Friday, August 18, 2017

Candy In The Media


It's almost as beautiful to watch this candy get made as the candy results at the end.

CC

Friday, August 11, 2017

Thursday, August 10, 2017

It's a Special Dorito Review On Candy Critic

If you don't think that shape has any effect on what you eat, the folks at Doritos are trying to prove you wrong. Did they succeed, well you'll just have to read this new review to find out.

CC

Wednesday, August 09, 2017

Let Us Drink To My Childhood With New York Seltzer

When I was a kid, I was obsessed with New York Seltzer.  My two flavours of choice were Root Beer and Black Cherry.  I couldn't get enough of this clear pop.  I got hooked on the stuff from my sister.  She was three years older than me, and I think she was in 7th and 8th grade while I was still in 4th or 5th.  She discovered this stuff with her cool friends, so I figured I wanted to drink what the big kids were drinking. I can tell you that the marketing certainly didn't attract a kid of my age.  At that age all of my sweet stuff had to bold, bright and outrageous.  New York Seltzer was classy, subdued, and clear. The thing is, once I took a sip of this crazy drink I was hooked.  Sure the appeal of being like the big kids got me interested, but something else got me hooked.

I think the first thing that fascinated me about New York Seltzer was the fact that it was clear.  In my childhood mind I couldn't figure out how something that was clear could have flavour, except maybe 7up. New York Seltzer didn't just come in lemon\lime, it came in all kinds of flavours, and none of them should have been clear.  It boggled my mind enough that it made want more.  This is also likely why the root beer flavour was one of my favourites since root beer should never be clear.

The thing about all good things is that they must come to an end.  I'm not sure when New York Seltzer disappeared, but as a teenager it certainly wasn't a thing. As many things do, New York Seltzer became a memory for me, and something I never thought I would get to drink again. The thing is, while I still remember my fascination about the fact it was clear, I can't really remember why I liked drinking this stuff. Was it a unique flavour, was it sweet or not, how did it feel going down?  I just couldn't remember anything specific about this drink that I was totally obsessed with.

Then a few months back I was wondering through a 7-11 in Toronto (as one might do), and I came across something I never thought I would see again, a selection of New York Seltzers.  I was face to face with a part of my childhood that I never thought I would see again. You might say it was like seeing Mickey Mouse at Disney World again, but imagine you not only saw Mickey, you saw him again as a child.  It had been so long since I tasted New York Seltzer that I couldn't remember why I liked it so much, all I remembered was happiness.

The two problems I had facing this selection of sodas were as follows. First of all they were expensive, and while I was keen on remembering my childhood, I was also feeling pretty bad for paying more than 3 bucks for a tiny bottle of soda. The second problem came about with picking a flavour. I only wanted to buy one bottle since it was so expensive, but I wanted to make sure that I got a flavour I would enjoy and would bring me back some of my youth.  I was obviously torn between root beer and black cherry.  I remembered black cherry being my sister's favourite, and so I figured it was likely the flavour that I first tried, and the flavour that hooked me in the first place.  So black cherry it was.

It's taken me more than a month to get the courage to open this bottle up.  I've been thinking about it a lot, but unable to find the right time to drink it.  Should I wait for a special occasion, or wait till I was alone. I wanted to remember this, and have the ability to think about it as well.  I wanted to remember why it made me so very happy.  After a great deal of debate in my head, I decided that this week's taco night was the perfect time.  It wasn't a very special night, but it is one of our favourite meals that we have.

I opened the bottle, took a couple of pictures (for this blog) and took my first sip.  It was very interesting.  I began to remember this drink all over again, and I think I found out why I loved it so much. Granted the fact that it was very flavourful and clear did interest me, Pepsi Clear pretty much made this not as interesting as it used to be.  There were two things that really appealed to me about this drink.

First of all the flavour, it's not too sweet at all.  In a world where sweet and drinks are often tied together, it's nice to have a drink that isn't super sweet at all.  It was a deep cherry flavour, and that flavour was allowed to shine without being covered in sugar. But the thing that hit me off guard was the bubbles, the tiny, tiny bubbles. I've never had a carbonated drink with bubbles like this. The only way I could describe them is to say they're little. They tickle the throat like no other bubbles, and they left me wanting more.

Unfortunately for me, I don't have a 7-11 near my house right now, and it looks like I won't be near a Canadian 7-11 for a few years now.  I fear that I may never have an opportunity to try it again. I'm not sad at all though, because I can look back at this blog and remember, I can remember how it felt to drink it, and I can remember a slice of my childhood once again.

