Thursday, April 19, 2018

It's A New Episode of Chris, Why Would You Eat That?!! And Once Again I Suffer With Durian

I'm constantly reminded that there are people in the world that like the taste of durian. I've even met a few people who apparently love the stuff. I just can't wrap my head around this, but I'm trying.

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This Review Is Worth It For The Name Alone - Bon Bon Bum "JoJoJo"

I don't like to make a habit of picking out a candy for review on the name alone, but sometimes you just can't resist. I'm sure the name of this candy has some kind of meaning, but I certainly couldn't figure it out. I just remember walking into a grocery store, seeing a display with the word "bum" on it, and heading straight for it. I didn't really care what was being sold after that, I knew I had to try it.

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Tuesday, April 17, 2018

We're On Patreon!

Hey gang, I just wanted to drop you a line and ask that you check out our Patreon page. We're looking to expand what we do here at Candy Critic as well as fix up a few things that need work. We're not looking to turn this into a huge money making venture, we're just looking to improve things a little. For as little as $1 you can join our Patreon group and get extra content as well as contribute ideas on how we can improve this site. Every level of contribution has some great bonus content and some even offer free candy.

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Monday, April 16, 2018

I'm Surprised About This New Candy Review - Flake "Mint"

I'm surprised that the Flake bar isn't already available in a million different flavours. This is a classic British bar that's fairly simple, and the perfect candidate for multiple variations. If I was Cadbury I think about making a Flake bar that celebrates it's most common use, as a topping on a soft serve ice cream cone. You could also put other ingredients in a Flake, to make it even flakier, like crunchy toffee. There's really lots you could do with this bar, and yet this is the first time I've ever seen any variation.

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Friday, April 13, 2018

Kit Kat Week Part 3 - Ideas For Kit Kat Flavours That Haven’t Been Made Yet

Having spent the last little while thinking about Kit Kat flavours, I thought it would be fun to brainstorm some ideas for different flavours of Kit Kat bars that haven't been made. I asked some friends to suggest a few flavours, and came up with a few of my own. So here's our list of Kit Kat flavours we'd like to see.  Let us know if there are any flavours you'd like to see, also let us know if we happened to mention a flavour that does exist already.

Here's some basic ideas I think would work:

Fruit salad - It would be awesome if each finger was the flavour of a different fruit.
Fruitcake - The perfect, or worst, Christmas Kit Kat idea.
Honey 'n' Oat - I love this idea (contributed by my friend Willy), I think it would work particularly well if you used whole rolled oats.
Buttered Popcorn - I stole this idea from Jelly Belly, it worked for them so it could work for Kit Kat.
Jelly Bean - This could similar to the fruit salad idea with each finger having a different flavour. You could also try and add a soft texture in somewhere.

I think it's also important  to think about flavours from other countries,  so here are a few ideas of foods I love from foreign lands that I think would make excellent Kit Kat flavours.

Mango Sticky Rice - This is a staple food in many countries like Thailand and Cambodia. They already make all kinds of treats using the flavours of mango sticky rice, so why not make a Kit Kat as well.
Jalebi - This is my favorite Indian/Pakistani sweet treat. If you made this in Kit Kat form you'd have to somehow get the crispy texture right as well as the flavour.
Sticky Toffee Pudding - This is one variety that I wouldn't be surprised if it already existed. It's such a unique flavour, and the perfect Kit Kat flavour
Turkish Delight - This is another Kit Kat variety that could go further than simply making a Kit Kat that tastes like Turkish delight. You could actually put Turkish delight into the Kit Kat bar, similar to what they already do with peanut butter and caramel.
Speculoos - I think this is a food trend that seems to be continuing to grow, so it would be perfect for a Kit Kat. Some people know this as cookie butter as well. It would blend perfectly with the crisp wafers and milk chocolate.

There are also a few Canadian flavours that I think would work.
Beavertail - In particular the Kilalo Sunrise variety with cinnamon, sugar and lemon.
Pancakes with Syrup - You could give the wafers a pancake flavour, and  put a thin layer of real Canadian maple syrup on the top.

