Friday, October 12, 2018

Candy In The Media Halloween Edition - Some Candy Ideas From Good Mythical Morning


I'm not sure how "good" these ideas are for hacking your Halloween candy. I'll simply say that these are ideas and you can judge them however you like.

CC

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

It's A Random Review... One That We Really Got Wrong.


Check back tomorrow (at www.candycritic.org) for the full written review, but right now you can check out my initial reaction to these cheese snacks. Often I assume certain things about snacks before I eat them, sometimes I'm wrong, this is one of those cases.

Make sure to keep up with all our reviews on Twitter and Facebook.

Also make sure to check out our YouTube channel to see all our other videos and podcasts.

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Monday, October 08, 2018

It’s An Episode Of Chris’s Monday Morning Breakfast Thoughts From Singapore!


There’s no new review today, however we have a special episode of Monday Morning Breakfast Thoughts shot live from Singapore. In this episode Chris (and Allison) talk about their travels, and also about some future episodes of Chris, Why Would You Eat That?!! that they’re working on. It’s the first time we’ve recorded an episode from abroad, but not the last as we have lots more travel coming up.

To keep up with all our fun trip news, make sure to follow us on Twitter and Facebook.

CC

Monday, October 01, 2018

It's Time For Some Thoughts, And A New Review - Tic Tac "Mint"

This week's review is a classic, although for me it's a classic that I don't really like that much. There have been many occasions where I've forgotten to write a review of a classic treat, only because I thought I had reviewed it already. These Tic Tac "Mints" are not the case, in fact I've thought about skipping this review entirely on several occasions. It took someone giving me some for free to actually think about this review.

Click here to find out why I don't think much of this classic candy.


On this week's episode of Chris's Monday Morning Breakfast Thoughts we're going to talk a bit about our recent trip to Thailand, and also eat some fruit with sweetened, spicy, salt.

Make sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter to keep up with all our future trips.

You can also follow us on Instagram to get a few Snack Facts, and to keep up with our reviews as we post them.

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Friday, September 28, 2018

Candy In The Media - Greatest Invention Ever?


The PancakeBot 3D printer might be the greatest thing  to have happened to breakfast in a long time.

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Thursday, September 27, 2018

We Got Our First T-shirt Done, And It's Sweet!


As you know we're updating the website, and with that we're launching a whole new series of shirts based on the new design. This is the first one featuring our Cotton Candy character. On the back is a clever way for you to remember all of the ways you can say "cotton candy".

Make sure to check out some of our older designs and keep up with the new ones by checking out our Zazzle store.

CC

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

It's Time For A New Episode Of Junk Fud On The Road - Irelands


In this episode of Junk Fud On The Road, Chris and Allison talk about their recent trip to Ireland where they ate far more potatoes than is politically correct to talk about.

Keep up with our podcasts on SoundCloud and YouTube.

Also make sure to follow us on Twitter and Facebook for news about any other future travel we have planned.

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Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Candy Critic Statistics


So this past weekend we finally finished putting together the database for all of the candies reviewed on candycritic.org so far. It was way more reviews than we were expecting with well over twelve hundred. One thing that made me feel good about the reviews was the scoring. If you look at the graph above showing the number of candies that have any particular score, you'll see a fairly good curve. Each bar represents a score starting at 0 and going to 14.5 (there's a reason that there's no 15) in increments of  .5. The curve does lean slightly towards the better end, but that's because it's candy.  This  information will be used on the new site when we start listing the candies according to score.

This next graph shows all of the different candy brands that have more than 10 reviews on the site. The first bar is actually our question mark category, because we don't know the brands of some of the candies we've reviewed. We're hoping to lower that number down a lot and might be asking some of our readers to help with that.  This graph is very useful right now because we're presently building a section that will feature our most represented brands on the website. I took a guess at what these would be on my initial design, but I got a couple wrong.
This graph  features one of the new additions to the site that I'm most excited about. We're going to start listing some of the candies that have many different varieties. This includes Kit Kat, Lay's, and Pocky, to name a few. I love the idea of collecting varieties of candies, and I'm hoping this section grows in the  years to come.

