|But being Director of a health foundation presents its own set of problems when it comes time for Halloween trick-or-treaters. My standard treats are raisins and peanuts.
I can’t hand out apples or oranges. I tried a couple years ago, only to have the kids yell out, “Throw those away!” as they walked away from the door. “Do you want to get poisoned? There could be razor blades or needles embedded in them!”
After that embarrassing experience, I tried to find out how many cases there were where children were harmed because of sickos that would do such a thing. At the time, there was only one verifiable case on record where a stepfather tried to poison his stepdaughter that he had gotten life insurance policies on.
Still, I switched to peanuts and raisins to play it safe. Of course, somebody always points out to me every year that a lot of kids have an allergic reaction to peanuts, and I realize that. But don’t you think those kids would be conditioned to not pick up bags of peanuts from one container and go for the raisins in the other?
Believe it or not, the great part is over the last four or five years, we now get around 20 kids looking forward to healthy treats. Hurrah!!! Maybe kids are more aware than their parents now?
The real challenge is figuring out how to get adults to stop giving kids the things that give them allergies in the first place. The most popular Halloween candies for trick-or-treaters, according to Google, are Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup, Kit Kat and Butterfinger.
But the three candies of choice for purchasers this year turned out to be the same devastating Halloween staples for the last three years — Candy Corn, Circus Peanuts and Peanut Butter Kisses. I don’t want to accuse anybody of being bad, but look what these are made of.
Candy Corn is actually made up of several ingredients, including sugar, corn syrup (a manufactured product that the body can’t handle), confectioner’s glaze (whatever that is), salt, dextrose, gelatin, sesame oil, artificial flavor, honey, Yellow 6, Yellow 5, and Red 3 (manufactured color additives). And the others are even worse.
Circus Peanuts: Bleached white sugar, Corn Syrup, Gelatin, Pectin, Artificial Flavor, Color Added (Includes Yellow 6, Yellow 5, Red 40). Allergen Statement: This product does not contain peanuts, tree nuts, milk, eggs, soy, wheat or gluten. It has been manufactured on dedicated equipment.
But worst of all is “Peanut Butter Kisses”. These are neither Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, nor Hershey’s Kisses. Peanut Butter Kisses are basically peanut butter taffy. You will know them because they have a plain orange or black wrapper. Now they even note they’re Gluten Free! I guess that is supposed to make them sound healthier?
But my advice is to leave them in that wrapper and quickly throw them in garbage or just leave them on the shelf and reprimand the store for selling them.
Peanut Butter Kisses ingredients: Corn syrup, sugar, roasted peanuts, partially hydrogenated soy oil and/or cottonseed oil, molasses, Mono & diglycerides, soy lecithin, salt, hydrogenated vegetable oil glycerin, and natural flavorings that they seem to forget to list.