The pile of candy pictured above is our total haul from the Fourth of July Parade we attended yesterday. I'm not sure when candy become such a large part of parades, but I love it. It helps that I have 2 adorable boys that sit on the curb and wave as parade floats, fire trucks, old cars, old tractors, and people on foot pass by and rain candy down on us. This isn't as large a haul as what I received from the 2010 Sweets and Snacks EXPO, but it's pretty close! We picked out some of the best candy to keep (a very small fraction) and I bagged the rest up to take to work with me. I'm sure my co-workers will enjoy 5 lb. of random candy.
In the photos above we've separated the candy into piles to see what exactly people were giving out during the parade. (Other families do this too, right?) The photo on the right above shows that Tootsie Roll Industries does quite well during these events. As does the Spangler Candy Company with their Dum Dum suckers.
The photos above show some of the higher quality candy we received and a very surprising, and large pile of Wonka candy. I've always thought Laffy Taffy is great at parades and Nerds are an all time favorite of mine, however I was still surprised to see so much of it because the overall cost and is higher compared to a large bag of Tootsie Rolls, flavored Tootsie Rolls, or Frooties.
This last photo above is the candy I pulled out for myself. A Cotton Candy Charms sucker! I'm very excited for that as cotton candy is one of my favorite flavors. I've never had or found a Now and Later sucker, so I pulled that out of my SugarKid's bag and I also saved a Lemon Heads and Friends because I like the chewy Lemonheads better than the harder variety.
Overall we had a great time watching a great parade while celebrating our country's independence. The parade also wrapped up our mini-in-state-vacation, so we are back to work reviewing candy. I hope you had a great Fourth of July. If you have parade candy pictures, please leave a link below!
My wife passed along this Family Fun magazine article some time back about a family that created this website: http://www.candyexperiments.com/ The family uses their Halloween to stir, mix, pour and melt in fun experiments. Some of the results are very amazing. I like this experiment where they see all the colors of dye that come off of an M&M or Skittle. They also find out amazing things, like that a marshmallow holds it shape in water for over a week. While we will likely eat or give away our large candy haul, this is a great option for making good use of free and plentiful candy. Maybe some of you will will do these experiments, or give your parade stash to a local library for Summer Reading Club or a church for Vacation Bible School...whatever you do with it, there is something wonderful (and full of Americana) about parade candy thrown to you (or at you) from a passing convertible or fire truck...and something even more wonderful about how excited children are to catch it.