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Don’t mess with Neccos!

Well, apparently there’s a huge (ok, not too huge) following for Necco wafers, and boy this group of lovers of stale candy is mad as hell, and not going to take it anymore!

Legend has it that in 2009, Necco decided to replace all the artificial colors and flavors with the natural kind. The natural colors were less vibrant, and supposedly the natural flavors weren’t as strong.

Now that their small and obscure customer base is all worked up, Necco has succumbed to the pressure, and is adding back the artificial ingredients. This tells you a lot about their customers, and their loyalty to the past, even if it means fake flavors and colors. Necco, to their credit, is listening to their fan base, and is doing their best to keep them buying the communion wafer/roof tile candies.

For the complete story, visit npr.

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Make good choices this Halloween…Remember, it’s for the children….

It’s coming and maybe you haven’t done your candy shopping yet. Let me help you by suggesting what you should never hand out….

1. Wax-paper, wrapped popcorn balls: Are you kidding me? Your house will be pelted with these.

2. Raisins: really… most people raisins unless they are hidden in a cookie.

3. Toothbrushes are not candy.

4. Apples: sure, hand out razor blades, too, and just be done with it.

5. Wrapped hard candies: it’s obvious you emptied your candy bowl.

6. Stickers, see #3 above.

7. Off-brand chocolates from the grocery outlet or dollar store: you don’t eat these, why would you give them to innocent children?

8. Novelty gummy candies, chocolate eyeballs, or other seemly inedible candy atrocities. See above…

9. Dum Dum lolly pops or other lolly pops: it just looks like you’re the cheapest guy on the block, either that, or you’ve been hoarding candy from the bank all year. Tootsie Pops are perfectly fine, however.

10. Fun size candy if you are only going to hand one one piece. Again, why be the cheapo? Those little gobblins know you are just saving rest for yourself.

Thanks to Happy Home Fairy for the photo. She has some great ideas about Halloween Candy on her blog.

I know times are really tough. If you can’t afford to buy candy this year, don’t. Just leave the porch light off, or go to a friends house and the two of you can split the cost of the candy.

Powell’s Sweet Shoppe = Candy Heaven

I stepped into Powell’s Sweet Shoppe this weekend in Boise, and was overwhelmed by the volume and selection of candy. There they were, all of my favorites from the past and present.

They carry all of the real Cadbury, as well as other imported chocolates, nostalgic candy that you had forgotten, specialty sodas, novelty and gift items, etc, etc.

I could have spent a small fortune on the bulk candy, I mean how could I choose just a few? The licorice choices alone were amazing.

The shop was crowded with kids and adults having fun. And as if candy wasn’t enough, they have a huge gelato case. I had the Tiramisu, and oh my….

The music was a little annoying after awhile, but I can excuse that because the store itself is awesome. Most Powell’s stores are in California. Check out their site for locations. If you happen to be lucky enough to visit one, be prepared for candy overload, but in a good way.

Whip it Good! Hershey’s Air Delight vs. Nestle’s Aero

VS.

Whipping air into chocolate bars is nothing new. We all remember the wonderful Chocolite bar (moment of silence). Nestle and Hershey have their own versions. Both are good, but there’s really nothing special about either one. They taste like their regular versions, but the bubbles inside do give a pleasant crunch and texture. It’s not that I don’t like these, it’s just that there’s nothing new here, but they get an A for effort.

I have seen the new Air Delight kisses, and I’ll give those a try soon. Leave me a comment and let me know what you think of these candy bars.

Candies that I just don’t understand….please ‘splain yourself…

If you have been on this blog before, you know that I am just a bit obsessed with candy. I am not a candy snob, note my love of candy corn. However, my candy obsession has its limits and here is where the love stops. Please note, I admire anyone who makes candy, these are just not my taste.

Necco wafers:  Yes, I know that some people love these dry, flour covered disks, but really, what is the hook? There’s no flavor, and they seem stale even when they are fresh. They have a long and proud history, and the redeeming feature is that they make great roof tiles for your gingerbread house.

Circus Peanuts: Peanut shaped marshmallow type candy that tastes like…wait for it…banana?! I can eat 2 of these before the gag reflex kicks in. Lore has it that these were the foundation for Lucky Charms. Check it out on wikipedia.

Idaho Spud Bars: Ok, I’m from the potato state and darn proud of it, but these could be so much better. Hey, Owyhee candy company, call me, we’ll talk.

Wax soda bottles: How did anyone come up with this? “Let’s put sugar syrup inside a wax bottle that can be chewed as a digestif?” really?

Boston Baked Beans: Another disclaimer, I was born in Beantown, and love the place, but these things are like the remnants from a candy factory fire. Yuk! The little stoneware crock might taste better than its contents…

Hot Buttered Popcorn Jelly Bellies: I truly love Jelly Bellies, but savory candy is a sin against God and nature.

Flying saucers: Are the saucers edible, or are they like their wax bottle cousins? The bb’s inside surely can’t be considered candy. I think they are left overs from the bean bag chair craze.

Candy Buttons: No big surprise here, these are made by Necco, and they are just as yummy as the wafers, except you get some paper to ingest along with the stale sugar.

Sugar Daddy: Honestly now, who buys these? If you are looking for rock-hard caramel lolly pops, with a delightful burnt sugar flavor, these are for you. Just don’t bite into one unless you have met your dental deductible.  Some sadist has created super-size ones perfect for pulling out all baby teeth at once.

Coconut Neopolitans: Eeew and more eeeeeew. I love coconut, and I love Brach’s, but these are beyond the pale in color, flavor and texture. I dare you to eat more than one.

I know I seem a tad grumpy in this post, but all candy is not created equal. However, if you enjoy these candies, more power to ya, and you’ll never have to worry about me asking to share your stash! Now I will have a Junior Mint or two and relax.

Milk Duds, what’s with the name?

Many old-time candies have really strange names, and Milk Duds are no exception. These were clearly invented before the age of focus groups. Can you imagine a company today naming anything a dud?

I am a fan of the Duds. I like the retro-looking packaging and I appreciate that they also come in a milk carton (for easy pouring?).  They do claim to have 10% of your daily calcium requirement, and are Kosher, too!.

These chocolate covered caramels are really chewy. Do not refrigerate them because they will be like chewing a candle.  Don’t let them get too warm, or they will become a sticky lump, glued to the inside of the box. Once they get that way, there’s no saving them.

I will be looking for these in my kids’ Halloween treat bags and squirreling the tiny yellow boxes away for myself.

Next week Milk Duds vs. Rolos….

This is what $16 of Canadian candy looks like- eh

This past weekend I was up in British Columbia and I brought back some real Cadbury. Note the mini eggs; the package says that they are now available “year ’round”. I have showed amazing will power by not eating all of this in the past day. In fact, all I have done is sample a few things.

The Canadian version of Junior Mints are more minty that the U.S. version, and the gummy candies were pretty bland. I’m looking forward to doing an Aero/Hershey’s Air Delight, and a Pep/Peppermint Patty comparison soon.