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Inspect treats carefully. For example, could you tell this cupcake may have broken glass in it?

Inspect treats carefully. For example, could you tell this cupcake may have broken glass in it?

We have Halloween memories of dressing up as our favorite cartoon character (which, if you were my age involved wearing an uncomfortable plastic mask held on by a flesh digging elastic band and a cheap plastic smock that had the named of the character printed on it. Not that it mattered, since you had to wear your jacket over it anyway since it was too cold.)

But I think a lot of us will remember not being allowed to accept anything unwrapped or homemade. And most important, not to eat any candy until it had been inspected by our parents.

It seems their were people poisoning candy, sticking razor blades in apples, replacing M&Ms with generic “W&Ws”.

It got so bad that local hospitals starting offering to X-Ray candy to make sure it was okay. I think the radiated Milky Way bar tasted better anyway.

What kind of sick people would want to poison innocent children? None. It was all a myth. It never happened. There was never a recorded case of a child being poisoned or hurt by candy given them to halloween.

So how did this horrible lie to ruin the day for children start? The local news of course. Local news has one way to get you to watch, by scaring you. Next time you’re watching Modern Family on your DVR, stop fast forwarding for when the advertisement comes up for the news at 11. The ad will only be a few seconds long, but it’ll be quick enough to convince you it could be a matter of life or death to watch.

“What local town could have poison water,” they might tease, or maybe, “How can you tell if your neighbor is really the ghost of Bin Laden.”

In that aspect the local news has not changed much. What better way to scare you then by telling you that your children will die by doing something they love to do.

But there was a small amount of truth in the story. In 1974 a boy was poisoned by eating a Pixy Stick laced with cyanide. At first it was thought it came from Trick-or-Treating, but the truth is it came from the boy’s own father.

It wasn’t until 2000 that a case of needles in candy actually happened. That year a man, probably inspired by the lies being spread by parents about tampered candy, put needles in Snickers bars. But even then the injuries were so minor that not a single can had to go to the doctor. It wasn’t disclosed if it made the Snickers bar taste any less nasty.

The point is the odds of being hurt by halloween candy, your probably more likely to have a heart attack worrying about it than actually getting a minor boo-boo from a Snickers bar. I’d rather eat a razor blade than a Candy Corn anyway.

Have fun this Halloween. Eat some candy, watch some scary movies, and please don’t spray me with shaving cream as I just shaved and it would be a waste.



Category: True But Dumb

Yes, yes, we all know the cake is a lie. But that’s not the only fabricated food out there. Check these out:

Mario is made of Reese's Pixels.

Mario is made of Reese’s Pixels.

Reese’s Pieces Contain No Peanut Butter

The candy makers really wanted to put peanut butter inside those candy shells, but it just didn’t work out. It seemed the oil from the Peanut Butter would leak out and cause the candy to be soft and mushy.

Instead a peanut flavored penuche was developed to put inside the candy shell.

Bonus Fact: Reese’s Pieces are 50% orange, 25% Brown, and 25% yellow.

Sugar Free Tic Tacs are Mostly Sugar

Tic Tacs advertise on their packaging they are sugar free, yet they’re mostly sugar. How can they get away with it? Well, US law dictates that any food that contains less than .5 g of sugar can claim to be sugar free. Since one serving is one Tic Tac, and one Tic Tac weighs less than .5 g it’s all fine in the eyes of the law.

Fortune Cookies are Not Chinese

9252353Anytime you eat at a Chinese place you’ll most certainly get a fortune cookie with it. But, that cookie is about as Chinese as that Diet Sierra Mist you’re drinking with that meal.

It’s disputed where the cookies came from, but the most popular story is it was created here in America by Japanese immigrants.

In the early 90’s, Wonton Food, the biggest maker of Fortune Cookies tried to expand their market into China. It was a failure because the Chinese found Fortune Cookies to be too american.

Category: Today

o-CHEESE-ONION-CHOCOLATE-BAR-570Despite the name of this website, I rarely bother to actually post anything about cheese. Today will be an exception, as this new is too good to pass up. Good.. probably not the right word for this.

Irish company Tayto has released a chocolate bar with cheese and onion flavor. Sound tasty? You’d probably think not, but the initial run of the limited time candy bar sold out quickly. Also a Facebook page giving away a few of the boors received thousands of entries.

The CEO of Tayto, Eamon Eastwood, described the bar as being “crunchy chocolate and then a lingering taste of cheese of onion.”

Those of us in America will probably never get to taste such a weird food. We’ll just have to make due with our tacos served in Dorito shells and bacon flavored cola.


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