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Want some candy? Depression correlation with sweets (proof we are in depression?)

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posted on May, 1 2012 @ 07:40 PM

in addition, during the depression, candy was seen as an inexpensive and healthy meal replacement. In the 20’s candy bars like Baby Ruth, Milky Way and Mounds became popular favorites.

Candy, sweets and yummys run amok lately throughout our entire tier of candy stores, resturant, fast food, drug store and other places.


In sour economic times, a spoonful of sugar can make all the difference. Candy sales are soaring as Americans turn to the sweet stuff to escape the tanking economy, the New York Times reported. Nestle's profits surged a staggering 30 percent in 2008, while egg-making chocolate guru Cadbury saw their revenue rise 10.9 percent in the same period. Hershey gained 8.5 percent in the fourth quarter of 2008, when the recession slammed the country hardest. Candy makers and experts say Tootsie's on a roll because sweets are inexpensive and nostalgic, bringing patrons back to better, pre-recession times. "People may indulge themselves a little bit more when times are tough,” Edward Jones brokerage analyst Jack P. Russo told the Times. “These are low-cost items that people can afford pretty easily.” The candy industry is one of the only sectors to benefit from the bottomed-out economy -- low-cost sweet treats are doing better than ever on supermarket shelves even as stocks continue to dip and 401(k)s rapidly shrink.

Is our sweet tooth proof that we are in a depression? Or are we simply in a recession? I say depression, but you make the judge on that.

Interesting enough candy is correlated for people up and down time in rough economic market. Candy is a simple food and meal replacement (not healthy obviously pending on volume of consumption)

But I want to show you something here

They know what their doing (best burger joint imo) burger king has a new sweet section

So in the end, we were in a great depression back in the 30s, as we are today (IMO) and what was the one thing that got us out of those times?


So I ask you, want some candy?
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posted on May, 1 2012 @ 08:02 PM
No... A depression doesn't magically make people want sweet stuff, it's the price. They were cheap so people could afford them when they could not afford real food. They are not cheap now.
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posted on May, 1 2012 @ 08:05 PM
Americans were eating crap and stuffing their faces with candy/soda long before the recession hit. Now, in a depression, many Americans think spending $20 on fast food for a family of four is a better use of money than spending $8 on a pre-baked chicken and $3 on romaine and dressing for a salad.

posted on May, 1 2012 @ 08:05 PM
Making less money correlates with stress/unhappiness levels. The more stressed one is the more they tend to crave high calorie comfort food. The more depressed one is the less they care about anything, including their own health. I'm sure price has to do with it but I think emotions have more to.

This is why inner cities have some of the fattest people.

posted on May, 1 2012 @ 08:16 PM
reply to post by RealSpoke

Wrong kind of depression.

Edit: Never mind, that could still apply.
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posted on May, 1 2012 @ 08:43 PM
reply to post by SpearMint

I knew the OP was talking about economic depression, economic depressions make people emotionally depressed/stressed.

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posted on May, 1 2012 @ 09:47 PM
This dude seems to think the world is in a depression.....

We Are in Age of ‘Late Great Depression’: Shiller

The world is in a state of “late Great Depression,” well-known economist and author Robert Shiller told CNBC Monday.

The Yale economics professor, who helped devise the Case-Shiller index for housing market trends and famously called the dotcom bubble of the early 2000s and the housing market bubble later in the decade, told “Squawk Box Europe” that the world is in a “new age of austerity.”

posted on May, 2 2012 @ 07:15 AM
It's not really surprising, especially about the chocolate becoming popular. Depressed people have a natural inclination to crave sugar and starchy stuff, and chocolate gives a mildly euphoric feel as well.

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