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Would It Be Valentine’s Day Without Colorful Candy Hearts?

How Did Candy Conversation Hearts Get To Be A Symbol Of Valentine’s Day? Cupid would have loved candy hearts — romantic American colonists certainly did. They had their own form of text messages hundreds of years ago, no internet required. Instead, they used candy messages — they would give gifts of homemade hard candy with […]

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(fun) Exercise To Burn Off Super Bowl (food) Calories

Check out these amusing (and possibly alarming) stats on how much and what kind of exercise you need to do to burn off some common Super Bowl food. Get ready to move around and act ridiculous for a lot of minutes! (Thanks to the Diet Detective for compiling these.) The numbers are just estimates – […]

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What to Eat for Luck in the New Year — and What to Avoid

Pork products, fish, beans, cakes with coins, grapes, and pickled herring? Food and symbolism play important roles in celebrations around the world. On special occasions different countries use certain foods not just to celebrate but often as a symbol of luck, wealth, and health. What Not To Eat (Hint: Don’t Look Or Move Back) Different […]

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Rudolph Really Does Have A Red Glowing Nose!

Poor Rudolph — he’s had to put up with all of those clown nose jokes over the years. It turns out that scientists have determined that reindeer have more abundant blood vessels in their noses than humans. The British Medical Journal reports that a team of scientists and researchers used a hand-held video microscope to […]

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Do You Leave Cookies For Santa?

Is Santa Having Trouble Buckling His Belt? It seems that Santa has some weight challenges – no small wonder with all of the cookies and milk left out for him on Christmas Eve! Plus, he uses a sleigh pulled by reindeer so he just slides down the chimney. That might be a tough task with […]

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Jack-o’-Lanterns, Pumpkins, Trick-or-Treating, and Candy – Why Do They Go Together?

A Spooky Jack-o’-Lantern Tale Have you ever wondered where the Jack-O’-Lantern comes from? According to an Irish legend that goes back hundreds of years, a miserable old drunk named Stingy Jack — who liked to play tricks on his family, friends, and even the Devil — tricked the Devil into climbing up an apple tree.  […]

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Do You Swipe Candy From Your Kid’s Halloween Haul?

Ah — Halloween candy! It’s pretty hard to escape because it’s everywhere – on desks, in restaurants, even in my veterinarian’s office in a nice purple bowl with a dog bone painted on the side. Halloween week accounts for about eight percent of yearly confectionery sales and 34% of seasonal candy sales (like Christmas and Valentine’s […]

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What Wine Will You Drink With Your Halloween Candy?

Halloween candy isn’t only for kids. Neither are Halloween parties. So, if you’re an adult, why not have some wine with your candy – whether it’s the candy you bought for trick or treaters, what you snag from your kid’s collection – or from the inevitable candy filled bowl on just about every counter. There […]

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Eight Sweet Things To Know About Candy Corn

It’s candy corn time! Those chewy and sweet little tri-colored triangles have celebrated over 130 birthdays and are still going strong. Here are 8 things you probably never knew about candy corn: Candy corn, created in the 1880s by the Wunderlee Candy Company, was popular among farmers who loved the corn kernel shape that looked […]

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PEEPS: Do You Love Them Or Hate Them?

Lots of people have a thing for those fluorescent marshmallow bunnies and chicks that were hatched over 50 years ago. They got their name – PEEPS — because the original candy was the yellow chick.  Now they’re produced for many holidays – in seasonal colors and different shapes. They continue to be the subject of […]

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