Untouched

Want to see a photo of a miracle?

huge Costco bag of candy

That’s right — it’s an unopened bag of Halloween candy. The miracle? It’s been in our house since last Friday afternoon and it’s still as pristine as it was in the store.

We’ve all been circling it, like sharks readying for a feeding frenzy. Every so often, someone checks the bag to see if the wrapper has been breached so that we can finally revert to our usual behavior: i.e., pretending that we are absolutely not eating any of the candy, thankyouverymuch, even as the empty, shredded wrappers accumulate in the trash can.

The fact that this bag — this enormous bag of our favorite kinds of Halloween candy — is still untouched is astounding. Then factor in that it has survived the following:

  • The kids haven’t had school since the bag came home from the store.
  • One of those kids runs cross country and when he gets home from a long workout, no food is safe. Especially not sugar that is almost too easy to unwrap and eat.
  • My husband S has also been home from work for the past couple of days and can be easily swayed by a few well-timed hugs and/or compliments from the kids.
  • A couple of DIY projects have been started and ultimately nixed due to frustration — the kind of frustration that only chocolate cures.
  • There’s been an incessant amount of wheedling from all parties (myself included) about having — and I quote — “just one piece.”
  • One of my children who shall remain nameless came up with the argument that it’s only mid-October, which means there’s plenty of time to buy more candy, were we to break into this bag and eat it all. Hmm.

Add it all up, and it’s nothing short of a miracle that any of it is still here.

Wanna bet on who’ll be the first to infiltrate the candy bag and when? Smart money’s on “Me” and “Soon.”

When do you buy your Halloween candy? Do you buy candy that you don’t really like so that you won’t eat it? Or do you buy what you love in the hopes that you’ll have extra and can barter with your kids for part of their loot?

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About thethingaboutjoan

Mom of three who knits a little, bakes a lot, crafts a bit and blogs about it all.
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16 Responses to Untouched

  1. Micha says:

    Ha! I laughed out loud when you said you all were circling it.I’m thinking you can manage to make an inconspicuous sliver in the bottom of the bag and carefully remove one so no one whould notice…not that I would know about that or anything.

  2. Pat Kovach says:

    My bet is on S breaking into it first!

    In our house, I only buy what my husband likes and I store the bags in his car so that they leave each day so that I am not tempted.

    • I love storing the bags in the car. That’s a great trick. Of course, I’m one of those people who hides the candy only to wait 2 hours, head out to the car and then eat (in the car) the entire bag. Those candymakers see me coming… πŸ™‚

  3. go Mama O says:

    Wow – amazing willpower! I haven’t bought candy yet, but it is usually something we like. I thought briefly about being one of those healthy Halloween houses but decided against it!

    • Oh, those healthy Halloween houses! I love the concept in an intellectual way, but man, I just love the candy-craze too much. I figure if it’s just for one day (or one week or so), it can’t be all that bad. Right? Maybe? Possibly? πŸ™‚

  4. I am so impressed and proud! Seriously, cause we totally caved and opened one of the bags. And by we, I mean, um….well, me.
    Kenley

  5. VERY impressive! My husband just now came home from the grocery shopping with one of those, so we’ll see . . . we’ll see . . . πŸ™‚

  6. I try to wait until the last minute, otherwise I’d just scarf down bag after bag. Of course, that means a last-minute panicked run to the store on the 31st, when everything is on sale but all that’s left is the crappy lollipops and hard candy no one wants. OK, now I’m having a chocolate craving…!

    • I just went to a friend’s house and she had a huge bowl of fabulous candy.. just. sitting. out. I couldn’t believe it. That would never be safe around me.

      I hate the last minute scramble to buy candy, although I’m almost always powerless to not eat it once it comes home. Such a quandry! πŸ™‚

      Our bag is still unopen — it’s like a Halloween miracle.

  7. I used to buy the Halloween candy on the early side because I wanted to have what I thought was ‘good stuff’ to hand out. But yup, we ended up eating it before the big day and then I had to go buy more. Now I buy it only a couple of days before. I also try to buy something that we don’t like too much. I end up loading up the later trick-or-treaters with extras so I don’t end up with too much leftover. That strategy seems to work. I’m impressed with your family’s delayed gratification abilities… but Halloween is still a few weeks away. Will it last I wonder?

    • Like you, I used to always buy at least a bag of my favorite Halloween candy early on, as soon as it came out. But I’d always be the one to break into it and eat it fast. Awful strategy for getting prepared for Halloween, but I suspect the candymakers know it. πŸ™‚

      The older kids around here usually come around right before trick-or-treat hours are over because they know we’re all desperate to get half the haul out of our house. Smart kids.

      Hope you have a wonderful Halloween, Thea!

  8. Love this post! I like to buy Halloween candy when I see some kind of a bargain and then I try to hide it in our food pantry, but oh yes, usually there starts a little tear in the corner of the bag and then the little “mice” of my family nibble away. But truth be told, when the full hit of Halloween arrives, it’s a big deal for a few days and then the interest wears off.

    – The Tablescaper

    • So far, the bag remains unopened — and that’s the only reason we haven’t eaten it all yet. Once we hit Halloween, it’s a free-for-all. I wish we were more like your family and the novelty of candy would wear off after a few days. I think the kids get past it more quickly than I do; all that sugar just calls to me! Hope you have a lovely Halloween and thanks for stopping by!

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