Monday, September 10, 2007

This Week in Candy - Naturally!

imageI’m getting so excited. In a little over a week the All Candy Expo starts, I’ve got my travel plans locked in and my lists of candy companies to visit.

I’ll be posting every day starting next Monday with notes and news.

In the mean time, there are other things to look forward to if you’re in Indiana ... you’re getting a See’s! Okay, it’s just at the Indianapolis Airport, so if you live in Indianapolis, you’ll have to buy a plane ticket, go through security in order to enjoy the deliciousness.

Bunrab has an awesome posting on the new Charles Chocolates cafe & store at their factory in Emeryville, CA.

There’s a lot of talk in the news lately about the new study out of the United Kingdom that links artificial colors and preservatives to hyperactivity. Many parents have noticed this connection and have found that an all natural diet makes a huge difference.

To that end, I’m going to try to list those things more often, or at least post when a product is all natural. In the mean time, it looks like Europe is doing a pretty good job of eliminating artificial colors (Nestle Smarties are the most notable).

In case you didn’t notice, Candy Blog got a little update on the layout over the weekend. I’m still tweaking things a bit (which is why there are two blogrolls at the moment). Hopefully it will end some of the endless scrolling and organize things a little better.

Here’s last week’s candy reviews in review:

Monday: Milk Maid Caramel Candy Corn (3 out of 10)

Tuesday: Caramilk Maple (6 out of 10)

Wednesday: Niederegger Marzipan Orange (8 out of 10)

Thursday: Zip Bomb (4 out of 10)

Friday: Shockers Squeez Lemon & Berry (5 out of 10)

5.2 weekly average ... 40% chocolate content.

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  1. If you have some power search way to go through old comments, I think you’ll see I tipped you off to the red dye -> hyperactivity connection a while ago… Maybe I didn’t use the “h” word, but I know lots of parents who avoid red dyes because of the belief that it makes kids hyper. I’m sure many people are finally feeling vindicated by this news!

    Enjoy your trip to the Expo…

    Comment by Tricia on 9/11/07 at 6:14 am #
  2. Cybele's avatar

    Tricia - thanks for the reminder. Sorry about not giving full credit for the tip.

    I did actually start watching the keywords for artificial colors and hyperactivity after that (but I don’t know where it was on the site). Personally my beef has usually been that I don’t think they’re necessary and of course I can taste some of them.

    Most of what I’ve been finding is a huge cadre of parents who meticulously read labels and share info online with other parents about how each of them affects their children. Yellow #5 seems to be the big offender that everyone talks about. This is one of the reasons the Europe is ahead of us on this, they responded to parents demands (with or without clinical evidence) and have been removing them from candies.

    I hope that this means that kids will just have better diets and not be faced with years of drugs.

    Comment by Cybele on 9/11/07 at 6:20 am #
  3. Oh sorry, I wasn’t expecting credit or anything, I just remembered the interchange. After all, I learned about yellow dye concerns from it! (I know people who assiduously avoid red dyes, and people who avoid all artificial colors, but don’t personally know people who talk about yellow #5.)

    Comment by Tricia on 9/12/07 at 2:47 pm #
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