Notes: House of Candy

Candy HouseSome Freudian psychoanalysts point out that a house of candy appeals to a child’s basic oral stage. The witch exploits this basic psychosexual need to lure the children to her.  Probably the most famous candy house in history is in the Hansel and Gretel folktale. In early versions of the story, it is “made of bread, with cake for a roof and pure sugar for windows.” It isn’t until later that lollipop gardens, chocolate shutters and white-frosting trim was added for our more visually-oriented times. A strange detail about the story is when Hansel and Gretel start nibbling on the house, the blind witch thinks they are mice, which seems to be her normal meal. Makes one wonder why she doesn’t live in a House of Cheese.

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