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Saturday, October 31, 2009

The tally of the candy

This is everything that was in the big box o'candy, a Sterlite tote into which I've been tossing all the candy I've been buying for Halloween. It includes stuff I bought specifically for my mom to give out, but she's decided that she won't be answering the door for Halloween.

Most of this is from Sam's Club.

Wonka Mix-Ups (Nerds, Laffy Taffy, SweetTarts, Bottle Caps)
300 pieces
4.8 lbs. / 2.17 kg

Skittles / Starburst / Tropical Starburst
172 pieces
4 lbs. 8.4 oz. / 2.0525 kg

Hershey's Factory Favorites
120 pieces
3 lbs. 9.35 oz. / 1.62 kg

Two bags of Nestle Baby Ruth / 100 Grand / Crunch / Butterfinger
220 pieces total
8.74 lbs. / 3.968 kg

Variety Mix - Snickers, Twix, M&M's, Three Musketeers, Milky Way
105 pieces
56.8 oz. / 1610.3 g

Hershey's Miniatures
175 pieces
3 lbs. 8 oz. / 1.58 kg

Four bags of snack size Mr. Goodbar (from Kmart)
72 pieces
43.12 oz. / 1220 g

The following are all from Ollie's Bargain Outlet:

Winnie the Pooh Saf-T-Pops
21 pieces
8 oz.

Animal Crackers
20 bags
10 oz.

SweetTarts Shockers (sour SweetTarts)
30 packs
16 oz.

Let's see...not counting the Saf-T-Pops or the Animal Crackers, which are for any costumed infants who show up, there are 1,194 pieces of candy here. According to my records I had 137 kids last year, and 178 the year before. So even if the kids show up at 2007 rates, that's still 6-7 pieces of candy that I can give to each kid if I want to end up with nothing left over.

Now, you may notice that there is no consistency with weight reporting. English units are sometimes in pounds and ounces and sometimes in pounds and decimal fractions of pounds. Metric weights are sometimes in kilograms and sometimes in grams; may favorites are 2.0525 kg (good to the nearest half-gram!) and 1610.3 g. But roughing this out, and again counting only the non-infant candy, this is 14.675 kg total, or about 32.3 pounds.

I wonder if I'll have enough?

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