CC

Monday, August 07, 2017

It's A New Episode Of Junk Fud On The Road


This episode of Junk Fud On The Road is a special episode all about truck stops.  Allison and I go on a lot of road trips, and we always like to stop at truck stops or any kind of highway oasis. In this episode we talk about the good and bad when it comes to highway foods. Best (or worst if you're talking about sound quality) of all, we recorded the whole episode while on the road.

Click here to listen to past episodes of Junk Fud, and click here to follow us on Sound Cloud.

CC

Friday, August 04, 2017

Candy In The Media


Ice cream as a metaphor for sexuality... it's tasty and kind of sexy too.

CC

Thursday, August 03, 2017

We've Finally Reviewed Jelly Beans

Why did it take us so long to get around to reviewing jelly beans? Frankly we're not really sure, but here we are with many years of writing candy reviews below our belt and only now have we done this review.

Click here to find out why it was so hard, and what we think about these bean shaped candies.

CC

Monday, July 31, 2017

We've Reviewed A Number Of Hershey Bars, And Here's Another One

It's not that I don't like Hershey bars, they've just never been my favourites.  I know this is sacrilege to some, but there's just better chocolate out there. I'm just not on the Hershey bandwagon, but I'll keep trying their bars as long as they keep making them.

Click here to read our latest Hershey review, the Hershey Cookie+ Caramel.

CC

Monday, July 24, 2017

We Just Posted A Bubbaloo Magic Candy Review

I was inspired to post this review because I was going through my candy stash and looking at what I need to photograph, review, or throw out (sometimes I just can't eat all this candy, I'm only human).  While checking what I had to post, I thought, why not post a new review as well. That's what this summer of random reviews is all about!

Click here to read the new Bubbaloo Magic candy review!

CC

Saturday, July 22, 2017

It's The First In Our Random Summer Candy Reviews

Back when I started this blog I used to post new reviews whenever I wanted, or whenever I had one to post.  Then I started to notice that I didn't post reviews for weeks at a time. I decided then to post regularly, once a week. This summer I'm going to be super busy, and I wanted to loosen up a bit on the schedule, so I've decided to try random candy posts again. This time however I'll guarantee at least one review a week. This likely means I'll often post more than one review a week.  I'll keep this up throughout the summer and see how it goes.

This particular review was pretty disappointing for me. You'd imagine that a bar with the name symphony would sing in your mouth. Instead it was just a collection of sour notes.

Click here to read the review.

And make sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter as well.

CC

Friday, July 21, 2017

Thursday, July 20, 2017

We Just Posted A New Episode of Junk Fud On The Road


In this episode Chris and Allison talk about Lithuania.  While Lithuania had a few interesting food finds, this episode of Junk Food On The Road went off on a few non-food tangents. This is most likely because we recorded this episode so many years after visiting Lithuania, so we likely forgot a few details.  Either way there's certainly a few food related stories, including the time Allison was defeated by a piece of meat.  So have a listen and make sure to like and follow us on YouTube or SoundCloud to keep up with all our new podcasts.

Click here to check out old episodes of Junk Fud.

CC

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

This Week In Candy... Maybe Our Last

Don't worry, I'm not ending candycritic.org, I'm just not going to be posting any more "This Week In Candy" posts on this blog. I'm not sure if this is a permanent thing or not, but this summer is super busy and I haven't had the time or ability to keep this up.  I also know for a fact that I would have been missing a few more This Week In Candy posts in the future. So rather than continue to post these late every week (or not at all), like this one is, I've decided to give it a break.

Instead I'm going to focus on write a few editorial like posts that will go up randomly here on the blog.  I'm also going to focus on our podcast and YouTube shows. I'll continue to post about the new episodes we do here on this blog. We'll also continue to post Candy in the Media every Friday.  As for reviews, I think I might go back to a random format for posting new reviews. That means I'll post a new review whenever I feel like it.  I can promise at least one review a week, but sometimes we might have more. I'll make sure to post a link to the new review on this blog as well, but you can also see them on our Facebook and Twitter feed as well.

We may bring back This Week In Candy later on, we'll see how things pan out.

Just to keep things consistent for our last This Week In Candy post, we'll be posting this week's new candy review here. The one thing I can't figure out about this week's new review is weather or not it's actually a candy or a if it's an ingredient.  Click here to read about it, and let me know what you think.

CC

Friday, July 14, 2017

Candy In The Media


This was beautiful to watch, however I did shed a tear for all of the lost candy.

CC

Monday, July 10, 2017

This Week In Candy

Well summer is upon us, and s'mores are once again making a comeback. In general I like s'mores, they take two things I love, gram cracker and chocolate, and something I only like toasted, marshmallows, and turn them into something fun. I've seen all kinds of s'mores variations and machines this year, including the one above, but nothing really beats the classic made on a campfire in nature. Summer is a strange time for candy, since most candy melts in the hot sun, but somehow we managed to create a sweet treat that makes sure we can still enjoy some chocolate, and uses heat to its advantage.

