Wednesday, November 13, 2019

It's The Video Where I Eat Strange Foods - Tamago Gani (Dried Little Crabs)


I'm going to make a statement that I think a few of you will not like, in fact many of you  might completely disagree with me, there are no good seafood snacks on the market. I can't think of one fish flavoured snack or candy that works. The only exception is candy and snacks that are shaped like seafood, but to not taste like seafood. If I'm wrong, please tell me what I should be trying.

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Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Amazing Candy/Junk Food Things That You Should Buy - Bacon Bandage


I've always thought that my first aid kit was lacking in pork products, now all we need is a pulled pork salve.

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Monday, November 11, 2019

Wafer Bars Are Tough, And This Review Proves It - Tivoli Combo

I have a love hate relationship with wafer based bars. Some of my favourite bars in the world are wafer based, however there seem to be more failures than successes in this style of candy bar. I'm not sure why this is, I don't think that wafers have a complicated flavour, and they also add a great texture. My guess is that wafers are cheap to purchase, so if you want to make a cheap bar, use wafers to take up space. What happens then is most cheap candy bars choose to use wafers, and they use them poorly.

Click here to read why this particular wafer bar didn't really work.

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Friday, November 08, 2019

Candy In The Media - The Kit Kat I Remember


This is the commercial that sold me on Kit Kat when I was a kid/teenager. Objectively it's not a great commercial, but that song is still stuck in my head so many years later.

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Thursday, November 07, 2019

Classic Candies I Haven’t Reviewed And Why - Part 2


Lucky Elephant Popcorn - I've always been a little bit nervous about reviewing Lucky Elephant Popcorn. I've always had fond childhood memories of this treat, but I'm not sure it actually holds up on its own. I'm thinking that if I break down Lucky Elephant Popcorn, and look at it objectively, it's just sweet, bland popcorn. Sure it's bright pink, but is that enough?


Regular Lays or Ruffles, or Pringles - Every time I find myself in a store, facing the wall of potato chips, I always seem to find a flavour so interesting, or weird that I have to try it. I do eat regular potato chips, but only at parties, and almost always with some kind of dip. Some day I might have to go out and specifically buy plain potato chips to review, but only after I've exhausted all the other amazing flavours available.


Hot Tamales - I don't like spicy food. I see Hot Tamales as the quintessential spicy candy. It's not the hottest candy out there, but it's really the grandfather of hot candies. I actually think candies that are hotter than Hot Tamales are more interesting to me because I'm curious as to how hot they really are. Hot Tamales are hot enough that I'm scared to eat them, but not hot enough to make me interested.


Cherry PEZ - I've reviewed three flavours of PEZ so far, orange, grape and lemon. I've enjoyed each one of these flavours, but cherry has been my favourite flavour since childhood. The reason I've never reviewed cherry PEZ is because I've haven't selected the flavour of a package of PEZ for as long as I've been doing this site. Any PEZ candies that I've reviewed on this site came with a PEZ dispenser. I guess it's just been my luck so far (or maybe they never package PEZ dispensers with cherry PEZ), but I have not tasted cherry PEZ in years.

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Wednesday, November 06, 2019

I'm Thinking Again, And Eating Breakfast


In this episode of Chris's Monthly Morning Breakfast Thoughts, I drink a really weird blue drink. I also talk about the candy and junk food news from the last month, as well as the new updates on candycritic.org.

Make sure to check out our Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram feed to find out about all the stuff we mentioned on this episode.

If you followed us on Patreon than you'd already have seen this video a few days ago.

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Tuesday, November 05, 2019

Amazing Candy/Junk Food Things That You Should Buy - Bob Ross Cereal


Last week we featured Bob Ross Energy Drink, this week it seemed appropriate to show you the Bob Ross Cereal. One might imagine that Bob Ross ate a lot of granola, so a cereal makes sense. A sugar cereal doesn't make as much sense, but I'd be more likely to eat it.

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Monday, November 04, 2019

We're Going To Be Reviewing Kit Kat Bars This Week - Kit Kat "Japanese"

In celebration of the new and improved candycritic.org, I've decided to do a review-a-thon that I've been thinking about for a while now. This week we're going to be posting a new Kit Kat review every single day, the twist is that each of these Kit Kat bars are milk chocolate. None of them have any kind of fancy flavours, they're all plain milk chocolate.

