This is a simple day. It normally refers to something you eat being placed on a stick, supposedly so you can walk around eating it at a fair or a picnic or, well, where ever you find yourself walking around and eating something. It seems to best apply to meats, or ice cream, it is, after-all, a bit hard to put creamed corn on a stick (But you could if you froze it first.) Food just seems like something so much more fun to eat if it is on a stick.
How to celebrate – Eat something served on a stick. Come up with something new that you can serve on a stick. Remember a toothpick is considered a stick.
I remember when I was a child my grandmother had a bridge day with her friends once a month. During her “party” she served Bridge Mix, which included Chocolate Covered Raisins. While we children were allowed to play, which I did not want to do anyway we were allowed to sneak in and steal some of the Bridge Mix. Later, I found the Chocolate Covered Raisins at the movie theater. Made from the coco bean, the chocolate is a vegetable and the raisin is a grape (Fruit) so it seems like it should be good for you. Alas, it is not… but don’t let that stop you from eating one or two… dozen.
How to celebrate – Get some chocolate covered raisins. When the theaters open again, get them at the theater. Start a Bridge date with others just so you can buy Bridge Mix.
February 1 National Candy Making Day
Nearly everyone likes some form of candy. It has been with us for as long as nearly anyone can remember. Apparently the first recorded Candy came in India somewhere before the 6th and 4th century BCE. If you are able to remember beyond that then I apologize. But today is not about eating the candy, it’s about making it and sharing your recipes with others. Now don’t expect Mars or Hersey’s to share their recipes but as individuals we can share if for no other reason than to make someone’s day a little sweeter.
How to celebrate – Make some candy! Look over internet recipes sent in for candy. Throw a candy making party.
Hard Candy has been with us for years, though originally it was only available to the wealthy and privileged. It is simple enough to make, simply put it is 100% sugar boiled at 320 degrees F and then poured into molds allowing it to dry into what ever shape the mold is made of, and adding whatever flavors and colors you want to add.
The very first known hard candies to be made were lemon drops, and they are still popular today. Obviously the original recipe called for sugar and lemon juice, and that was about it. Over the years we have learned to add all sorts of flavoring to candy making it available in nearly any flavor you can imagine.
Peppermint came next and has been a favorite particularly around the holidays in shapes of candy canes and peppermint fluff balls. Until the late 17th century, the candies were too expensive for the everyday person. As sugar became less expensive the price of the candy dropped, making it affordable to nearly anyone. It actually probably made life better for the nearly 400 companies that opened producing candy, expanding the industry by leaps and bounds.
For years Werther’s Originals led the list of candies as the most popular, and also earning the highest paycheck. In 2015, Jolly Rancher took the crown away from Werther’s. Other popular hard candies include, Dum Dums, Life Savers, Tootsie Roll Pops, and Charms Blow Pops. In Japan it is now very popular to put insects inside the hard candy giving you something to look at while enjoying the tasty treat.
How to celebrate – Find your favorite hard candy and enjoy it. Buy, or make, some molds and try making your own candy (be careful though as the boiling sugar is very sticky and can burn really, really badly). Make sure you leave a candy bowl out during the holidays.
Did you know that over 9 billion pieces of candy corn are eaten a year!?! Did you know that since it is made from corn syrup, honey and sugar it contains no fat? Did you know that candy corn was originally named “Chicken Feed”? Does any of this really matter to you? George Renninger created candy corn for the Wunderle Candy Company sometime in the 1880’s in Philadelphia, PA. Today Candy Corn is manufactured by the Jelly Belly Company, producing 1,200 kernels per second.
How to celebrate – Get some candy corn. Try planting your candy corn. (I bet you grow ants) Find your own candy to celebrate fall with.
Okay, so like we needed another excuse to eat more candy and sweets. Well, add the third Saturday in October as another reason to celebrate something sweet to eat. The day was created by Herbert Birch Kingston in Cleveland, Ohio in 1922. This day originally was created to get sweets to those who could not afford them but as with most well intended ideas, it found a life of its own. So it’s sort of a mini Valentine’s Day today with the exception that it includes all kinds of sweets, not just candy.
How to celebrate – Give something sweet to someone you love. Provide something sweet to those who cannot afford them. Make someones life sweeter.
It’s funny what we consider junk food and what we don’t. The real definition of junk food is something we eat that has no nutritional value. Except that most everything has some nutritional value, albeit some have very, very little value. And what is junk food to one person is not to another. When I looked up junk food I found many items including the hamburger, which granted is not the best food available to us, but in many places it would be a step up from the normal diet. All that aside, today is a day you can eat junk food without guilt (or at least in theory anyway).
How to celebrate – Have some junk food. Make a list of things you consider junk food. Forget the diet for today.
What don’t we add chocolate to anymore. We can start out our day with chocolate flavored coffee and cereal, have a chocolate energy drink or bar at lunch and finish our day off with chocolate pie for dessert after supper. And if you need a snack try having a chocolate candy bar or some chocolate covered nuts or pretzels. I think what we as American’s are saying is, we love chocolate! Chocolate did not start out sweet. Native American’s used it for medicinal purposes when Columbus landed here (Alright it wasn’t exactly the states he landed on) and found chocolate in use. He sent it back to Europe where it did not go over well until sugar was added. It has quite an interesting history way too extensive to go over here.
How to celebrate – Read the history of chocolate. Enjoy some form of chocolate. See how many ways you can name chocolate is used.
Who doesn’t like jelly beans!?! Nearly everyone can find a flavor they like, altough there are some jelly beans specifically made for nobody to like these days. No one knows exactly where jelly beans came from, they just seem to have started to appear during the American Civil War as Union soldiers began receiving them, which would make one think they came from someone’s home. That would have been in the 1860’s and perhaps they were around before that as well, but if they were, we have no proof of it. Jelly beans are sort of like potato chips, it’s hard to eat just one!
How to celebrate – Have some jelly beans. Invent your own new flavor of jelly bean. Learn how to make your own jelly beans.
I remember as a child sneaking into my grandmothers drawing room, while she and her friends played bridge, and sneaking a handful of the candy left on the corner of the table. It was always chocolate covered raisins and nuts. They even call it, Bridge Mix. Back then, since I only saw the chocolate covered raisins when they played cards I didn’t think it was available unless it was a card day. The sweet chocolate and sweet raisins was a perfect combination and of most candies, probably the best one for you.
How to celebrate – Learn how to play Bridge. Go to the movie theater and buy some chocolate covered raisins. (Might as well see a movie while you are there.) Make your chocolate covered raisins.