Tuesday, September 02, 2014

It's a Whole Bunch of Candy Posters - Part 7

Caramel and Chocolate Poster
Caramel and Chocolate Poster by bewarethecheese
Browse more Caramel Posters at Zazzle

For 10 weeks we're going to be featuring great looking candy themed posters from our sister site bewarethecheese.com.  Beware the Cheese not only created all of these great looking candy shots, but they also shoot all of the candy photos for Candy Critic.  Why not pick up a poster as a gift or for yourself.

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Monday, September 01, 2014

Canadian Candy List - Part 6 - Best Discontinued Treat

Over the last few years I've been living away from my home country, Canada.  I've been traveling the world exploring all kinds of snack foods, junk foods, and sweets, but my heart is still in Canada.  I'm going to be back home for an extended period, and I've decided to compile various lists on the theme of Canadian candy and snacks.  Each week, for the next several weeks, I'll be posting a different list of Canadian candies I've reviewed in various categories.  Some of these treats may be available in other parts of the world, some are exclusive to the Great White North, but in my mind all of them are Canadian.

Much like any candy market, some snacks just don't make it.  Sometimes due to bad marketing, bad management, or any other corporate problems, great treats don't survive.  Here in Canada it's no exception, there have been some great Canadian snacks that unfortunately aren't with us anymore.

 I'm not 100% certain that the Caravan no longer exists.  It used to be fairly popular, than it disapeared, I had assumed that it was gone forever, but I found it again.  It's been a while since I've seen another, so it might be discontinued, or it might be still around, just hard to find.

Click here to read the Caravan review.
Of all of the discontinued Canadian treats that I've ever writen a review about, Choclairs is probably the most in demand to return candy.  Every so often I get an e-mail from a Choclairs fan asking me if they're still around, and where they can get one.  Sadly I have to respond with the cold truth, they've stopped making them a long time ago.

Click here to read the Choclairs review.
 Mackintosh's Toffee is not really discontinued.  Similar to the Caravan bar, it's come and gone several times.  Right now I still see it in the small bite sized format, but the large bar format seems to be a little harder to find.  I've heard rumours that they've discontinued it, but then other people tell me they've seen them on the shelves.  So have you seen a Mackintosh Toffee flat pack lately?

Click here to read the Mackintosh's Toffee review.
Pure Fun was a company out of Toronto that made all kinds of great candies.  Of all the candies they made, my favorite, and the most Canadian, was their maple candy floss.  I became friends with the folks at Pure Fun, and I was really sad when they decided to call it quits.

Click here to read the Organic Candy Floss "Canadian Maple" review.
This was the first bar that I ever tried featuring Pop Rocks.  Before I experienced the Xploder I would have never thought about the texture combination of smooth chocolate and exploding candy.  Today we see this combination much more often, but I'm sure we can think the folks at Wonka for doing it first.

Click here to read the Xploder review.

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Friday, August 29, 2014

Friday Candy Video




The animation geek in me just loves this commercial.  There's something so nice about the character design, and the simplicity of the animation.  You don't see advertising like this anymore, particularly with the fun story.

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Thursday, August 28, 2014

Classic/Creative Candy Advertising

I keep forgetting that one of the big angles of Baskin-Robbin's ice cream is that they sell 31 different flavours of ice cream.  I know that they have a lot of flavours, and I know my favorite is Gold Medal Ribbon, but I can't say that I've ever counted the flavours at any Baskin-Robbin's location.  I think this summer when I'm back in North America, I may give this a try.

I found this ad here.

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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

A Cool Candy Thing



Of all of the "Cool Candy Things" I've mentioned on this site, I think this is the one I'd most like to really own.  Sure the Snoopy Snow Cone Machine is neat, but who wouldn't want the ability to make their own Slurpee's whenever they wanted.  Not to mention, you could make any flavour of Slurpee you wanted, even strange ones like a gravy flavour Slurpee.  Santa, if you're reading this... hint hint.

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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

It's a Whole Bunch of Candy Posters - Part 6

Colorful Gummy Bears Posters
Colorful Gummy Bears Posters by bewarethecheese
View custom art Posters & Prints at online Zazzle

For 10 weeks we're going to be featuring great looking candy themed posters from our sister site bewarethecheese.com.  Beware the Cheese not only created all of these great looking candy shots, but they also shoot all of the candy photos for Candy Critic.  Why not pick up a poster as a gift or for yourself.

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Monday, August 25, 2014

Canadian Candy List - Part 5 - Best Salty Treat

Over the last few years I've been living away from my home country, Canada.  I've been traveling the world exploring all kinds of snack foods, junk foods, and sweets, but my heart is still in Canada.  I'm going to be back home for an extended period, and I've decided to compile various lists on the theme of Canadian candy and snacks.  Each week, for the next several weeks, I'll be posting a different list of Canadian candies I've reviewed in various categories.  Some of these treats may be available in other parts of the world, some are exclusive to the Great White North, but in my mind all of them are Canadian.

Canada is very well known for its beer, or at least it should be.  For any country that's know for its beer there's an industry for the perfect salty snacks, and Canada has some great ones.  Some of them might seem a little strange to an outsider, but to Canadians these salty treats are a staple of our snacking diets.

 I'm sure you're probably looking at these Cheezies and wondering how they're any different than the standard cheese puffs you see all over the world.  It's simple, there's a density to these that are truly unique, and a cheesy flavour that's second to none.

Click here to read the Cheezies review.
These might not be the best chips I've ever eaten, but they're a great example of how even the big name brands understand how important the local flavour can be in Canada.  Rather than just making fun chips flavours, they make chip flavours that represent Canada.

Click here to read the Lay's "P.E.I. Loaded Baked" Potato Chips review.
 If you've never tasted dill pickle chips in your life you're truly missing out.  You're either missing out on one of the best flavour experiences you'll ever taste, or you're missing out on one of the strangest flavour experiences of your life.  Either way, you'll have an experience.

Click here to read the Old Dutch "Dill Pickle" review.
I love tacky souvenirs, and this one might be the best.  Why wouldn't you want to eat a chips out of a bag that looks like it should be filled with potatoes?  Best of all this bag is filled with locally made Prince Edward Island potatoes, some of the best in the world.

Click here to read the Prince Edward Island Potato Bag Chips review.
I'm sure that Canadians didn't invent the idea of using vegetables other than potatoes as chips, but with our awesome climate for growing root vegetables, we have some of the tastiest.  We have room to grow things, and we grow lots of great vegies to fry up and eat.

Click here to read the Root Chips review.






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