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Free Candy

What’s better than candy? Free candy! Lots and lots of free candy. A large variety of free candy: bubble gum, jaw breakers, candy canes, suckers, Tootsie Rolls, peppermints, Smarties, oh my! And it’s all free, free, free!

“So what is it? Your leftover Halloween candy?” you may ask. No, my friend, this candy is fresh. This is December candy, not leftover October candy. This is Christmas Parade Candy!

My family went to our town’s Christmas parade last week. We actually weren’t thinking about candy at all – just thinking of the enjoyment we’d get from watching middle school bands attempt to play in tune, high school kids play tubas with scowls on their faces, and little kids sing Christmas carols as they shivered in the 10 degree wind chill factor. It’s a delight we anticipate each year. What could be a better way to celebrate the season than breathing exhaust fumes from diesel powered fire trucks and tractors for an hour? (Yes, we have tractors in our local parade….)

We live in a relatively small to mid-sized town. The official population is 5,000 but based on traffic and the number of restaurants, I’d put the count at closer to 8,000. The Christmas parade was held at 6 pm (after dark) on an evening when the temperature was 25 degrees and the wind was blowing.

Where we stood (or, rather, I sat), there weren’t any other kids near us – just my two sons. So we only got the candy that people tossed directly at my boys – no overflow from nearby kids, no mad rushing to get to the candy first, no fist fights to overpower greedy three year olds. Despite a small parade and only getting the candy thrown at us, guess how much we came home with…!

Candy Weight

One pound, seven point three ounces!! That’s about $5 worth of free candy… just for freezing my toes off for an hour.

If you live in a larger city, I’m sure your haul would be much more than that. A few years ago, we went to a Fourth of July parade (much warmer) in a city with a population of 100,000 and came home with a plastic grocery bag bursting with candy.

What if you went to the Macy’s parade in New York City? You might need a Mack truck to haul it all away. (Do they even throw candy at that parade? Some cities have stopped allowing parade walkers to toss candy to the crowd because of “injury concerns.” Bad city! Bad city!)

You may be thinking that the only candy you can get at a parade is crummy, cheap candy. But no. While we did get some crummy candy (like the sad excuse for a butterscotch that I ate), we got an equal amount of very good candy. Hershey’s Original, Special Dark, mr. Goodbar, Reese’s Peanut Butter Tree (which, sadly, I had to share with my oldest), Nestle Crunch, Dum Dums, Tootsie Pops, Super Bubble… all that and more. I thought we’d gotten a Charms Blow Pop until my four-year-old admitted he was chewing the sucker stick and not gum.

Go get a newspaper and find out when your city is having their annual Christmas parade this year. Or watch the news or check your city’s website or go ask your neighbor or a school kid… do something! Just be absolutely certain that you attend the Christmas parade and collect your share of the free candy.

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4 Responses to “Do You Need Free Candy?”

  1. 1
    Pamela says:

    I went to our local Christmas parade and they didn’t throw any candy (must be a bad bad city), the parade was very nice though :-)

  2. 2
    Cindy says:

    I’m sorry, Pamela! You should stage a formal protest. You could call it One Million Candy Addicts. Next year, you come stay with me and we’ll take a wheelbarrow to my parade.

  3. 3
    Sugar Free Chewing Gum says:

    this really helped me out! i’m doing a pheature article on bubblegum,, so thanks! and get this, my friend is doing her on pancakes and syrup!! anyway thanks!

  4. 4
    SARAH says:

    hi my name is sarah i need a free cady

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