Monday, September 23, 2019

Today's Review is Full Of... - Kopi Luwak Chocolate "Dark 55%"

There are several reasons that I buy a candy to review. One of the reasons that I'm most ashamed about buying candies for review is gimmicks. I feel even worse about this when that particular candy is expensive. This Kopi Luwak chocolate bar is exactly that. This bar is made from ingredients that have previously been digested by a civet cat. This bar contains another animals poop. I bought it in Indonesia, so the price wasn't insanely high, but it still wasn't cheap either.

I won't give away how this bar tasted, but I will tell you that I bought it for the gimmick, and wasn't expecting greatness.

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Wednesday, September 18, 2019

It's Another Episode of Chris, Why Would You Eat That?!! - Civet Cat Chocolate

What lurks in this package looks like a simple chocolate bar, but there's a dark secret within, and that secret is poop. Would you eat a chocolate bar that was once a civet cat's poop?

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Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Amazing Candy/Junk Food Things That You Should Buy - Zombie Pops

This is a kind zombie roll flip thing. Normally zombies chase after you trying to eat your brains, but not with these. Instead you pop these in the freezer and try and eat their brains, as well as the entire upper half of their bodies. These would also work very well if you wanted to experiment with meat flavoured ice treats.


Monday, September 16, 2019

It's Time For A New Candy Review - Collon "Cream Flavour"

My spell check keeps wanting me to change the spelling of today's new review. For some reason it doesn't like the word Collon. Fortunately for me, my spell check is feeling charitable and the first option it's giving me is the name "Collin". This makes the chances of me writing something a little obscene far less possible.

It is however a little odd that Glico would produce a candy that's tube shaped and filled with cream, and give it the name so close to a part of the digestive system. Maybe one of you out there might be able to help with the context from a language point of view.

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Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Amazing Candy/Junk Food Things That You Should Buy - Froot Loops Candle

Have you ever thought to yourself, I could go for a bowl of Fruit Loops, but I'd rather set it on fire and just smell it, as opposed to eating it? Me neither, but here we are.


Sunday, September 08, 2019

Yet Again, It's A 10 Second Kitchen - Peoples Park, Singapore

I love watching birds spin around, it strangely makes me hungry.

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Friday, September 06, 2019

Candy In The Media - You Think You Want Some Ice Cream?

We've all been desperate in life, just wanting a lick of some ice cream, but this is really a pretty low place to be.


Wednesday, September 04, 2019

We Had Some Thoughts And Ate Some Breakfast

On this months episode of Chris's Monthly Morning Breakfast Thoughts, Chris talks about all the news from August, as well as what's happening in September on Candy Critic.

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Tuesday, September 03, 2019

Monday, September 02, 2019

We Ended Last Week With A Kit Kat, We Start This Week With A Kit Kat - Kit Kat Mini "Mocha"

I just couldn't help but post another Kit Kat review, it would be weird to leave this one out. It's not the best, or most unique Kit Kat that we reviewed in our Kit Kat review-a-thon, but it was the one we had left over, and I couldn't just leave it behind.

Click here to read yet another Kit Kat variant review.
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Sunday, September 01, 2019

Friday, August 30, 2019

Candy In The Media - Classic Coke, I Mean Really Classic

I've always wanted to try some of the original recipes for Coca-Cola, but I also realize how much work it would take to make it.


Thursday, August 29, 2019

Tom's Look At The Visual Side Of Snacks And Candy - Ross’s Edinburgh Castle Rock

If you are new to this feature on Candy Critic, let me say, even though this piece is about a candy package with a retro look (last time was Lucky Elephant) it’s completely by chance. Non-retro packaging will feature again!
This particular item was found at “Paisley’s, the Wee British Shop” in Bowmanville, Ontario (Canada, for any international Candy Critic enthusiasts). I was immediately struck by the simple, yet effective design with it’s tartan pattern. A cut-out window shows the candy’s muted, pastel colours. It made me think of sticks of chalk, which may not be the best mental association for food. The name of the treat, Edinburgh Castle Rock, also might suggest an extremely hard, dense candy. I was assured by the clerk that neither was it chalk nor was it hard.

