Halloween Used to Mean Candy Corn to Me

Now I'm Immune to Their Charms

I used to love candy corn. Indeed, I used to have Crazy Cravings™ for them. Just seeing them led me to privately pig out on these adorable, sweet kernels. Especially before and after Halloween.

For years, those little tri-colored “treats” tempted and taunted me again and again to shove them into my mouth. Well, that’s sure how it felt.

For the past 17 years, though, I’ve been immune to the sweet charms of candy corn and other Halloween “goodies.”

To my joy, I’m no longer a hardcore candy addict, who feels trapped, frustrated and frazzled by these alluring “treats.”

Much to my continued amazement, I haven’t put one candy corn in my mouth since 1998.

That was the year I reluctantly quit sugar and refined carbs on doctor’s orders, because my M.D. thought that doing do would banish all 44 of my mysterious ailments. He was right, much to my amazement.

Now, as Halloween fast approaches, candy corn is again out in full force. And millions of Americans will be handing out lots of the sweet stuff to cute little trick-or-treaters.

Not only that, but millions of kiddies and their parents, as well as adults with no children, will mindlessly plop these insidious tri-colored “goodies” into their mouths.

But Halloween isn’t the only day, candy corn calls out to people. Inevitably, many will gobble candy corn for weeks, if not months, while blithely unaware of the potentially dangerous consequences of over-indulging on sweets.

To many, candy corn is quite tasty — especially if you’re used to the super-sweet taste — so it can be hard to stop. It once was for me. Now, I easily say no to this popular treat, which, as you can see here, contain “Sugar, Corn Syrup, Confectioner’s Glaze, Salt, Dextrose, Gelatin, Sesame Oil, Artificial Flavor, Honey, Yellow 6, Yellow 5, and Red 3.” 

If you’re a sugar addict like I once was, you’ll consume great quantities of candy corn from before Halloween to after the New Year, if not longer.

And it’s getting harder to hide out from these cute little candies. Candy corn isn’t just for Halloween anymore, according to the National Confectioner’s Association.

You can now buy Christmas-, Valentine’s Day- and even Easter-themed candy corn. But, of course, Halloween remains prime-time for this particular “treat,” which can lead to more and more and more.

This year, however, as I have for the past 17 years, I’ll enjoy Halloween far more than I did when candy corn was a huge part of my life.

And no, in case you’re wondering, I don’t even miss candy corn, thanks to many simple tools I share in my book, Beyond Sugar Shock

I’m revealing my short, sad, sour tale to bring hope to you frustrated sugar addicts, who are driven by Crazy Cravings just seeing the sweet stuff.

If you choose, you can have a joyous, sweet future, where your favorite sweet “treat” won’t trigger you anymore and lead to weight gain and the risk of serious ailments.

What’s more, you’ll discover, as I have, that Life is Sweeter Without Dangerous Sweets.

Now, even when discount chains and supermarkets release an avalanche of candy corn for the Halloween season, I find it super-easy to pass by these deceptively alluring “treats.”

I invite you to join me.

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Connie Bennett is the bestselling author of Sugar Shock (Berkley Books) and Beyond Sugar Shock (Hay House), one or both of which have been praised by Dr. Mehmet Oz, Dr. Christiane Northrup, Dr. Daniel Amen, Dr. Mark Hyman and many others. Connie is now completing her next book, Crush Your Cravings On the Go™ and the companion Crush Your Cravings System, both of which will help people easily, quickly let their cravings go. Her interest in the subject was triggered in late 2012, when she walloped by Crazy Carb Cravings after helplessly standing by her abusive, dying mother .

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