Thursday, August 20, 2009

Totally Tubular

I remember thinking that the term “retro” meant things from the past that are now cool again. You know, it was the return of avocado green appliances, bell bottoms, and frosty-blue eye shadow. I felt like I’d been gagged with a spoon the first time I realized that those things defining my generation - music, clothing styles, slang terms - are now what constitute “retro”.

The first time I became aware of this trend was when I identified my first “remake” on the radio. I was so indignant listening to the cover band make a complete mess of the original. I thought, “What a poser.” I’ve now come to terms with the fact that my music can be heard during “way back weekends” and “the ‘80s at eight”.

The greatest blow to my aging ego occurred this past Halloween. Tweener after tweener arrived at our door dressed in their ‘80s costumes. It’s surprising enough to see styles that you once wore cycle back to the store clothes racks - but a costume? Wicked.

Retro or “old-fashioned” candy is one of the few exceptions to this disheartening evolution. As mentioned in the previous blog “Like a Kid in a Candy Store”, candy is often associated with pleasant childhood memories. In most cases, old-fashioned really refers to candy from an earlier time during our life-span rather than that from an earlier generation.

You don’t have to “eat my shorts” to reconnect with your youth. Just eat some candy.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Don't Sugar Coat It

According to the American Diabetes Association, a total of 23.6 million Americans had diabetes in 2007. That’s 8.0% of our total population. Even more concerning is the statistic that 57 million people were diagnosed at that time with “pre-diabetes”. It’s pretty clear that without health improvements gained by diet, exercise, and/or medicinal intervention, this population is going to give that 8.0% a big bump - and not for the better.

What a chocolate buzz kill.

Thankfully abstinence from the pleasure of sweets isn’t the only option for those who are combating or hovering near diabetic conditions. Sugar-free options exist and even better news, REALLY GOOD sugar-free options exist.

Bypass the dust-covered bags of chalky chocolates hanging on the store-chain pegs and head to Van Otis Chocolates in Manchester, NH or for some sugar-free treats. They offer many of their hand-made confections in sugar-free form.

You can enjoy novelties such as their award-winning Swiss Fudge, Cashew Clusters, Coconut Clusters, Almond Butter Crunch, Macadamia Caramel Patties, Cashew Caramel Patties, Almond Bark, Milk Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups, Almond Butter Toffee, Milk Chocolate Raisin Clusters, Dark Chocolate Peppermint Patties, Orange Sherbet Creams, Vanilla Butter Creams, Black Raspberry Sherbet Creams, Maple Walnut Creams, Raspberry Jellies, Orange Jellies, Milk Espresso Truffles, Mint Truffles, Meltaways, Peanut Butter Truffles, Black Raspberry Truffles, and many more!

Sweeeet. (Sugar-free, of course.)