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:







27 responses to “Fat People Need Candy Too”

  1. Twistie Avatar

    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….

    1. Mercy Avatar

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

      1. Twistie Avatar

        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.

        1. Michelle Avatar

          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.

          1. Twistie Avatar

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

        2. Mercy Avatar

          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*)

          1. Michelle Avatar

            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.

          2. Mercy Avatar

            Would you mind sharing the recipe, please?

          3. Michelle Avatar

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

      2. Twistie Avatar

        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!

        1. Michelle Avatar

          This is a great day.

    2. Michelle Avatar

      Love homemade caramel corn. LOVE.

  2. Twistie Avatar

    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.

    1. Slim Avatar

      And caramel corn!

      1. Twistie Avatar

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

  3. Linda Strout Avatar
    Linda Strout

    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 Avatar
    Noel Lynne Figart

    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.

    1. Michelle Avatar

      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 Avatar

    Candy is amazing. :)

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

    1. Chris Avatar

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

  6. Alyssa S Avatar
    Alyssa S

    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. Ruth Adar Avatar

    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.

    1. Michelle Avatar

      What a wonderful quote. Thank you :)

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  9. Lori Lieberman, RD Avatar

    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!

  10. emi11n Avatar

    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.

  11. Paulina Avatar

    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.