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February 20, 2020

Candy is the superior fall sweet. When you think of Halloween and trick-or-treating, the first thing that usually comes to mind is candy. Sour Patch Kids, Airheads, Lifesavers, gummy worms and pretty much all things sugar. While chocolate is still delicious, it always comes as an afterthought, the stuff at the bottom of the bowl left there until Christmas.

Candy can be used for a multitude of different occasions, especially when it comes to decorating. They are the finishing touch that pulls together any holiday dessert. As a kid, I never celebrated Christmas, so my brother and I always opted to go all out on Halloween. We always bought Halloween-themed gingerbread houses, and the best part of every year was getting to choose what candies we wanted to use to decorate our houses with.

Not only is candy the more fun and tasty sweet, but it also metabolizes faster. In an article titled “How Can Sweets Give You Energy?” by San Francisco Gate, chocolate has a higher fat content than most candies, which makes it take longer to break down.

“The ingredient that makes sweets so enjoyable — sugar — is a carbohydrate your body prefers to use for fuel,” the article said.

With candy, you get a quick boost of energy from the fast breakdown of the sugars. With chocolate, you get a slower breakdown over time because of the added fats.

Candy is also more versatile. The diversity in the colors, shapes and sizes in candies make them more exciting than a boring, brown chocolate bars. In every chocolate bar, the taste is almost the same. Sure, you can throw in some caramel, or add various nuts, but that’s really the only variable that would change it.

Candy is so much more fun because of the variety in flavors. While artificial flavorings like bubble gum, root beer and blue raspberry are pretty bad for you, they still add that final kick that pushes candy to be superior over chocolate.

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