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We made a quick trip to Costco yesterday with Trick or Treat goodies on the shopping list. I am always conflicted about the ethics of giving away things that I wouldn’t eat myself, but just turning out the lights seems a bit Scrooge-ish and not likely to endear us to the neighborhood urchins. We don’t get many, since we live in a rural area, but I just can’t bear to disappoint them after they walk up the long, dark driveway to our door.

Most parents are no longer willing to let their kids eat home-made treats or fresh fruit from their bags. What to do? I looked for individually packaged nuts. No luck. Small bags of popcorn without bad fats. Nope. Xylitol-sweetened chewing gum, packets of sugar-free cocoa mix. None of those either. Small dark-chocolate bars. Not even any of those. Finally, my husband suggested Peanut M&Ms. They’re not all candy and the peanut part is real food. They are less bad than the alternatives, so that is my compromise this year. Next time I’ll start looking for a better solution while there is time to order something online. Promise.


(C) 2008, Judy Barnes Baker
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