Do you like hard candy? When we were kids, when my grandfather took us to the candy store, he’d always recommend hard candy to us. At the time, he probably thought it had less sugar than marshmallows or candy bars–whatever they sold at the penny candy store in the 60s. He was fond of saying “don’t eat no junk” so hard candy fits into the “healthy” category for me. Hard candy reminds me of childhood and that’s a good thing.
We have a big bowl on the reception desk at our office. It’s constantly filled with various flavors of Lifesavers, and my preference is always the minty ones. The bowl is always popular. Today, however, something just hit a nerve.
I have always savored a hard candy and suck it till it’s just a tiny, tiny fragment of candy. Frankly, I assumed that others did the same thing. But I have some coworkers who open the wrapper, put the candy in their mouth, and start chewing. The chewing sounds quite loud, and I quickly realized that almost everyone walking past my desk chomps on the hard candy. What about you?
And I once again must ask–why chew hard candy? Do you even get to taste it?
Off to Google I went. Someone writes “I have a friend who says there are two types of people. Those who have the patience to suck on a piece of hard candy until it’s gone, and those who bite into it midway through.” I hadn’t thought about eating hard candy as a patience debate, but here goes!
Here are some comments. Where do you fit in?
- For me even for candy that you really have no business trying to chew early, like jolly ranchers.
- I have always done this, until last week when I shattered a damaged tooth eating something soft. Now I can’t eat hard candy at all because I can’t seem to control the urge to chew too quickly. I can’t afford the mass amounts of dental work required to fix all my teeth. Normal healthy teeth maintenance doesn’t matter if you’re genetics are bad enough.
- Yes, especially mints. I’ll eat a box of tic tacs in ten minutes.
Dentists urge that chewing ice and crunching on hard candy can indeed fracture your teeth. Also damaging to your teeth? Piercing your tongue. A dentist reports that she has seen teenagers and adults who have accidentally bitten their tongue stud or ring and ended up chipping a tooth. The tongue stud or ring could also damage gums. Even more importantly, the piercing creates a wound in the mouth, which is a highly-bacterial environment and could increase the risk of infection. Dr. Doan asks: “These infections can be life-threatening, so why do it?”