Look around: Chances are there is Halloween candy near you right now. If the candy is not in your home, your office, or your school, it’s in a bowl at the dry cleaner’s, the doctor’s office, even the yoga studio.
We’ve officially entered the long season of candy-centric holidays. Make no mistake: After we drench ourselves in sugar this Halloween, we’ll do it again on Christmas and Hanukkah, Valentine’s Day, Passover, Easter, and in the weeks between these special days. The candy industry counts on us to celebrate with sugar for a huge portion of its annual sales.
We can all agree that Halloween and other seasonal candy is a fun ritual. I like chocolate as much as my Vox colleagues who recently ranked their favorite Halloween candies. And a bit of candy here and there is no problem for our health.
But we have reached a point where the amount of candy in circulation is excessive — and symbolic of our sugarcoated environment. In 2017, the candy industry expects Halloween will bring in a record $2.75 billion in retail sales.