Slo Pokes are back! The candies many of us grew up with are making comebacks! Including the caramelly Slo Poke. So says Marc Summers of the Food Network’s Unwrapped television show.
Even if you missed the original airing of the program, you still can learn how one company is “taking some ‘blasts from the past’ and making them again for the kids of today” in a show excerpt posted on YouTube. Titled, “Candy Cravings,” the video clip covers a brief history of the Slo Poke and the modern day production of this rediscovered favorite.
Time has changed at least one aspect of the Slo Poke sucker. It’s now available in both the original size and as a bite-sized treat. Now that’s a comeback we all can enjoy!
Gum chewers are getting some good news when it comes to keeping trim! A link between chewing calorie-free gum and fat loss has been uncovered by a Mayo Clinic study and recently published in The New England Journal of Medicine.
According to the WorldRoom.com, a content aggregator for public television, “The Minnesota researchers concluded that chewing gum increases your metabolism (the rate at which you burn calories) by 20%. On average, people in the study burned 11 more calories per hour than those that did not.”
While 11 calories may not seem like much at first glance, it adds up. “Over the course of a year that amounts to thousands of calories, or approximately 10 lbs.!”
“Chewing … calorie-free gum can be readily carried out throughout the day, and its potential effect on energy balance should not be discounted,” stated Dr. James Levine, one of the study’s authors. “It does illustrate that small changes in daily activities, even something as trivial as chewing gum, can have a significant impact on weight loss.”
You’re invited to join the Norwalk Symphony Orchestra for “Prodigy” on January 26. “The concert will showcase a few of the most talented young musicians from the area, inviting them to play alongside the professional musicians of the NSO,” says Diane Wittry, Music Director and Conductor.
The five musicians featured are: nineteen year old violin soloist Stephanie Jeong from New Canaan; cellist Danielle Merlis, 17, of Westport; violinist Tristan Zeman, age 12, of Westport; cellist Allison Wen Giebisch, 12, of Woodbridge; and violinist Nicole Kilroy, 17, of Hopewell Junction, NY.
Performances will feature the music of Grieg’s Holberg Suite, Schubert’s Symphony No. 5, and Mozart’s Violin Concerto No, 4 in D Major.
Tickets for the Prodigy concert range from $20 – $50 with special reduced price tickets available for students under 18 and free admission for children under twelve. Obtain tickets by calling the Symphony office at 203-847-8844 or by .
There is a persistent Life Saver rumor that harkens back decades. You’ve probably heard it yourself. It goes something like this: Wint-O-Green Life Savers give off bright sparks when bitten in a dark room. But is this an urban legend or does it have the glint of truth to it? If you answered “it’s true” you’re correct! But the mystery remains. How does it work?
For the answer, we went to the How Stuff Works web site. There we were in for a little surprise! “Actually, all hard sugar-based candies emit some degree of light when you bite them” according to their research. Usually, however, that light is very faint. “When you rip a piece of tape off the roll, it will produce a slight glow for the same reason,” the authors continue. And that reason is triboluminescence, the natural emission of light resulting from something being smashed or torn.
But there’s more to the story of Wint-O-Green Life Savers. When bitten, they shed a greater amount of visible light than other candies. And that extra spark is produced by the wintergreen flavoring. Oil of wintergreen is naturally fluorescent.
This means it absorbs the light of shorter wavelengths, in this case ultraviolet light, and then emits light of a longer wavelength in the visible spectrum. What results is a burst of blue sparks every time you crunch on a Wint-O-Green Life Saver!
To shed more light on the science behind this amazing Life Saver flavor, visit the Wint-O-Green page at How Stuff Works.