The package features a classic script text for  the possessive of the company name: “Ross’s”. The script name is printed red on a yellow background that fades like a sky behind a silhouette of the titular castle. A solid, simple sans serif typeface in one uniform size spells out the product’s name against the blue cliffside castle. A sense of depth is created with a dark, silhouetted tree scape in the foreground. The tartan design is created with careful overlaps of three of the basic printing ink colours to create several secondary colours. The cutaway window cleverly ties the candies’ colour into the overall colour design.

While a look at the company didn’t reveal how long the company had used this package design, it did reveal that Ross’s has been making candy since 1880! The clerk at Paisley’s said she had a relative who would bring a box to gift the family when she (the clerk) was a child. The company is still a family run operation that uses classic recipes as well as explores new candy creations. The range of “rock” stick candy flavours is extensive and includes some intriguing ones such as haggis, marmite, pizza and rhubarb. It seems the three flavours featured in this box only scratch the surface!


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Wednesday, August 28, 2019

We Got A New Episode Of Junk Fud On The Road - Cambodia

This is a bit of a strange episode because we've been living in Cambodia now for two years. So I like to think that we've seen through a bit of the veneer, and we might even have some expertise on the subject of Cambodian food.

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Tuesday, August 27, 2019

Amazing Candy/Junk Food Things That You Should Buy - Pantone Cookbook

This is the perfect gift for any friend that's an obsessive graphic designer with a love of cooking food. Having said that, if you know any obsessive graphic designers with a love of cooking food, you should probably stop being their friends, you're better than that.


Monday, August 26, 2019

It's Time For Another Kit Kat Review-A-Thon, We'll Start With - Kit Kat "Popcorn Flavour"

This week's Kit Kat review-a-thon is an impromptu idea. I was wondering what to review today, and I noticed a backlog of Kit Kat bars in the wings. I think I was waiting for a rainy day to post yet another Kit Kat review-a-thon, and while the sky is clear right now, who knows how it'll be the rest of the week. So why not eat a bunch of Kit Kat bars this week.

I decided to start with a Kit Kat bar that I thought was both really weird,  and pretty tasty too. The concept was simple enough, but how they managed to pull it off is a little bit strange. Hopefully the rest of the reviews this week will come even a little bit close to the weirdness of this particular bar.

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Friday, August 23, 2019

Candy In the Media - Nature's Candy Turned Into Something Amazing... Or Horrible

This is either the greatest idea ever thought of, or the worst abomination ever conceived, either way I'd be happy to give it a try.


Thursday, August 22, 2019

It's Time For Another Chris (and Linda), Why Would You Eat That?!! - Deep Fried Spiders

This episode has been a long time in the making. I've been waiting to eat spiders for a while, and it's been waiting for two things to come together. The first was to find a place that sold deep fried spiders that wasn't too sketchy. I've seen spiders and other bugs for sale on the streets of many Asian countries, but I wanted to make sure that this exspirience was had in a place that was safe, and that would offer this delight in the best way possible. I discovered a restaurant called Romdeng in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, and I knew it was perfect.

The second thing I wanted was someone to enjoy these spiders with, a partner in crime. This seemed like the perfect meal to enjoy with a friend, and I found the perfect person with my friend Linda. She had been traveling through South East Asia for about a month, and she was not only willing, but excited at the idea of tasting a spider.

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Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Amazing Candy/Junk Food Things That You Should Buy - Elephant Straws

Have you ever thought about using a snorkeling elephant as a filter for your water? If you want to get an idea about how that would feel, these cute drinking straws would be a great way to test that idea out.


Monday, August 19, 2019

Today's Review Is Really A Classic Candy - Dairy Milk "Chocolate"

As you may or may not know, I've been working on an updated version of The first of two main focuses of this update have been a new look, but I've also been looking at organizing and editing the hundreds of reviews that we have (as of writing this we have 1,343 reviews on the site). While organizing these reviews, I've noticed that there are many classic treats that I have not reviewed, and that I should. I've posted a blog in past highlighting a few of these, and I'll have another post going up soon with even more forgotten reviews.

The thing is, when I realized that I had not yet reviewed the classic Dairy Milk chocolate bar, I couldn't just let that one go. I've reviewed several other Dairy Milk bar variations, but I had yet to review the classic. This was so wrong, and I had to fix that immediately. So on my next candy run I set off to pick up a Dairy Milk bar, and here we are, I've righted that wrong.