While these are likely the dullest representations of candy that you can imagine, it's become a really valuable tool for us while updating candycritic.org. In the past the organization has been done slightly randomly, but with this database we're hoping that it will come together in a much more organized way.

Make sure to follow us on Twitter and Facebook to keep up with all of the work we're doing to update the site.

You can also follow us on Patreon and help us build this site by signing up.

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Monday, September 24, 2018

It's Monday Morning, So It's Time For Some Thoughts, And A Review - Nude Chocolate

Long and tube like, is not the way you want to describe something that's called "Nude Chocolate", but it's just the way it is. This week's review was purchased because of the bold letters on the package and what they spelled out.

Click here to find out if this "sexy" treat lives up to the hype.



On this week's Monday Morning Breakfast thoughts we look at statistics. Many of you out there are probably not interested in math, but candy math is pretty fun. After compiling all of the reviews into a database, I have some interesting stats about the kind of treats we have on the site.

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Wednesday, September 19, 2018

We've Got A New Episode of Chris, Why Would You Eat That?!! - Lemon Pepper Tang


Over the last few years I've started to collect flavours of Tang, this one was one of the weirder ones and well worth mentioning.

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Also, if you follow us on Patreon you get a preview of every video before we post it to the public.

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Tuesday, September 18, 2018

We've Finally Posted Our Monrning Thoughts


This episode of Chris's Monday Morning Breakfast Thoughts is late, a whole day late. It was one of those things that just proved to be more challenging than we expected. But it's a great episode and we promise we'll try harder next time.

Also make sure to keep up with our gummy review-a-thon this week. Our latest post is one of the great mergers in the candy world, unfortunately it didn't really work out.

To keep up with all the reasons things fall behind, make sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

Also make sure to check out our Patreon page to order our latest t-shirt at %10 off.

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Monday, September 17, 2018

We're Starting Our Gummy Review-A-Thon On Time, But Our Monday Morning Breakfast Thought Will Be Late

We've decided this week would be the perfect week to have a review-a-thon, and one of our favourite review-a-thons to do is gummy review-a-thons. There are just so many gummies to choose from so it makes review-a-thons so great. We've decided to start with a gummy that has the potential to be really strange, but likely isn't.

Click here to read about this potentially strange candy review.

Due to technical issues that we don't really want to explain (you can ask and we'll tell, but it will depress us), this week's Monday Morning Breakfast Thought will have to be a Tuesday Morning Breakfast Thought instead. We were thinking of canceling it, but frankly we have a breakfast treat we're really excited about trying. Make sure to check back tomorrow for the new episode (or follow us on YouTube to get a notice when it's posted).

Also make sure to follow us on Twitter and/or Facebook to keep up with our day to day candy shenanigans.

CC

Friday, September 14, 2018

Candy In The Media - Squishing Things


I found this to be a lot more interesting that I thought I would. I was holding out to see the cola and Mentos getting crushed together in the press, but strangely it was the most disappointing.

CC

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Chris Drinks A Coffee Coke


Rather than just taste test this new Coffee Coca-Cola, Chris decides to see if this drink has any harmful effects on him. After chugging the whole can, Chris tries to site still for 10 whole minutes. Needless to say things start to get shaky after the first 5.

Make sure to check out our Facebook page to check out the live stream we did of this event.

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Monday, September 10, 2018

It's Time For Another Monday Morning Breakfast Thought, And A New Candy Review - Puccho Juicy "Assorted Fruit Flavors"

Today's new candy review should be celebrating fruit, but there's a problem. It celebrates fruit in general, and not any particular fruit. This is a bit of a peeve I've recently discovered, fruit flavours that don't really have any kind of specificity to them. It's not that I don't like fruit flavours that don't taste like the  fruit it's supposed to represent either, I love fake raspberry and cherry, the problem I have is when they don't commit at all.

Click here to find out how this week's new candy review rubbed me the wrong way.



