My Gum Drops Are Out To Kill Me

Okay, maybe I’m joking.

My normal pencil bag candy for school is Smarties. I’ve mentioned this before. Well, last time I checked, Smarties are strictly American and Canadian candy. And, oh right, I live in Mexico. So it might be time to extend my candy preferences.

So let me remind you about something: I absolutely loathe Smarties. And that’s exactly the reason why I carry them. The basic idea is so my willpower doesn’t crumble and so I can same my Smarties for when I’m actually low. Also, so I don’t eat too many of them and go high.

The Mexican candies I have to choose from are pretty limited. There’s candy with chile (basically spicy stuff), which even though I like, it’s hard to eat fast, unless I want the fire extinguisher and I to become best buds.

So when Mom and Dad went on a shopping expedition, they came back with gum drops and chocolate covered raisins.

Here’s the good/bad news: I actually like these candies. I sense a high blood sugar in my future.

The problem is this: Okay, maybe my willpower doesn’t collapse, but when I’m actually low I eat too many of them, and then go high. Or my willpower crumbles completely, and I go high. It’s sort of a lose lose situation.

My dad is a speaker, and so he flies out of the airport to go to jobs. So the last time he left, what do you know, he brought me Smarties.

Maybe one day I’ll figure it out.


Claire Montgomery
Type 1 Diabetic, Insulin Pump User, Candy Eater

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4 comments / Add your comment below

  1. How do you feel about malted milk balls? I hate those! This is an interesting problem you have. I have never really thought too much about which candy I don’t like. I really hate Skittles too but I have a memory that you like them. They are probably pretty hard to come by in Mexico too.

  2. Oddly, I hate most candies. I like lemon drops when I have a sore throat. I hate all those fake fruity candies like Skittles. And most chocolate candy bars made in America leave me cold. And there a ton of different kinds of Mexican candy that I think is just awful (though I like the chili stuff!).

    For me, if I have to choose something I’d like, I’d go for very high end dark chocolate with nuts. And if I have to choose something I don’t like, I think it would be Skittles. Or Smarties.

    Thanks for these great posts, Claire! You’re a great writer!

  3. Hi Claire,

    Just returned from Costa Rica, where we learned about making good chocolate from a farmer who makes boutique chocolate by hand. What did we learn? That Hersheys invented candy which “melts in your mouth, not in your hand” because the chocolate bars which were sent to our troops in WW II melted in their pockets, but in doing that they added some stuff that isn’t so good. Parafin wax, for example. We tasted many samples, one of which had chile powder in it and cardamom (I think), and this meant that you had an immediate taste on your tongue, then in the back of your mouth, and finally in your throat. Like good wine, a nice “after taste.” We didn’t buy any but learning about how chocolate is blended was fun.

    I’m not much of a candy eater, unlike your GrandMother. We never bought candy because she’d eat it and then get mad at herself.

    Love, GrandBob

  4. Hi Claire,

    I found your blog because, like you, I use Smarties to treat my low blood sugar. But I am getting tired of the extreme tartness that comes with stuffing 3 rolls of them into my mouth as fast as possible, so I was researching gumdrops.I think I will give them a try (after 17 years of Type 1 diabetes, I am bored of Glucose tablets) but I wish they came individually wrapped, because like you, I keep them in my bag. I’m not a big candy eater, so I won’t snack on them unless needed.

    If you can’t find a Smarties like candy in Mexico, have your Dad bring you lots of bags of Smarties back next time, then you will be all set for awhile. 🙂

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