Thursday, November 1, 2012

El Dia de los Dulces

Posted By on Thu, Nov 1, 2012 at 8:30 AM

Yay, it’s Nov. 1! To some, it’s All Saints Day and/or the beginning of Dia de los Muertos, but to others of us, it’s Candy Day. For years, this has been the day that kids eat Halloween candy for breakfast, trade it at school, parents swipe it from kids, and a whole lot of us hit up the discounted candy sales.

Unfortunately, Target and Kroger (and probably several other smart-but-stingy retailers) are using a graduated system for candy sales. Starting off at 30 percent and finally to 90 percent two-to-three weeks later when all that’s left in the Halloween aisle are orphaned candy corns and sexy nurse costumes for pets. The secret to getting good candy at the best price is to befriend an employee. We all know chocolate goes first.

That said, my house was stocked last night with full-price chocolate to give away to the night's candy beggars. I only give away good candy and I make sure the kids see what I’m putting in their bag so they know that I’m not the witch who gave them peanut butter kisses. Snickers bars say, “I don’t want my house vandalized, OK, kid?”

Now, I invite you to enjoy this fantastic video about candy trading (no, really, watch it). Being a child who didn’t like any of the peanut or peanut butter candies meant racking up Kit Kats and Starbursts every year. I could easily trade just one Snickers or Reese’s Cup for two better candies (such as two Special Darks). It was pretty awesome.

My mother actually likes those peanut butter kisses (in the black-and-orange wrappers). She is the only person I’ve ever known who does. She also likes Necco wafers and even Jordan Almonds and stale Sugar Babies. I believe one of the latter two is responsible for at least one of her crowns.

How about you? What’s your favorite Halloween candy? The worst?

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