This week on Chris's Monday Morning Breakfast Thoughts, I feel like we have to change it to Chris's Monday Morning Dealing With A Bad Meal From The Weekend Thoughts. Unfortunately I didn't get to have the breakfast I was hoping this morning, so instead I had to find something to sooth my sore tummy.

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Friday, September 07, 2018

Candy In The Media - Apparently Waffles Was A Thing


I must have missed this when it originally came out, but frankly I can't see how. It's entertaining and I pretty much agree completely with the sentiment of the song.

CC

Tuesday, September 04, 2018

It's A New Epsidoe Of Chris's Monday Morning Breakfast Thoughts, Published On A Tuesday


We didn't post a new episode yesterday because of the holiday, but that doesn't mean we're just  going to skip it. We even gave it a new title. This week Chris talks about food and politics and pumpkin spice stuff.

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Monday, September 03, 2018

It's Labor Day, But We Still Posted A New Candy Review - Necco Wafers

This new review is a classic, but according to the news (candy news) it's not going to be around for very long. It appears that after hundreds of years this classic candy might be going away. There are people all over the internet trying to get their hands on one last taste of Necco wafers. Some might save them for posterity, others might want to ceremoniously eat one last bite. We just wanted to make sure we had the review covered in our collection.

Click here to read the review that might be impossible to find.

We don't have a new episode of Chris's Monday Morning Breakfast Thoughts because it's labor day and that means we're taking the day off. We will however have a special video tomorrow that we're cleverly calling Chris's Tuesday Morning Breakfast Thoughts.

Make sure to follow us on Twitter and Facebook to complain about the lack of  MMBT.

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CC

Friday, August 31, 2018

Candy In The Media - Japanese Candy Commercial Tells A Brilliant Story


Good storytelling transcends language, this series of Japanese candy commercials tells a story with twists and turns that will make you giggle with delight.

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Monday, August 27, 2018

It's Monday so that means we have a new episode of Monday Morning Breakfast Thoughts and a new review - Butun Antep Fistikli

I love pistachios, I have great memories of eating them as a kid. For some reason I preferred the red pistachios as a kid, although today I'm not sure why. In fact I'm not really sure why they make red pistachios at all. This new review is full of pistachios, but for certain reasons it just doesn't work. That makes me sad because I really wanted to love this bar.

Click here to find out why this pistachio bar didn't work for me.


This week's episode of Chris's Monday Morning Breakfast Thoughts is all about cartoons,  food courts, Tim Horton's coffee cups, and the BANANA CAM!!!

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And check out our Patreon page to find some exclusive content and help support our site.

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Friday, August 24, 2018

Candy In The Media - Dog Eating Popcorn


At first I thought I that I wouldn't like this video, then after watching  it for 10 minutes on a loop, I realized that it was amazing.

CC

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

It's A New Episode Of Junk Fud On The Raod!


In this episode Allison and I talk about our recent trip to Finland. However, we per-recorded this episode in Finland, and we even have some special guests with us from Finland.

Make sure to check out our old episodes  of Junk Fud  On the Road here.

And you can always follow on Facebook and Twitter too.

CC

Monday, August 20, 2018

It's The Latest Breakfast Thoughts, And A Slightly Disapointing Review - QBZ "Warheads"

Every so often I write a review and I get into a weird head space, this is a prime example of that. I'm not saying that this review is not legitimate, or at least as legitimate as a candy review can be. I'm just saying that I approached this review from a different angle, and it may or may not affect the outcome of my opinion.

Click here to find out why this review is a little weird.

We have another episode of Chris's Monday Morning Breakfast Thoughts, a show that I really have to come up with a name that's easier to say. On average it takes me 3 tries to get the introduction right because I keep messing up the name of the show. Please, if you have a better name, let me know.

If you want to keep up with what we're doing, make sure to follow us on Facebook or Twitter.

Also be sure to follow us on Instagram, because that's what the kids are doing these days.

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Friday, August 17, 2018

Candy In The Media - Epic Cake Machine


This is part invention, part art installation, and part dance routine, but it ends in cake, so it's also wonderful.

CC

Thursday, August 16, 2018

Something Smells Like Dinner... Oh It's You.


