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.

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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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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.

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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.

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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).

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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.

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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.


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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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You can also follow us on Patreon to get previews of all our new content before it goes online, as well as our new Friday exclusive Patreon show.

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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.

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

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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.

We're posting a bunch of reviews this week, so make sure to follow us on Twitter and Facebook to keep up with them.

Also, we're going to be adding some new  video content to our YouTube channel, so make sure you're subscribed.

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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.

Click here to find out what we thought about Ruby Cocoa.

Also, check out our Facebook and Twitter feeds to see what we were up to over our trip.

You can also follow us on Instagram to keep up with new reviews and our semi-regular snack facts.

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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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Friday, June 22, 2018

Candy In The Media - Squirrel Eating A Donut


This video of a squirrel eating a donut is pretty much the reason why the internet exists.

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Monday, June 18, 2018

Hidden Treasures Of Europe

Many European candy companies sell their treats all over the world. Some have become so popular overseas that people don't even know that they're European (that's a future article coming next week). While it seems like you can get just about everything in North America, there are a few European hidden treasures that are difficult or even impossible to find in the US or Canada. You might be able to hunt them down online, or at a few import candy stores, but for the most part these candies are completely unknown to those of us in North America.

Well I'm here to help you out. Below is a list of European candy that's not very common in American or Canadian stores, but well worth your time to search out. You might have to fly to Europe to find them, but frankly I think it's totally worth it.

Manner "Original Neapolitaner"
Made By: Manner
Originated In: Austria

I've heard a story that Arnold Schwarzenegger insists on having Manner bars on set when he shoots a movie. If you're in Austria you can pretty much find this bar everywhere. It's so dominant that you're thrown off a little after leaving Austria to find that you don't see them everywhere else in the world. The good news is that this is a seriously good wafer bar, in fact it's one of my favourites and well worth a flight to bite into one.

Click here to read our review.

Fazer "Blue"
Made By: Fazer
Originated In: Finland

I lived in Europe for four years, and for three of those years I was obsessed with every single Fazer product. The reason I was only obsessed about them for three of the four years is that I had not heard of them during my first year, so I could only enjoy these amazing chocolate treats for three quarters of my time there. Trust me, it's still a sore spot. I would easily put Fazer against any other chocolate company in the world, I would even say that it would likely beat out many of them.

Click here to read our review.

Lacta
Made By: Kraft (but it wasn't always Kraft)
Originated In: Greece I Think

As I mentioned before, I lived in Europe for four years, the country I lived in was Greece, and I never really gave it much thought when it came to chocolate. This all changed very quickly, and I soon realized that Greece is the home of some of the best chocolate bars in the world today. The Lacta bar is probably one of the most popular, but there are so many others that are its equal in this warm country.

Click here to read  our review.

Fry's Turkish Delight
Made By: Cadbury
Originated In: UK

I can't possibly write an article about European candy without talking about at least one British treat. It's kind of complicated to talk about British treats because they used to all be independently owned, but now Cadbury/Kraft seems to have most of them under their wing. The good news is that many of these treats have retained their original taste and quality even though they're being made by a giant corporation. I have a feeling they do this because the people of England would riot if you dare change any of their treats. I chose the Fry's Turkish Delight as an example because it's a little strange, but still very British.

Click here to read our review.

CC

Friday, June 15, 2018

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Hey Everybody, It's A New Episode Of Junk Fud On The Road!


In this episode Chris and Allison talk about the very strange and very amazing country of the United Arab Emirates. It's a place that offers just about everything you might want when it comes to snacking, even Tim Horton's.

Click here to check out our past episodes of Junk Fud On The Road.

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Monday, June 11, 2018

Quick Review Before We Left - Kazoozles "Cherry Punch"

Lately we've been trying to do a few reviews on the weekends, and try to keep a theme. This weekend however we only managed one, and that's really happened for two reasons. First of all we have to leave for an adventure, but most importantly this candy doesn't really go with anything else. It's not the kind of candy one can compare to other candies, nor does it really go with any other candy.

Click here to read about this very strange Wonka candy.

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Saturday, June 09, 2018

And We're Off....

