No, this is not a false alarm, you read that correctly. Tomorrow, Nov. 4, is National Candy Day. Yes folks, it's a real thing! Just as you were beginning to get over the fact that Halloween has passed, you can cease efforts to resist the sweetness and rejoice. And now, to honor the child you once were (and still inwardly are, because nobody grows out of loving candy), here's how you can celebrate National Candy Day.
I feel that I can say with confidence that in my youth, I journaled many-an entry about my dreams of having a candy holiday. You know, just one more day out of the year where we get to eat all the candy we want without being bombarded with parental reminders of realities about cavities or stomach aches. I dreamt of just one day where we get to show love and honor our most favorite non-food group. And now, it's really here.
Upon hearing the news that it was indeed National Candy Day on the national holiday calendar, I felt joyous, but I also felt conflicted. How would I spend the day? What would I eat? What's the best way to honor candy and the sugar cane gods who brought it to us? How do I make National Candy Day its own thing and not just a repeat effort at Halloween? Now that I've had some time to reflect on this holiday, I have some suggestions. Here they are:
Go To The Candy Shop
You know, one of those massive stores where each candy is in a different plastic container. Fill up a bag of your favorite candies, without skimping on your desires. Share your stash with your friends or coworkers as you please, or keep them all to yourself! For what it's worth, Dylan's Candy Bar just announced its 2017 flavor of the year, Maple Waffle Crisp. I can't really think of a more delicious way to celebrate.
Buy A Candy Bar
I don't know about you, but whenever I'm at the grocery store, waiting in line to check out, I stare at all the king-sized candy bars and wonder who actually buys them. I've never seen anyone step out of line to reach for a big Snickers bar or a Kit Kat bar. So now, for National Candy Day, be that person, step out of line, and get the candy bar of your dreams.
Learn How To Make Candy
Go out to your local cooking store and get yourself a candy thermometer. That's the most important thing you need if you're going to make your own candy — it's a very delicate practice. Then, look up some recipes! Teach yourself how to make something that you really enjoy. Don't get discouraged if it doesn't come out exactly how you hoped, making candy is super difficult — but it can also be very rewarding.
Send Someone A Candy-Gram
Not everyone will know it's National Candy Day. We're all so busy, sometimes we forget when it's a religious holiday. So send a bag of candy to a friend who needs cheering up or who will be so happily surprised to get a treat in the middle of her day.
Go Out For Monster Milkshakes
Instead of going out for drinks this Friday, go out for Monster Milkshakes — a milkshake covered in candies! These decadent dessert bad-boys are popping up al over the place, in restaurants, ice cream shops and specialty stores. Find one near you and go to town on one with your friends.
Have A Candy For Dinner Party
Invite some friends over after work and set the table as you would for a meal, but fill the dishes and bowls and cups and plates with a variety of different candies. You probably won't make it very far into your "meal" before you're hungry for real food, but it's a festive celebration and will look ace on Instagram.
Make A Candy Pizza
Oh c'mon, you know you've always wanted to. Go to your local grocery store and get yourself a pre-made pizza dough. Go home, roll it out, pop it in the oven and let it bake. When it's ready, cover it in chocolate spread and sprinkle on your favorite candies as toppings.
If your sweet tooth has been maxed out by Halloween, get some candy together and donate it for a good cause. Programs like Operation Gratitude which use candy as packing peanuts in shipments headed out to soldiers overseas.