Have you ever dreamed of smelling like a slow cooked roast beef? It doesn't appeal to me, but Allison would probably appreciate it.

CC

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

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


In this episode, Chris tries out three different mysterious drinks. We really should come up with a new show about trying drinks and give it a better name.

Follow us on Twitter or Facebook and let us know of anything you think might make for a good episode of Chris, Why Would You Eat That?!!

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Monday, August 13, 2018

It's Time To Eat Pancakes And Post A New Review! - Tim Tam Fingers

This week's new review got me in a bit of a mood. Recently someone complained that some of the treats posted on Candy Critic weren't technically candy. I decided that in retaliation, I would post something that's in a very grey area of this debate, and complain about people telling me that some of the things I review aren't candy.

Find out what I thought of these Tim Tam Fingers, and what I think about people's complaint that some of my reviews aren't technically candy, here.


When I thought up the idea of the Monday Morning Breakfast Thoughts, I thought that I would just eat a bowl of cereal and talk about whatever crossed my mind at the time. We're up to the third episode and I've only eaten cereal once. I like the idea of variety for breakfast, I just don't know if I can keep it up.

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If you want to know even more about our projects, as well as participate in a few, follow us on Patreon.

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Friday, August 10, 2018

Candy In The Media - VR Meets Japanese Candy


I've always been a fan of VR technology, however I think this machine might have taken the VR exspirience one step too far.

CC

Thursday, August 09, 2018

A Little Help With My Lunch Please


I'm not saying that I need this grilled cheese toaster all the time, I need it right now... to make my lunch.

CC

Wednesday, August 08, 2018

Our Latest Experiment Is All About Cracker Jacks



In our latest experiment we tried to make homemade Cracker Jacks. Strangely enough it worked, fairly well. Below is a quick version of our recipe along with a few changes we think might make it a little better:

-  Heat your oven to 250 degrees.

-  Mix 8 cups of popcorn with 1 cup of roasted peanuts (maybe make it half a cup of peanuts if you'd like).

-  Take 1/4 of a cup of salted butter and melt it in a pot. Then add 3/8 cups of brown sugar, 1/4 cup corn syrup, 1 tablespoon molasses, and 1/4 teaspoon of salt. Whisk them together and heat them up till they reach 250 degrees (use a candy thermometer).

-  Take the sugar mixture off the heat and add 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla and 1/4 teaspoon of baking soda and whisk them all together.

-  Poor the sugar mixture into a large bowl over the popcorn and peanut mix.

-  Mix everything up until the popcorn and peanuts are covered (careful it gets hot).

-  After it's all mixed up lay it out on a baking sheet with a silicon baking liner (or you can grease it).

-  Put it in the  oven for 10 minutes, then toss the mixture. repeat this until the mixture has been in the oven for 30 minutes (my original recipe suggested 50 but my oven is small and very hot so I went for 30 instead).

- Take the mixture out of the oven and let it cool for 20 minutes.

-  Break the popcorn and peanuts apart and consume.

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Monday, August 06, 2018

It's A New Greek Review And Another Episode Of Monday Morning Breakfast Thoughts

There are certain candies that I've eaten a hundred times and continue to eat, but still haven't reviewed. There are many reasons why this happens, but for the most part I think it's just because I think I've already reviewed it. This new review is the perfect example of a bar that I've eaten a million times, but never posted it on candycritic.org. Fortunately I (or sometimes it's you guys) caught this discrepancy, so it's time to analyze this Ion bar.

Click here to check out this classic Greek chocolate bar.


Also, don't forget to check out our latest episode of Chris's Monday Morning Breakfast Thoughts. This  time we decided to go for the fruit instead of the cereal for breakfast (we also talk a bit about junk food and candy).

Make sure to follow us on Twitter or Facebook to keep up with what we're doing.

If you follow us on Patreon you get early previews of everything, including a look (and possibility opportunity to buy) some new merchandise we're working on.