Most of the Kit Kat reviewed will be from different parts of the world, with one exception. One of them is from North America, but it apparently contains "100% sustainable sourced cocoa", a claim that our current Canadian Kit Kat bar review can't make. The point of this week's review-a-thon is to see if Kit Kat bars are any different depending on where and how they're made. Today's review is proof that there are some big differences that may or may not improve this classic bar.

Click here to read this first milk chocolate Kit Kat bar review.

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Friday, November 01, 2019

Candy In The Media - Slurpee Sipping


If you're a fan of Slurpees, Stranger Things, and you have a lot of time on your hands, then sit back and enjoy.

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Thursday, October 31, 2019

Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Candy Critic Quick List - Top 5 Best Halloween Themed Candies We've Reviewed On Candy Critic

Scream Egg


It's all the goodness of a Cadbury Creme Egg, with a scream.

Check out the review here.

Koala “Halloween”


Fun Japanese cookies with a Halloween theme.

Check out the review here.

Chocolate Caramel Pumpkins


A high class chocolate treat in the shape of a pumpkin.

Check out the review here.

Gummy Pumpkins


Sure they're not actually pumpkin flavoured (they're orange), but they still look cool.

Check out the review here.

Hershey's “Candy Corn”


This is a chocolate bar that shouldn't have worked, but it did.

Check out the review here.

Bonus, the worst Halloween candy we've ever reviewed:

Peeps “Marshmallow Tombstones”


Seriously, they're just grey blobs.

Check out the review here.

And check out all of our Halloween reviews here.

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Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Amazing Halloween Candy/Junk Food Costumes That You Should Buy - Vanellope Von Schweetz

I love a Halloween costume that is a really deep cut. This costume is so obscure, yet many people know the intellectual property where it originates. It's very candy related, and the name above might give you a clue.

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Tom's Look At The Visual Side Of Snacks And Candy - Russell Stover Halloween Treats

These flavours were among the fastest to sell in these Russell Stover chocolates. I loved the illustrations on the wrappers! It’s a familiar style influenced by modern Japanese animation “cute” style, done with fun personality. Just look how well the ingredient characters seem to get along (especially the coconut shard with an arm embracing the pumpkin)! How could these NOT taste great?! And they are mighty tasty!
Nice job Russell Stover designer(s)!
That’s it!
Happy Hallowe’en!

Tom

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Monday, October 28, 2019

It's Our Official Halloween Review - Oozing Skulls

I was going through our list of Halloween themed candies that we've reviewed and I realized something. The odds of getting many of the candies on that list in your trick or treat bag is pretty slim. It made me realize that there's two categories of Halloween candy out there. There's the stuff you get in you trick or treat bag, that's often just shrunk down versions of regular candy. Then there's the Halloween themed treats that might be a little spookier, but not really the right format to give out.

This actually made me a little bit sad. The more I looked at what kids want for Halloween, the more I realized that it wasn't really Halloween themed. Kids want regular candy, they don't care about the theme. This isn't anything new, when I was a kid most of the candy I wanted wasn't Halloween themed, and there were even several Halloween themed candies that would disappoint (I'm looking at you Halloween Kisses). So from a candy only perspective, Halloween isn't really Halloween themed.

Click here to read our Halloween themed candy review, that you will likely never get trick or treating.

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Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Amazing Halloween Candy/Junk Food Costumes That You Should Buy - Nerds For Two

I love the idea of seeing two people wearing this Nerds two person costume. I hate the idea of wearing it myself.

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Monday, October 21, 2019

I Discovered A New Kind Of Dessert - Dairy Milk "Tiffin"


I consider myself a pretty authoritative figure when it comes to sweets. It could be candy, snacks or desserts, but I think that I know a lot about anything with sugar. However, I still have lots to learn, and whenever I learn something new about sweet treats I'm super happy. While reviewing this chocolate bar, I learned that there's a dessert called  "Tiffin", and now I want to try it.

Click here to read the review that helped me discover a new kind of cake.