You may have noticed a lack of "This Week In Candy" last week, this was in great part because of the insanity we had going on here during Canada Day and eventually the 4th of July. I think we're back on track for now, however I see more disruptions in the future this summer. We have two epic adventures happening this summer, one of which is going to change things a lot here at candycritic.org. I always here stories of the long slow summer, but I rarely seem to live it, it's always chaos at our house. The good news for any of you following along on Twitter and Facebook is that you can keep up with out adventures this summer.

This week is hopefully going to be filled with editing and recording episodes of Chris, Why Would You Eat That?!!, and Junk Fud On The Road. Next week we'll post an episode of Junk Fud On The Road, and later an episode of Chris, Why Would You Eat That?!! We're also working on a few episodes of In Hindsight that we'll post later in the summer.

This week's new review is of a classic bar, but a classic bar with a twist.  In general I shudder when I have to eat a classic candy with "a twist", but this one wasn't all bad.  Click here to find out why the Snickers bar can be crispier, but maybe it's not necessary.

Friday, June 30, 2017

Candy In The Media


If you're an anally retentive foodie, some of the scenes in this video will disturb you.

CC

Monday, June 26, 2017

This Week In Candy (Canada Day Edition)

Holy crap it's Canada Day week already! Next Saturday is an important day in the lives of Canadians, it's not only the day of the founding of our awesome country, it's also the 150th anniversary of this founding. Unlike some countries (I don't want to name any names) our country was not founded in war, instead our country was founded by the fact that the British didn't want to pay our bills anymore. This may not seem like something to be proud of, but we Canadians are a little quirky, and appreciate anything that's strange and non-violent.

To celebrate this great event we're going to be featuring two great things this week. First of all we're going to feature a few posts in our Doughnut Project, because what's more Canadian than a doughnut, particularly one from Tim Horton's.  We might also post a few Canadian Snack Facts, and you'll find all of these on our Instagram feed.  If you've been following us on Facebook and Twitter, you might have noticed us posting a few special Canada 150 treats as well. It seems that many of the snack companies have gotten into the Canada 150 spirit, some are more appropriate than others.  I'm sure we'll come across a few more in the coming week leading up the big event, so make sure to check back regularly.

We're also going to be in Ottawa (since that's where we live right now) to see the big celebration on Saturday.  We'll very likely be posting photos of any fun snack/treat related things we find in the celebration.

Speaking of Canada 150 treats, this week's new review is both odd, and very Canadian. I guess that makes it doubly Canadian, or some might call it a double-double (Canadian joke). It's what happens when a gummy company decides to go extreme on Canadian stereotypes. Fortunately it works really well, and tastes OK too.  Click here to read about the perfect treat for celebrating Canada 150.

CC

Friday, June 23, 2017

Monday, June 19, 2017

This Week In Candy

It's been/is a crazy couple of weeks of travel for me through Ontario and later Quebec. All of this travel has been on either train or car, which happen to be my favorite methods of transportation. Except for the long sitting parts, that just makes my legs numb thinking about it. One thing I do love about these methods of transportation, besides the fact that you don't have to be violently catapulted into the sky, is the food.

Train travel always reminds me of snacking. A childhood memory from when my dad used to take us to our grandfather's house on the train and load us up with snacks. Likely to keep us quite. Car travel reminds me of random truck stops and all the treasures that come with them. Then there's the fact that you're going someplace, and likely in my case discovering new treats. Make sure to follow us on Twitter and Facebook to see these treats we've come (or will come) across. Maybe I'll even find a special Tim Horton's Doughnut to ad to the Doughnut Project, or maybe I'll find some cool Canada 150 candy.

This week we're not going to be posting a new review. It's mostly because I just haven't had the time to post anything due to my hectic schedule.  It's strange, updating candycritic.org's new reviews are the only thing I need my home computers to update. This is making me think more and more about updating the way the site works, make it something I can update anywhere. If I get time later this week, maybe I'll post a special review or something.

CC

Monday, June 12, 2017

This Week In Candy

It's going to be a short This Week In Candy as I'm getting ready to head to Toronto. I'm going for work, and strangely not candycritic.org work, but that doesn't mean I'm not likely to find some interesting things in my home town. One thing that's happening is I'm traveling with a friend that doesn't know Toronto that well, so I imagine I'm going to be taking him to all kinds of fun restaurants and snack places. I'm sure I'll post some pictures of our adventures. I'm also happy to take suggestions you might have for the perfect Toronto food.