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Friday, August 03, 2018

Thursday, August 02, 2018

A Look At The Irelands - Part 3 Of Our European Adventure

I'm going to do something very unpopular, something that has been the subject of tension for years, and even cost people their lives. I'm going to write about Northern Ireland and Ireland in the same article.  Culturally I can see some differences between the two countries. There's no doubt that there are differences and ask any citizen of either country and they'll explain those differences. The problem I found is that the food is very similar. In fact I had to do some research to find out where some of the food I ate actually came from.
Take Tayto's for example. Tayto's are a brand of potato chips (or crisps as they’d call them) that no one else in the world except those who live in Ireland (north and other) have ever heard of. That's a shame, because they make a mean bag of chips. They're not the best chips I've ever eaten, but they're pretty good. The most amazing thing about these chips is how popular they are in Ireland. When we landed in Belfast, it seemed like the entire airport was sponsored by the potato chip company. According to one of the posters on the wall of the airport, Tayto's Cheese and Onion flavoured chips account for more than half of  the chips sold on the entirety of Ireland (both sides of the border I assume). I assumed by this huge presence in Belfast that these must be a Northern Ireland thing.

As it turns out, Tayto's are actually made in Ireland (the south), but you'd never have guessed that in the north. The north also had a huge amount of Cadbury products available. This was no surprise as Northern Ireland is a commonwealth country, and every commonwealth country I've ever visited is loaded with Cadbury treats. I thought that maybe this is something that would disappear once we visited the south, but no, lots of Cadbury all over the place. I found the same thing with grocery stores, and fast food places as well. I couldn't find one single difference between either Ireland when it came to food.
I would say the only difference I found between these two countries food wise was beer. It's more that I would say Ireland has an obsession with Guinness beer. At the very least it's something they truly celebrate/push on tourists. This is most obvious in Dublin, but every tourist stop we visited in Ireland (not the north) had some kind of Guinness trinket. Every truck stop had a whole section dedicated to buying Guinness merchandise. I didn't see that much up in the north, so maybe that's the great divide.

It makes me happy though, these are two countries that have a very bloody history. There's a lot of differences that these two countries will always have, and a history that can never be erased. But it's good to know that there are areas they can agree on, small things that remind them that although they've fought a war, they can still be in agreement upon. On either side of the border they can agree, cheese and onion Tayto's are pretty good.

CC

Wednesday, August 01, 2018

It's Not A Cookbook


This book, Food and Drink Infographics: A Visual Guide to Culinary Pleasures, looks like the perfect food information source for those of us who are more visually inclined.

CC

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

A Look At Finland - Part 2 Of Our European Adventure

 Finland is a place that has a strange connection with me. I actually have a lot of people in Finland that I consider friends. These aren't just friends I've made on the internet, these are people that I've met in the real world. I've always wondered why I have such a connection with Finnish people, but after visiting recently it's started to make sense.

I've never traveled anywhere in the world where I didn't enjoy at least one food item that they're well known for. Finland on the other hand gave me so much great food that I don't even know where to start. In fact I've written this introduction 5 times already because I just didn't know what to begin with.  I guess I'll  start with my introduction to Finnish treats, and it's a good one.
  
Fazer is a company that makes a lot of different food items. They make baked goods, candies, but they're most famous in my mind for their chocolate. The good news is that they're famous for their chocolate for good reason. I'd tasted Fazer chocolate before this trip, so when we decided to go to Finland, getting some Fazer chocolate was top on my list. What we discovered on this trip is that Fazer has so much to offer, and I could write a whole website dedicated to reviewing just Fazer products. It can vary from breads and candies, but it also includes some amazing baked goods and hand made chocolates sold at their cafes. Yes, Fazer has cafes in Finland.

