As somebody who is sugar intake aware I spend the holiday seasons in awe of how much processed sugar in the form of candy and baked goods is pumped out at every store and in every kitchen. Facetiously I ask, “What would Jesus think of people gorging themselves on sugar (in some cases, the very thing that is causing them disease) in the name of celebration and tradition?”
Valentine’s Day, Easter, Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas…all times of the year that it becomes socially acceptable to mindfully and mindlessly consume sugary treats.
Now, I am not bashing sugar or celebrating but I am suggesting that as a society and as individuals who desire good health it is worth the time to think about how we consume sweeteners in quantity and quality. What if we treated sugar like alcohol?
Dr. Lustig suggests that sugar be treated like alcohol because it does the same thing to your liver. He points out that it used to be only alcoholics developed fatty liver disease but now doctors regularly see it in children because of the amount of sugar being regularly consumed.
The average American is consuming 22 grams of sugar per day even though the World Health Organization suggests that people should only consume 6-12g of sugar per day and the FDA suggests that you only get 6-9g of sugar per day- how much is a in the average candy serving?
I recently browsed through several different kinds of sugary candy, the average serving size seemed to be between 15-30g of sugar in a couple ounces of treat. The bottom line being you may want to limit the number of sugary treats for the health of your liver and endocrine system.
Now that I have said all of that, I realize it is the holiday season and you may be needing something sweet and special so you don’t feel left out when every body around you is filling their faces with processed crap. I have also added a bonus step to add a cannabis concentrate so that you can double this treat to also mellow out your stress and maybe give Christmas a healthy new vibe this year. Maple syrup, while yes, is high in sugar, it comes with vitamins and minerals and is a whole food. I add hemp and walnuts to not only help balance the sugar’s absorption in your body with nuts or seeds but also to help your body metabolize the cannabis.
Maple Walnut Maple Candy
2C maple syrup
1/3C hemp seeds
1/4C chopped walnuts
1 gram cannabis concentrate (optional)
1- In heavy bottom saucepan, bring the maple syrup to a boil on med-high heat and stirring occasionally. **Add your cannabis concentrate here and stir in until fully melted. Boil syrup until it reaches 235F (110C) on a candy thermometer. Watch your pan closely to make sure it does not boil over.
2- Remove from heat and cool to 175F (80C) without stirring, about 10 minutes.
3- Stir rapidly with a wooden spoon for about 4-5 minutes, adding hemp seeds and walnuts until the color lightens and the mixture becomes thick and creamy.
4- Quickly Pour out onto a sheet of parchment paper (or into candy molds) and spread to about 5mm thick and let cool and harden. Cut into 2-3cm squares and store in a refrigerated airtight container for up to one month.
To figure out how potent your candies will be:
1000mg X concentrate potency \ number of candies
For example, my gram of concentrate was 80% THC (800mg) and I got 40 servings making each of them about 20mg/THC.
I recommend enjoying this maple candy sparingly and giving it out as thoughtful gifts in small portions. With intention and a solid food snob attitude you will make it through the holiday feasts without the average 10 pound increase and keep your health in tact.