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Old 02-07-2012, 02:40 PM   #801
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Macaroons are okay. Macarons are delicious!
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I've never had a "macaron," but from what I understand, they're otherwise ordinary "macaroons" sandwiched together with (usually) flavored buttercream that complements whatever extract or spice the cookies are flavored with.

The tendency to equate "macaroons" with coconut is a new thing--the classic American macaroon is actually almond, but nowadays that kind is more likely to be called by its Italian name, amaretti. They can be and are made with all kinds of nuts, though. (Trivia: the White House still serves Thomas Jefferson's own handwritten recipe (in French and English) for "macarons"--i.e. almond macaroons/amaretti--to guests; he personally collected the recipe in Paris, long before the sandwich type was invented.)

Macaroons, all types, are a staple in Jewish homes at Passover. When she could afford pistachios, my mother used to make them with pistachios and orange flower water. That's my favorite of the kinds I've tried.
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I'm happy that apparently I don't spend enough time on the internet to know that the internet is bacon obsessed. It must be on Facebook and/or Twitter.
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The candy bar, Snickers, will soon be discontinued in a king size
version and the regular bar will also be reduced in size.

The Mars Candy Company bows to the Nanny State and the Food Police.


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Old 02-16-2012, 10:42 PM   #805
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The candy bar, Snickers, will soon be discontinued in a king size
version and the regular bar will also be reduced in size.

The Mars Candy Company bows to the Nanny State and the Food Police.

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They bowed to the nanny state? Where's your evidence that they did this because of government?
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or it could be that because people are more concerned about calories they will be more likely to buy a bar if they perceive it to be fewer calories.

that's likely the case.

your best friends the corporations never do anything that they don't believe will increase their bottom line.
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Ha, for a moment there I thought the story was going to be about Snickers being discontinued altogether. I was about to go, "No!" .

I usually never get the king-size version of a candy bar anyway, so no loss there-it often seems the smaller versions of a candy bar tend to taste better, in my opinion. But yes, Irvine is right, "smaller" doesn't automatically mean "less calories", either.
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Mars puts Snickers bars on a diet – - CNN.com Blogs
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Worry no more - Mars, Inc. is going taking that decision out of your hands.
so there you go.
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I have to wonder if you even understand this, or if you think this is another "banning" like milk?
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Old 02-16-2012, 11:34 PM   #811
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and what does the government have to do with any of this? just because it contains the word obama? her partnership is nonprofit.

if one really wants to stuff their face, just buy two candy bars or stock up on king size bars now. god forbid we eliminate these jumbo portions no one should be eating. i thought you were about moderation? there's nothing moderate about a king size candy bar, especially when the regular size bar still exists.

you're right, reading is fun.
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I should also point out that in the old-timey days they didn't have King Size Snickers. In fact the serving size of most food products were much smaller back then.

I think I'll have a 1950's size candy bar to go with my raw milk and cane-sugar sweetened soda pop, thank you very much.

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Yeah, the king size Snickers didn't exist until the 1980s.


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As children are getting bigger, their clothing, their furniture and other objects that support their weight must also expand. 17% of children are obese, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. And one in three kids is obese or overweight. The rate of childhood obesity has tripled to the point that pediatricians say growth charts no longer apply to today's kids.

To accommodate larger kids, some schools have instructions for teachers to provide separate chairs and desks for students who cannot fit into the pupil chairs. And school furniture makers are increasing the size of chairs and desks to accommodate larger students. Hertz Furniture, a company that resells office and school furniture, started offering 19-inch chairs for schools three years ago. The biggest desks available before had a height of 18 inches. The taller chairs have deeper depth and wider seating. "The desks are getting larger, because if their thighs are larger, you have to move the desks up," said Amy Hoffman, Hertz's director of marketing.

..."That is an obesity trend reflected in the furniture," said Tom Brennan, president of School Outfitters, which sells school furniture. "For perspective, when we look at import product from China, you can tell the difference from the China market and the US market. The buckets are generally not wide enough. They have to be designed specifically for the US." ...Chairs made for older and bigger students are being used in middle and elementary schools to comfortably fit overweight and obese students. Schools prefer the "big and tall" sizes for educational furniture, said Tony Ellison, CEO of Shoplet.com, which sells office and school furniture. In the past five years, the biggest seats have been selling better than the standard sizes, he added. These items also cost more.

It's not just school desks that don't fit. A 2005 Pediatrics study found limited child safety seats for the increasing number of obese young children. "There was a risk of kids not being covered for safety," said the study author, Lara McKenzie. "If there are bigger kids, maybe there are some safety devices or equipment that wouldn't fit them properly." The study suggested that car seats should maximize "the protection of obese children." Another study in 2009 suggested that most children in the study were too heavy to be compliant with child safety seat laws.

...Children of this generation have exceeded the growth charts used in the United States since 1977. These charts are a series of percentile curves that illustrate how young children grow..."Right now, if we say that 15% or 17% of all kids are over 95th percentile for obesity, statistically that doesn't make sense," Wu said. But that's what has happened. "Compared to a population of Americans when these growth charts were created, more and more people today are exceeding what would've been the top percentile for weight and BMI back then," he said. It's not a matter in whether the growth charts need to be redone, Wu said. "Our population today has become so large that now, it looks like more and more people are over the limits. It just highlights the problem that we have."
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yeah, i remember when they came out with the king sized bars. i also remember when they came out with the supersize feature at mcdonald's, another thing they didn't have back in the good old days.

heck, if you look at really old mcdonald's commercials, all anyone ate were small fries.
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he just reads the headline and copy+pastes. it's silly we respond and let him go. he's got zero interest in actually talking the issue.
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People can still eat tons of smaller Snickers bars to make up the difference-that is until the Obamas send the Snicker police to your door. You could always make an undetectable Snicker filled bomb shelter.
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People can still eat tons of smaller Snickers bars to make up the difference-that is until the Obamas send the Snicker police to your door. You could always make an undetectable Snicker filled bomb shelter.
if i buy snickers for myself and five of my friends, will they assume they're all for me and not let me buy them?
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People can still eat tons of smaller Snickers bars to make up the difference-that is until the Obamas send the Snicker police to your door. You could always make an undetectable Snicker filled bomb shelter.
I'd kinda like to live in that bunker .
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