Allison and I are on a new adventure! Our itinerary is fairly complicated, the only way to describe it simply is to tell you that it takes place in Europe. The simple details are that we will be visiting 5 different countries, we will be in some of the big cities of Europe as well as some of the most remote. We will have internet sometimes, but likely not all the time. And I will be eating many snacks and treats along the way. That's pretty much all I can say at this point. I'd give you more details, but what's the fun in that.

We've got a few fun articles pre-posted for the time while we're gone, but most importantly we'll likely be posting a lot on social media as we go along (at least when we have internet). So make sure to follow us on Twitter and Facebook to keep up with our adventures.  We'll also likely have some kind  of review-a-thon going on after we get back as well.

CC

Friday, June 08, 2018

Candy In The Media - Watching Them Ice Krispy Kreme Donuts


Here's the thing about Krispy Kreme donuts, they're glazed donut is one of the best mass produced baked thing on the planet. The problem is that their other donuts don't stack up at all.

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Monday, June 04, 2018

This Last Weekend We Ate M&Ms - M&M's "Crispy" and M&M's "Caramel"

Over the weekend we had two kinds of M&Ms, one was crispy (literally that was what they called them) and the other was chewy(not what they called them). It was interesting to have a candy that could have two very different textures yet still represent the original candy so well. Lazy varieties are something I truly hate in the candy world, and it seems that Mars is not being lazy with these M&Ms. They both worked very well, both tasted great, but most importantly both were still M&Ms in spirit.

Click here to read the "Crispy" review, and click here to read our chewy (caramel) review.

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Friday, June 01, 2018

Candy In The Media - Making Your Own Breaking Bad Meth Candy


You have to sit through two other fine recipes, but if you're patient you get a fun, simple recipe for candy that looks like the meth on Breaking Bad.

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Monday, May 28, 2018

This Last Weekend We Thought We Could Defeat Licorice, We Did Not - Salt Larkrits and Larkits Roten

For the last few years I've spend a great deal of time trying to like licorice. My biggest attempt was to buy a whole bag of Dutch droop and eat one every day for a few weeks. I made it through that experiment with a feeling that I might have lost my hatred of licorice and turned it into a tolerance. Since then I've tried to be more open about eating licorice and on occasion I've found licorice treats that I don't hate. This weekend I thought it would be fun to push the envelope with some pretty serious Swedish licorice treats. I pushed, and licorice pushed back pretty hard.

Here's the two licorice reviews that defeated me:

Our Salt Larkrits review and our Larkits Roten review.

We're posting all kinds of reviews on the weekend (we're including Fridays in the equation), so if you want to read all  of the reviews as they come out, make sure to follow us on Twitter and Facebook.

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Friday, May 25, 2018

Candy In The Media - Cilantro Is The Devil!!!


I hate the stuff, it tastes like soap. When I ask people who like cilantro they tell me it's cool and refreshing, like soap can be sometimes. So I'm pretty sure there are a large group of people out in the world that like the taste of soap. After all, Thrills gum is still on the market.

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Wednesday, May 23, 2018

We Have A New Late Night Review - Swedish Licorice


This weekend we're going to be posting a few licorice reviews. To help get us started we thought we would post a live review of one of the more extreme licorice's we're going to review. I thought I could handle it, as you can see from this video I couldn't.

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If you follow us on Patreon we'll let you know exactly when and what we're going to review.

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Monday, May 21, 2018

Slight Change To Candy Critic Introducing, "This Past Weekend's Updates" - Tartufi Di Cioccolato

We're staring something new here on Candy Critic, and it's all about when we post new reviews. From now one we'll be posting at least one new review every weekend. Sometimes it'll just be one, sometimes a whole bunch of them, but we're going to focus on the weekends. Then, every Monday at this very time (when this blog was posted), we'll post a recap of the review(s) right here. Some weekends will be one simple review, sometimes we'll have a theme, sometimes we'll just dump a bunch of reviews. We're freeing up our weekdays to work on our vlogs and podcasts. Having said all of that, we're likely to break these rules and post new reviews on weekdays now and again as well, but you'll have to follow us on social media for those.

This past weekend we reviewed:

Tartufi Di Cioccolato, truly what chocolate truffles are all about.

If you're one of those, I need to know when it happens immediately type people, you can follow us on Facebook and Twitter since we post the reviews immediately when they go online.

We'll also be posting our new reviews on Instagram as well.

