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Sugar craze

  1. Oct 24, 2009 #1

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    I've noticed recently that candy has become a real craze with all kinds of large candy stores cropping up.

    Does candy become more popular when the econmomy gets bad? I notice shows on it on tv more and more, like right now "Extreme candy" is on Food tv.

    Kurdt loves his sweets, candy, pastries, and ice cream. He's eating pie right now.

    I, on the other hand do not have a sweet tooth, and truth be told, I may eat a candy bar twice a year. I haven't had ice cream in over a year, and even then, I ate half of a soft serve low fat frozen yogurt.

    So, do you have a sweet tooth? Do you crave sweets more when things go bad, or as a reward, or, like Kurdt, you're thin as a twig and can eat all of the sweets you want all day long and never gain weight?
     
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  3. Oct 24, 2009 #2

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    I find the older I get, the more I crave proteins. And veggies...lately I've been craving kale. Oh boy, I could go for some kale right now!

    I almost never crave sweets. Even as a kid, I wasn't much into sweets.
     
  4. Oct 24, 2009 #3
    Can't say that I've really noticed an increase in people eating sweets, but then again I have been a bit secluded from the outside world in a few ways. One being not watching a bit of television.

    I've always had a sweet tooth, but recently it's definitely tapered off quite a bit. I used to love eating ice cream sandwiches, chocolate popsicles, and just straight ice cream. After eating very healthily over the past few years, I just haven't craved sweets like I used to. They offered ice cream sandwiches at the base galley the other day so I decided to grab one for dessert. It seemed as though it was almost too much sugar for me and ended up only eating about 2/3rds of it. Not sure if it's just me getting older or due to my diet, but I definitely don't pig out on sugar anymore. Now, a snickers is a sugar overload!
     
  5. Oct 24, 2009 #4
    I don't really eat that much candy. I used to drink a lot of pop but I stopped doing that about a year ago... just drink water mostly now. I can't say that the economy going bad has really effected me on a personal level that I care about... so I guess I can't answer your question fully :p
     
  6. Oct 24, 2009 #5
    I've also always had the metabolism of a hummingbird and could eat however much of anything I want and never gain an ounce. My friends used to joke around and tell me that if I didn't eat every two hours, i'd die from starvation.
     
  7. Oct 25, 2009 #6

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    Ugh, I'm watching another candy show, one tiny apple covered in a pound of candy, you can't even lift the thing with a stick, and you have to cut into it with a knife and fork. :yuck:

    Ok, the ones rolled in live maggots is much worse.
     
  8. Oct 25, 2009 #7

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    I haven't noticed any such trend. I actually miss the candy stores we used to have when I was a kid...especially around Christmas when we could buy bulk candy to make gingerbread houses. I like candy stores better than buying candy in grocery stores, because you can buy just a couple pieces and don't have to buy a whole package. But, that's probably why a lot of them closed...people didn't really buy as much as they hoped. Of course, I really prefer chocolate shops over candy stores, but a lot of them closed when the economy got bad.
     
  9. Oct 25, 2009 #8

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    I rarely eat sweets, I'm always eating potato chips. I only crave sweets when I am working behind the computer the whole day and need something to chew on. Last week I bought a bag full of chocolate, sweets and potato chips just to get myself through the day.

    Last summer we did eat a lot of chocolate ice cream and since we don't have a freezer we had to finish it all in one go: half a liter each. We used to do that several times a week around 10 pm just before the stores closed :smile: I only gained a kilo in weight, I can basically eat all I want. I've decided that I'm going to stay clear of chocolate ice cream for a while though :rolleyes:
     
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  10. Oct 25, 2009 #9
    Sugar and fat are more of a problem for children who can't make wise choices and for chocolate junkies like me.

    http://www.reuters.com/article/domesticNews/idUSTRE52U88G20090331
     
  11. Oct 25, 2009 #10
    I noticed how some kids turn into 'instant ar****les' when fed sugar, and wondered if it had anything to do with the similar transformation of some adults who drink alcohol. It made me wonder whether sugar craving and a physical propensity for alcoholism share common cause.
     
  12. Oct 29, 2009 #11

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    I think I ODed on chocolate today :yuck:
     
  13. Oct 30, 2009 #12
    I have a hypothesis. Ever heard the old adage "sex sells"? With the increasing problems of obesity and diabetes, sugar has become more and more taboo. You can even see examples of sugar being promoted as "sinful" or "indulgent". It's the forbidden fruit phenomenon. Labeling something as taboo increases it's psychological appeal.
     
  14. Oct 30, 2009 #13

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    Little companies have tried to open custom candy-shops in the county seat, to no avail. Their products are too expensive for the locals, and the "sucker season" is too short to let the tourists make up the difference.
     
  15. Oct 30, 2009 #14

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    I guess it's the Food Tv that has all of these shows hyping the candy and sweets stores.
     
  16. Oct 30, 2009 #15

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    I don't get those, so I don't know. I have some friends and loosely-related families that have tried to open sweet-shops, and they always die. I don't care how delectable your hand-dipped chocolates and double-rich fudges are...if your candies are much more expensive than commercially-packaged stuff, your store will crash.

    This area has double-digit unemployment, and grinding poverty. Is there a market for candy stores that sell bon-bons for more than we might expect to pay for premium cuts of beef? Nope.
     
  17. Oct 30, 2009 #16

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    It just doesn't stop, another hour long show about candy and pastry shops. :yuck:
     
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  19. Oct 31, 2009 #18

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    Maybe they're running shows about candy because it's Halloween?
     
  20. Oct 31, 2009 #19
    I like candy, but I can live without it. I haven't had chocolate in so long I can't remember the last time I've had it. But I do like sweet stuff. I eat a lot of frozen fruit blended into an icy and now I'm hooked on these instant oatmeals. I don't know how they make them taste so good; the oatmeal I make never tastes that good.
     
  21. Oct 31, 2009 #20

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    Beginning of the holiday season, too. Probably November and December are the big months for home-made candies. I know they were in my family. Needhams, hand-dipped chocolates, fudge, turtles, peanut brittle...

    I know it was expensive, but somehow my mother always managed to build a stockpile of home-made treats for the holidays AND keep us kids from eating them all so we'd have treats for guests.
     
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