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Hold on a second. Don't freak. National Color The World Orange Day / National Candy Day

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I know many of you have a strong aversion to the color orange. But read further and you might see something worthwhile.

COLOR THE WORLD ORANGE DAY

 The first Monday in November is dedicated to bringing awareness to Complex Regional Pain Syndrome and Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy with Color the World Orange Day.

Complex Regional Pain Syndrome and Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (CRPS) involves high levels of nerve impulses sent to an affected site in the body. Medical experts believe the condition is a result of a dysfunction in the central or peripheral nervous system.

 Symptoms vary in severity and usually occur more in women than men. Pain can be intense or worsen over time. In the event of an injury, CRPS can flair and spread beyond the site of the injury.

 Other symptoms include:

·        stiff and swollen joints

·        decreased mobility

·        changes in hair and nail growth

·        skin changes – color, texture, and temperature may be affected

There is no specific test or cure for CRPS. Treatment focuses on pain relief, physical therapy, and psychotherapy.

Everyone is encouraged to wear orange, organize an event or participate in one to help spread awareness. Visit the website or the Facebook page to find out more on how to participate.

 

NATIONAL CANDY DAY

 On November 4th we celebrate the sweet holiday, National Candy Day. Candies have a long history of attracting us with their bright colors and delightful flavors. They also come in a variety of fun sizes and shapes.

 Candy History

In the late 13th century, Middle English first began using the word candy. Borrowed from the Old French cucre candi, it is derived in turn from Persian Qand and Qandi, cane sugar.

People use the term candy as a broad category. We treat candy bars, chocolates, licorice, sour candies, salty candies, tart candies, hard candies, taffies, gumdrops, marshmallows and much more as candy.

 Sugar wasn’t always readily available, so the first candies were made from honey. Candymakers coated coat fruits and flowers with honey. This method preserved the flowers and nuts or created forms of candy. Today, we still create these confections, but they are typically seen as a garnish.

 Originally a form of medicine, candy calmed the digestive system or cooled a sore throat. At that time, combined with spices and sugar, candy only appeared in the purses and the dishes of the wealthy.

By the 18th century, the first candy likely came to American from Britain and France. At the time, people made the simplest form of candy from crystallized sugar – rock candy. However, even the most basic form of sugar was considered a luxury and was only attainable by the wealthy.

Since 1979, the world has produced more sugar than can be sold, making it very attainable and cheap. 

Industrial Revolution

With the advent of the industrial revolution, many advances improved the availability of sugar. By the 1830s, markets opened and the candy business underwent a drastic change. Not only did the price of candy drop, but penny candies targeted children.

·        1847 – Invention of the candy press making it possible to produce multiple shapes and sizes of candy at one time.

·        1851 – Confectioners begin using a revolving steam pan to assist in boiling sugar.

The two top-selling candies in America have been: 

·        M & M’S — M&M’s are milk chocolate drops with a colorful candy coating on the outside. Forrest Mars, Sr. and William Murrie developed M&M’s following the Spanish Civil War. They dubbed the new candy with the initials of their surnames. The candies debuted in 1941 and were given to American soldiers serving in the Second World War. 

·        Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups — Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups are round chocolate disks that are filled with a sweet, creamy peanut butter filling. Hershey’s company first manufactured the iconic cups in 1928.

What are your favorite candies? I don't care all that much for hard candies. I prefer chocolate in one form or another, as in Hershey's bars, 3 Musketeers, Milky Way etc. I do love Resse's as well. And you?

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