Just in time for Halloween, let us ponder whether having a sweet tooth equals having a sweet personality. After all, we do use taste-related words to describe others -- in fact, I just used "sweet" to describe a type of personality :) We use words like "honey," "sweetie pie," and "cupcake" to positively describe kind and caring people, and use words like "bitter" and "salty" to describe not-so-likeable people. Once again, I've been reading The Body Odd and they've found a couple of studies that claim individuals with a sweet spot also show sweet behaviors.
Halloween Ghost Brothers Cupcake Toppers by mimicafeunion
In one study of 55 college students, each student rated foods from the five major taste types: sweet, sour, bitter, salty, and spicy. Then they answered questions about their agreeableness. The study found that those who ranked sweets higher also had higher levels of agreeableness.
Halloween Carla Lollipops by VanillaStick
In another study, also with 55 college students, participants were given either a sweet food, a bland food, or no food before being asked to volunteer their time for a professor. Students who were given the sweet food were more willing to help the professor than those from the other two groups. So maybe it means that sweets make people sweet, rather than the other way around?
3D Witch Cauldron Fondant by TwoSugarBabies
Although both studies are small and therefore this theory needs additional testing, the results are still fun. I'll have to test this theory out myself by making desserts for the family before asking them to do something! Maybe a cookie for the husband before asking him to do the dishes? :) Read the entire article here.
Are you a lover of sweets who's also a sweetie pie yourself? What do you think of these studies?
Berlingots Variety Sampler by FusionSweets
Edible Chocolate Cocoa Bean Candy Acorns by Andie
Mendiants-Chocolate candy disks by RainingChocolate
Custom made 12 piece chocolate truffles by ThumbelinasTruffles
Customized Milk chocolate letters by chocolatesays
10 Artisan Mini 4" Canes by SweetSweeterSweetest
Throwing in a Christmas treat :)