Best of all, in Helsinki is "the” Fazer Cafe, the flagship store. It's also the  place where Karl Fazer started making his chocolates in Finland in 1891. The cafe does not disappoint, and if you're a fan of Fazer (and you should be) this is a place worth visiting.
While Fazer is a great thing to try in Finland, it's not the only thing. Allison being the carnivore that she is managed to try reindeer in many forms, including something called a reindeer snowball that's basically cheese and reindeer, two of her favourite things. Allison also fell in love with the breads in Finland (and the bread used in the reindeer snowball is the perfect example why). Bread is an interesting thing, many cultures have bread as being an important part of their food. Bread however isn't simple, so many cultures have their own take on bread, and Finland is no different. The "average" bread in Finland is a dense bread often filled with whole grains. These breads are generously slathered in butter and often eaten with cheese and meats.
The bread that blew me away though is something from the north, something called Karelian pasty. The best way to describe it is to say it looks like a squashed baked potato, but has the consistency of a very soft flat bread. They're often filled with a porridge (rice being my favourite), but it's what you put on top that blew my mind. Finnish egg salad may look typical, but the minute you bite into it you know it's a game changer. Rather than using mayonnaise as the bonding agent, people of Finland use butter. If you're keeping score, that's a lot of butter, but it works so well. It's super rich, but isn't as greasy as you'd think it would be. This is likely because of the properties of the Karelian pasty. They seem to work so perfectly together, and just thinking about it makes me crave just one more bite.

The final things I want to talk about when it comes to Finnish food is berries. This country is obsessed with berries, and they're very specific about what kind of berries they love. The obsession is all about wild berries, and there's a huge variety of berries to choose from. Growing in the forests of Finland are everything from wild raspberries, to the elusive cloudberry. The later is a treasure that when mixed with a special baked cheese can change the way you feel about berries all together. Apparently the location of cloudberries in the wild is such a closely guarded secret that it's only passed down from one generation to another. So if you want to pick your own cloudberries, you're going to need to marry a Finn.

While I say this about many of the places I visit, Finland is truly a great place for any foodie to visit. There is a huge variety of food to choose from, but best of all it makes you feel good. Everything they love to eat comes from home. Even when you buy it in the store, it feels like it was made at someone’s house. If you get the chance that I did, to eat at someone's home, you'll understand why this works. Finnish food is casual, but most importantly it's comfortable.

CC

Monday, July 30, 2018

We Got S'more Candy To Review And A New Show

We'll start today off with our new review. It's for a packaged s'mores treat, and I spend most of the review wondering if it's at all possible to make a treat that actually matches the pure joy of real s'mores. It's a tough thing to re-create, but candy companies keep trying.

Click here to read how this candy stacks up to real s'mores.

Also this week we're premiering our new YouTube show called Chris's Monday Morning Breakfast Thoughts. A show were we take a look at what's happening this week on candycritic.org and within the candy world in general. Let us know what you think of the new show, and we also welcome suggestions for what we should eat for breakfast.


Make sure to follow us on Twitter and Facebook to find out what we're doing every day.

You can also follow us on Patreon to get early previews and exclusive videos, and why not follow us on Instagram as well, you won't regret it.

CC

Friday, July 27, 2018

Candy In The Media - It Shouldn't Be Hard, But It Is


Most people look at cheesies (or Cheetos)as a simple snack, but actually they're very complicated, and almost impossible to make at home.

CC

Thursday, July 26, 2018

A Look At Estonia - Part 1 Of Our European Adventure

Estonia was a bit of a surprise food wise. I wasn't expecting to not enjoy the food in Estonia, but I also wasn't expecting  to enjoy it so much either. I didn't expect to find a theme restaurant that worked so well, and I wasn't expecting to find one of the most creative chocolate shops either. I also wasn't expecting to learn so much about the areas food history.

The food history in Estonia (Tallinn in particular) is right on display. There are two areas of history that seem to be front and center in this town in general and with food. The oldest is the medieval period, and this is ever present when you're walking through the old town part of Tallinn. There are all kinds of restaurants and snacks available that help you get a sense of what it might have been like a long time ago in Tallinn. Most obvious are the many people selling nuts and snacks on the street in small carts, they really give you an old timey feel. There are also several restaurants around town that show off traditional cooking, however none pull it off as well as the Olde Hansa.
The Old Hansa appears at first to be more of a gimmick than a real restaurant, but it really does both so very well. While you can't deny that it's a little gimmick like to have all the staff pretend that it's the medieval period, there are so many other reasons why this restaurant's theme works. First of all the minimal lighting really sets the mood. Most of the light from the restaurant is candle light, and most of the visible decorations are traditional, even the utensils are traditional. The really unique thing about this restaurant though is the food, it's not modern food dressed up to look old. Apparently the restaurant's chefs spent time researching what would have been the traditional food at the time. They serve this food the way it may have been served, and really spent a lot of time perfecting these details. While I'm sure the hygiene is much better than it would have been, there was something about the flavour of the food that really put us in the mood.

