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Kadie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-22-09 09:38 PM
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Candy sales strong despite recession
Candy sales strong despite recession
Robert Selna, Chronicle Staff Writer

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

(09-22) 18:27 PDT -- In a broad recession-related shift, many Americans have lost their taste for fancy cars, clothes and vacations, but their appetite for candy, it seems, only has become more pronounced.

The California unemployment rate climbed to 12.2 percent in August and more home foreclosures loom on the horizon, but sweets are going like gangbusters in San Francisco and elsewhere, according to store owners, candymakers and food industry analysts.

"Candy is something you can treat yourself to for a very reasonable price," said Susan Karl president of Annabelle's candy company in Hayward, which, makes Abba-Zaba, Rocky Road, U-No and Big Hunk bars. "It makes people feel good and it's a pretty cheap treat when you're feeling crummy - it's either that or a beer."

Alcoholic beverages, ice cream and movies aren't doing badly either, but candy and chocolate stand out as being recession-resistant.


Read more: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2009/0...



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Mari333 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-22-09 09:39 PM
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1. makes sense.
people getting their lift from sugar. cheaper than a shrink, cheaper than meds.
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barb162 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-22-09 11:05 PM
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9. Yes, it's a cheap, satisfying little way fo making oneself feel better.
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Deja Q Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-22-09 09:41 PM
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2. Hey hey hey!!


Sorry for the snark, but all the media and politicians and everybody hypes up good health. They seem to forget one tiny element:

Reality.

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Skittles Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-22-09 09:42 PM
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3. I'm eating Milk Duds right now
mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm
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alfredo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-22-09 11:12 PM
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14. I had a shot of cheap vodka. It was gooood.
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imdjh Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-22-09 09:48 PM
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4. Candy and cosmetics are supposedly depression proof.
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Louisiana1976 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-22-09 10:04 PM
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5. I've found that Wint-O-Green Lifesavers are addictive.
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DireStrike Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-22-09 10:11 PM
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6. See, we don't need healthcare
We can self-medicate.
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Matariki Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-22-09 11:00 PM
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7. My grandfather made it though the depression by selling candy door to door.
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LeftyMom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-22-09 11:03 PM
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8. I make my own.
Homemade fudge, caramels, etc beat any commercial stuff.
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nadinbrzezinski Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-22-09 11:07 PM
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10. Any student of history knows this
same thing happened during the Great Depression and every other recession since.
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BuyingThyme Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-22-09 11:09 PM
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11. They've sure raised their prices lately.
It's like $1.59 for the larger candy bars now. Not so long ago they were all $.99 each.
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alfredo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-22-09 11:10 PM
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12. I read a book about the depression where a person advised another to sell
sweets because there is always a market for it.
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Selatius Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-22-09 11:10 PM
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13. Many people use food, especially candy, as an emotional crutch, especially in hard economic times.
This seems to make sense.
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