It's also less than one month away from Canada's 150th birthday, and I think we'll be ramping up our Canada snack finds.  I'll be posting a few of our finds on Facebook and Twitter. This week we also have a new doughnut going up in our Doughnut Project on Instagram that's a special Canada 150 edition. Also, this week we're compiling some Canadian Snacks Facts that will also be going up on our Instagram feed.

This week's new review is the first in our special edition Canada 150 treats. It's a Maple Mars bar and it's surprisingly Canadian, for a bar that was invented outside of this country.  Click here to find out why this bar is a little overly Canadian.

CC

Friday, June 09, 2017

Candy In The Media


As it turns out, if you really want to enjoy that junk food, getting a little drunk might help.

CC

Thursday, June 08, 2017

It's A New Episode of Junk Fud On The Road!


In this episode Allison and Chris remember their trip to Poland, and all of the fun food they tried there.

To keep up with all our new episodes follow us on Soundcloud or Youtube.

CC

Monday, June 05, 2017

This Week In Candy

I was thinking about Canadian candy this week, and something came to mind. One of the interesting things about Canadian candy is the diversity we have in our candy. I'm not talking about cultural diversity from other countries (although we do have that), I'm talking about diversity from one province to another. Canada is a big place, bigger than all of Europe, so it's not surprising that you find different foods (or candy) throughout the country. Even when you cross over from one province to another you'll find new treats. I live in Ottawa, and it's only a few kilometers from my closest grocery store to a grocery store in Quebec, and yet there are some unique treats you can't find in the Quebec grocery store that you can't find in mine. This is one of the great things about this country I call home, and something I really miss when I live overseas.

Speaking of travel and culture, this week on candycritic.org we're going to be posting a new episode of Junk Fud On The Road. In this episode Allison and I talk about our adventures in Poland and all of the fun foods we came across. Over the month of June we're going to be posting some fun Canadian Snack Facts on our Instagram feed to celebrate Canada's 150th birthday. You can follow Snack Facts on Instagram right here. We're also going to be keeping an eye open for more Canada 150 themed treats over the next month,you can keep up with those on our Facebook and Twitter feeds.

This week's new review is a Kit Kat rip off... sort of. The subtle difference between a Kit Kat and this bar made it really hard to review, but I managed. Click here to find out what made this bar a little different from a Kit Kat bar.

CC

Friday, June 02, 2017

Monday, May 29, 2017

This Week In Candy

I think we're officially in the summer schedule of things here at candycritic.org. I'd like to apologies for me posting this late, but frankly I think I'm just going to accept that the schedules here are going to be nuts over the summer. The other problem I have is cookies on the brain.  I can't seem to get my mind off of cookies for the last few weeks.  I have two projects in mind involving cookies, and I hope I get them done over the summer.  The first is a project where I want to look at the what makes for a good cookie ingredients.  We'll look at chocolate chips, nuts, and other unconventional cookie toppings in this article. My other idea is to create the perfect Canadian cookie for Canada's 150th birthday.  This is inspired by a new maple leaf shaped cookie cutter I've recently purchased. If you have any ideas about "Canadian" cookie ingredients, let me know.

This week Allison and I have decided we're going to try and record a few episodes of Junk Fud On the Road, so we don't fall behind again. I think it's also about time to clean out the candycritic.org candy drawer.  That means anybody that runs into me in the next few weeks will likely be offered some kind of candy.  I'll likely post about the clean out process on our Facebook and Twitter feeds as they happen.  Maybe I'll even shoot a live Periscope feed while I'm doing it.

This week's new review is our first Ice Cream review of the year.  I'll be honest, it's a review I wrote while I still lived in Pakistan, but I was saving it for a summer back home.  It reminds me about one of the great discoveries from my time in Pakistan, and reminds me not to judge a place's food before I eat it.  Click here to find out why.

CC

Friday, May 26, 2017

Holy Cow! It's a New Episode of Chris, Why Would You Eat That?!!


In this episode Chris tries the drink made famous in the television show Lavern and Shirley, Pepsi and milk. Find out if this is a bad idea, or something we should all try.

Click here to find old episodes of Chris, Why Would You Eat That?!!

CC

Candy In The Media


Some interesting information about the Slurpee, in particular why they all taste the same.

CC

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

This Week In Candy

This weekend Allison and I decide to take a quick road trip to Montreal. Montreal is a great place to visit, with lots of fun food options most notably our inevitable stop at Schwartz Deli for a smoked meat sandwich.  For some reason Allison and I also have a love for the IKEA in Montreal. We find it has a few things not available at other IKEAs, and the layout seems a little better.  While visiting the IKEA I came across these special IKEA cookies (pictured above).  As you can see, instead of featuring all of the letters of the alphabet they only have the letters I, K, E, A. That got me thinking, I wonder how many words, other than IKEA, one can spell with these letters?  I wonder if there are more words in Swedish that you can spell? Send us any words you come up with (you can use the same letter as many times as you want), and we'll try and make a master list.

