TF50#97, Halloween Candy, the Kid’s Side of It, 14 November 2022

Hi Team,

Happy Monday and welcome to The Next 50 #97.  I put up a poll on LinkedIn a couple weeks ago and asked the following question:

Before reading any further answer this question for yourself, if you don’t have kids pretend!

How do you handle your kid’s 30 lbs. of candy?

  • Let them eat it all at once
  • Meter it out for the next 2 months

Ok, here’s where I stand, I am a 10%-er.  Just on the tooth decay aspect alone.  Sugar causes cavities!  I’d rather have the teeth hit hard as quickly as possible with major oversight on brushing for the young ones, rather than a protracted campaign with cavity creeps still hitting hard and slowly gaining ground with the kiddo’s teeth destined for defeat.

I would also rather my kids have the blood sugar excursion in a consolidated amount of days verses daily for 2 months straight.  I don’t actually have the science nailed down to back this up but I believe less total excursions even if the few they do have are a bit bigger has to be better.

Here’s a few personal experience qualifiers, I’m down to one tricker treater and he only scored a few pounds of candy, maybe 4 or 5, not 30.  My little guy also has no issues with clearing sugar, he is very active so he burns a lot of fuel off.  Also, his older 3 sibs were in his stash regularly and he had a lot of things he pushed off on them to begin with (even I scored a Mounds and some KitKats) so all in he had a small score.  However much he ended up with it was all gone by 3 November.

If you’re a 90%-er you are only 2 weeks in to a 2 Month Cavity Creep Campaign and many sugar induced crashes for your kiddos, you could rethink you plan if this makes you so inclined!

As always share the post with your team or anyone who might find it useful and let me know what you think!

Have a good one, Alex