Pumpkin is the new bacon? Not a chance.

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Since the fall season began several weeks ago, people across the country started getting pumpkin crazy. Not just in the normal pies and other baked goods, but in coffees, milkshakes, beers, ice cream, etc. I immensely enjoy the pumpkin coffee from Dunkin' Donuts, so put me down as an overall fan of the pumpkin craze. BUT, where I draw the line is people calling pumpkin the new bacon (as evidenced here, here, here and here).

Let me be clear: pumpkin is not, and never will be, on the same playing field as bacon.

REASON #1: Pumpkin is seasonal, bacon is forever (hopefully)

From September through the months of autumn, pumpkin is seen everywhere. But in the winter, spring, and summer, pumpkin goes into hibernation. Bacon is something that you can enjoy from the day you start consuming solid foods, until the day you die. The only issue is the looming shortage of bacon in the coming years, a.k.a. the porkpocalypse.

REASON #2: Pumpkin needs assistance to be good—bacon can stand alone

Pumpkin pie, pumpkin coffee, pumpkin ice cream. All delicious. All featuring other ingredients that help them taste better. Bacon just needs bacon to be good. Would you ever just eat a big spoonful of pumpkin? Obviously not.

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Workplace Donut Etiquette

If you have ever worked in an office, you know that one fixture that always seems to show up at meetings is donuts. Fresh and delicious enough to keep you invested in the meeting. There is nothing like a Boston creme or glazed donut to get your creative juices flowing.

But, just like anything else in this world, there is a certain etiquette that should be followed if you and your co-workers come face-to-face with donuts. Here are a few pet peeves of mine:

#1 - Taking more than one donut at once

Ok, so you didn't have breakfast yet. Ok, so you are hungry. That's all well and good, but come on! There are other people in that meeting who may want a donut too and you are hoarding them all yourself. Not cool.

#2 - Touching other donuts you don't take

Just by looking at a donut in the box, you can pretty much get the idea of what it is. There is no need to pick up any of the others to inspect them and make sure you don't want those instead. You touch it, you take it.

#3 - Complaining about the flavor selection

Hey, big guy, did you pay for those donuts? No. Be grateful and enjoy your free breakfast. Oh, and to the donut bringer: don't stuff the selection of donuts with just flavors you like. Don't force your favorite flavors on me!

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The most overrated and underrated candy ever

I love candy. All kinds of candy. Chocolate, gummies, hard candy, toffee, taffy...everything. Recently, I got to thinking though, that some candies, are tremendously overrated.

I thought, what better way to address my concerns but by writing about which candy I think is the most overrated, and as a favor, I also decided to give the underrated candy counterpart for each. Keep in mind, some of the candies listed I do really like, I'm just arguing that they are overrated. Here we go:

Overrated

Underrated Counterpart

Jawbreakers
#5 - Jawbreakers
Jawbreakers hold a special place in my heart from my childhood, but as an adult you begin to realize how overrated they truly are. They are difficult to eat, messy, completely unsanitary and did they really taste that great? Not really.
Nerds candy
Nerds
I have never met anyone who doesn't like Nerds, but that doesn't stop them from being underrated. I think that Nerds are an iconic candy from the past 20 years, but seldom do they get the credit that other candies have received.
Crunch Bar
#4 - Crunch Bar
I like Crunch bars, but too often people rank them as part of the "Four Horseman of Candy Bars" along with Snickers, Milky Way and Three Musketeers. They are good, but that is way too high. They rank somewhere below Caramello and above Mr. Goodbar.
Buncha Crunch
Buncha Crunch
Too many people have never heard of Buncha Crunch. It is a great alternative to a Crunch bar because it provides more crunch! Do yourself a favor: next time you are at the movies, pair Buncha Crunch with popcorn. You're welcome.
Jujyfruits
#3 - Jujyfruits
I don't understand why anyone likes Jujyfruits. They lack flavor and they are too difficult to eat. If you buy Jujyfruits anytime soon, be sure to make an appointment at your dentist next because your teeth may get ripped out.
Life Savers Gummies
Life Savers Gummies
People love Life Savers but seem to forget about its gummy version younger brother. They have that awesome Life Saver flavor but are easy to eat really quickly. And the ability to shovel food into my mouth is an important aspect of any food for me.
Almond Joy
#2 - Almond Joy/Mounds
Full disclosure: I am not a fan of coconut. But from the few times I have had it, I can say the coconut in the Almond Joy and Mounds is the worst. Every once in a while I black out and try them again, only to remember that they are no good.
Goobers
Goobers
It was tough to think of a counterpart to Almond Joy or Mounds, so I went with a chocolate candy I thought needed to be mentioned: Goobers. These bite-size treats give you that perfect salty-sweet element...and they have a funny name.
Tootsie Rolls
#1 - Tootsie Rolls
I don't even know where to start with Tootsie Rolls, so I will begin and end with flavor. Good thing they are not what chocolate really tastes like. They taste like a foot with a hint of chocolate. That may be a bit harsh, but you get what I mean.
Flavored Tootsie Rolls
Flavored Tootsie Rolls
The one thing that I do like about Tootsie Rolls is sometimes they come in a variety pack with their flavored counterparts. Lime I could do without, but the others are all winners that unfortunately have to live in the shadow of original Tootsie Rolls.

Disagree? Do you actually like Tootsie Rolls? Let me know in the comments!

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Easy yet delicious summer recipes

It's barbecue time!

As the weather gets nicer and outdoor gatherings become more popular, there can be a lot of pressure to bring along delicious food for a housewarming, barbecue, graduation party, birthday party, birthday barbecue, graduation housewarming...you get the idea. But not everyone has the time or the cooking skills to whip up a gourmet side. Never fear! Here are three easy yet yummy recipes for your next big picnic:

Fruit salad

This is basically the easiest recipe I know, so it's simple but good.

Ingredients:

  • 2 cans fruit cocktail
  • 1 apple, chopped
  • 1 banana, sliced
  • 1 container Cool Whip

Just mix everything together and serve. The amount/number of individual ingredients can be adjusted to taste.

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For those of you out there that did not know, today is National Donut Day! A day to celebrate one of the most delicious confections ever created. Actually, the date has a little more history than that. The holiday dates back to 1938 and was created by the Salvation Army to honor women who handed out donuts on the front lines of World War I. Seriously. Click here to read about it.

Nowadays, National Donut Day is an excuse to partake in the wonderful treat. I got mine through the free donut promotion from Dunkin' Donuts. Yummy.

I also thought this would be a good time to rank my Top 5 favorite donuts. Let me know if you agree/disagree in the comments below.

#5 - Jelly Donut

The jelly-filled donut is one of the most delicious, albeit messy, donuts out there. In fact, its messiness is what ultimately dropped it down this list. I challenge anyone to eat a jelly donut without getting powdered sugar or jelly all over their clothing. It's almost guaranteed to happen to me, but it's a risk worth taking.

#4 - French Cruller

There is no classier way to eat a donut than eating a french cruller. So light and airy, and oh-so-delicious. Almost makes you feel like you are better than the person next you...almost.

#3 - Sprinkled Donut

The rainbow sprinkled donut is a feast for the eyes. Whenever someone opens the box of donuts, your eyes are immediately drawn to all the pretty colors. Nothing is more disappointing than when whoever made the donuts skimps on the sprinkles. Come on, donut man, give the people what they want! MORE SPRINKLES!

#2 - Boston Creme Donut

The Boston creme donut is a donut that is definitely not for everyone. But for those of us who love them, the combination of custard and chocolate is almost unbeatable. Boston creme is undeniably the king of the filled donuts.

#1 - Glazed Donut

Does it get any more classic than the glazed donut? Just sweet enough to satisfy your sweet tooth and light enough that you could polish off a half dozen without blinking. I have yet to find someone who does not like a glazed donut, and if you know someone, immediately give them a stern look and eat a glazed donut right in their face.

Happy National Donut Day! Now go stuff your faces!

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