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eFoodsDirect candy squares

Right behind Christmas, Halloween is my favorite holiday. I spend months deciding what pattern to use for my family’s annul pumpkin carving contest, I break out my “scary” movies like Hocus Pocus and The Nightmare Before Christmas, and of course I eat more candy than any person ever should.

Over the last twenty years I’ve pretty much learned to accept that I will consume an unreasonable amount of sugar on the 31st of October; however, to my horror those bad habits have started way earlier this year, and this has led me to the realization that if I don’t make some changes I’m going to be in some real trouble. At the beginning of the October, one of my roommates brought home the cutest pumpkin-shaped candy dish. Naturally we filled it with a bag of candy corn, and before we knew it we had gone through two bags of candy corn and a bag of candy pumpkins. As I sat and stared at the empty pumpkin-candy dish, I realized that there were still weeks until the actual Halloween holiday and if I wanted to avoid a battle to button my jeans, things needed to change. I could try to say that I would simply tell myself, “no” each time those little pieces of heaven looked me in the eye, but in that case my costume this year might as well be Pinocchio.

I could try to say that I’ll stop after eating just one…or maybe two…or maybe a handful. However, after thinking the situation through logically I realized that the only way I could beat those Halloween candy cravings is to already be full of an equally delicious but significantly healthier food.

Although it’s true that part of the appeal of candy − and unhealthy foods in general − is its ease of preparation, eFoodsDirect happens to offer a wonderful solution! To give a specific example, eFoodsDirect offers a mouthwatering Chicken Noodle Soup. This is a great fall meal option, and it only takes twenty minutes to prepare! Plus, candy corn seems far less tempting with a belly full of warm soup. And if you do have a few extra minutes or a friend or two you want to impress, you might try serving your Chicken Noodle Soup in a fun way. I found this quick bread bowl recipe on, and after twenty short minutes I ended up with one delicious meal.

Toasted Bread Bowl


  • Round loaf of French, sourdough or other crusty bread.
  • 1/4 cup Butter.
  • 1 clove garlic.
  • 1 tsp fresh parsley minced.


  1. Slice the off top of the round French, or sourdough bread.
  2. Cut or pull the soft center of the loaf away from the shell, leaving a 1-inch thickness of soft bread dough around the inside of the crust.
  3. Melt 1/4 cup butter or olive oil with 1 clove of pressed garlic and 1 tsp minced fresh parsley.
  4. Brush inside of bread bowl and dough side of lid with butter mixture.
  5. Bake in conventional or toaster oven at 400 F. for 5 to 10 minutes or until golden.
  6. Let cool.

The best part is, after eating this meal I was full to the point that no kind of Halloween candy could tempt me. So, until October 31st I plan on battening down the hatches, making a pot of soup, and closing my eyes each time I walk by our candy dish.

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