Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Special Halloween Candy In The Media - Featuring Epic Meal Time

The guys at Epic Meal Time not only made one of the most insane Halloween candy abominations, they did it with a strange Juggalos theme. This mix of themes is strange, but somehow they made it work.


Monday, October 30, 2017

It's Time For Our Halloween Candy Review!!!

Since I'm not in North America right now, I was fairly certain that I wasn't going to have a review up for Halloween this year. As it turns out, Halloween has turned into an event here in Asia. I think it's wrapped up in the whole Asian cosplay world, but what that meant for me was the chance to pick up a Halloween treat. Sure it wasn't that impressive, but it was nice to have anyway.

Click here to read our spooky review of Halloween themed Koalas.

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Thursday, October 26, 2017

This New Candy Review Is Just Not Good At All

I'm just getting over a cold, so I've dug into the archive of unpublished reviews for this post.  This review is one I should have published a while back, since it was a topic of an episode of Chris, Why Would You Eat That?!! that has been up for a while.  Needless to say, it was awful, it might even be the worst candy I've ever eaten.

Click here to read about this very horrible candy.

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Wednesday, October 25, 2017

I Don't Like Mystery Flavours Anymore

I'd like to call an end to "mystery flavoured", "guess the flavour", and "name that flavour" candies and snacks.  It's not an original concept, and frankly it's very lazy.  For those unfamiliar, this is a trend that started about 10 years ago,  and has gone on strong ever since.  It's most common in potato chips, but I've seen it in other snacks and candy as well.  What this mystery flavour trend is, is a snack in a package, often covered in question marks, with no flavour listed anywhere. Instead of a named flavour the company labels the snack a "mystery" flavour, and sometimes offers the purchaser of the snack the opportunity to name the flavour themselves.  What you're getting is a flavour that the snack companies research and development team found tasty, but couldn't put a finger on what exact flavour it was.

What they do instead is get you to figure that out.  While I'm sure the marketing people at these snack companies would say that they're being "interactive", to me it just comes off as lazy.  There's a very interesting and challenging part of creating a new flavour, and it's about recognition.  If you eat a candy that's supposed to taste like apple, but instead it tastes like blueberry, your brain is going to set off some harsh warning signals.  Your brain may even go so far as to tell you that this apple has gone bad because it doesn't taste like an apple. Even if you like blueberry, and this is the best blueberry candy ever, your brain might tell you that it's gross because of  the expectation of apple flavouring.

This is something that marketing departments at snack companies have to get perfectly right every single time.  If they market a snack with a particular theme, and the flavour doesn't match in our heads with that theme, then it could lead to a complete failure of the snack. New Coke might have worked out perfectly if they didn't market it as a "better" version of Coke. If they had sold it as a different cola instead of a Coke replacement, we might still be drinking it today.  Flavour, and smell (which are very connected in our brains) are connected to our memories in a very strong way. If you smell cinnamon it might evoke memories of Christmas, if you smell pumpkin spice, you immediately think of fall no matter what the season.

This is why it's so important for these snack companies to get the theme and the flavour to match perfectly. When you read a package, your brain is preparing itself before you even take one bite.  If the description on the package does not match at all, then you could be in for a horrible experience no matter how "good" the snack actually is.  There are a few cases where candy companies will actually use this for their own benefit.  Some snack companies make treats that are purposefully the wrong colour for the flavour, to mess with our heads.  Why these snacks don't affect us as negatively is that they advertise it on the package, they warn our brains that something is going to be wrong.

Snack companies are making treats, and rather than taking the risk of labeling them a particular flavour, they're intentionally telling us that they don't have one in mind.  They're taking the easy way out of a very difficult and expensive part of the snack making process.  While this may seem like a clever idea, the problem I have is that every company seems to have a new "mystery" flavour every year.  It's a trend that grew old imediately after the first time it was done.

I don't eat snacks to solve a mystery, I eat snacks to satisfy my craving for whatever flavour I've been offered.  Sometimes I'm interested in trying new things, but I want to try new things that have a name, not a question mark.


Monday, October 23, 2017

It's Time For A New Candy Review!!!

Sometimes the name of a candy can be both simple and very complicated.  This is really the case with this chocolate bar called "Today". I imagine that the only time that the name of this bar isn't confusing, is the day you've eaten it. Any other time related to this bar is very confusing.

Click here to read the review for the bar we ate earlier on but it's still called "Today".

