In an ironic and horribly bittersweet turn of events, Susan O’Boyle Jacobson dropped dead of a heart attack last Tuesday evening, April 18. She was fifty-six and had no history of heart problems, according to her stepson Drake, whom I spoke to only because I called Susan at home to congratulate her on her victory at the Mall of America Food Network Challenge that I blogged about last week. Susan was the winner of the Candy Castles competition that took place Tuesday. She was the hometown darling, an underdog to be sure, and eventually the winner of $10,000. She was overwhelmed with excitement when I interviewed her the morning of the event and kept pointing out her family and friends in the audience. When asked why she thought she could win, she told me that she would make a candy castle so mouthwatering and visually alluring that the kids in the Mall would rush up to break off a piece. It was that kind of perspective (the judges were your typical culinary contest hardasses, not wide-eyed ten-year-olds) that made her so charming and ultimately worthy of the top prize. And then she dropped dead. I think she would be laughing the hardest if she was still with us, and in her thrill of victory and her family’s and friends’ agony of defeat, there is an exclamation point to Warren Zevon’s admonition, famously uttered in the weeks before he passed on “ to enjoy every sandwich.” E-mails to the Food Network PR honchos querying their plans to air the show or not have gone unreturned.