April 22nd National Jelly Bean Day

Who doesn’t enjoy a good jelly bean!?! I mean, can you pass by a bowl of jelly beans without taking a handful? Not me! No one knows exactly when the jelly bean came into existence but they were advertised as far back as the Civil War as the ideal treat to send to the Union soldiers in the field.

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Somehow they also became an Easter favorite. I remember being told they were rabbit droppings… as a kid, I thought that was cool but as an adult it’s a little disgusting. I still eat them though so I guess I got over the idea pretty quick!

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And naturally, the jelly bean has progressed over the years, the flavors have grown and even, in some cases, the shapes. I am still trying to deal with jelly beans that taste like popcorn or cheese steak.. not my favorite but some really like them. And then there are those that no one likes that taste awful… dish soap, axle grease or toenails. What really bothers me is that someone had create those tastes by actually knowing what the substance taste like!

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There are fine works of art created out of jelly beans. Here again, I don’t know if I can appreciate the art but I guess that all depends on your taste. (Get it! Taste!) So when asking what your art form is does the artist respond, ” jelly bean”?

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I don’t think I have ever met anyone who does not like a jelly bean, I mean, they may have other favorites and the jelly bean may not be on the top of the list but if offered, they general take at least one.. or two… or twenty.

How to celebrate – Have some jelly beans today, after all if you have children you probably have some left over from Easter.  Try and create your ow new flavor of jelly bean. Make certain that what you believe is a jelly bean is indeed a jelly bean before eating.

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April 12th National Licorice Day

Licorice has been a favorite candy for people since before the King Tut era. In fact, there was licorice found in King Tut’s tomb. It is a flavor not soon forgotten and people seem to either love it, or hate it with very little wiggle room.

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It is probably best known for it’s use in candy. The Vines, Good and Plenty and gum drops all feature licorice as a flavoring. It can be mixed with other flavorings but still stand out very distinctly.

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But what you might not know is that licorice is actually a herb. Though it is considered sweet, sugar is obviously added to the candy made with licorice. The day was created by Licorice International in 2004 to advertise their candy but licorice is also healthy.

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It is a natural laxative, helps with cramps of all kinds, aids with menopause, helps ulcers, stimulates a healthy Adrenal Gland and helps fight breast and prostate cancer. Who knew!?! While being a tasty treat it is also helpful. Sort of like the prune! Of course the sugar added doesn’t help.

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So enjoy some licorice as candy, tea or as a supplement! It’s good for you and for the Licorice International Association.

How to celebrate – Have a piece of licorice! Study what medicines have licorice in them. Grow your own licorice.

February 14th Valentine’s Day

Today is the day to show the one you love just how much you actually love them… or at least try to. The original Valentine’s Day appears to have been celebrated in the Roman Empire as a Feast of Lupercagia, the Roman God of Fertility.

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If you are lucky, your love will like perfume, jewelry, flowers or chocolate. If not, then you have your work cut out for you. Today being Ash Wednesday as well complicates the matter even more.

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On February 14th, 2009, 39,897 people all kissed for 10 seconds in Mexico City setting a world record. The thing I find a bit alarming about that is that it’s an uneven number! So, who was the odd person out kissing?

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Another interesting Valentine’s Day event was the St. Valentine’s Day massacre. It’s about a bunch of gangsters dressed up as police cutting down another group of gangsters in a hail of gunfire. I guess you could call it the kiss of death, but not very romantic.

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Well, at least the chocolate companies get rich today. 75% of all chocolate sold in a year is sold today. And the flower companies don’t do bad either. They too sell more roses today than during the rest of the year, also set at 75% of the yearly sales. That’s about 110 million roses sold for one day.

How to celebrate – I hope you find someway to tell your loved one that you love them. Fix your loved one a romantic dinner. Find time to spend with your loved one.

December 7th National Cotton Candy Day

Very few people have never tried cotton candy before, even fewer don’t like it after they have tried it. It is a favorite at carnivals and festivals and while normally served during the summer months, for some unknown reason it’s celebrated here in December.

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The cotton candy machine was invented in 1899 by William Morrison and John C. Wharton. They took their invention to the St. Louis World’s Fair in 1904 and it instantly became a hit. It was originally called Fairy Floss. Morrison was a dentist and Wharton a confectioner.

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Originally most cotton candy was pink, but today you can have it in practically any color you want though the flavor doesn’t really change all that much. It’s been a kids favorite for years and adults generally take to it as well. Even though it’s nearly pure sugar it is refreshing and light.