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Thursday, October 19, 2017

This New Candy Review Took A Bit Of Work

I really do love the idea of interactive candy.  I like it when candy comes in the form of a toy, and I love it when you have to make your own candy.  There are a few rules that must be followed when it comes to this kind of candy. The toy must work, and be fairly entertaining. The toy/candy must be edible, no toy filled with candy will do. If it's a candy you must build, it must be challenging, but not impossible. If you're making your own candy, it must be possible to make it look like what it does on the package with no special skill. Most importantly it always must taste good.

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Tuesday, October 17, 2017

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

In this episode I (Chris) drinks some spicy ginger beer. This might be a polarizing episode as I'm sure there are some people out there who enjoy this drink. We'll you people are crazy, and don't understand the basic principles of what a drink is supposed to do.

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Monday, October 16, 2017

I Got This Candy (Which I've Reviewed) In An Odd Way

Normally there are two ways that I get candy to review. The most common is I buy it, just like everybody else. The second way is that candy companies (and sometimes friends) send me samples to review. This isn't as common, but it happens more than you might imagine.  This candy on the other hand didn't come either of those ways, this candy was given to me as change. I was in a country where the smallest currency isn't very common, so sometimes at stores instead of giving you money as change, they give you candy.  As far as I know you can't exchange that candy for larger currency, but you can write a review of this candy, which is what I've done.

Click here to read the review of the candy that's worth about half a cent.

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Thursday, October 12, 2017

Today's New Candy Review Is An Average Chocolate Bar

I always have a hard time writing reviews for candy that's very average. It's not that I don't like it, it just doesn't have anything interesting about it. When people ask me what my favourite candy is, I have two answers. One is that Kit Kat bars rank the highest on the site, and second is "something new". I can't tell you how many times I've reviewed the same candy over and over again, and each time I have to figure out how to explain how this candy is not very interesting. I'm thinking in the future I might just write a single "this candy is boring" review, and just put a link to that review every time I come across a decent, but boring candy.

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Monday, October 09, 2017

We Just Posted A New Candy Review, And Apparently It's Made (Or Owned) By a Guy Named Roger

I'm always intrigued when I eat a candy that's attached to a name, Reece's Peanut Butter Cups, M&M's (the "M"s stand for the name of the creators) and now Roger's Chocolates.  I wonder who these people really were, and why did they attach their name to their candy. I've never had the foresight to look up these people before I eat their candy, but maybe I should.  Maybe one day I should look up this guy "Reece", while I'm eating a Peanut Butter Cup.

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Thursday, October 05, 2017

It's The Last In Our Kit Kat Review-A-Thon!

Of all of the Kit Kat bars I've ever reviewed, this one might have been the most confusing. I don't think I've ever done as much research into a Kit Kat bar before reviewing it in my life.  This might even be the most research I've ever done on any candy before reviewing it.  Sadly, all that work didn't really pay off.

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Wednesday, October 04, 2017

The Third Kit Kat Bar In Our Kit Kat Review-A-Thon, Could Have Been Better.

I'm starting to wonder if I'm becoming a Kit Kat snob or something.  As of late, few Kit Kat bars have held up to my expectations.  Is Kit Kat running out of good ideas, or am I just too picky?

Click here to find out  why this milk and white chocolate Kit Kat bar didn't really work.

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Tuesday, October 03, 2017

It's Our Second Kit Kat In Our Kit Kat Review-A-Thon!!!

This might have been one of the hardest judged Kit Kat bars that I've ever reviewed.  That's only because it's the Kit Kat bar that I wanted to love the most, so I was prepared for a bit of a disappointment.  Fortunately things seemed to work out, and I'm very happy that I still have a few left over to munch on later.

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Monday, October 02, 2017

We Got Ourselves A Kit Kat Bar Review-A-Thon!

This is our first of two entries in this Kit Kat bar review-a-thon from North America. Unfortunately North America doesn't really shine very often when it comes to Kit Kat varieties, and this entry is no exception.

Click here to read why the cookie dough Kit Kat didn't really work.

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Sunday, October 01, 2017

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

This week's episode of Junk Fud On The Road is a bit of a cheat. This is a cheat that we're likely going to commit several times in a few different countries. This episode is about Canada, and we've already done an episode about Canada. This episode however is all about an area of Canada far from where we normally live, Vancouver.  Some countries are big enough that we might just have to do more than one episode.

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