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The Dry Spell of Seasonal Candy

April 27, 2011

I hate to break it to you, but we’ve reached the end … the end of the holiday candy season. Yes, my friends, we are now in the throws of what I call, “the dry spell of seasonal candy.”

Specifically I’m referring to the time frame of mid-April – when the Cadbury mini eggs, jelly beans and Peeps make their way back to the warehouse – to October, when candy corns and mellow cream pumpkins show up in full force for Halloween.

From as early as September through April, us candy junkies are set. Before you even have a chance to mourn the passing of Halloween, Christmas candy is everywhere. Candy canes, Christmas tree peppermint nougats, red and green Hershey kisses … the options are endless.

Once you ring in the New Year, Brach’s busts out candy conversation hearts and cinnamon chews. Then we spring into Easter. That’s approximately eight months of seasonal candy to munch on at the office, display in cute holiday bowls, and admire on your kitchen counter.

But once Easter ends, that’s it. The candy’s gone. Nothing. Zilch. Zero. This time of year can be a real challenge to us candy junkies – those of us who measure time and seasons based upon the confection selection on grocery shelves.

And why such a dry spell?

The Fourth of July is festive; it certainly has a color scheme. Why don’t the candy companies capitalize on the red-white-blue paraphernalia? And think of the money Russell Stover’s and Hershey would make by creating a special Mother’s Day surprise or a Father’s Day candy. How about a lollipop in a nice summery melon flavor? A Kosher apple candy for Rosh Hashanah (Jewish New Year) in September?

Come on, candy companies – work with us junkies! We simply cannot wait until Halloween! In the meantime, I’ll start counting the days and looking forward to the holidays ahead. … Only 156 days until October 1!

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22 Comments leave one →
  1. April 28, 2011 5:24 am

    Leah, you should definitely get a job in the marketing department of a candy company. You could make a profit for them.

    I’m the other side of the coin. I like the candy off-season because it gives me a break from candy management. That’s when I try to get the kids to SLOW DOWN their candy intake. It’s exhausting!

    • Leah permalink*
      April 28, 2011 4:15 pm

      Ha! That would be a great job. You have a good point about having a candy off-season too. Julia commented about it now being ice cream season. I like that idea.

  2. April 28, 2011 6:28 am

    He he he…come on now, if we had all those yummy things to choose from all year, would we really appreciate them? Absence makes the heart grow fonder.
    Cute post, Leah. And I always love your colorful photos. They are eye candy!

    • Leah permalink*
      April 28, 2011 4:14 pm

      Thanks, Cynthia. And yes, I do have to agree with you that we appreciate the little candies more because they’re not year-round. Still makes the waiting tough though.

  3. April 28, 2011 7:35 am

    I hate the candy dry spell. Why not Memorial Day? Arbor Day? I’ll take whatever a candy company is willing to dole out to us!

    • Leah permalink*
      April 28, 2011 4:13 pm

      Seriously! Arbor Day is a good one.

  4. April 28, 2011 8:06 am

    HA! Although I have been given candy for Mother’s Day, I never thought of it until you wrote this, it IS a dry spell! I guess I should thank goodness that in Maine, we have “ice cream season.” Most ice cream places close down until the end of May–and then when they open, woohoo! Still, like you, I do miss the candied celebrations!

    • Leah permalink*
      April 28, 2011 4:13 pm

      Wow, that’s so interesting about the ice cream shops closing down. I never would have thought of that because we eat the stuff year-around. Well, I’ll declare it ice cream season for those months.

  5. April 28, 2011 9:06 am

    Join the petition for Cadbury Eggs year-round!

  6. April 28, 2011 2:43 pm

    No Way!!! I’ve never thought of that. Yikes. My coconut Weight Watchers nibbles won’t suffice. Perhaps I have Girl Scout cookies in the freezer?

    • Leah permalink*
      April 28, 2011 4:12 pm

      Oh, Girl Scout cookies in the freezer! Good idea. I like the way you think.

  7. April 28, 2011 2:49 pm

    Haha, you’re right, I never thought of it like that!

    • Leah permalink*
      April 28, 2011 4:12 pm

      Makes you wonder if there’s some sort of candy bias for the summer.

  8. April 28, 2011 4:06 pm

    Leah, I can think of one more occasion this year – The Royal Wedding!!!

    • Leah permalink*
      April 28, 2011 4:12 pm

      So true! A nice keepsake for that event is important.

  9. April 28, 2011 9:15 pm

    Hi, Leah!

    I’m stopping by from She Writes. Who needs a holiday? Everyday is a good day for candy 🙂

  10. April 28, 2011 10:03 pm

    This is how I’m coping with the situation… I’ve scooped up several Easter things at 50% off and know I can get chocolate bars at the dollar store for 65c any day of the week. Nicer chocolate, such as Lindt, does goes on sale at various times, plus in the Summer ice cream’s a big drawing card. I have no complaints!

  11. April 28, 2011 11:59 pm

    I had never thought of this … but I know I do miss those cadbury mini eggs until they come back out in late February every year 🙂

  12. April 29, 2011 3:45 am

    This is almost like a revelation to me… and not a good one. I can’t believe I’ve never thought about it before. Yikes! I’ll just have to eat that much more when it’s available and plenty of ice cream in between.

    Stopping by from SITS. Great blog.


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