As you may have noticed we're a little late with This Week In Candy, this is both because we're now on our not so reliable summer schedule, and because of Victoria Day. Victoria day is a holiday here in Canada where we celebrate the Queen that gave Canada its independence. Speaking of which, as you may or may not know, Canada is turning 150 years old this year, and we're on the hunt for special editions treats to celebrate this occasion.  We've found a few, some we even plan on reviewing. Make sure to keep up with all our Canadian snack finds on Twitter and Facebook. This week we're also going to post a new episode of Chris, Why Would You Eat That?!!, so stay tuned.

Going with the IKEA theme, this week we have a special review-a-thon going on.  Every day this week we're posting a new review of some candy we came across at IKEA.  You don't always associate candy with do it yourself furniture, but they actually have a pretty awesome collection.  I'm not sure how much of it is authentically Swedish, but I don't really care either.  Click here to read the first  IKEA candy review, and make sure to check back here every night for a new review.

CC

Friday, May 19, 2017

Candy In The Media


So that's what happened to the world's largest hamburger (and other food).

CC

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Cooking With Candy Critic - Chocolate Covered Candied Bacon

In a perfect world there would be a sweet indulgent treat that would take almost no skill, and almost no time to make.  This treat would make people really happy and have them begging you to make more, since there's no way it's easy enough for just about anybody to make.  Ladies and gentlemen, I have such a recipe.  This recipe takes little effort, almost no skill, and everybody I took these to demanded more.  One person even stole the extras to take home to his family.
What I'm talking about is chocolate covered candied bacon.  It sounds decadent, yet down to earth, but more importantly it sounds way more complicated than it actually is to make.  You'll need a few basic ingredients that most people are very familiar with. Bacon, brown sugar, cinnamon, and chocolate chips. You'll also need two baking pans, and either parchment paper or silicon baking sheet liners. To start off, cut your bacon in half, or thirds, or don't cut it at all. It all depends on how you plan on serving these treats. I chose to cut them into thirds since I was planning on taking these to a public place with a few people around and I wanted them to be easy to eat by hand.

After you've cut the bacon, lay it out on your baking tray that is lined with the parchment paper or silicon tray liners (I prefer the tray liners myself). Then cover the bacon with brown sugar, you want your bacon to have a good solid layer of brown sugar because it's going to melt, and a bunch of it will run off. Then sprinkle on a little cinnamon, this is totally optional, and you can put on as much as you like. Heat your over to 350, and once it's heated put in the tray with the bacon and brown sugar.
After seven and a half minutes, take out your bacon, flip it, and coat it in more brown sugar.  You'll likely need some tongs to do this, although a spatula might work. Put your bacon back in the oven for another seven and a half minutes.  Once it's cooked, take the bacon out and let it cool for about 15 or 20 minutes.  You basically want the bacon to firm up a bit.  When the bacon is just about cooled, take about one cup of chocolate chips for every 5 slices of bacon, unless you really like chocolate, in which case go nuts.  Microwave your chocolate chips for about one minute on high.

When you take the chocolate chips out of the microwave you might notice that they don't look very different, that's OK.  You'll also notice that the bowl they're in is pretty hot, and some of the chips at the bottom are melted.  Quickly stir your chocolate chips, after a minute or so you'll notice that your chocolate chips are melting pretty well.  Keep stirring and don't be fooled about putting the chocolate chips back in the microwave.  This technique tempers the chocolate perfectly for this recipe.
After you've stirred your chocolate chips to the point when they're melted into a smooth milk chocolate, it's time to cover your bacon.  You could try and dip the bacon, but I've had a pretty hard time making that work.  I imagine if you added some cream to the chocolate chips it might be smooth enough to get a good dip, but since we're only using the chocolate, it's still too dense. So what I suggest is to use a spoon or a piping bag and just dump the chocolate on the bacon.  I like to poor it on half of the bacon, and lay it on fairly thick.  If you're more of a bacon fan than a chocolate fan, you might want to go a little lighter, maybe a fancy drizzle on the top.

After you bacon is decorated to your liking, let it set for about 30 minutes, then refrigerate.  If you really like what you're seeing, you can pretty much eat these immediately after you pour the chocolate on them, but the chocolate will be pretty gooey at this point, not that that's a bad thing.  If you let them set in your fridge overnight, they'll be much easier to transport, and a little easier to eat. So there you go, simple chocolate covered candied bacon.