Two people (Allison and Brent) thought of two meat flavours. You might think it’s just a joke, but I don't think it's a totally silly idea.
Roast Beef - Something about creamy gravy that I think might work in the context of a chocolate bar.
Fried Chicken - This might sound weird, but the spices would certainly be an interesting flavour combination with a Kit Kat bar, after all fried chicken does work with waffles.


Candy In The Media - How They Make Kit Kat... Or At Least Where They Get The Ingredients

It's pretty amazing to see what goes into making one of the best chocolate bars ever.


Thursday, April 12, 2018

Our Second Kit Kat Review This Week Is Unique, And We Have Video To Prove It - Kit Kat "Vanilla Ice Cream"

This is really one of the most unique ideas I've ever seen for a candy bar, ever. There are a few bars, like the Charleston Chew which improves depending on the temperature you eat it. This however, might be the first bar that improves after you bake it. The downfall is you have to wait for  it to bake before eating it, the advantage is that it really works well afterwards. You just might want  to be careful about eating a chocolate bar right out of the oven, they're really hot.

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Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Kit Kat Week Part 2 - How Many Variety Of Kit Kat Already Exist

It's not really clear how many different  flavours of Kit Kats actually exist. Since Japan started this trend, a few other countries have joined in creating a handful of fun flavours. None of these fun flavours have come close to matching the variety and strangeness of Japan. Today it's fairly common to find Kit Kat bars with coffee flavours, caramel, peanut butter and many other fairly safe flavours. Kit Kat Japan has opened a few doors, but the floodgates have never opened completely outside of Japan.

It's estimated that there are anywhere from two to three hundred variety of Kit Kat in Japan alone. You might be able to add fifty or so variety that have been released in the rest of the world. No one seems to have an official list, and some flavours are similar, but not exactly the same as well (for example there's a special variety of strawberry Kit Kat that's made in Japan which is completely different than the Western strawberry Kit Kat).

One of the things many western Kit Kat varieties miss outside of Japan, is a tie to the local culture. We're missing many flavours that really represent particular cultures or regions of different countries. This is what has allowed Japan to go out  further with this idea, they are feverishly proud of Japanese culture and the products that come out of Japan. Japanese people tend to love the idea that something represents something in their culture, no matter how specific or detailed. They're also seems to be this idea that the product doesn't have to taste good to be a success. It's more about how well it represents the Japanese event or area than how great it actually tastes.

It's also safe to say that the Japanese pallet is a little different than the Western pallet, so maybe a soya sauce chocolate bar works for them.  To be honest, I'm not entirely sure why Japanese people love these Kit Kat variety, but they obviously do because they keep making them. I know for western countries we look at these flavours as being strange and exotic, but I think we need to fix this. What we need to do is look into our own culture and find the flavours that might be exotic to others,  and we need to make them in Kit Kat bar form.


Monday, April 09, 2018

Kit Kat Week Part 1 - A Quick Look At The History Of Kit Kat Flavours

Over the last decade or so Kit Kat has gone through a renaissance of sorts. Kit Kat has been a staple in the candy bar world since its creation in the 1930s in the city of York. Created by the Rowntree company the brand has since changed hands several times and is now manufactured by two different companies, Hershey’s in the USA and Nestle everywhere else in the world. Some would argue that Nestle has the superior product, and that the bar improves depending on where you buy it.

For most of the life of this bar, the Kit Kat has remained unchanged. 4 fingers featuring wafers, milk chocolate and a subtle filling between the wafers. The format can differ depending on where you get it, and a few places have offered variations in the number of fingers, however the basics of the bar never really changed much at all.

It wasn't until 1996 when the first variety of Kit Kat was introduced, orange. It was first released in the UK, and then spread around the world fairly quickly. Other flavours followed including dark chocolate and mint. These early flavours are considered to be fairly safe. Early on the Kit Kat bar varieties used flavours that are well known to work with chocolate.

