Archive for December, 2013

Candy That’s Actually Good for Your Teeth? It’s in the Works!

As a lifelong candy devotee, I’ve heard it all, including, “I’ll bet your dentist is going to like that candy even more than you do!” Truth be told, I’m no stranger to cavities. And truth be told again, I’m sure at least some of them were caused by candy consumption. But as I got older and heeded my mother’s dental advice more closely, those cavities became fewer and further between. Turned out she was right about proper brushing, flossing and rinsing!

Of course, good oral care benefits you in more ways than cavity prevention, though that is an important one. That said, there is hope on the horizon for us sweets-loving ladies and gents who don’t always remember to brush after snacking, which I came across in the article Science! New candy fights cavities.

Researchers in Berlin have been hard at work producing a mint that contains Lactobacillus paracasei, a “probiotic found in dairy products such as yogurt and kefir.” This probiotic has been found to “prevent the growth of Streptococcus mutans, a bacteria that sticks to the lining of teeth and produces acids that dissolve enamel.” 75% of the fortunate volunteers of the experiment that centered around eating mints containing the probiotic over a 2-day period “had lower levels of Streptococci mutans in their saliva than they had the previous day.” In other words – yay!

Research is new, the test was short and limited to just 60 people, and there is still a lot of experimentation to be done before it will be clear how big or small this news really is. But as someone who has firsthand felt the benefits of incorporating more probiotics into my diet, I am quite excited and optimistic! As most of us are aware, there are good bacteria and bad bacteria, and adding this good bacteria to the candy we love could help us cut down on the bad bacteria eating sweets can breed, without the need for harsh rinses. If they need new volunteers for the next round, I hope they call me!

Welcome a New Year with Sweets and Smiles!

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Hello, everyone! I hope all of you that celebrate Christmas had a wonderful day, full of all the best things in life, and a few presents, too. As much as I hate to see Christmas leave, there is another very exciting holiday right on its heels that deserves its due attention, and that holiday is New Year’s!

To be honest, I don’t love New Year’s as much as Christmas, and I certainly don’t love it as much as Halloween. However, as I get older I have come to have a new appreciation for this day of celebration; this time that ushers in a brand new year with noisemakers, champagne, laughs, and yes, kisses! A lesson my mother taught me that I’ll never forget goes something like this: “It isn’t fun getting old, but it sure beats the alternative.” A new year reminds me that as long as I’m still alive, just about anything I’ve ever wanted to do is possible. And that is something worth baking for!

When I set out on my search for New Year’s desserts, I really wasn’t sure what I’d find. There are expected treats for most holidays, but I couldn’t think of one thing that screamed ‘New Year’s!’ Well, that’s because there isn’t one thing – there are many! I found so many unique, awe-inspiring New Year’s desserts, perfect for taking to a party or sharing with a few special friends at home. And rather than choose a favorite, I made a Top 5 of sorts, in no particular order. I’m not sure which I’ll be making yet, but at least I have a narrowed-down lineup! Which of the below sounds best to you? Please share in the comments! 🙂

Ball Drop Cupcakes – Be sure to read her hilarious list of resolutions!
Rice Krispies Treats Party Hat – A good one for the kiddos to help with
Edible Party Horns – Yet another awesome idea from this wonderful blog
New Year’s Eve Petit Fours – These would make an elegant splash at a formal get-together
Sparkler Desserts – OK, this one might be the easiest. (You can even buy a cake or cupcakes at the store or bakery, but shhh.) What makes it special is the sparklers! Yep, the 4th of July kind. Oh yeah!

Push Pops by the Box – Push for the Best Price!

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On a scale of 1 to Push Pop, I’m going to let you guess how much I love Push Pops! I’ll take a cherry or a blue raspberry without complaint if they’re the only ones left in the box, but in a dream world, it would be all watermelon and strawberry. Watermelon and strawberry Push Pops as far as the eye could see! Sigh. Sounds nice, doesn’t it? You bet it does.

In addition to their refreshingly sweet, fruity flavor, Push Pops have quite a bit going for them…

  • For one, they are a self-contained lollipop. They have their own case, and if you don’t finish it all at once, you can slide it down for later without worry over it attracting every hair and fuzzy in sight.
  • For another, they have a clip on them. Now, before you go clipping a Push Pop to your pocket like it’s a stubby pen, you should know this is not ‘cool’ in the classic sense of the word! It is weird and funny, and that’s what makes it so awesome.
  • You can pretend they’re lipstick. Yes, I know, I am a grown woman. I have real lipstick, and I enjoy that as well. But I hope the day never comes where my first instinct after licking a Push Pop isn’t to immediately swipe it across my lips like it’s makeup! Because it’s fun and reminds me I’m still a bit of a kid, and it makes my lips taste delicious.

With all those reasons in mind, don’t you want to order up a box of your own? Now, now – don’t all ‘push’ at once! There are plenty to go around at these sweet sites…

Boxes of 24 Assorted Push Pops

Old Time Candy – $20.99
Blair Candy – $21.95
Candy Warehouse – $24.00
Bulk Candy Store – $20.50
Sweet Factory – $28.50
Candy Crate – $25.99