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You Might Love Candy, but Does It Make You Happy?

You Might Love Candy, but Does It Make You Happy?

Want to stay current with Arthur’s writing? Sign up to get an email every time a new column comes out. I love Halloween. It’s not the costumes and parties and pumpkins—they’re fun, but I don’t care so much about any of that. What I love is being able to snack openly on candy corn, Necco Wafers, and Squirrel Nut Zippers without judgy looks from others. I can eat that stuff well into November and people will assume it was left over from the trick-or-treaters. But it won’t be left over. It will be from treats I bought for myself and didn’t share with the little ingrates at the door. Since childhood, I have had an insatiable sweet tooth. I blame my parents—specifically, my father. According to scientists writing in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition in 2019, the perception of sweetness and intake of sugar are, in part, heritable traits. My dad used to keep candy stashed all over the house, all year round: Sugar Babies in the glove box; Milk Duds behind the cushions …