It wasn't until around the  turn of the millennium that things started to go a little extreme. In the 1990s Kit Kat Japan started to introduce special flavours of Kit Kats to represent certain regions  of Japan. This is a common tradition in Japanese foods, each region has great pride in locally made products, and will often sell these products in local shops dedicated  to the region. Kit Kat Japan wanted to sell their bars to people that had pride in their local products and decided to cross over this Japanese tradition with their bar.

As time  went on, more and more flavours started to come out of these local areas, and soon Kit Kat was producing a new flavour to celebrate particular traditions or areas of Japan every month. With strange flavours like wasabi and soya sauce, it didn't take long for the internet to catch up to this trend, and Japanese Kit Kat bars became things of legend in Western Countries.


We're Starting Our Special Kit Kat Celebration Week With A Very Obvious Review - Kit Kat "Wa-Ichigo"

All this week we're celebrating the joy that is Kit Kat, more to the point we're looking at some of the crazy varieties that Kit Kat has come up with over the years. What better way to start that than with a crazy Kit Kat variety... Well actually it's not too crazy, but it has a back story that makes it kind of interesting. Later in the week we're going to be doing a live review featuring a very interesting variety of Kit Kat, and we're also posting a three part article about Kit Kat varieties. We're basically going Kit Kat nuts... strange, they've never made a Kit Kat with nuts.

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Thursday, April 05, 2018

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

This episode brought back some great memories of a country that has a really great food culture, Turkey. This is one place that has the potential for a follow up episode in the future.

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This Week's Candy Review Tries To Sweep The Competition Away - Original Marshmallow Brooms

I'm not really sure how well known this candy is. In Canada, and in particular Ontario, we've had Marshmallow Brooms around for as long as I can remember. It's a little strange because I look at this as a mainstay on my candy shelf, however I imagine that if you've never seen these before, they might come off as really strange. I mean who would want to eat a broom?

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Monday, April 02, 2018

Our New Candy Review Is Tasty... But The Review Is A Little Late - Ritter Sport "Nugat"

Whatever you do, don't judge this candy due to are tardiness. Easter Monday got the best of us and we went to a movie (Ready Player One), then things happened, and here I am rushing to get this review posted. Fortunately it's the kind of review one can be proud to post, and because it's so good, it's well worth this breakneck, sweaty stress I'm under to get this up ASAP.

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Friday, March 30, 2018

Thursday, March 29, 2018

Happy Easter Everybody, Here's Our Very Special Easter Review - Chips Ahoy! "Candy"

I have mixed feelings about the candy available at Easter. Generally, I really like it, lots of chocolate and plenty of fine quality sweet treats line the shelves of stores all over the place. I would say that 80% of the treats that are commonly found on store shelves are pretty good to eat. The problem I have with Easter, from a candy point of view, is the lack of creativity. It's all chocolate bunnies and eggs filled with various things. The eggs that get me the most angry are the chocolate eggs filled with wrapped candy. For some reason that really ticks me off.  There are a few exceptions to this rule, but most Easter candy while being really tasty, isn't super creative.

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Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Mind Blowing Package Design

I was writing up a review yesterday (the review should be going up next week), when while opening the package I was totally blown away. This is a perfect example of Japanese form when it comes to package design.

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Monday, March 26, 2018

I Have A New Fake Flavour That I Don't Like, Thanks To This New Snack Review - Lay's 2 in 1 "Grilled Shrimp and Green Sauce"

It's important to establish this concept before I continue, there are two kinds of flavours in the snacking world, realistic flavours (sometimes real) and fake flavours. Realistic flavours are pretty self explanatory, they actually taste like the thing they're supposed to be representing. Fake flavours don't, but that's doesn't mean they're bad, it just means that the flavour evokes the thing it's supposed to represents more than it actually copies the flavour. When it comes to fake flavours, I actually enjoy most of them, the two exceptions are fake watermelon and fake banana flavouring. After writing this review however I can now add fake shrimp to this list.  I don't mind shrimp, but I generally dislike anything that's shrimp flavoured.