CC

Monday, May 15, 2017

This Week In Candy

Spring has sprung, and I know this because my alergies are gonig nuts. You can tell they're going nuts because of the fact that I didn't change the weird way I spelled "allergies" and "going" above. Having said that I misspell a lot on this site, more than I want, but it seems to happen.  This spring has been a little crazy for me, I've been doing a lot of spring cleaning, home repairs, and preparing.  Preparing for what you may ask?  Well that's a secret for now, but I'll probably have some news for you guys later in the summer.  Because of this craziness going on, I've decided that this summer we're going to be playing it a little loose over the summer, and that means we'll be posting things a little more randomly.  Such as posting This Week in Candy at 10pm instead of 10am on Monday.

This doesn't mean we're going to be posting less, in fact we might be posting more fun things on candycritic.org, it's just going to get posted whenever we can find the time.  Take what we're posting this week for example.  We've got a couple of great posts going up on our Instagram feed for the Doughnut Project.  We've also started to post some of the great Canada 150 treats we've been coming across lately on Facebook and Twitter. Not to mention we're hoping to get a new episode of Junk Fud On The Road up this week.  All of that, and we have a new Candy Critic recipe in the wings.  I think we might also start to post some random new reviews here and there, just because we can.

So don't worry, just because things are happening randomly doesn't mean we're slowing down. Judging by that list of things we're working on, it seems we're posting even more than usual.

This week's featured review is an interesting milestone, but likely only in my head.  This is the first review. It's not the first review we've ever posted, we've got hundreds of reviews online, this is the review that is at the top of every page that it's featured on.  Its name starts with the lowest number of any candy we've reviewed.  So no matter which category page we post it on, it's on top (see).  So click here and see if this top level treat is worth the rank.

CC

Friday, May 12, 2017

Candy In The Media


Watching popcorn pop in super slow motion is one of the most beautiful things in the world.

CC

Monday, May 08, 2017

This Week In Candy

This week I discovered something really surprising, it was a happy surprise. This week while wandering through a grocery store, as I'm apt to do, I came across a box of special edition Froot Loops celebrating Canada's 150th birthday.  Then I came across a box of maple cookies (one is picture above) that was sporting a special red colour, also for  Canada's 150th.  I'll be honest, I wasn't expecting much from the snack food industry for this holiday, but the two things I've seen so far impress me.  While the maple cookies didn't surprise me, the Froot Loops really did.  It's made me wonder about what other food companies are going to create special treats for this grand celebration, and more importantly, how they plan to do it.

I think over the next few weeks I'm going to be out on the prowl for special treats celebrating Canada Day this year. Make sure to keep up with our Twitter, Facebook, and Tumblr feeds to see what we find. This week I've also decided to celebrate one of the most iconic Canadian desserts on our Instagram feed Snack Facts.  We're going to be posting fun facts about the butter tart all week long. I'm also hoping to record, and post the latest episode of Junk Fud On The Road this week, however it might actually go up next week for reasons.  This episode is going to be about our adventures in Poland.

This week's new review is a Japanese treat, that tastes like Tonkatsu.  The problem with this treat is I'm not really sure what it's called.  The wrapper isn't very clear, but if you know, or can decipher more of the wrapper than I can, let me know so I can adjust the review.  Click here to read the review, and let me know if you can tell me what it says.

CC

Friday, May 05, 2017

Candy In The Media


Listen to this old school Fry's Turkish Delight commercial's theme music get turned into modern techno.

CC

Monday, May 01, 2017

This Week In Candy

I've had a recent thought about candy flavours, and it's all about fresh figs.  You don't really have that many fig candies in the modern candy world, and it's a shame.  Likely the most famous sweet with figs is the Fig Newton, and that's just sad.  Mostly because Fig Newtons make people think about figs as dried up brown fruit, and not a juicy red fruit.  When I lived in Greece, I became obsessed with figs, particularly fresh ones.  Now that I'm back home I really miss eating them, and unlike other fruits, I can't even get my fix of fresh figs in the candy world.

I think it's about time some candy companies started to use fresh figs and the base for more candies.  I think a fig gummy, or fig lollipop would be a great way to start.  The fig gummy would be particularly perfect because gummies are also soft like figs.  You could ad some little candy bits to simulate the seeds, and it would be perfect.

I've noticed lately that we've been neglecting our Instagram feed, and haven't had a Snack Fact or entry in the Doughnut Project in a while.  I think this week I'll collect some content and get that ball rolling again.  I've also been on a bit of a baking/candy making kick, so you should expect some new recipes over the summer.  Next weekend I'm thinking of experimenting with a really bizarre baking ingredient that I've recently acquired.  I'm also planning on shooting a new episode of Chris, Why Would You Eat That?!!. Make sure to follow us on Twitter and Facebook to keep up with all of this fun stuff as we do it.  I'm also thinking of live streaming a few things on Periscope as well.

