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Tricky treats...BOO!

I cannot believe that it is October already. How the year flies by.

October is one of my favorite months. I love the holidays that are approaching. I love apples, pumpkins and root veggies which are in season. I love sweaters and cool fall air, crisp with the crunch of multi-hued leaves and the scent of spices.

Because of the dates of our show, it will be hard for me to put much energy towards holidays this year. I will likely be rehearsing on Halloween, which is okay. I plan to do my Samhain work on the weekend, and I never hand out candy anyway. Kids have never stopped by our apartment, leaving us with unwanted candy again and again. Even if that weren’t the case, now that I am engaging in food activism, I don’t want to buy the typical Halloween candies which I find to be not only unhealthy, but harmful for the environment.

First off, the individual packaging is a nightmare. All those little wrappers add up and end up in our landfills. How I wish that we could hand out actual, hand-made goodies to trick-or-treaters, but of course (primarily bogusrumors of Halloween poisonings and not so bogus pins and needles in candy have made that impossible, thus disconnecting us further from our food and one another.

If I purchase the standard chocolate candies, they are likely produced and distributed by Hershey’s, Nestlé, or M&M/Mars, which are companies I’m not interested in supporting. If you want my full rant on conscious chocolate you can find it here.

Many candies are also chocked full of high fructose corn syrup (HFCS), which I avoid. If you haven’t researched HFCS, please do so and make your own choices. As a start, here is a link about some of the dangers of HCFS.

Now you may be thinking…”DAMN Jennifer is a downer, I want my Halloween sweets!” If so, I would respond “enjoy the holiday as you will, may you be blessed…and YES, I am a downer!” *wink* If you are looking for trick-or-treats that are healthier, you might consider old-fashioned recipes for candied and caramel apples, popcorn balls and the like. Internet searches will yield abundant spooky recipes and you can tailor your ingredients so as to fit your lifestyle choices. You can also tool around the net for heathier Halloween candy, much of which is wrapped for handing out at the door.

Also, if you’re like me and loved candy corn as a child (and if you have the skills of a wicked-mad, green Martha Stewart) you might try this cool recipe for conscious vegan candy corn.

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jennlynn_green
Oct. 5th, 2007 11:42 pm (UTC)
Sorry about that! It should work now but just in case:

http://theurbanhousewife.blogspot.com/2007/09/homemade-vegan-candy-corn-happy.html

They look yummy - but perhaps too labor intensive for me right now.
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ryanfirewitch
Oct. 9th, 2007 10:40 pm (UTC)
My favorite treat, which I tried for the first time at the Burning Man decompression party. (I wish you were there!)

Cut apples into slices.
Marinade in whiskey.
Dip in hot caramel.
Enjoy.
jennlynn_green
Oct. 10th, 2007 02:17 pm (UTC)
Yummy - that sounds delish!
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