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Sunday, October 31, 2010

Happy Halloween!!!

It's Halloween!!!!! Today's a good a excuse to eat as much candy and chocolate as you want. Just be mindful of the impending cavities that may come after. :)  And to mark the occasion, I couldn't think of a more appropriate song than "This Is Halloween" from the movie The Nightmare Before Christmas. I love that movie!

Oh look... Jack Skellington took it upon himself to sit on my computer, interrupting me as I wrote, and have himself a kit kat bar. Oh, Jack!'s a couple Halloween food facts:

* The jack-o-lantern tradition comes from an old Irish folk tale about a man named Stingy Jack. It was said that he was unable to get into heaven and was turned away from the devil because of his tricky ways. So he set off to wander the world looking for a resting place. For light, Stingy Jack used a burning coal ember in a hollowed out turnip. When the Irish immigrated to the U.S. during the Great Potato Famine of 1845-1850, they found that turnips were not as readily available like they were in the homeland. So they started carving pumpkins as a replacement for their tradition. 

* The number one candy of choice for Halloween is Snickers

* Did you know that chocolate is better for your child's teeth than hard candy? Chocolate rinses more easily from the mouth by saliva, leaving it in contact with teeth for a shorter time. Chocolate also contains tannins, which inhibit the action of cavity-causing bacteria

*More than 35 million pounds of candy corn will be produced this year. That equates to nearly 9 billion pieces -- enough to circle the moon nearly four times if laid end-to-end

Be good and stay safe out there for those of you who will be out trick or treating. 




Bianca @ South Bay Rants n Raves said...

Happy Halloween to you too! It's my favorite holiday! Glad to know I'm one of many that eats the Halloween candy of choice! :)

Donna-FFW said...

Hope you had a great day!!

Pam said...

Great Halloween facts... I am glad my kids got more chocolate than hard candy.

Nutmeg Nanny said...

Hope you had a candy filled Halloween :)

theUngourmet said...

What a lot of fun information! I didn't know about the tannins in the chocolate. :) I have to grab my son a chocolate bar now.

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