Munchies & Munchies

Do you need your fix?

The WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge provides the theme of Sweet, for which I posted a rather Valentine-themed entry yesterday.

Today, I thought it might be interesting to provide a more year-round winner of the candy category, which has been a staple for sweet-tooths for quite a while: M&Ms!  While I am not a fan of chocolaty, crunchy candies (I prefer Dutch licorice and chocolate with caramel), they are interesting to photograph…

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Mounds of Munchies!

You might feel the urge to reach out and grab the rainbow of M&Ms!

What is your go-to candy fix?

Have a great weekend!

Resistance is Futile

Sweettooths unite!

This is the season for resistance… as many of us have made resolutions or set goals for the New Year, I expect that, like me, there are a good number of you who made diet part of them.

Resisting the temptation to give in to those oh-so-tasty carbohydrates is probably the hardest part of any weight loss program; harder than keeping that exercise regimen and getting the clothes off the treadmill…

Then, there’s February’s ultimate carb-laden celebration: Valentine’s Day!  Lots of candy hearts and chocolate is given for this holiday to celebrate the martyred priest who was beheaded in 269 AD for performing Christian marriage ceremonies.

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Lots of candy indeed, but were you aware that it’s only the 4th biggest holiday for candy in the United States?  Halloween, Easter and Christmas beat it out in total sales.

Are you getting candy for your sweetheart for Valentine’s Day?

Inspired by WordPress Daily Prompt of Resist.

Tuesday Photo Challenge – Round Up 27

It’s been a sweet week!

This week’s theme of Candy was received with an admirable level of sweet-tooth by a number of you!

Staying within our seasonal drive towards kids getting way more candy than they need during any time of the year, it was no surprise that many folks across the entire planet love their sweets.  After all, who can resist some colorful, creative shaped delicacy that you know is not good for your diet?

Interesting enough, while mass quantities of sweets are consumed around this time of year in the United States, it is not the biggest candy day of the year.  That honor belongs to Valentine’s Day!

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The Sweetest Day!

The following were this week’s participants in the challenge with links to their posts:

  • Ladyleemanilla share a post with delicious candy that she professed to enjoying very much!
  • Emily’s post in her blog, Zombie Flamingoes, combined two components: candy and alcohol!  Yummie!!
  • Joanne’s post in Velissima, a fantastic travel experiences blog, is stunning in both the candy design and the colors, as she shows the candy in Mexico!
  • Marga’s blog, The Photographer Smiled…, focuses on one of my favorite candies: licorice!  I bet you can’t have just one piece!
  • Judith’s shares her love of chocolate in  Nature Knows Best.  I’m confident that she’s not the only one who is a fan!
  • Debbie is getting ready for a big move in her post for Forgiving Connects, and shares her thoughts on the sweetest sweet of them all: Love!

From reading these magnificent posts, I think that there’s many a love of all things sweet among my readers.  I’ll be challenged to find a sweeter topic for next week…

Thanks to everyone for contributing and reading!!

Tuesday Photo Challenge – Candy

Welcome to episode 27 of the Tuesday Photo Challenge!  After last week’s Halloween theme, I thought it might be appropriate to go to the sweet side of things: Candy!

Of course, everyone has their favorite candy, or maybe even more than one type of candy…  Therefore, I’d like to challenge each of you to share your favorite candy and make it look irresistible to each of your readers!  After all, what fun is candy, if it’s not the best things out there?  Of course, you’re always allowed to use a bit of poetic license in your choice of candy; for me, strawberries are also a form of candy!

From about 6 years ago, when I was taking a course in food photography, I’d like to share these delicious M&M’s with you (yes, they may be out of date, but they still look good 🙂 ).

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It won’t melt in your hand!

The bright colors of each of these little wonders just jumps up at you, yelling ‘pick me!’, so you know that you want one of them…

For those who’d like to participate in this weekly challenge, the rules are the following:

  • Write a post with an image for this week’s topic
  • Please tag your post with fpj-photo-challenge (if you’re not sure about how tags work, please check out this WordPress article about tagging posts)
  • Create a pingback link to this post, so that I can create a post showing all of the submissions over the week (note: pingbacks may not appear immediately, as my site is set up to require approval for linking to it; helps against previous bad experiences with spamming)
  • Have fun creating something new (or sharing something old)!!

This should be a fun week and we may even learn about some exotic candies!

Technical Details

This image was captured with a Canon EOS 1D MkIII using an EF24-105mm f/4L lens.  Exposure settings were at 1/160 second with f/11 and 100 ISO with studio lights; you might notice that with studio lights, I’ll often dial them in to get around 1/160 second at 100 ISO, as it works well for lots of subjects.

Valentine Sweets

Candy, candy everywhere

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Sweetness!

It’s upon us!  The day that must be loved by dentists universally, as their consumer base is expanded!  According to a 3-year old CNN article (Valentine’s Day Statistics) $1.6B is spent on candy for Valentine’s Day.

And what did I do to help this a couple of years ago?  Photograph more candy, of course, just in case there wasn’t enough consumption yet!  But no need to worry, as I didn’t eat the candy and brushed my teeth!

Have a very Happy Valentine’s Day, and remember to brush!!

Technical Details

I shot this in my studio, so camera settings are not really germane, but I will share that the lens I used for this is a Lensbaby Composer with a glass optic.  If there’s interest, I’ll be happy to do a post on Lensbaby at some time this Spring.