Spread Christmas Cheer With These 6 Caroling Treats

Christmas carols are your one chance to break from holiday songs blaring from a stereo—and instead hear them from real people. But they’re a whole experience, for both singers and listeners. Neighborhoods look better with Christmas lights and they sound better with carolers. But can’t they taste better too? Here are a few foods to up your carol game.

1. Candy Canes


They’re cheap, they’re classic, they’re always welcomed. They’re just a little extra to your sing-song soirée. You can entrust any child caroler to carry the basket and hand them over to homeowners with the sweetest of smiles. If you were purchasing an online Christmas carol package experience, this would be the first level of the non-free kind.

2. Cookies


If you want these to have any kind of impact, these will have to be homemade. Cookies made in the kitchen of a local are always the way to go. Store-bought holiday cookies can be spotted a mile away, and that’s where everyone wants to keep them. They’re terrible. They taste like the secret ingredient is lukewarm awkwardness instead of love. Stop giving these to people unless you’re trying to start a hometown civil war.

3. Hot Cocoa


This is the way to do things. It’s a class-act move to pour some hot cocoa for your listeners. Some of the carolers just have to carry a thermos. If you have kids, let them offer your audience members those tiny marshmallows. The only thing that will melt faster than them are those listeners’ hearts. It puts everyone in a listening mood—nay, it forces everyone into a listening mood!

4.  Fruitcake


This is the only way you’re going to get rid of fruitcake. All of you carolers should repackage this concrete swan-dive of a holiday snack, since you each have one just kicking it indefinitely on your countertop at home. Oh, were you saving that infuriatingly irresponsible gift from a neighbor for a rainy day when you’d use it to absorb a leak? Because, otherwise, it’s time to get rid of that thing.

5. Canned Goods


Transform your seasonal carnival of song into an important act of local charity by asking your beloved all-ears listeners to donate a few canned goods. It’s taking the holiday spirit and turning it into holiday action. Sure, Christmas is about cherishing loved ones and the tiny beautiful moments that make up your golden days, but use the guilt of good nature to trick your neighbors into listening to you serenade them.

6. Soup


While you could warm the stomachs, hearts, and ears of your neighbors with soup and song, it could get a bit messy. You want them to enjoy a snack, not take down a full meal, in their doorway. However, soup is the best way to get your caroling crew back on the right track to recovery once the night has wrapped. It’s not easy trudging through the east coast snow, and it’s a bit of a setback heading through the politely crisp west coast air.

Happy caroling, whether it’s your mouths or ears at work!


Study Suggests Canned Goods Spike BPA Levels — Possible Link to Cardiovascular, Diabetes & Obesity

In a recent attempt to quantify BPA levels in humans after ingestion of canned foods, Harvard University researchers have found that people who ate canned soup for five days straight saw their urinary levels BPA spike 1,200 percent compared to those who ate fresh soups. Is this scary? Let’s look into it more —

First off, BPA — bisphenol A — is an endocrine disruptor that has been “shown to interfere with reproductive development in animal studies at levels of 50 micrograms per kilogram of body weight and higher, though it remains uncertain if the same effects cross over to humans.” (Canada/Environmental Protection Agency)

The study that was released earlier today by the Journal of the American Medical Association (November 23 Issue) measured BPA levels by micrograms per liter of urine, not by the earlier researched method of micrograms per kilogram of bodyweight. With this in mind, a direct comparison to the EPA-cited danger level in animals was not possible.

Researcher in the study, Jenny L. Carwile, noted that previous studies have linked BPA at lower levels than the ones found in the Harvard study in question to cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and obesity in humans. The BPA in question, found in the lining of canned foods, was highlighted in the study via a randomized study with 75 participants.

The study participants were broken into two groups who ate 12-ounce servings of either fresh or canned soup over a five day period (without other alteration to their regular eating habits). Following a two-day break, the groups switched and ate the opposite type of soup.

The resulting urine analysis showed the canned soup eaters had 1,221 % higher levels of BPA than the fresh soup eaters.

The U.S. Government has acknowledged such studies, but has yet to determine whether further action should be taken.

[via Canada/AFP/JAMA/FoodRenegade]


Packaged Food

StarKist Introduces New Autentico Canned Tuna

Starkist Autnetico Canned TunaStarKist is launching a new line of canned tuna products aimed specifically at the Hispanic palette. ‘Autentico‘ flavors include Light Tuna in Oil with Jalepenos, Sweet & Spicy Tuna in Oil with Peppers and Chunk Light Tuna in Oil with Vegetables. Autentico has combined a variety of vegetables and spices in this new line including: red bell peppers, sweet corn, carrots, green peas, chili peppers, tomatoes and jalepenos. The products will be available at Walmart stores nationwide and will retail for approximately $1.69 per can.