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Sunday, August 18, 2019

Friday, August 16, 2019

Thursday, August 15, 2019

We Invented Another Cookie, And It's Called "Theater Floor"

The concept for these cookies is fairly simple, they represent everything you find on a theatre floor. I know this means that this cookie is not very creatively named, but I figure that the concept is the main selling feature. The main reason one would want to make these cookies is if you had a movie night at your house and you had a lot of leftovers, most notably popcorn. This recipe works particularly well if you happen to have another event, say a games night, at your house the day after a movie night. This would mean that you have used the leftover snacks from the movie night to feed the people at your games night.


2 1/4 Cups all purpose flour
Baking Soda 1 teaspoon
Salt 1 teaspoon
1 cup of salted butter (soft and warm)
Crystal Sugar 3/4 cup
Molasses 1/2 cup
Vanilla 1 teaspoon
2 Large Eggs
Chocolate Chips 1/2 cup
Peanuts 1/2 cup
Things you might find on a theatre floor including:
Peanut M&Ms
Regular M&Ms

You'll also need an average sized bowl, one mixing bowl, a mixer, a cookie sheet, several things to stir with, measuring cups, and tinfoil or a silicon baking mat. There may be a few other things you'll need, but I'll cover those below.
How to make them:

In one of the small bowl mix the flour with the salt and baking soda. This is simple enough and requires a quick stir and nothing else. Set that bowl aside.
Next, take out your mixer, and on a low setting and add the soft butter, start whipping it a little and slowly add the crystal sugar. You want to keep mixing until the butter is whipped and the sugar is fairly well dispersed throughout, it won't ever blend in perfectly and it should leave your butter feeling a little gritty. Keep in mind that when you bake these cookies, that grit does not go away, the point is that, much like a theatre floor, these cookies are oddly gritty. Then add the molasses, keep mixing with your mixer until the molasses is mixed in, then add your vanilla. I like to use molasses because it makes the cookies dark brown, and a little sticky, just like a theatre floor.
Once this is nicely combined add one egg at a time, keeping the mixer at a fairly low speed. Once it has become one mass as opposed to being made up of ingredients, start adding the flour mixture slowly. Keep mixing until all of the flour has been added and is mixed in well. You'll probably need a spatula to work the sides of the bowl, unless you have a better mixer than I own (hint, hint for my birthday).
Once it's all one glob of cookie greatness we'll no longer need the mixer. Remove the mixer from the equation and slowly stir in the peanuts and chocolate chips. Simply stir in these the additional ingredients using the spatula you used to clean the sides of the bowl while you were mixing. If you have a really awesome mixer you'll have to dirty a spatula. After the peanuts and chocolate chips are mixed in, starting adding your other ingredients. Many of these ingredients can be very delicate, like the gummies and the popcorn, so you'll want to mix in the hardier ingredients first, then add the more delicate ingredients.
As far as what to add to your cookies, it really depends on what you have left over from movie night, and what you like to eat at the movies. Popcorn is the one ingredient I highly recommend, it sells the idea that these are theatre floor cookies. With fruit flavoured ingredients, like Skittles or gummies, I like to add fewer of these. I like the idea that every so often you might randomly bite into a a chewy fruity candy in cookies that are mainly chocolate and nut based, it's a "nice surprise".
Once all of your movie themed treats are mixed with your dough, you'll need a really small spoon. I recommend something smaller than a teaspoon, but bigger than one of those coffee spoons they used to give you at McDonald's in the 80's. For my cookies I use an egg spoon, and it works perfectly.
Now spoon the mixture onto your tinfoil or silicon baking mat while it's on your baking sheet. Keep the cookies small, because lots of little cookies are awesome. Bake each batch of cookies at 375 degrees for about 7 minutes.
Once the cookies are done, let them cool on the rack for a few minutes, and if possible serve immediately. They will last a few days, but they'll taste best right out of the oven.


Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Tom's Look At The Visual Side Of Snacks And Candy - Lucky Elephant Popcorn

Hey everyone! This time around, the item up for scrutiny has a strong attachment to my childhood. As a family, we used to head to the arena (now defunct but replaced in a different location with a bigger facility) for ice skating. I recall a big part of the outing came after the skating. When learning to skate a lot of time  is spent falling on the ice and trying to stay warm in the cold arena. The reward was a box of Lucky Elephant popcorn! I don’t recall if freshly popped popcorn was an option. In hindsight, a warm box of fresh popcorn would have been amazing!

