Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Wish They Still Made It - Part 3 - Xploder

This bar is one that keeps coming back every once in a while, that or I keep finding old boxes of these in various candy shops around the world.  Today you would say that this bar isn't really that original, as lots of bars now contain Pop Rock like candy, but when it came out it was cutting edge.  In fact when I first tasted this bar, I was convinced that I wouldn't like it at all.  It seemed really strange to add Pop Rocks to any kind of chocolate bar, but it worked.  Best of all the quality of the chocolate in this bar was pretty good as well.  It was like the candy industry saying that it was OK to mix novelty candy with fine milk chocolate.

Today that's become a bit of the norm, and it's all thanks to this legendary bar.  So this is more about giving this bar a bit of respect, and credit.  Next time you eat a bar that fizzes in your mouth, remember that at one point the folks at Wonka tried it first.

Here's my poem about this fizzy bar:

Of all of the companies in the candy bizz,
Wonka was the first to make chocolate with fizz.
While most chocolates were playing it cool,
Xploder bar came about making a fool.
When chocolate bar companies would make it plain,
The Xploder bar would blow up your brain.

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A Dr Who Candy Thing

I don't know that much about Dr Who, but I do know one thing for sure, the Tardis is much larger on the inside than it appears on the outside.  This is probably a good thing as you wouldn't have to refill this cookie jar too often.  Also because it's a time machine, you don't have to worry about your cookies getting stale. Or it could be that you always have stale cookies, or both.  Time travel makes for difficult problems when it comes to food freshness.


Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Wish They Still Made It - Part 2 - Organic Candy Floss "Canadian Maple" by Pure Fun

Of all of the discontinued treats we're featuring this week, this is the one I'm most sad about.  The main reason I'm sad about this treat is that I'm most certain that I will never get to try this again.  Made by the Canadian candy company Pure Fun, this maple syrup cotton candy was perfect.  It was one of the most creative flavours of cotton candy that I'd ever tried.  I thought it was creative since cotton candy is essentially just spun sugar, it was really clever to use a different sugar to flavour it.  This leads me to wonder why we don't have a brown sugar or honey flavoured cotton candy as well.

The reason I'm sure I'll never try this again, Pure Fun the company that made it went out of business.  It's not that another company may not choose to try making this, I'm just not certain they can make it as well.  Having said that, if any candy company in the world wants to take on this challenge, please send me a sample and I'll be glad to take this all back.

Now here's my poem:

Maple cotton candy that's second to none,
Made by Canadians, known as Pure Fun.
Not pink, yellow, blue, but instead brown,
The king of cotton candy, you wear the crown.
I at a whole mouthful, I was in bliss,
Maple cotton candy, I will surely miss.

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Monday, July 27, 2015

Wish They Still Made It - Part 1 - Mars Bar With Almonds

Everyday this week I'm going to look at a treat that is no longer with us, and let you know how sad I am that it's gone.  We're going to start with the Mars Bar with Almonds.  This was probably my favorite of all Mars bars, and one of the few instances where the special edition of a bar was actually better than the original.  This is why I don't understand why it's not made anymore.  They have released a Snicker's bar with almonds that's supposed to be similar to the Mars bar, but not exactly the same.  I haven't tried this Snicker's bar, but I can't imagine it being exactly the same as a Snickers bar is very different than a Mars bar.

I'm not sure exactly when this bar was discontinued, but it was a sad day in the candy world.  I hope that one day the folks at Mars will realize the necessity of having nuts in the Mars bar, and that Almonds are not only a creative choice, but a tasty one as well.

I've written a poem about the loss of this great bar:

Mars bar with almonds of which I am fond,
I'm really sad that you are now gone.
You gave a classic a wonderful crunch,
I could eat you for breakfast, or even lunch.
I have a dream on this very night,
That I could have even one more bite.

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This Week In Candy

There are two things going on this week at  First of all, as you read this I'm in Sri Lanka wandering around this island nation looking at nature and eating interesting (I hope) foods.  I will post anything I come across as I find it on our Facebook page and Twitter feed.  If you have any ideas about something I shouldn't miss, let me know!

This week we're also finishing up the licorice challenge that's been going on for a month and a half on various social media sites.  I decided that every day for 40 days I would eat a single piece of dutch licorice.  The goal was to try and gain a taste for this polarizing candy treat.  I thought that this would be the best way to get used to the harsh flavor, and that Dutch licorice was the best option for taste and quality.  Well, after 40 days I have to say that I'm still not 100% sure if this worked how I planned.  I will say that eating this licorice has become much easier, and I think I've discovered the flavor that licorice fans love so much.  It's a kind of fruity flavor that's often covered up by the intensity of most licorices.