After the medieval period, the most noted time in Estonia is the period when the country was occupied by the USSR. There are many areas of life that were greatly affected by the occupation of Estonia, and the food was no exception. One of the interesting stops to check out is the Hotel Viru. This functioning hotel used to house one of the most important spying areas of the KGB. It was one of the only hotels in the USSR to allow foreign guests, and not wanting to appear poor, it was one of the hubs of fine food in the area back then. The restaurants and bars were some of the finest in the entire USSR empire. There are stories of the cakes that were sold at this hotel being used as currency, and that three cakes could get you a sofa. Today, the grocery store in the mall at the base of the hotel still sells the same cakes.
Another place that really tells a story about the USSR period in Tallinn is the Chocolate Museum in Chocolala (a great candy store with a museum attached to it). This museum is a great place to learn all about the history of sweets in Estonia, and tells the story of this country before, during and after the occupation. There are great collections of old packages and lots of information about how this country's candy evolved and changed. Best of all this museum is housed in a great modern chocolate shop that has some pretty unique sweets to try. They're liberal with the samples, and if you can I recommend trying the chocolate covered reindeer moss (it's not that great, but it's really unique).
Estonia was a very surprising place for us.

When we were planning our trip, I wasn’t sure if I’d be able to find enough content to write about the food in this place. After the first day I knew that this wasn’t going to be a problem at all. You don’t often come across a city where the food history is so well preserved and presented.

CC

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

It's Time For A New Episode Of Junk Fud On The Road - Estonia


One of my favourite things is when we get to record an episode of Junk Fud On The Road, on the road. This episode was recorded on our last night in Tallinn, Estonia while we were sitting watching the sun at 11pm. It was a great trip and I think we found  some great food places while we were there.

Make sure to follow us on YouTube or SoundCloud to keep up with every episode of Junk Fud On The Road.

Also follow us on Twitter and Facebook to keep up with our adventures as it happens.

Finally check out our Patreon page for a whole bunch of extra content every week.

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Tuesday, July 24, 2018

I Don't Want A Natchosaurus...


...I need a Natchosaurus. I need it because it combines one of my favorite salty snacks with my favourite period in time in the earth's history.

CC

Monday, July 23, 2018

It's A New Candy Review with a Bonus Announcement - Pocky "Grape Squeeze"

I'll start off with the new review, it's Pocky. It's actually my 13th Pocky review, which I think is pretty good. It's also not going to be my last Pocky review (I hope). As far as Pocky goes, this one was OK. It certainly wasn't the best Pocky I've ever tried, but it wasn't the worst either. It also wasn't an average Pocky either.

Click here to read our latest Pocky review.

As a bonus, this week we're previewing the opening for an upcoming video project we're working on. It'll be a weekly video show called "Chris's Monday Morning Breakfast Thoughts". In this show I'll give you guys the rundown of what we're going to be posting in the upcoming week, and maybe cover any interesting news stories that have been going around lately.  We're hoping to post it every Monday on our YouTube channel (but we'll probably post it here too).



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Wednesday, July 18, 2018

We've Got A New Episode of Chris, Why Would You Eat That?!! - The Durian


In this episode Chris (and his two friends) taste what many consider to be the worst tasting fruit in the world, the durian. The surprise comes with the fact that not everybody hated it at all.

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Monday, July 16, 2018

It's The Start Of A Review-A-Thon - Kiss

Over the last few months we've been trying a new format for Candy Critic, and frankly it's not really working out. So we're going back to our old format. That means each week you get two reviews, one on Monday and one on Thursday. This week however is an exception, this week we're giving you a whole bunch of reviews every day. These are reviews of treats we picked up on our last epic adventure through 5 European countries. Today we start with a treat from the country where we spent the most time, Finland. Shockingly it's not a Fazer product either.