But I digress...
As the Pop Art (pun intended) lettering below states, it was indeed a box containing pink popcorn. Essentially, it was caramel corn but coloured pink instead of the regular caramel colour.
As a kid, the popcorn was almost secondary to the excitement of the promised “FREE PRIZE INSIDE”.

At this point, it should be stated that these photos are not images pulled from a nostalgic, vintage candy website. The Lucky Elephant Pink Popcorn is still available in a package that is largely unchanged from how it appeared forty-plus years ago!
As a concession to modern times, the popcorn is now in a plastic bag inside the package instead of simply filling the cardboard box. Also, there is the  mandatory “Nutritional Information” chart, required on food products sold in Canada. Otherwise, the imagery looks much as I remember it from long ago.
I’m pretty sure I never looked at the ingredients back then but here’s what goes into making “Pink Candy Popcorn”.
As for the prize, instead of a cheesy, plastic doodad, there was a sheet of Spider-Man stickers. I think the young “me” would have been pleased!

Not only was it amazing to see Lucky Elephant popcorn still on the market, it turns out that the company is Canadian! I don’t know for certain if that explains the sticker sheet, but Sandy Lion is a major Canadian company that makes a range of stickers, many depicting licensed characters.
Finally, I thought it would be fun to share the French translation as it gives a classier air to this humble treat. In the days before I took French in high school, looking at cereal boxes was a fascinating glimpse at a different language. Such is life in the officially bilingual country that is Canada!


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Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Amazing Candy/Junk Food Things That You Should Buy - Robot Pops

The only fun way to learn about the cold calculating hearts of a robot is with these silicon robot Popsicle molds. The other way to learn about the cold hearts of a robot is to fight a robot to the death, and when it's almost defeated you,beg for mercy. Both ways will show you how cold a robot can be, but these molds are much safer.


Monday, August 12, 2019

I Can't Believe We Have A Candy Update Today - Kinako Mochi Choco

I'll start off with the update itself, it's a Japanese candy that's not great. It's pretty cheap, and it consists of flavours that are very common in Japan, mochi and chocolate. This candy could work, but it doesn't, because it's cheaply made. I could tell you more about today's review, but frankly I have a bigger story to tell Now onto the reason that I'm amazed that I'm even writing this.

Last week the main computer we use to run this site died. It died and many of the programs we use to make this site stopped working. I was pretty sure that this was going to lead to at least a week's worth of silence on our end. Then gradually, I started to rebuild. I had to make a few updates to our system, but in no time things started to come together. We have backups here, and I'm totally stunned that they all worked. I was able to get everything back up and running in two days. While there still might be a few speed bumps ahead, it appears that all is working well enough to not only keep the updates coming this week, but also continue working on the new version of Candy Critic (coming soon).

I freaked out last week about this, but as I sit here now, I'm kind of  happy it all happened. Things seem to actually be running smoother, and we even updated a few things.

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Wednesday, August 07, 2019

It's Time For Our Monthly Thoughts

In this episode of Chris' Monthly Morning Breakfast Thoughts, I talk about some of the news that came up in the snack and candy world for the month of July. I also talk about some of the new blog posts that will be appearing right here in the near future.

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Tuesday, August 06, 2019

Amazing Candy/Junk Food Things That You Should Buy - Robot Tea Infuser

The perfect accompaniment to any snack or candy is a nice cup of tea. The best way to make this tea is with a robot. Seeing as I can't afford a robot to make me my tea, this robot themed tea infuser is as close as I'm going to get.


Monday, August 05, 2019

It's Another Snack Review - IWAB "Sweet" (Sweet Hearts?)

One of the biggest problems about reviewing candies and snacks from all over the world, is figuring out exactly what I'm eating.  This can be a problem because I won't know what to expect (although this can be an advantage sometimes too), or it can be that I don't really know how to eat it (see this video for the best example), or as is the case with today's new review, I don't really know what it's called. While not knowing the name of a treat might seem like a small problem, it becomes a big problem when I'm trying to post the reviews on our I take my best guess, and sometimes just make up the name based on what the foreign writing kind of looks like (as is this case).

If you happen to speak and read Thai, I would greatly appreciate a translation of this package. Until I get one it's going to keep the name IWAB.