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Friday, October 18, 2019

Halloween Candy In The Media - M&Ms Used To Have Glowing Bags?!!


I like the idea of having glow in the dark bags of candy for Halloween, but I'll give huge props to any candy company that can produce glow in the dark candy for Halloween.

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Wednesday, October 16, 2019

It's A New Episode Of Chris, Why Would You Eat That?!! And I'm Eating Chips - Really Hot Wasabi Chips Edition


When I first started this video, I didn't think it would be an episode of Chris, Why Would You Eat That?!!, but by the time I reached my limit of wasabi chips, all I could think is Chirs, why would you eat that?!! So this is the first episode of this show that actually evolves.

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Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Amazing Halloween Candy/Junk Food Costumes That You Should Buy - Tootsie Pop Dress

I think that we can probably agree that this isn't really a Halloween costume. Some people might buy one of these for Halloween this year and pass it off as such. Some might also argue that this is a little too sexy to be a Halloween costume. I'm not someone who judges other people's fashion sense, so i will say nothing. What I will say is that I think as a dress this is a pretty neat look. I really like the retro graphics, and if I saw someone wearing this dress in public, I might even compliment them on the cool design.

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Friday, October 11, 2019

Halloween Candy In The Media - A Warning From Snickers


This commercial goes from being a Christmas advertisement, to being a strange Halloween commercial, to being a warning to all you people out there giving out cheap candy on Halloween. They pack a lot into thirty seconds.

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Wednesday, October 09, 2019

We Have Thoughts This Month, And We're Sharing Them.


For some reason I thought I would tried the new Coca-Cola Energy as my breakfast this month. While the caffeine did wake me up a bit, the fact that I had an empty stomach didn't help me out too much.

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Tuesday, October 08, 2019

Amazing Halloween Candy/Junk Food Costumes That You Should Buy - Peeps for Pets

I saw a photo of a small kid dressed up as a marshmallow Peep, and I thought I would feature that costume. They while digging a little deeps I came across this.

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Monday, October 07, 2019

We're Feeling The Burn - Skittles "Sweet Heat"

I don't think I'm a big fan of the overly spicy food trend that's going on right now. I'm not saying that spicy food doesn't have its place in food, I'm just wondering why some things have to be spicy, like these Skittles. I also don't like intense spicy for the sake of being intensely spicy, but that's like because I'm a spice wimp.

Click here to read about these Skittles that are spicy for no reason.

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Friday, October 04, 2019

Halloween Candy In The Media - Retro Woolworth's


This commercial pretty much sums up my memory of Halloween as a kid. Some might see it as a fond memory, I'm a little disturbed by it.

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Tuesday, October 01, 2019

Amazing Halloween Candy/Junk Food Costumes That You Should Buy - Fun Dip


This is not only a great costume, but it's a great example of getting close to something, without getting sued.

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Sunday, September 29, 2019

We've Got Another 10 Second Kitchen For You - Food Stall On Street 21


This small kitchen is found in a back alley on a small street with plastic tables sitting on the other side of the kitchen. There's always someone sitting at one of these tables, and at least five people working at this food stall.

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Tuesday, September 24, 2019

Amazing Candy/Junk Food Things That You Should Buy - Bob Ross Positve Energry Drink


While I appreciate the play on words, using the word "positive" to make it more on brand with Bob Ross, I do doubt the connection of having the most calm presences in the universe selling energy drinks.

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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.

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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.

Click here to read this review, and try not to  giggle if you see a spelling mistake.

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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.

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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.

If you like this 10 Second Kitchen, you'll also like all the other episodes that you can find on our Candy Map.

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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.

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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.
On a slightly off topic note, our sister site bewarethecheese.com is having a gallery show opening this Friday in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. I will certainly be there to show off the work, and would be happy to chat about candy with anybody, as well as the artwork that is being shown. So come stop by Cloud (directions here) this Friday and say hello.

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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.

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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!

Tom

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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 candycritic.org. 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.

Click here to read the review of one of the most classic chocolate bars in the world.

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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.

Ingredients:

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:
Popcorn
Peanut M&Ms
Regular M&Ms
Gummies
Skittles

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.

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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!

Tom

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