Candy Canes

April 21, 2004

Halsted Bernard comments that there is nothing sadder than a candy cane in April except perhaps free tuition that someone is not taking advantage of.

I wish him luck as he contemplates going back to school for a humanities program - it is a terrible job future but a wonderful set of things to know and to learn.

I disagree with him about the candy cane. I am one of those folks who like candy canes. I stock up at the holidays, buy extra when they go on sale, and eat them all year long. For some reason the peppermint-sugar ratio in a candy cane is just a bit different from a starlight mint, the cane is lighter tasting and the taste is pitched more tenor, less baritone if that makes any sense.

I think it has to do with the ratio of peppermint oil to peppermint extracts, or to the way the candy is processed into a bent stick rather than a decorated lump.

Of course, I also buy peppermint starlights in the five-pound bag. I do like hard candy, peppermint candy in particular, as the next best thing to chocolate.

Posted by Red Ted at April 21, 2004 09:04 AM | TrackBack
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Thanks for the TrackBack, Ted. It's always interesting to hear a dissenting opinion on candy.

One minor note: I'm female.

Posted by: Halsted at April 21, 2004 12:03 PM

Whoops, sorry.

I read the first page of stuff and saw no obvious gender indicators - perhaps because I am a sloppy reader.

Ted K.

Posted by: Red Ted at April 21, 2004 12:13 PM
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