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Friday, March 23, 2018

This Might Be The Cheesiest Review We've Ever Posted - Cal Cheese

While I did like this treat, the idea of a cheese revolution happening in the candy world terrifies me. Cheese is great, and there are lots of ways to use it in sweet foods and treat, but there are lots of ways that this ingredient could be used poorly. The crossover that scares me most is if the gross candy trend crossed over with a cheese candy trend...  It would be awful.

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Candy In the Media - Watching Them Make Gum

You may not want to watch this if you don't know what's in a synthetic gum base... It's not pretty.


Wednesday, March 21, 2018

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

In this episode of Chris, Why Would You Eat That?!! Chris (that's me) eats some really disgusting plum candies we got in Hong Kong. It's funny that preserved fruit is where modern day candy originates from, yet so may preserved fruits are pretty horrible.

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Monday, March 19, 2018

It's A New Review... With A Twist! - Milk Tablet "Sweetened Flavour"

We've decided that over the next little while we're going to play around with some new ideas for Candy Critic. One of the ideas is to do a live review on Periscope every so often that we're calling Chris's Late Night Candy Review. As you can see above, we're also recording our live review and posting it on YouTube as well. We don't have a schedule for them yet (but as the title implies, it'll be at night), as we're still working out the kinks, but we'll be sure to announce when we're going to do a new review on Facebook and Twitter.

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Friday, March 16, 2018

It's The End Of Our Gummy Review-A-Thon, And It's Pretty Fresh - Spearmint Leaves

I've never really understood what the difference between "spearmint" and regular "mint" is. I'm not sure if it's just semantics and they're exactly the same thing, or if there's something different in the flavour itself. In general I find that people who use the word "spearmint" in conversations are a little more posh than those who use the word "mint".

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Candy In The Media - Watching Them Make Chocolate Treats

Watching them make a Toblerone Bar from beginning to end is pretty cool, and there's more.


Thursday, March 15, 2018

We're Doing More Videos!!!

Our new show is called Chris's Late Night Candy Review, where I do a review of a candy live on Periscope. For now I'll announce the shows as we go along on Facebook and Twitter. We'll also be archiving the shows on our YouTube channel as well.

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I Knew For A Fact That I Wouldn't Like This Entry In Our Gummy Review-A-Thon - Juicy Banana Gummies

There are three flavours commonly found in the candy world that I don't like, licorice, coffee, and banana. I've tried to learn to like these flavours, but at this point I've turned my hate into a sort of tolerance of these flavours. I can accept that people like these flavours, and I think I know why they like them. I just can't like them myself. This is  something to keep in mind if you're ever reading any of my reviews.

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Wednesday, March 14, 2018

This Third Entry In Our Gummy Review-A-Thon Squirted Me - Juicy Squirts Berry

I think it's strange, but there's something I really like about a candy that squirts out a liquid when I bite into it. This doesn't really work with other foods. If you bite into a steak, a piece of broccoli, or an  apple, and it squirts, you'll  likely spit it out. Candy on the other hand is "more fun" when it squirts. I don't know why this is, I assume it's some kind of conditioning. Having a liquid center is a highlight for me when it comes to candies, and I can't say that I've ever been disappointed when it happens.

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Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Our Second Entry In Our Gummy Review-A-Thon Smiled Upon Us - Emoji Gummies

Does the fact that there are gummy emoji's mean that emojis are no longer cool, or have then entered the lexicon so firmly that they're permanent. It's hard for the candy world to join up with cool new trends because it takes a while to design and manufacture candies. By the time a candy can be put onto the market, often whatever trend it's trying to emulate is already not trendy anymore. Occasionally a candy will actually become trendy, like gummy bears, but they weren't following a trend, they made a trend.

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Monday, March 12, 2018

It's Part 1 Of Our Gummy Review-A-Thon - Sour Belts

I think it's about time that we did a gummy review-a-thon. I've been meaning to do one for more than a year, but each time I think about doing a gummy review-a-thon, something more "interesting" comes up. This month I decided that it had to be done, and it's about time that I stopped thinking of gummies as not interesting enough.