The reason I'm not too sure if I'm a "fan" of licorice yet is because of the problem of age.  I think my licorice was getting more and more stale as the days went on.  As licorice gets stale the intensity of the flavor dies down.  So I'm not sure if I was gaining an appreciation for licorice, or if the flavor was dying down.  I guess either way I have gained some appreciation for this strong candy, but I'm still not sure if I could say that I truly like it, particularly on its own.

This week on Snack Facts, our Instagram feed, things are going to be a little different.  Since I'm away right now, Snack Facts will be filled with random facts that I discover on my journey through Sri Lanka.  I'm not sure how often I'll post, but when I learn something new, I'll post it ASAP.  Make sure to follow us on Instagram so you can keep up.  If you don't use Instagram, don't worry, you can follow Snack Facts on our Facebook page, and Twitter feed as well.

Since we're away this week, we don't have a new review up either.  While we won't be posting a new review till we're back home, all this week we're featuring reviews from the past that are no longer available.  We're going to lament a little about discontinued treats that we really miss. As a bonus, each post will even include a poem about how much we miss that treat.


Friday, July 24, 2015

Candy in the Media

Watching candy get made is always entertaining, it makes me glad I don't write a blog about hot dogs, because no one wants to watch them get made.  I'm impressed that the Razzles go from powder to solid by sheer pressure alone.  I'm glad this is a video, because if I was in the factory I think I'd want to jump into the boxes of finished Razzels and just swim around like Scrooge McDuck swimming through his money vault.


Wednesday, July 22, 2015

A Candy Thing From a Galaxy Far Far Away.

I can't tell you how excited I am about the new Star Wars movie. I'm hoping that this movie also comes with a whole bunch of cool new Star Wars toys, and more importantly Star Wars themed candy and candy merchandise.  For now I'll just have to pick myself up a little Storm Trooper candy bowl to serve me (his Sith Lord) tiny chocolate bars whenever I ask.


Monday, July 20, 2015

This Week In Candy

This week I came across what I can only describe as the worst gimmick ever for a salty snack.  The snack in question is called Space Raiders, and the gimmick is so over the top and unrelated to sour pickled onion corn puffs that I just had to tell you about it.  I found these among a bunch of other salty snacks, but instantly I was attracted to the giant alien head on the package.  Most salty snacks have photos or illustrations of the ingredients, but these guys decided that an alien theme was the better way to go.  This alone is an interesting gimmick for a salty snack, but it doesn't end there.

On the back of the package there's an illustration of the same alien, but it's a full body shot, and there's some kind of height measurement next to him.  It's as if you'll want to know more about these Space Raiders before you eat their snacks.  The illustration also comes with more details about these creatures, such their species, home planet, habitat, and of course their favorite snack.  Not surprising one of their favorite snacks is Space Raiders Pickled Onion snacks.  All of the other things listed on this package are random words obviously made up to sound "spacey". (You can click on the image next to this text for a better look)

What I don't understand is where did these Space Raiders come from? Is this a TV show, a comic book, anything pre-existing? If not, it seems like a lot of work creating a cheesy fake universe for a salty snack.  I applaud them for going through so much detail, but I'm not really sure how well it melds with a their snacks.  I guess I'll have to try them to be sure...

This week on Snack Facts, our Instagram feed, we're looking at some of our favorite retro treats.  Every day this week we'll give you a new fact about a treat from days gone by.  Fortunately most (if not all) of these treats are still around today.  So why not follow our Instagram feed right now, and learn a little something.  If you don't have Instagram, don't worry, you can also follow Snack Facts on our Facebook page and Twitter feed.

Now it's time to find out if the Pickled Onion Alien snacks are actually worth eating, because they're this week's new review.  You can click here to see what I thought of the snacks themselves. How well does the alien theme work with these, is pickled onion really a tasty flavour, do Space Raiders have good taste in snack foods?


Friday, July 17, 2015

Candy In The Media

So you don't have an ice cream maker, but you really want soft serve ice cream.  All you need is some basic ingredients you can find in just about any stocked kitchen... oh yeah, some dry ice as well.  I personally have never bought dry ice before, but from what I understand it's becoming more and more common.  I think I may have to try and get myself a chunk because there are so many cool things you can make with it.