TAG: Candy

Homemade Peppermint Stick Recipes

Homemade Peppermint Stick Recipes

Peppermint candy sticks have been around for centuries, though there is some uncertainty as to where they originated from. Many accounts point back to Germany, around the 16th and 17th century. The ones found on the shelves today are a bit different than the ones from 100’s of years ago, as the originals were likely to contain real peppermint oils and current varieties often have synthetic peppermint flavoring. Peppermint (Mentha piperita) has been used since ancient times as a medicinal herb for ailments like stomach upset, to aid digestion and calm sore throats. Making your own peppermint stick candy or dressing up store… read more

Homemade All Natural Licorice

Homemade All Natural Licorice

Licorice candy was popular in the early 1900’s and is still loved by many today. Some brands of licorice candies are spiced with anise flavoring, but original licorice contains the actual licorice root from a plant. Glycyrrhizin is a naturally occurring chemical which is found in licorice root that is responsible for its sweet taste, and is actually said to be even sweeter than sugar. Real licorice also has health benefits including use as a tonic for sore throats, inflammation and fatigue, among others. The root was often sold in candy stores for children, and also has some interesting other… read more

Sweet Relief Without The Sugar

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From early childhood we are introduced to products laden with sugar. It is nearly impossible to go to the grocery store without being bombarded with “impulse buys”, in the form of ‘fun sized’ assortments of chocolate bars and sugary confections. But in addition to these sugar addictions, there is an inherent shame about our consumption. Of course, there are also many health concerns posed by over-consumption of sugars. While with any food or habit it is all about moderation, it can be hard to break certain habits without avoiding them altogether. This brings about a search for alternatives, so that people can be in the… read more

Thoughtful Treats

Healthy Halloween treats

Candy is a delicious accent to any All Hollows’ Eve party or trick-or-treat fare, and if small children are gathered around, the sweet stuff is probably a necessity. There are other options besides the mass-marketed packaged variety if you are interested in handing out better candy. When choosing candies, opt for items that are preservative free and have no synthetic colors or flavor additives. In lieu of the traditional, consider things like veggies, organic juice boxes, pretzels, trail mixes and popcorn that are often seasonally packaged by companies to highlight fall festivities. Some schools and community gatherings may require store-bought… read more