Ah, confections! Foods loaded with sugar and carbohydrates! I love ’em! And it shows, unfortunately…
I’ve always had a sweet tooth, which I inherited from my mother. Mom used to buy Brach’s candies, mostly chocolates, by the box and try to hide them from us. She was never completely successful. Her favorites were chocolate stars (basically chocolate shaped like a star), bridge mix (various nuts and raisins covered with chocolate), and nonpareils (disks of chocolate covered with little white balls of sugar). Around Easter, she liked jelly bird eggs, which were essentially jelly beans that everyone insisted were something else. Oh, and gum drops, spice drops, all kinds of stuff like that.
Confections also include cookies and cakes, which includes donuts. Yep, loved them, too, and still do. And I love them all. Likewise ice cream in just about any form, including Popsicles, which are even labeled as "quiescently frozen confections."
When we were kids we used to eat a lot of confections and never gained an ounce because we were outside playing every day and walked everywhere, or rode bicycles. Even when we took public transportation, we’d have to walk to where we picked it up. We were active and never thought about it. The way things are today, you have to make a conscious effort to be that active. It’s easier in the cities to be active, because that’s the nature of city life.
Things have changed a lot, and not necessarily for the better.
Stream of Consciousness Saturday is brought to you each week by Linda Hill and this station. Now a word from plain and peanut M&M’s candies. The milk chocolate melts in your mouth, not in your hand!