by Holladay Allen
Native Foods Cafe Tribe Member
So the big weekend has arrived… every child’s dream of collecting and devouring an obscene amount of sugar and processed “stuff” compacted into brightly colored, expertly marketed packaging may come true on Sunday night. This, of course, depends on a well-planned-out route, size of bucket, or bag, used for candy collection and the quality of the costume. First off, if you head into an upscale neighborhood where the houses are large and the incomes even bigger, you face a couple obstacles, if you will. You are going to have to walk more for less. The houses are larger, more spread apart, and you run a greater chance of encountering empty houses, as these people are more likely to be traveling, because they can afford it! Also, I'm pretty sure there is some sort of evidence to back this up, moms in the fancier hoods tend to be focused a little bit more on healthier eating than the mid-income, 9-5 mom who just does not have a lot of time or help on her hands. So chances of you winding up with a sack of apples, granola bars, and fruit leather are 75% greater in these neighborhoods. My advice, skip the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air’s house and head over to the Brady Brunch’s pad.
Choose you bag or bucket wisely! Large and easy to carry...
The mid-income neighborhood offers a few solid advantages. To begin with, the houses are closer together, so you already have a higher yield coming your way. Secondly, you are going to get a lot of variety. From apples to Mambas, the mid-income neighbor houses the borderline-rich to the borderline-poor. So you have the moms who fret over everything that enters their child’s mouth, to the moms who rely on frozen dinners and powdered chocolate milk. The mid-income neighborhood also offers a certain level of safety, which is pretty important depending on the size of your group and level of supervision. Now, if you are ready to eschew safety and well being for highest yield, best overall earnings, and the pure, raw ruckus of a rowdy Halloween, head straight to Roseanne’s neighborhood. The candy is top-notch (in terms of desirability based on sugar-content and cool packaging), the houses are even closer together, and you can hit up ungated apartment complexes for maximum yield. Front doors are mere feet from one another! Also, there are going to be a lot more peeps hangin’ out in Roseanne’s hood!
The better the costume, the more candy they will drop in your bag, cuz they'll be so distracted by your cool costume. Guaranteed.
Just remember to keep your Native Foods Café Vegan Candy Guide on hand at all times to help you navigate through that sugar-coated haze of a night. And don’t overdo it, even on the vegan candy! Stomachaches are no fun and crashing from a sugar high is the pits.
The more bright, crazy colors... the bigger the stomachache. I'm just sayin'.
So where did these sugar bombs we call candy come from anyways? Well, it all started with people eating honeycomb straight from the beehives to get their sugar fix. (And no, technically honey is NOT vegan, but that is another blog coming your way shortly…) People then started rolling nuts and fruits in the honey, creating the first confections so to speak. In the beginning, due to the high cost of manufacturing sugar, candy was very expensive, so it was a treat only enjoyed by the wealthy. But eventually, the process became standardized and hard candy found its way into the open market at very reasonable prices. Now there is a surplus of candy for all! At least here in America. So enjoy yourselves this Sunday and please be safe and courteous to all your fellow trick-or-treaters.
HAPPY HALLOWEEN! WE LOVE YOU! BE SAFE!