October 31st, 2011
03:30 PM ET
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CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta and Eatocracy's managing editor Kat Kinsman chew over the sweet taste of nostalgia.

Be sure to share your own favorite classic candies in the comments below, and tune in to SANJAY GUPTA | MD every Saturday and Sunday at 7:30am ET on CNN.

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October 31st, 2011
02:00 PM ET
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Previously, our very own CNN producer Sheila Steffen shopped for a week's worth of groceries for $30 - the amount which would be allotted by food stamps.

Now, Washington D.C. Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton is one of a dozen democratic Congressmen taking part in a food stamp challenge organized by various religious groups. The participants are allowed to spend no more than $31.50 a week. That comes to $4.50 a day. The objective is for lawmakers to see for themselves how it feels to live on a limited food budget.

The National Food Stamp Challenge comes as lawmakers on Capitol Hill ponder spending cuts that could adversely affect programs that assist the poor and elderly.

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Box lunch: Haphazard licorice and yummy mummies
October 31st, 2011
12:00 PM ET
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Sink your teeth into today's top stories from around the globe.

  • Be still, my beating heart? Too much black licorice can trigger heart problems. - MSNBC

  • Because swiping a card is way too much effort, you can now buy your daily smoothie with your smartphone. - Nation's Restaurant News

  • It is Halloween, so here's some scary news: 12-year-olds are apparently drinking 19 glasses of wine a week. - Telegraph

  • This is America, dagnabbit. Where is our beer journalism? - The Atlantic
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Breakfast buffet: National candy corn day
October 31st, 2011
09:00 AM ET
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While you're frying up some eggs and bacon, we're cooking up something else: a way to celebrate today's food holiday.

Trick or treat! - October 30 may have been the official National Candy Corn Day, but we've decided to make it a two-day celebration in the spirit of All Hallows' Eve.

There is no better time to stuff yourself full of candy corn, or candy for that matter, than Halloween. And even if you're too old to go trick-or-treating, you can sure treat yourself to the candy aisle.

Candy corn was invented in Philadelphia during the 1880s by the Wunderlee Candy Company. It was originally made by hand, mixing a slurry of sugar, corn syrup, wax and water, followed by fondant and marshmallows for a soft touch. Now, machines repeat this process, called "corn starch modeling."

Coffee klatsch
October 31st, 2011
05:00 AM ET
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Pssst! Got a sec to chat?

We are utterly thrilled when readers want to hang out and talk – whether it's amongst themselves or in response to pieces we've posted. We want Eatocracy to be a cozy, spirited online home for those who find their way here.

Consider the daily Coffee Klatsch post as your VIP lounge – the primary comments thread for readers who'd like to chat about topics not related to the articles we're running. That way, everyone knows where to find each other, and each post's comments section remains on topic.

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