Tag Archives: Halloween

Food history: candy corn

It’s interesting how candy corn has become such a Halloween staple considering, A – It’s available year-round, B – many people hate it, and C – candy corn doesn’t come individually wrapped, making it a poor choice to hand out to trick-or-treaters.

Nevertheless, millions of pounds of the sugary treat are sold every year, about three-quarters of which are around Halloween.

I didn’t realize it when I chose this topic for today’s post, but today happens to be National Candy Corn Day

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Garlic Parmesan toasted pumpkin seeds

Thanks, Food Network Canada for this one.

I altered the cooking times based on what I read in this month’s Food Network Magazine.

Yes, the US and Canadian Food Networks evidently disagree on pumpkin seed toasting times.

Ingredients:

  • 1 to 1 1/2 cups pumpkin seeds
  • cooking oil
  • coarse salt
  • 1 tbsp butter, melted
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tbsp grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper

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Keene Pumpkin Festival 2013

Yesterday, the fiance and I went to the Keene Pumpkin Festival in Keene, New Hampshire for the second year in a row. Every year they attempt to break the world record for the number of jack-o-lanterns lit at one time.

What I really like about this event is that everyone brings a jack-o-lantern and helps to light them; there is a real feeling of camaraderie and participation.

This year, for the first time since 2003, they beat the world record, coming in at 30,581 pumpkins lit at one time. It is awesome to say I was there and I participated.

Although I cannot find an article on the record breaking number yet, the Wikipedia page has already been updated.

In any case, I thought I’d share some of my favorite jack-o-lanterns here.

This is my fiance’s. I’m not showing mine because he really puts me to shame every year.

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