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Not posting another link here, as I usually do, just letting you know that we have some new stuff happening that we're going to post real soon.


Friday, March 09, 2018

Candy In The Media - Watching Them Make PEZ

For the next few weeks we'll be featuring videos all about how they make your favorite candies. This week we're looking at a great segment all about our favorite square candy PEZ.


Thursday, March 08, 2018

This Review Looks At The Colour Pink - Kit Kat Pink

Psychologically we often associate certain colours with certain flavours, and this is particularly true with candy. The problem with this comes about when candy companies try to make a candy that's themed to a colour. For some reason it's easy to theme a candy to a flavour, like strawberry, and colour it pink. But it's not so easy to theme a candy to the colour pink, even if it has a strawberry flavour. I've seen and tasted a few colour themed treats in my life, and most of the time it just doesn't work out. I'm not sure who's to blame either, is it that candy companies don't get the candy right, or is there something mentally that just doesn't click?

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Friday, March 02, 2018

Candy In The Media - How I Want To Celebrate My Birthday

Next Monday is my birthday, and I can think of no better way to cut the cake at my birthday than with a rocket engine.


Friday, February 23, 2018

Thursday, February 22, 2018

It's A Soft, Pillow Like Review - Party Time Strawberry Flavour Marshmallows

I think this candy has a bit of an ego when it comes to its name. While I have some fond memories of roasting marshmallows on an open fire, I don't think I ever associate any marshmallows with a party. If I was attending a party and there were marshmallows being served, I'd likely find that a little odd.

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Wednesday, February 21, 2018

It's Another Episode of us Unwrapping Random Candy, This Time We Unwrapped An Oh Henry Bar!

Of all of the candies we've posted so far, and all of the candies we plan to post in the near future being unwrapped, this is probably the most unique. It's not unique because of the candy we chose, it's unique because of the way I like to eat Oh Henry bars. I know I'm not the only person that peels their Oh Henry bar, but there aren't enough videos on YouTube celebrating this method.

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Monday, February 19, 2018

This New Candy Review Is A Little Fishy - Taiyaki Ice

I have to admit, today's new candy review is a little sel... fish. The reason I wanted to review an ice cream treat is because I'm in a place that's very hot, and I need to cool down. I know that many of you reading this are in the throws of a cold winter, and I feel for you, but sometimes you just have to do something for yourself.

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Thursday, February 15, 2018

It's Time For A New Episode Of Chris, Why Would You Eat That?!! featuring Merinda Green Creme Flavour.

This episode of Chris, Why Would You Eat That?!! has inspired me to change the way things are done in this web show. The problem I  have is that I can't sample the foods to find out if they're really gross or not. I can't check that it's going to make for good TV. So sometimes it leads to me eating something that tastes kind of meh. It's not surprisingly good, or grotesque. This makes for a slightly dull episode  of Chris, Why Would You Eat That?!! So next month, after the new episode "drops" you'll  have a chance to help me pick what I'm going to try next. I'll offer two or three suggested items, and you can pick. I might take a vote, or just take the first suggestion that comes up.  We'll see how that works out for future episodes.

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This New Candy Review Might Cure Your Cold, But Does Nothing For Your Tastebuds - Renesse "Red Ginseng Candy"

I think there's a belief that colds are afraid of things that taste bad. It's not always the case, but most of the time any kind of food that notionally makes a cold go away tastes awful. There are a few cold relief treats that I've had that aren't bad, but I don't think there are any that taste good. I don't think  I've ever been walking down the aisle of my local drug store, while feeling completely healthy, and thought about buying a lozenge.

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Tuesday, February 13, 2018

The Candy Critic Team Canada Shreddies Olympic Challenge.