This week's new review has the word "fun" in it, but frankly I'm not really sure why.  These are by no means fun at all.  I think even if you like these snacks, you'd probably agree that they're not really fun.  Click here to see why we didn't find these to be fun at all.

CC

Friday, April 28, 2017

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Cooking With Candy Critic - The Ottawa Snowbank

In March, I was inspired to create a dessert while on a walk to he grocery store. Most people associate Canada with being the land of snow, and in the winter it can be. However we also have warm summers, and it can get up to 35 degrees in some places. This means that spring time is all about thawing snow. This is when snow turns from a pretty white powder you see in storybooks, to a pile of dirty ice/slush. So on this walk I was inspired by these piles of dirty snow to create the ultimate dessert. I noticed how much these piles of snow looked like ice cream covered with Oreo cookie bits, and instantly my mind started to race.

Fortunately I was heading to the grocery store, so I decided to walk through the store in search of the ingredients I'd need to create the ultimate cool treat, inspired by the grossest snow in the world.
The two ingredients I picked up the store were pudding and Oreo cookies, I also needed mint and salt, but I already had that at home.  I'm using fresh mint since I have it growing in my indoor herb garden, but in a pinch dried mint would work too.  As for the pudding, you need two types, vanilla and chocolate. You'll likely use all of the vanilla, and one quarter of the chocolate, so have a few extra pudding bowls ready, just in case.
I started by preparing a few of the ingredients.  First I took apart the cookies, and crushed the cookie bits.  I did two separate batches of cookie bits, one was crushed just a little, the other into a powder. I lightly crushed about six cookies, and powdered three.  You can do more cookies if you like, but I thought this would work for a nice balance. I discarded the icing from the cookies right into my mouth, this is a good step to keep you from just eating the pudding later on. I'm told you can buy already crushed cookies, but what's the fun in that, also, you need two different consistencies for this dessert. I also chopped the mint, but that's not nearly as interesting to read about as crushing cookies.
Once the cookies and mint are prepped, I made both batches of pudding. I prefer instant pudding because I have things to do with my life.  I like the idea of pouring a couple of cups of milk into a bowl with a mysterious powder and getting instant dessert.  Once you've made the pudding, take a few spoonfuls of the vanilla, and mix it with the powdered cookie (not the slightly crushed ones, but the ones you pulverized into a powder). Stir it up until you get a grey looking goo (bonus tip, this is basically how they make The Grey Stuff at Walt Disney World). You should now have two large bowls of pudding (one vanilla and one chocolate), one small bowl of pudding that looks kind of grey, a bowl of cookie crumbs, chopped mint, and salt. 
Now it's time to make your frozen treats.  Get yourself some kind of Popsicle maker, the shape doesn't really matter, however it might be weird if they were shaped like your favorite cartoon character or something. Having said that, I won't judge.  First add some cookie crumbs to the bottom of the Popsicle mold. Then spoon or pour in some vanilla pudding, about one quarter of the way up.  Add some more cookie crumbs, then add more vanilla pudding to about the halfway point. On this next level drop in a few dollops of the Oreo cookie pudding (it will be gloppy, that's the point). Then add a few more cookie crumbs and more vanilla pudding till about the three quarter mark.

Add more cookie bits, and a few dollops of the Oreo pudding if you like, but before you add the vanilla pudding, sprinkle in a little salt.  Not too much, just a dash. This is to represent the salt they use to clean the streets, it also adds a fun flavour when you get to that layer.  After you've added the salt, add a bit more vanilla pudding, but only a bit, leaving room for a few more cookie bits, your mint, and some chocolate pudding. The chocolate pudding and mint represent the mud and leaves at the bottom of the snowbank. It also adds an interesting flavour.
Once you have all your layers done, put the treats in the freezer, and let them sit overnight. The great thing about this recipe is, if you make a mess, it's only more realistic.  You can also alter the design if you like to better represent the gross snowbanks near your house.
If you don't want to freeze this dessert, you can do it in bowls as well, but I find the bowls look too fancy. Just make sure to follow the instructions above, only backwards. Also, since they're not frozen, then don't really represent "snowbanks" as well.
Once you're Ottawa Snowbanks are frozen, taken them out and enjoy.  Much like making them, the great thing about these is if you make a mess, it's only more realistic.

CC

Monday, April 24, 2017

This Week In Candy

We had a bit of a technical problem last week, only this time the technical problem had nothing to do with the internet, or my computer. Last week's technical problem had to do with my molar.  Last week, after biting into a loaf of cinnamon raisin bread (you will have seen it on our Facebook and Twitter feeds) it felt like something went wrong in my mouth.  After a few bites I noticed that something appeared to be digging into my tong. I assumed that I had something stuck between my teeth, and felt around a little with my finger.  I quickly realized that the thing digging into my tong was attached to my tooth.