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And I guess you can even use it for clothing, though I serious doubt you want to sweat too heavily in it. It’s flavor is also infused into many of the food and drinks we consume today. They even make grapes into a cotton candy flavor.

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But it still is best when served as it was intended.

How to celebrate – Have some cotton candy today. Look for the cotton candy grapes in your grocery. Buy a cotton candy machine and start making it yourself.

October 31st Halloween

In case you have been living under a rock for the last couple of months, today is Halloween Eve. Some find it a good thing, some a bad thing… most of us just find it a thing. It comes, probably, from the Celtic Harvest Festival and “Summers End”. It was, at one time, believed that by dressing up as ghouls and goblins a society might keep away the demons that might assault them over the coming year.

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Known also as All Hallow’s Eve and All Saints Eve, it really depends on your vision of what the day brings. I have always believed (And I am not saying I am right) that what you make it is what it is, if you think bad things will happen, that’s what you will find.

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I heard a minister put it the other day say that you can chase away people who celebrate Halloween as an evil thing or understand it’s a great way to meet your neighbors and give their kids candy. (Or toothbrushes if you so choose) What is the harm in that?

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Are there such things as ghosts and monsters, demons and evil? No doubt that there are and if that’s the way you see it then that’s what is alive to you and you combat. To me, and others, its just a night of weird fun. To be scared, not over frightened, is stimulating and fun. If you believe it is real, its a nightmare.

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So celebrate, or don’t, what you choose to believe in. I put out no clowns since idiots have turned them into a bad thing. I try not to put out demonic creatures because they frighten people and leave them with nightmares. I don’t mind scaring someone, so long as thy are allowed to laugh after their experience.

How to celebrate – Choose your medicine and share it, or don’t. Remember you will be perceived by what you project. There is nothing evil about sharing a laugh. 

October 30th National Candy Corn Day

It’s clear the holidays are upon us when we start to see candy corn in the stores and on people’s dining room tables. It is the traditional fall candy because… well, I don’t know why but that doesn’t really matter.

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It use to be that every piece of candy corn tried to look like corn, it was always yellow, orange and white. I use to always eat the white tip off first. Today it can be any color which really confuses us old timers because it doesn’t look like corn anymore.

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George Renninger and the Wunderle Candy Company first created candy corn, however it was the Goelite Candy company that first mass produced it. Today numerous companies produce candy corn and you can even produce it yourself. Here’s the recipe. However it may just be cheaper, and a lot easier, to just buy it.

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And for those you who might like to drink your candy corn, warning this is alcoholic, here’s another recipe. See, candy corn has changed a bit over the years! But, it is still a favorite whether with kids or adults.

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It’s also a favorite with Elves. As you can see it falls only under Syrup on their menu and ties with candy canes. Right there is a glowing endorsement!

How to celebrate – Start serving up the candy corn for the holidays. Always buy a little extra so there is some left over for the guests that visit. Make your own candy corn, or green beans, or broccoli, or asparagus, or…

April 22nd National Jellybean Day

Made from sugar, corn syrup and either pectin or starch, the jellybean has become as much a part of American tradition as, well, any candy ever made.  It is believe that the jellybean may have been invented by a Boston confectioner, William Schrafft.

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What is known is that advertisements appeared during the Civil War that suggested jellybeans be sent to the troops fighting the war as a treat and to help keep up the fighting spirit.

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They were mentioned again in 1905 in the Chicago Daily News, and regularly advertised for sale after that. It’s popularity grew when it became egg shaped and assumed a roll in Easter.

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Today companies have figured out how to add flavoring to the jellybean and make it taste like practically anything. Even somethings that aren’t so good! Ah, give mankind long enough and he can find a way to ruin anything!

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1/26/1981 President Reagan with jellybeans with Alexander Haig and Richard Allen during a meeting with Interagency Working Committee on Terrorism in the Cabinet Room

Even the Gipper loved his jellybeans. In fact, I don’t believe I’ve ever met anyone who did not enjoy jellybeans. While they are an Easter favorite, they can be enjoyed any time of the year and they are a candy treat meant to be shared.

How to celebrate – Buy some jellybeans! There is a new game popular among those who eat jellybeans, a taste test of sorts, including jellybeans that are purposely meant to taste really bad. Get a party together and do your own taste test encounter. Try this recipe to make your own jellybeans.