I accompanied my son to one of his friend's birthday parties yesterday. The party featured goody bags full of candy. I was telling another parent about the Seinfeld bit where he explains that as children, before people know about sex - candy is the ultimate pleasure. I know realize that Seinfeld understates the awesome power of candy to the pre-pubescent set.
The children arrived at the party sedate, even a bit groggy (it was late afternoon.) But after a few Tootsie rolls, everyone was dancing and laughing maniacally. It was as though we had been serving margaritas.
That is the power of candy. It is sex and alcohol (and possibly drugs) all rolled into one.