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Glycemic index, sweetness, and health risk

Does sugar deserve its bad rap?

As we know, sugar is getting some pretty bad press these days. Getting lost in the conversation is that the composition of various sugars, the level of sweetness and health risks vary greatly. Sugar is a natural product that sustains nearly all life on Earth. But there are some sugars that are smarter choices than others. Of course, everything in moderation, but avoiding sugar altogether can create its own health risk.  Click on the info graph below to determine:

What sugar has the lowest and ideal ratio of fructose to sucrose (hint: it is not a fruit sugar)
What sugar is the sweetest compared to white sugar
Which sugars have the lowest and highest Glycemic index (hint: health risks multiple with high GI)

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To celebrate graduates everywhere, we’ve put together a classic black, white, and gold themed Candy Buffet. Find more school colors to create your own candy buffet at  Candy.com party themes.

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Create your own licorice diploma to serve as a centerpiece for a buffet. Here we used classic black licorice and yellow candy sticks, tied up with some paper and black and white string.

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Make a tasty treat using fun black licorice Scottie dogs, and white chocolate pretzels found here White Chocolate Pretzels

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Choose chocolate gold coins and peanut butter cups wrapped in gold foil for a classic graduation party theme.

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We filled a jar with black and white sixlets. We created a black and gold theme using Milk Chocolate Moose Munch, a delicious popcorn covered in caramel and milk chocolate .

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For the tags and info, we created simple white medallions hung on candy jars, and little stand up cards for the licorice and gold coins.

What do you guys think? Did we make the grade?

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What’s better than an impeccable mustache? One that’s made of candy!  And what’s even better than that?  When its paired with a bow tie, of course.Pic2Sandy

With this fun Father’s Day favor idea, everybody gets a chance to pretend that they’re a Dad for a day with a great stache and a bow tie to boot. Just pair these gourmet Candy Mustaches from the Melville Candy Company, and these easy-to-do paper bow ties. They’re sure to create some great snaps at your Fathers’ Day celebration

For this project you’ll need:

Scissors

Pencil

Ruler

Double Sided Tape

Small hole punch or x acto knife

Cardstock

Craftpaper of your choice

Lollipops!

Directions:

  1. First you need to make the template that you will use for all your ties.  Cut a piece of cardstock that is 8 in long and 2 and 1/4 in wide.
  2. Fold the paper once in half, and then fold the outer corners back to the original fold, like an accordion.Mblog1
  3. Mark the width of the tie into thirds (¾ in) with your pencil and extend your marks 3/8 into the paper.  This will become the middle of the tie that wraps around the stick.
  4. With the scissors, follow the 3/8 inch marks on the paper and then angle toward the opposite corners.  You can make a straight diagonal cut for a more angular, sharp tie, or give it a curve for a softer effect.Mblog2
  5. Unfold the paper, and now you have your bow tie template.  Trace this shape on the back of your craft paper to create the final ties, and cut them out.Mblog3Mblog4Mblog5
  6. Once you have your craft paper ties cut, take your lollipop and mark where you want the tie to go. We found that roughly 2.5 in from the bottom of the mustache worked well, but you may want less if you are making these for Munchkins or more if you’re inviting the Harlem Globe Trotters over.Mblog6
  7. Wrap around your mark with three or four layers of double sided tape. Do not wrap just around the stick, but extend the tape out about a half inch long on each side, like wings.  This will give your tie more to stick to.Mblog7
  8. Place the lollipop stick across the center of your tie.  Then, fold in the ends so that they meet.  Press the middle and ends into the tape to secure.  You should now see the basic shape of your tie on the stick.Mblog8Mblog9
  9. The last step is to create the middle part of the tie that wraps around the center. Cut a length craft paper that is ¾ inch wide and 2 ½ inch long.
  10. Fold the strip into thirds, with both ends going into the center.Mblog10
  11. Unfold and hold the paper vertically, looking at the pattern as you want it to be seen.  Directly underneath the bottom fold, use the hole punch or x acto knife to punch a hole.  It should be in center, width-wise.
  12. On the top fold, mark across the center a line as wide as the lollipop stick.  Then cut down from the top on either side of the line, and then along that line.  The result should be two tabs, like rabbit ears on the top of the paper.Mblog11
  13. Next, place the lollipop stick through the punched hole, putting the middle portion of the strip facing the front of the tie.  Bring it up, until the bottom crease of the strip is against the bottom of the tie.Mblog12
  14. Fold the two tabs at the top down across the back, with the lollipop stick going between them.Mblog13
  15. Place a piece of double sided tape across the two tabs and fold the bottom third with the hole punch up toward them.Mblog14
  16. Press firmly together and you should now have your Mustache and Bow Tie combo!
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Hot and sweet candy and snack trends revealed at the exclusive retailer’s 2014 Sweets and Snacks Expo in Chicago included some old confectionery favorites like peanut butter and caramel sweets and some ancient grain and herbs added to the candy and snack world.  Click the picture below to see ABC’s great coverage of the 2014 Sweets and Snacks Expo top candy and snack trends.

 

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And, check out  just some of these yummy sweets and snacks mixed with old and new spices, seeds, grains sure to delight your senses.

First up, the olde time favorite, peanut butter. This nut is showing up in all types of sweets and snacks from peanut brittle to peanut butter popcorn. One item sure to be popular is a crunchy peanut brittle with coconut made by Sophie Mae. Other nuts you can expect to see in your candy and snack aisles include almonds, cashews and chocolate with hazelnuts.

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Next, expect to see lots of candy and snacks combined in fun and creative ways using an Asian inspired hot spice that is fairly new to the US candy taste buds called Sriracha–our tongues will feel the burn. Instead of hot buttered popcorn, how about  hot sriracha popcorn  made by Indiana Popcorn?
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Other spices mixing with confectionery items this year will be Tabasco, ginger, rosemary, wasabi, sage, sea salt and pepper. This sounds like the candy and snack makers raided my spice rack.

A second olde type favorite candy, caramel, is making a big comeback including the classic Milky Way’s Simply Caramel bars …

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and Goetze’s yummy Chocolate Caramel Creams
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Or check out the popular cinnamon or mint herbs made by Tic Tac.

 

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Mixing new and old flavors, sweets and snacks will be combined with ancient herbs, vegetables and seeds like quinoa, kale, chia, pumpkin seeds, seaweed, sesame, parsnips and peabutter–incredible flavor combinations sure to make our mouths happy and our bodies healthy.  The sweetest of all possible worlds!

Please let me know your thoughts in the comments section below.

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