During the summer games of 2016 I gave myself a fun little challenge. I promised to stuff gummy bears in my mouth and sing the Canadian national anthem, Oh Canada. How many gummy bears you might ask? I stuffed one gummy bear for every bronze medal, two for every silver, and three for every gold medal Canada won during the summer Olympics.  Well I'm at it again. Once again to celebrate the amazing accomplishments of team Canada I will shove food in my mouth and sing the national anthem.

This year I decided that gummy bears is not the best way to represent team Canada. After all gummy bears were invented in Germany, and don't really represent the true north strong and free. So this year I'm shoving Shreddies cereal in my mouth. Shreddies is a staple cereal in any Canadian household. They're also very dry and full of many sharp corners. I also think that Shreddies will be far more hilarious to watch me shove in my mouth and sing.  So every day I'll be adding to the bowl of Shreddies, and with each medal won the sharp cornered cereal numbers will climb, and my mouth will get dryer and dryer just looking at it.

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Monday, February 12, 2018

It's Time To Spread The Love With Today's New Candy Review - Pocky "Strawberry" (with new cookie sticks)

The thing I love most about Valentine's Day is the quality of sweet treats that are exchanged. For the most part you don't have to worry about getting sweet treats that you don't like. This happens for two reasons really. The first is the fact that the person giving you a Valentine's Day treat is likely someone who knows you, and should know what you like. Secondly, most of the traditional Valentine's Day treats are pretty awesome, particularly boxes of chocolates. Unlike Halloween where you really don't know what you're going to get, and Christmas where the selection is never so refined. I think Valentine's Day is the best candy day, particularly for candy snobs like me.

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Sunday, February 11, 2018

Last Minute Ideas If You Wanted To Be My Valentine - Cotton Candy Bath Bombs

Much like yesterday's post, this to is maybe an unconventional Valentines Day gift for a man, but we here at Candy Critic like to buck the system. We also really love things that smell like candy.


Saturday, February 10, 2018

Last Minute Ideas If You Wanted To Be My Valentine - Heart Shapped Box Of Chocolates

Who doesn't like a classic? I love the idea of getting a box of chocolates for Valentines Day, sure it takes a little away from the tradition, since I would be a guy receiving the box of chocolates. But we live in the future, and I'm happy to accept a gift of this caliber from any lovely suitor.


It's A New Episode Of Junk Fud On The Road!!! - Tanzania and Kenya

In this episode of Junk Fud On The Road, Allison and Chris talk about their most recent trip, a safari adventure in Tanzania and Kenya. It's a strange episode as it's they're also making tea and snacks while chatting.

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Friday, February 09, 2018

Last Minute Ideas If You Wanted To Be My Valentine - Ummmmm... Yeah.... NSFW

I have no comment, about this particular Valentines Day gift.


Candy In The Media - Our Favorite Super Bowl Commercials

I would say that this years super bowl commercials were either a big hit or a big miss. In general I enjoyed all of the snack themed commercials, although there didn't seem to be as many as usual. This is a little odd considering how many people worry about their snacking game before the game.

Here are all of the snacking  commercials we thought were worth watching this year:

Doritos/Mountain Dew

This commercial is a great example of getting popular actors to do things that they wouldn't normally do (or Dew, if you want to be punny). It's obviously a very expensive commercial and I think it works for the football demographic.


I don't think I could think of a better person than Danny Devito to cast as Red (M&M). While I'm not a big fan of Super Bowl commercial sequels, I would be really interested in who they might cast for some of the other M&Ms.


I like how this commercial looks at the history of Pepsi marketing. It's a clever way to look back at how Pepsi has branded itself throughout the years. I particularly like the Back To The Future reference.


This commercial is your standard goofy Super Bowl commercial, with all of the characters yelling  for no particular reason at one point and everything. The thing I loved about this commercial is the potential it creates for mixing and matching Pringles flavours, something I'd never thought of before.


Thursday, February 08, 2018

Last Minute Ideas If You Wanted To Be My Valentine - British Chocolate Bars

An assortment of British chocolate bars not only says I care about making your sweet tooth happy, it also says I care about the quality of treats I use to make your sweet tooth happy. While quantity is  important, quality is what truly says "I love you".