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Friday, May 18, 2018

Candy In The Media - A Documentary About Food and Love

Crown Candy from Kamau Bilal on Vimeo.

This is truly a beautiful documentary about how a 100 year old sweet shop/diner in St Louis thriving as well as building a community.  It's now a must stop for me next time I'm in the area.

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Wednesday, May 16, 2018

This New Episode Of Chris, Why Would You Eat That?!! Proves Again That You Can Ruin Ice Cream


I keep hoping that ice cream would have the same effects on foods as chocolate. The idea that everything is better in ice cream form (much like the idea that everything is better covered in chocolate). As much as I'd like to believe this, I'm constantly proven wrong.

Click here to check out old episodes of Chris Why Would You Eat That?!!

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Monday, May 14, 2018

We Have 3 Days Of Lots Of Japanese Snacks. Starting With... - Baby Star Mini "Fried Noodles"

Last week we did a crazy candy review-a-thon, and in the same spirit we're going to continue this review-a-thon till Wednesday. The difference is we're going to focus on Japanese snacks, and we're hoping to post a whole bunch of reviews.  The strange thing is that we're likely going to post most of these reviews late at night for... reasons.

You can click here to read the first Japanese snack we're reviewing this week.

If you want to follow our Japanese review-a-thon, make sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

You can also follow us on Instagram to keep up with this insanity.

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Friday, May 11, 2018

Candy In the Media - Don't Eat A Crayon Sandwich


Even if you think the Simpson's is the best show ever, and smarter than anything ever put on TV, eating Ralph Wiggum's grilled crayon sandwich is not a good idea.

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Wednesday, May 09, 2018

It's A Random Video, And It Involves Something Called A Corn Dog Doughnut.


In hindsight we probably should have saved this doughnut for a future episode of Chris, Why Would  You Eat That?!!, but we were both hopeful and excited. Unfortunately the hope ended after the first bite, and the excitement around the third. Without giving too much away about this video, we recommend highly that you don't ever eat a Corn Dog Doughnut.

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Monday, May 07, 2018

This Week We're Doing A Crazy Candy Review-A-Thon Starting With... - Mentos "Choco & Caramel"

Normally when we do a review-a-thon we simply post a new review every day. This "crazy" review-a-thon is a lot less predictable, and more abundant. What I can promise is that we will post a new review every day. What I can't promise you is when we'll post this new review, and how many reviews we'll post each day. We might post one, or we might post 3 or 4, we just don't know. We might wait a few hours between posts, or we might just post them all together. We're going a little crazy here.

Click here to read the first review of this crazy review-a-thon.

Also, we won't likely post a new blog entry every time we post a new review. So that means you'll have to keep up with us on Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, Pinterest, or Instagram to know for sure if we've posted something new.

Want more of these crazy review-a-thons, make sure to follow us on Patreon then.

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Friday, May 04, 2018

Candy In The Media - Icing Cookies With Lego


Not only does this bring two of my favourite things together (cookies and LEGO), but it also eliminates my least favourite thing that I have to do when I'm making cookies.

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Thursday, May 03, 2018

When Great Ideas Fail - Inafcn "Salt & Sour"

If you're a regular reader of this blog (than you're not my my mother, seriously mom, you could check it out now and again), then you'll know that I love innovation. If you ask me what my favourite candy or snack is my answer is almost always "something new and creative that I haven't had before". There is however a second part to that answer, "it's also important to pull off your new idea". This is an example of what should have been an amazing idea, but they failed so badly at pulling off the goal that disappointment was all I had.

Click here to find out how these chips failed me.

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Monday, April 30, 2018

This Week I Tried To Defeat My Old Nemesis... Licorce - Salta Katten

The general assumption on this site, and from people who find out that I review candy, is that I love every single kind of candy out there. This could not be further from the truth, there are plenty of candy types and flavours that I don't like, and licorice is one of them.The difference with licorice is that at one point in my life, a few years back, I tried to like it. I try to keep my mind open every time I eat licorice, and one time I even ate a piece of Dutch licorice every day for two months to try and gain a taste for it. Every so often I eat a licorice candy and it feels like this behavior modification is starting to work out.

Click here to find out why I didn't hate these, and might be going soft on the whole hating licorice thing.

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