? I think the world would be a lot better if we had sensible rituals around eating.

    You know, like MEALS. Then, on holidays and/or weekends, treats or dessert or something.

    My grandmother wasn’t much of a snacker (not that snacking is evil or anything, but it wasn’t her thing), ate three full meals a day, and loved to end dinner with a little something sweet. If it was a holiday, she had candy or treats. Sunday dinner was a bit more lavish than most meals and often included pie (that woman made the best pies in the world).

    She lived to be 92. As it happens, she wasn’t heavy. I am, like most of the women on her husband’s side of the family. I think if I’d eaten like my grandmother all my life instead of dieting and crap, I would have a better relationship with food, even if I weren’t likely to be thinner.

    • Posted November 1, 2013 at 4:07 pm | Permalink

      I don’t disagree with you. I do a lot of these things, but I am neither thinner nor 92 years old. Your mileage may vary.

  5. Lindsay
    Posted October 31, 2013 at 7:50 pm | Permalink

    Candy is amazing. :)

    And I was so happy to see a new post from you!

    • Posted November 1, 2013 at 9:50 pm | Permalink

      Yes, me too. Hooray for posts! And candy!

  6. Alyssa S
    Posted November 1, 2013 at 11:42 am | Permalink

    Sooooo happy to see a new post!
    Reading your posts really helps me to ground myself when it comes to eating. I’ve been beating myself up over too many oreos last night. I’ve been trying to let it go, but it’s hard to let go of one’s snarky-self.
    Thanks for the post! This helps!!

  7. Posted November 1, 2013 at 3:25 pm | Permalink

    Madame Nutritionist, you ROCK.

    From the Jerusalem Talmud: R. Chizkiyah said in the name of Rav: You will one day give reckoning for everything your eyes saw which, although permissible, you did not enjoy.

    The ancients knew that life has plenty of pain and unhappiness in it, and that we don’t need to add to that with self-inflicted misery.

    Thank you for being a voice of kindness and sanity.

    • Posted November 1, 2013 at 4:03 pm | Permalink

      What a wonderful quote. Thank you :)

  8. Posted November 3, 2013 at 7:56 pm | Permalink

    I couldn’t agree more! By why wait for Halloween to enjoy candy? An old but still useful strategy for managing candy all year long–for yourself and your family!

  9. emi11n
    Posted November 15, 2013 at 10:45 am | Permalink

    Bunnicula was one of my favorite books as a kid. Anyone who hasn’t read it ought to, even adults can enjoy it, it’s way better than this dumb cartoon. Interesting that the cartoon introduced this “worldco food processing plant” which doesn’t exist in the book(Mr Monroe was a college professor, and I think Mrs Monroe was a teacher too). I guess they were trying to come up with a way to stretch the story out over many tv episodes.

  10. Posted December 14, 2013 at 1:18 am | Permalink

    Halloween is not big in my country. But before Christmas, people bring chocolate or homemade cookies to the office to share with their colleagues. I heard there were other people asking to forbid this practice, stating they were concerned about their coworkers (read: fat coworkers) health (read: weight). While I appreciate their concern, I’d rather make my own decisions about my food intake.

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