It's Time To Review A New Version Of A Classic Snack - Pocky "Almond Taste"

Pocky is one of the most varied snacks in the world. There are hundreds of flavours to choose from, and they're constantly coming up with new ones. Some of the varieties are simple and logical, like this one, and some are crazy and kind of gross. I think huge selection of Pocky comes from the fact that this is a Japanese candy, and Japanese candy makers love to give their candies a new look, almost monthly.

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Wednesday, February 07, 2018

Last Minute Ideas If You Wanted To Be My Valentine - Jelly Bean Of The Month Club

I mean you could get me a great gift that would put a smile on my face this month, or you could get me a gift that would put a smile on my face every month for the next year. I think the answer if obvious, go for the Jelly Bean of the Month Club.


Monday, February 05, 2018

Today's New Candy Review Brought Up An Interesting Question - Twinkies "Chocolate Cake"

While posting this week's new candy review, a question popped into my head, how do you spell the singular for Twinkies? Do you simply remove the "s", or do you substitute the "ies" with a "y"? The other question is should you  spell Twinkies in the singular in the first place. After all they always come in packages of 2 or more. Maybe this is one of those words that should stay in pluralized form, even if there's only one.

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Friday, February 02, 2018

Candy In The Media - Looking Back at 7-11

When I was a kid 7-11 was the end and a be all of stores. A trip to 7-11 meant you were in for some serious sugar and snack fun times.  I'm not sure if the quality of these stores has gone down hill, or if my expectations have gone up. They're just not what they used to be in my eyes, and that's a little sad.


Thursday, February 01, 2018

On Day 4 Of Our African Candy Review-A-Thon, We Have Yet Another Bag Of Chips - Tropical Heat Potato Crisps "Tomato Flavour"

I like these chips (spoilers). The name was a little misleading, but I like the name. It sounds like a bad movie from the 1980's. Likely one of those movies that would play really late at night on a cable channel, and would contain some nudity. Nothing too offensive, but enough to keep you interested.  The chips themselves aren't that interesting, but they're good enough that I wish I had more.

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Wednesday, January 31, 2018

It's The Third Entry In Our African Candy Review-A-Thon, And There's A Bit Of A Theme - Viva Potato Crisps “Salt & Vinegar”

I didn't really mean for this to happen, but apparently most of the reviews in this Tanzania/Kenya review-a-thon are going to be potato chips. This could either be because chips are very popular in these two countries, or that I had already tried many of the local chocolate bars available in these countries. I'm guessing it's a combination of both.

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Tuesday, January 30, 2018

It's Our Second Entry In Our Kenya/Tanzania Review-A-Thon, And It's All Wrong - C’est Bon

This week's entry in our Kenya/Tanzania Review-A-Thon is wrong because this bar is not actually made in Kenya or Tanzania, in fact it's not made in Africa at all. This bar is distributed in many places all over the world, but it's actually made in Turkey. The problem is, this isn't the only bar I found on our latest adventure in Africa that's made in Turkey. It appears that many Turkish candy bars are imported into Africa, and it appears that all of the bars I purchased fell into this category. So for the sake of keeping this review-a-thon going, I'm going to say that these snacks are things I purchased in Kenya or Tanzania, but not necessarily manufactured there.

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Monday, January 29, 2018

It's Part 1 Or Our African Candy Review-A-Thon!!! And It's A Little Salty - Krackles "Tingly Cheese & Onion"

All this week we're going to be posting candy reviews from candy we picked up on our recent trip to Kenya and Tanzania. Normally when I travel I go nuts picking up snacks from my adventures, but I have to be honest, this time I didn't find that much. It's not because Kenya and Tanzania didn't have much to offer, it's most because I was out in the middle of the savanna without any contact with the real world for most of our trip. Whenever I could though, I stopped in some of the local shops and picked up a few fun munchies and fortunately I found some pretty interesting snacks.

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