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Thursday, August 01, 2019

It's Time For A New Episode Of Junk Fud On The Road - Club Med Bali

In this episode of Junk Fud On The Road, Allison and Chris are on the road in Bali. They talk about food and life at a resort, as well as a few other interesting finds that they discovered roaming around Bali.

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Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Tom's Look At The Visual Side Of Snacks And Candy - Bag From McDonald's Canadian Edition

Hello, again. If you are a Candy Critic follower in Canada, you may have seen the food package in the photo below:
Recently, McDonald’s introduced a version of a food item that’s uniquely identified with Canada and especially the French-Canadian population. I’m not here to talk about the food itself but to comment on the package.

In design terms, lettering is known as a “font” which refers to the style of the type as well as it’s size and degree of ‘boldness’. In the above photo, the container is a neutral grey/brown with strong black letters. The word “Poutine” doesn’t carry across the surface in one piece. Typically, when a word is ‘broken’ it is done so after a syllable. If you sound out where the syllable break would occur, it’s pretty obvious why the word is broken the way it is. Even with the popularity of the “poop” emoji in relation to some food items (muffin and candy moulds for example) it seems McDonald’s opted not to have a word fragment that sounds like “poo” on it’s exciting new food option.

The second photo reveals another reason for the unusual word break in “poutine”. It seems the current design model calls for non-traditional word breaks in favour of a bold visual. The plain, brown bag gets a splash of red from the large, bold letters. What’s remarkable is that the designers were allowed to push a well-known trademark to the brink of being illegible. A company’s trademark is a big deal. It takes time to build a solid identity and once established, it is guarded diligently. It says a lot about the strength and recognition factor that the logo was played with to such a degree.

At a glance, it looks like three words are shown. Once again, the word does not break on the syllables, as is typical in text handling design. “McD” is a strong identifier and may even evoke the familiar nickname “Mickey-D’s”. The second two letters are greatly enlarged and seem to form the word “on”. The third line has the letters “ald’s” and is the strangest element when taken on it’s own. Fortunately, the three lines of word fragments are packed in a tight design block that allows the viewer to take in the elements as one. With the trademark red colour used in tandem with the commonly used font associated with McDonald’s, the true identity is easy to puzzle out.

Next time you sit down to enjoy your order of McDonald’s, you may find you look at it with new eyes.


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Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Amazing Candy/Junk Food Things That You Should Buy - Unicorn Poop

If you want reason to buy Unicorn poop, than you don't really understand blind happiness. If you tear away the magic of this candy, it's probably a poor investment, but if you tear away magic all the time, what joy will life bring you?


Monday, July 29, 2019

Today's Review Gives Me Some Good Vibes - Kismet

I'm really surprised that this is the first ever bar that I've seen with this name. It seems like the perfect name for a candy bar. The word "kismet" is a really positive word, and it seems to suit a candy bar really well as well. While this candy bar didn't blow my socks off, the name did put a smile on my face.

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Friday, July 26, 2019

Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Tom's Look At The Visual Side Of Snacks And Candy - Ms Jones In Chocolate

Today’s column relates to snacks and candy in a rather roundabout manner. The photos below accompanied an article about designer Tom Hingston. He was hired by musician/performer Grace Jones to put together promotional material for her album “Hurricane”. After considering some possibilities relating to manufacturing, Hingston and Jones settled on working with a high-end chocolatier in Derbyshire England to make casts of Jones’s various body parts in chocolate.

The idea was to convey with a touch of humour, that Grace Jones was in control of the making of her identity.
Once the chocolatier received moulds, the team of couture chocolatiers sculpted life-size figures made of chocolate. They were later auctioned according to the article in Elephant (Winter 2010-2011) written by Marc Valli.
The photo of above shows Grace Jones in the factory setting, acting the part of the artist manufacturing her chocolate avatars.

Sadly, the article did not give any details as to who acquired the life-size chocolate versions of Ms Jones. It would certainly make a unique piece of pop star memorabilia!


