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Holiday Treats Banned at Westford Schools; The Impossible Freshness of BBQ Chicken

• Well, this is no fun: Students at schools in Westford, Massachusetts, have been told not to bring holiday cookies, candies, or anything delicious to school parties — they can share popcorn and raisins instead. Wah-wah. [CBS Boston]

• How can a barbecue-chicken sandwich stay fresh for two years? Frighteningly, the Army has the answers. [NPR]

• See the winning food-based creations from the Style Invitational edible-art contest, whose contestants depicted the year's events — Bin Laden's death, the GOP primary race — in food. [WP]

• Now that beer-laced candy is turning into a thing, bonbons are not just for the ladies anymore. [WSJ]

• The same as many Americans, jolly, fat Santa Claus became obese thanks to his association with Coca-Cola. [Eatocracy]

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