As it turns out I broke a filling... On cinnamon raisin bread.  I managed to struggle with it that night, but I didn't sleep very well.  The next day I called my dentist and made an emergency appointment.  As it turns out I managed to destroy one of my old fillings (as a note I should remind everybody that I haven't had a new cavity in several years). My dentist fixed me up, but unfortunately I happen to require a lot of Novocaine to freeze my mouth, so I was out of commission for a couple of days.  In fact it's been 5 days since the procedure and my jaw still hurts.

So this means three things, first of all I missed one of the reviews in our Icelandic candy review-a-thon, I made up for it yesterday though.  Secondly I was not able to finish writing my recipe for the Ottawa Snowbank ice cream treat I created.  I should be making up for that later this week.  Finally, I may, or may not be posting the latest episode of Junk Fud On The Road this week.  It may have to wait till next week as we couldn't record it last week.  At times like this I'm glad that I write many of my reviews well in advance.

Speaking of which, this week's review was one I wrote earlier in the summer, but I was surprised it took me that long.  Take 5 is a bar that's been around for a while, but I've just never been that keen to review it.  After eating it, I'm not that keen on getting it again either. Click here to find out why.

CC

Friday, April 21, 2017

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

It's A New Episode Of Chris, Why Would You Eat That?!!


To celebrate our week long tribute to Iceland, this month's episode of Chris, Why Would You Eat That?!! features a classic Icelandic treat. This treat has such a bad reputation that I was terrified to eat it. So I decided to get some friendly backup to join me in this episode. Randy and Jen were great sports, and as we learn, Jen is tougher than anyone I know.

Click here to see past episodes of Chris, Why Would You Eat That?!!

CC

Monday, April 17, 2017

This Week In Candy

It's a busy week here at candycritic.org.  First and foremost we're celebrating the wonderful island nation known as Iceland.  We're celebrating with an entire week filed with reviews in our Icelandic Candy Review-A-Thon. The main theme you'll notice throughout this review-a-thon is licorice. It's not to say that every single candy has licorice in it, but it seems like a popular theme in Iceland.  We're also posting the latest episode of Chris, What Would You Eat That?!! featuring and Icelandic delicacy, and since this is Chris, Why Would You Eat That?!! you can bet that this delicacy is terrible.

Hopefully sometime this week (if not next week week) we'll be posting a Candy Critic recipe. It's been a while since I posted a recipe on this blog, and it's been way too long.  This new recipe is something of my own invention, I call it an Ottawa Snowbank. Fortunately it tastes better than it's namesake.  We're looking to post more and more recipes on the blog, and we're always experimenting, you can keep up with our experiments and help us out on Twitter and Facebook.

As I mentioned before, this week's going to be filled with Icelandic candy reviews, starting with this odd licorice and chocolate candy that I really enjoyed.  I'm still not sold on loving licorice, but with candies like this, I'm certainly liking them more.  Click here to read our first Icelandic candy review, and make sure to keep up with our Icelandic Candy Review-A-Thon on our Facebook and Twitter pages, or just by checking this page every day.

CC

Friday, April 14, 2017

Easter Candy In The Media


I'm not sure if this is funny, or just weird, but it's entertaining and Easter candy related.

CC

Monday, April 10, 2017

This Week/Easter In Candy

Holy crap, I almost forgot about Easter.  I was so excited about our upcoming Icelandic candy review-a-thon that I forgot about Easter. I was planning on having the review-a-thon this week, but since it's Easter, it makes more sense to focus on possibly the second best candy related holiday of the year.  It's actually my favourite, and has been since I was a kid.  If you gave me the choice between Easter and Halloween, I would always pick Easter hands down.  After all the candy in Easter it free, you don't have to trudge around the neighbourhood to get it.

This week's going to be an all Easter theme. Our Candy In The Media post we have a very disturbing SNL sketch all about Easter candy, it'll keep you awake at night I'm sure.  We're also going to be posting so fun Easter facts on Snack Facts, our Instagram feed. Hopefully we'll have a few other fun Easter posts on our Facebook and Twitter feeds as well. Make sure to keep up with all the Easter fun here on candycritic.org, and check back next week for our very special tribute to Iceland, which will include a very disturbing episode of Chris, Why Would You Eat that?!!

This week's special Easter review I picked because it was somewhat controversial earlier this year.  Apparently the folk that make these Oreo Easter eggs thought that American's wouldn't want to eat them, so they only sold them in Canada.  There was enough of an outcry that eventually Americans got them, but I'm not sure how well they made it around. As it turns out, if you couldn't get them, you're not missing much. Click here to find out why I thought these eggs were over-hyped.

CC