Click here to find out about this mysterious candy that isn't a chocolate bar.

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Friday, July 13, 2018

Candy In The Media - Whipped Cream In A Vacum


Sweet treats do amazing things when they're put into a vacuum, reason's I think we should put more snacks in space.

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Thursday, July 12, 2018

I Want This - Mr Tea Cup


The amount that I want this cup can only be equal to the amount that Allison doesn't want me to have it. She's not being mean or anything, she just can't take my horrible Mr T impressions every time we have tea.

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Monday, July 09, 2018

We're Back From Our Trip

It took a lot longer to get ourselves back on track, but here we are. This weekend we posted the first review from our trip, one that we're really excited about, the Ruby Cocoa Kit Kat bar. When I first read about this bar I wasn't sure if I'd be able to get my hands on one, but while we were in Europe I did, and I'm glad. I like innovations in the candy world, and this one is really unique.  I'm also  really happy that the first appearance of this chocolate for the mainstream candy audience is in one of my favourite bars.

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Friday, June 29, 2018

Monday, June 25, 2018

I Bet You Didn't Know These Where European

Most people seem to assume that so many classic candies come from their country. This likely happens because people build such a strong relationship with these candies that they associate them with home. Since it's always been there, it must come from wherever you were born. Then, instead of being rational, people assume that when they see these candies outside of their home, it must be because they're so popular that they're exported. The truth is there can only be one place of origin for any candy, and sadly, except for a very few of you, it's likely not your home town or country.

Kit Kat
Place of Origin England
Check out our Kit Kat review here.

One of the best selling candies in the world was born in a place where so many other great candies were born, England. In fact that Kit Kat was created in a particular town in England that could be the birthplace of more popular chocolate treats than anywhere else in the world, York. These treats include the Aero bar, Terry's Chocolate Orange, and Smarties, just to name a few. Treats created in York can be found all over the world. In fact I think I could safely say that there isn't a country in the world (except maybe North Korea) where at least one York created treat can be found. At the very least you can find them in every airport in the world.

Likely the most popular of York's creations though is the Kit Kat bar. I've had people from all over the world claim that the bar was invented in their country. I've even had people point out Kit Kat rip off bars and claim that it was the original. While I haven't done any serious investigation of these allegations, food historians generally agree that the Kit Kat bar was the first, and it was made in York.

PEZ
Place of Origin Austria
Check out one of our PEZ reviews here.

You would think it would be obvious because of the name "PEZ" which doesn't sound English at all, but this is one very European candy. Invented in Austria as a breath mint for smokers, the letters PEZ are actually a short form of the German word "Pfefferminz". At this point I think the USA is probably one of the biggest consumer of the candies since many of the dispensers are themed with American characters. I assume that most people assume that the origins are from their own country because they're so used to seeing their favourite characters on the dispensers.

This candies ability to take on so many shapes (or at the very least the dispensers ability) is likely why this candy is such a global phenomenon. The candy itself is always the same, with a few flavour variations sometimes available in one place over another, but the packaging is what people love about this candy. It's also the reason people assume that it's from their own country.

Gummy Bear
Place Of Origin Germany
Check out one of our Gummy Bear reviews here.

The gummy bear is kind of complicated, but there's no denying that the origins are German. It gets complicated because of the popularity of the candy later on. The gummy bear was invented in Bonn Germany in 1922 but the candy didn't go global until the 1980s, but when it broke it broke big.  It went from being a simple German candy that no one had ever heard of into the catalyst for a candy revolution. This was the candy that actually started a candy trend that's lasted ever since, the gummy. Many could credit the gummy bear as being the original gummy candy, and I'm sure many people would assume that it came from their own country.

The gummy bear's explosion of popularity is likely caused by the American market in the 80s, it went all the way to a popular television series. But the origins are much simpler, and found a ten hour flight away from the USA.

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