The fall semester will soon be upon us, and we all know what that means…junk food.  For those of you going off to college for the first time, I am sure you are having a little bit of anxiety about putting on the “Freshman 15”.  Even students returning to school fear packing on the pounds after a summer of working on our beach bods. Keeping the weight off can be tough, especially if your mother is anything like this one and feels the need to constantly be sending you something like this:

Not to worry, there are plenty of more sensible candy options which are no slouches when it comes to taste.  I’ll be highlighting a few of these so you can get the school year started off right!

1. First up: these babies from Brookside. Thirty individually-packaged pouches of divine little candies made with real fruit juice and covered in decadent dark chocolate.  Each pack is chock-full of antioxidants and only 100 calories! Throw a pouch in your bag for a guilt-free snack between classes.

2. Who needs beauty products when you have candy?  These heart-shaped pomegranate/raspberry fruit snacks from Beauty Sweeties contain aloe-vera, collagen and COQ10, a powerful antioxidant. Not to mention Vitamin E, which is great for your complexion.  I definitely recommend that you try these, you’ll thank me later.

3. Can we just take a second to reflect on how ingenious these are?  Imagine this: You’re running to class (post-Starbucks run) with a hot tea and realize, in your haste, you didn’t add any honey!  Good thing you have one of these all-natural Lavender Honey Tea Spoons from the Melville Candy Company with you.  These are great for sweetening up hot beverages or just enjoying as a healthy alternative to a lollipop.  And, if lavender isn’t your “cup of tea”, these cute little spoons also come in Clover Honey and Peppermint.

Of course, exercise and a well-balanced diet are the best way to stay healthy, but that does not mean you have to cut candy out of your life.  College students are generally very busy people, and often times that means unhealthy decisions are made when it comes to food.  Hopefully these products, in addition to the many other all-natural goodies on Candy.com, will give you some sweet ideas about staying svelte in school.

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10 Aug

S’mores on a Stick! 0

Here’s an easy, stove top alternative when you want a s’more but don’t have the campfire.  Just use lollipop sticks (or bamboo skewers will do in a pinch) to anchor the marshmallows, dip in melted chocolate, and roll in graham cracker crumbs!  Happy S’mores Day!IMG_0709

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JzPtLYumFSo   Our friends the Candy Gurus tried out some new S’mores ideas in preparation for S’mores Day on August 10th!

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Salt water taffy is the official state candy of New Jersey.

June 16th, 2014 was a monumental day for New Jersey, for that was the day a bill was approved to make salt water taffy the state’s official candy.

The legislation was proposed by a group of 70 fifth grade students from Samsel Upper Elementary School in Sayreville, NJ who were inspired by a presentation made to them by State Assemblyman John Wisniewski (D-Sayreville) about how a bill becomes a law (CBS).  Said Wisniewski,  “I commend the Samsel Upper Elementary School students for the creative way they have taken their civics lesson and made it real with their suggestion to introduce this bill.” (Cape May County Herald).  The bill passed by a vote of 61-7-9 (Cape May County Herald).

The fact that a group of middle-schoolers could get a law passed is a testament to the power of collective resolve and ambition.  Even more inspiring, however, is the reason behind these budding activists’ movement. Tyler Graham, a student at Samsel Upper Elementary, suggested that declaring a state candy would attract tourists back to New Jersey’s boardwalks, many of which are still reeling from the effects of Superstorm Sandy. We happen to agree.

Indeed, salt water taffy and New Jersey beaches go way back.  The chewy treat was allegedly born after a storm caused flood damage to a beach town candy store, contaminating the taffy supply with salt water. The owner sold his taffy to a curious customer, and the rest, as they say, is history (CBS).  How poetic it is that a piece of New Jersey’s past may be the key to helping it rebuild its future.

Although this may seem to be an unconventional order of business for lawmakers, it is not the first time that an official state candy has been proposed.  In 2008, Representative Mike Armstrong of Washington presented a piece of legislation which would declare Aplets and Cotlets, an apple and walnut treat resembling Turkish Delight, as the state candy of Washington.  Ironically, Rep. Armstrong was also presented on behalf of a group of middle-schoolers.  Aplets and Cotlets are produced by Liberty Orchards in Cashmere, WA, and are regarded by locals as a symbol of American values. However, Rep. Armstrong’s proposition was met with much resistance by fans of Almond Roca, another confectionary favorite of Washingtonians which itself was nominated as the official state candy back in 2001 (The Seattle Times, Video). To date, Aplets and Cotlets are not a Washington state symbol (Washington State Legislator).

Aplets and Cotlets.  Photo via Micah & Heather's Weblog

Aplets and Cotlets. Photo via Micah & Heather’s Weblog

It would appear that even candy can be a topic of vigorous debate among legislators.  Our applause to New Jersey for passing the state candy bill and making the U.S. sweeter one state at a time. We hope other states get on board soon.  What would be the official state candy where you are from?  Comment below!

 

References

(2009). House State Government & Tribal Affairs Committee. Retrieved JUly 24, 2014 from http://www.tvw.org/index.phpoption=com_tvwplayer&eventID=2009010123

Assembly Passes Bill to Make Salt Water Taffy New Jersey’s State Candy. (2014, June17).Cape May County Herald .

N.J. State Assembly Approves Bill To Make Salt Water Taffy Official State Candy – CBS NewYork. (2014). CBS New York. Retrieved July 24, 2014, from http://newyork.cbslocal.com/2014/06/16/n-j-state-assembly-approves-bill-to-make-salt-water-taffy-official-state-candy/ater-taffy-official-state-candy/

State Symbols . (n.d.). default. Retrieved July 24, 2014, from http://www.leg.wa.gov/symbols/pages/default.aspx

Washington state candy: a sweet battle over fruits and nuts. (2008, December 31). The Seattle Times.

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