5/16/2013

Three Things to Consider About Keeping Candy in Your Emergency Food Storage by Lee Flynn

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Things to Consider About Keeping Candy in Your Emergency Food Storage

If you have small children, you know how important it is to keep them healthy. Lots of good exercise, plenty of sleep, and regular doctor checkups are all key to keeping your child happy, hale, and hearty. Ensuring proper child nutrition is also a must for any parent. Meals should be well balanced and low in fat, while snacks should be wholesome and filling. Above all, foods high in sugar should always be avoided.
Well, maybe not always. Keeping a bit of candy in your food storage is actually not a bad idea. After all, your young ones are going to be stuck in a situation very different from what they are used to. They’re going to be scared and anxious, and they’ll need something to console them. A little comfort food is just the ticket. Psychological foods, or foods that taste good and offer an emotional catharsis, might just be the difference between a relatively pleasant emergency, and sanity shattering pandemonium. Here are some tips on keeping candy in your food storage.

1. Shelf life

Depending on what kind of candy you plan on storing, you might have to rotate it out somewhat regularly. Lighter chocolates, like milk and white chocolate, should be replaced every six to nine months. Dark chocolate can be stored significantly longer; approximately two years under ideal circumstances. Non-chocolate can usually be kept for about a year. Always store candy in a cool, dry place, and try to keep it in the original packaging whenever possible.

2. Type

Obviously, the kind of candy you store is completely dependent upon your personal tastes. But even if you have an all-time favorite sweet that you think you’d be happy to eat until the sun burns out, you should still try to store a variety. Have you ever stocked up on a certain kind of candy (let’s say for Halloween, for example), only to find yourself with more of it left over than you had intended? No problem, you might think, I’ll just eat it myself. However, familiarity breeds contempt. The more you have of something, the less special it becomes. And so the candy that you thought you’d love ends up just sitting there uneaten. This can easily happen with storage candy too, and you’ll thank yourself later if you plan for it.

3. How much

So now that you’ve decided on what types of candy to use, and how best to preserve them, you need to figure out how much to store. Now, there’s no way for exact numbers to be communicated here. Your family might be large or small, and every disaster lasts a different amount of time. Likewise, you don’t want candy taking up valuable space that should be used for necessities. A large, 40 oz bag of mixed candies, such as you might find at a grocery store should probably be enough to get you and your family through the crisis, but use your own judgment. If you think that you’ll need more, then just remember that too much candy can give kids stomach aches, and that’s a problem that even comfort food can’t solve.

As a freelance writer, Lee Flynn is dedicated to helping others develop their personal preparedness.

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