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Monday, July 22, 2019

We Got Some New Treats On Our Trip to Bali/Singapore - Dairy Milk In Lickables

This latest trip to Bali and Singapore was not supposed to be about snacking, it was one of the rare occasions where we went somewhere that I thought I wouldn't find too much to review. I was very wrong. Today's new review is just the tip of the iceberg, and we'll have more treat reviews from this trip going up over the next month, or even two. These Lickables were probably the most mysterious of the treats we found, and I couldn't wait to crack open the package and figure them out. As it turns out, everything inside this strange package was pretty disappointing.

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Wednesday, July 17, 2019

10 Second Kitchen - Street Vendor On Street 51

I'm not sure what these little patties are called, but they're yummy.

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It's Time To Eat Something Weird, Because It's Time For A New Episode Of Chris, Why Would You Eat That?!!

Every so often something just jumps off the shelves at me. It could be that this items looks really fascinating, or really tasty. In those cases I know that I'll have a new review to post on Occasionally I'll see something on the shelf that's pretty much the exact opposite of a fascinating or tasty find. When I see those I'm just as excited, and I know that I have a future episode of Chris, Why Would You Eat That?!!

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Monday, July 15, 2019

10 Second Kitchen - Street Cart On Suramarit Blvd

Not all restaurants are in buildings, some are sitting next to traffic.

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Classic Candies I Haven’t Reviewed And Why

Mounds - Mounds is a classic American candy bar. It’s often associated with another classic American candy bar, the Almond Joy. The difference between these two bars is very simple, almonds. The mounds bar is a coconut bar covered in chocolate; the Almond Joy is exactly the same bar only with a couple of whole almonds on top. The reason I’ve only reviewed the Almond Joy, and not the mounds, is that I really don’t like coconut that much, but I’m pretty fond of almonds. Every time I’m in the USA and I see a Mounds bar, I always see something else better that I’d rather eat, something that isn’t just two lumps of sickly-sweet coconut with a thin layer of chocolate.

Jolly Ranchers - Jolly Ranchers are a fairly well known American hard candy that comes in several flavours. The flavours are very powerful, and the candy is a little sticky. There are several flavours of Jolly Rancher, but two of them stick to my mind, watermelon and cherry. Cherry sticks to my mind because I really like it, I’d go so far as to say that cherry Jolly Ranchers are my favourite cherry candy that I can think of. Watermelon comes to mind because I can hold it up as an example of why watermelon candies are the worst.  The reason I’ve never reviewed them is a geographical problem. Jolly Ranchers are fairly rare outside of the USA, they’re even hard to find in Canada. When I go to America, I often can’t find Jolly Ranchers in one particular flavour either, most notably I never find just cherry. I don’t want to review watermelon Jolly Ranchers before I review the cherry ones, that would seem just wrong. So, I’m waiting for the day when the stars align and I can get a bag of cherry only Jolly Ranchers.

Classic Juicy Fruit - Juicy Fruit is a classic gum that’s been around as long as I know. A while back they changed the format of their gum from a long chewy stick to something that resembles a Chicklet. When this new format came out, I decided that I would do a review, and it did okay, but it wasn’t spectacular. It tasted fine, but as was the same with the classic stick format, the flavour didn’t last very long. I mentioned this fact and then got an email from someone at Wrigley’s, they were not happy. In fact, they were downright mean to me. Since then I’ve seen that they’ve brought back the chewy stick format of the gum (a format that I actually prefer), but I still haven’t reviewed it. Every time I see it on the shelf, I think about that person telling me off, and I think that I don’t really want to go through that again. Sure, that person may not even work at Wrigley’s any more, but who knows.

Milka - Of all of the candies on this list, this is the one that's a little harder to explain why I haven’t done the review. Milka is a brand of milk chocolate bars from Europe, I'm not really sure where they originated from, but you can find them in many countries all over Europe. As the name would suggest, the chocolate is generally milk chocolate, and it seems to have a dairy theme. In fact, I've seen many an airport display of Milka chocolate bars displayed on giant purple cows (I can't explain why they're purple). To say that I've never tried any Milka bar is also not true, the thing is I have yet to review their classic milk chocolate, with nothing added. Of all of the other candy mentioned in this article, this is the only one that I can't even say that I've ever tried it. I've tasted it in combination with other ingredients, and used to flavour other things (like cream cheese), but I can't say that I've ever actually eaten a plain milk chocolate Milka bar. I'm not really sure why this is, likely because when the interesting variations present themselves, I become distracted. I guess I might eventually give this bar a try, but it's completely possible that it never happens.