|Pasta with cauliflower and bell peppers|
Food Diary (October 31, 2011)
Breakfast: Rolled oats with raisins, coconut, sunflower seeds and flax seeds
Lunch: Pasta with cauliflower and bell peppers
Dinner: Sourdough toast
Baking/sweets: Coconut chocolate oat squares (small amount and sugar free!)
I made a guilt free (or guilt less) sugar free version of coconut chocolate oat squares simply by replacing sugar with honey. Those things are delicious and addictive.
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Soy cured snapper with green pea cream
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Source: Huffington Post
A very interesting list of facts relating to Halloween candy:
1. Americans purchase nearly 600 million pounds of candy a year for Halloween. That’s the same as 16 billion fun size Snickers bars. Imagine every American purchasing about 50 fun size snickers bars during Halloween.
2. 90 million pounds of chocolate candy is sold during Halloween week. in comparison almost 65 million pounds is sold during the week leading up to Easter and only 48 million pounds during Valentine's week.
3. Over 10 percent of annual candy sales happen the days leading up to Halloween -- that is nearly $2 billion dollars in sales. The highest candy sales in a year is on October 28th. The top five candy selling days are all in October.
4. Chocolate is clearly the preferred choice of sweets for many. Of the 1.9 billion sold in Halloween candy each year, $1.2 billion was on chocolate candy and only $680 million on sugar candy.
5. The average American household spends $44 a year on Halloween candy.
6. The top selling candy is Candy Corn. Americans purchase over 20 million pounds of it a year. After Candy Corn, the leading best sellers are as follows: Snickers, Reese's, Kit Kat and M&M'S.
7. Candy Corn is the most searched for candy term in Google, more popular than candy apples, gummy worms and candy pumpkins. Searches for Candy Corn are up 10 percent from October 2010.
8. This Halloween more people are searching for gluten-free candy than sugar-free candy. Google searches for gluten-free candy are currently 20 percent higher than searches for sugar-free candy.
I wonder how much candy gets wasted. Probably not much since candy keeps for a while, or gets finished quickly, unlike pumpkins. The above facts are for the US. I don’t know to what extent Halloween is celebrated globally. It is celebrated in Sweden and right now candy manufacturers have probably forgotten the term "economic crisis". Candy is really cheap and because of that I ended up eating more candy (mainly chocolate) last week than in any other week so far this year. I had to make my own little contribution to national statistics!
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