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.

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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.

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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.

-  Make sure to follow us on Twitter and Facebook to check out some future experiments.

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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.

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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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