Can a Candy Bar Save Your Marriage?



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Or so says a new study conducted by Ohio State University researchers using voodoo dolls to prove their point.

Sounds too good to be true. Right? Sounds like an April Fool’s prank.

Au contraire!

Recent research funded by the National Science Foundation and as reported by  1370 WSPD Radio Station, Toledo, Ohio:


In a 21-day study, researchers found that levels of blood glucose in 107 married couples, measured each night, predicted how angry they would be with their spouse that evening.

At the end of the 21 days, people who had generally lower levels of glucose were willing to blast their spouses with unpleasant noises at a higher volume and for a longer time than those who had higher glucose levels.

“It illustrates the point that hungry people are often very cranky and irritable and angry,” said Brad Bushman, lead author of the study and professor of communication and psychology at The Ohio State University.

It even has a slang term: “hangry.”

Blood glucose levels can be brought up most quickly by eating carbohydrates or sugary foods.

“We found that being hangry can affect our behavior in a bad way, even in our most intimate relationships,” he said.

All participants were given a voodoo doll that they were told represented their spouse, along with 51 A 1 heart chcocpins. At the end of each day, for 21 consecutive days, the participants inserted 0 to 51 pins in the doll, depending on how angry they were with their spouse. They did this alone, without their spouses being present, and recorded the number of pins they stuck in the doll.

Each person also used a blood glucose meter to measure glucose levels before breakfast and every evening before bed for the 21 days.

The result: The lower the participants’ evening blood glucose levels, the more pins they stuck in the doll representing their spouse. This association was present even after the researchers took into account the couples’ relationship satisfaction.

“When they had lower blood glucose, they felt angrier and took it out on the dolls representing their spouse,” Bushman said. “Even those who reported they had good relationships with their spouses were more likely to express anger if their blood glucose levels were lower.”

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Bushman also said that glucose is fuel for the brain. The self-control needed to deal with anger and aggressive impulses takes energy, and that energy is provided in part by glucose.

“Even though the brain is only 2 percent of our body weight, it consumes about 20 percent of our calories. It is a very demanding organ when it comes to energy,” he said.

“It’s simple advice but it works: Before you have a difficult conversation with your spouse, make sure you’re not hungry.”


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1 A chewy chocSo the next time you are upset,  feel cranky or quarrelsome don’t get mad…………bite into a chewy, gooey, sweet candy bar.

It may not be what the doctor or the food police call for. But it is what the psychologist calls for.

And it might just save your marriage too.



Featured Recipe        Orange Marmalade Pork Chops



Talk about your quick and easy recipe. This is simplicity and deliciousness at its very best.  There is virtually no prep for this recipe. No chopping, no dicing, no sauce to make. Nothing.

Because of this, there is precious little clean-up either. This is perfect for tonight when I want to watch the Columbus Blue Jacket hockey game on TV.

It is so easy I often made this recipe during my Starving Student days when I taught elementary school all day and went to school at night.

With meat as expensive as it is today, there is nothing starving about this dish any more. Nevertheless, it is a still a good deal on most budgets. It is certainly less expensive than restaurant pork chops and 99.9% more delicious!

You will need fairly thick chops, at least 1 inch thick for this dish. You can use boneless like I did today or you can use bone-in chops as well.

You can also make this recipe with any marmalade or fruit preserve that you like.

The really neat thing about this recipe is how you can dress it up for company or dress it down depending on what side dishes you use.

Make a really nice rice pilaf and a salad for company or use a bean salad and a vegetable like carrots like I did for week nights. To make the chops look really elegant place a couple or three slices of a fresh orange on top.

This is what you will need for 3 people:

3 thick pork loin chops

½ cup orange marmalade

Cooking spray

Salt and pepper to taste


Here is what you do:

Preheat oven to 400°F.

Salt and pepper the chops to taste.


Spray a baking sheet with cooking spray.

Place the pork chops on the baking sheet and bake for 20 minutes.



While the chops bake measure out the marmalade and place in a microwaveable bowl. Then microwave the orange marmalade until it melts.


NOTE: I start at 1 minute on high.

Perfect. However, if it comes out too melted just add another teaspoon or two of marmalade until you get consistency you want. Isn’t that color gorgeous?


Remove the chops from oven and set the oven on broil.


Spoon some of the melted marmalade over the tops of the chops and lightly spread over the chops.



Return to the oven and broil about 6-inches from heat source for 3-5 minutes. Do not over cook as you will get dry, tough, and tasteless pork.


Remove from oven and let sit a few minutes to allow juices to redistribute.


Serve with the sides of your choice.


Bon appétit!!!

3 thick pork loin chops         $7.33

½ cup orange marmalade    $1.48

Cooking spray                     $0.19

Salt and pepper to taste       ——

Total cost = $9.00
Cost per person = $3.00

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There is nothing wrong with being wrong.

Mokokoma Mokhonoana


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6 comments to Can a Candy Bar Save Your Marriage?

  • I read about that glucose study and I know when I’m really hungry I can get hangry about little things that normally wouldn’t trouble me at all.

    If I’d had these succulent pork chops I’d be a perfect angel.

    • Roberta

      You are always a perfect angel, Maureen. I’ve seen your halo every time you do something for your FIL.

  • Another pork chop recipe– love it! We don’t share candy bars because neither of us especially likes candy bars, but we do share cookies. My mother-in-law always made my children happy by sharing 2 Twix bars. She was a big fan of Twix because they are made for sharing. 🙂

    • Roberta

      Cookies work just as well. 🙂 In fact, in many cases I would prefer cookies or cake to candy.

  • I just knew there was a good reason to eat chocolate and candy bars.

    • Roberta

      LOL #1 reason is just because we like chocolate. #2 is to stop quarrels. That’s my story and I’m stickin to it. 🙂