Monday, December 30, 2019

Hard Candy Is Real Candy - Butter Scotch Candies

One of the most common complaints I get about is that I review some things that others don't consider to be "candy". I will admit that I think I skirt the line a bit when it comes to things I'll review, chips and cookies are certainly on the border. What I consider candy, and what I'm willing to review on the site can at times be different. The thing is, I believe that there are several different interpretations of the word "candy". Sometimes candy is boiled sugar that is then hardened and often flavoured. However, sometimes candy is just a nice packaged treat that you find at store that makes you happy. It all depends on who you ask and when.

This week I'm off the hook, this week I'm actually reviewing candy by everyone's definition. This week I'm posting a hard candy review-a-thon. So that means every day this week I'll post a new review featuring a candy that is boiled sugar that is then hardened and often flavoured.

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Friday, December 27, 2019

Monday, December 23, 2019

It's Our Christmas Candy Review - Mint Candy Canes

It's amazing to think that I've been writing candy reviews for so many years, yet I have yet to write a full on review for candy canes. I spent a good part of last week wondering why I don't eat these more over the holidays, and why it's taken me so long to write a review. Then I realized that not very many people actually eat candy canes anymore. I'm not sure if people ate them more in the past, but my experience is that people really don't eat them that often. I think they function more as a decoration than an actually candy treat.

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Sunday, December 22, 2019

A Christmas Special You Don't Want To Miss - The Candy Cane Shiv

I was eating a candy cane the other day when I poked myself in the back of the throat with the really sharp end that had formed. It got me thinking about life in general, then I thought about all the little kids (and immature adults) that might be injured by these very dangerous candies. So, I decided to investigate the candy cane shiv, and the results are very fascinating.

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Friday, December 20, 2019

Christmas Candy In The Media - Making Candy Canes At Disneyland

The folks at Disneyland are candy cane making masters. They've been doing it for a long time, and it's apparently a really popular thing.


Wednesday, December 18, 2019

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

Toffifee - Candy Critic Score 14
This is the one treat that I try to get every year for Christmas. No matter where I am in the world, I seek them out.

Check out the full review here.

Sugar & Spice Collection - Candy Critic Score 12
The flavour of these chocolates just embody everything about Christmas.

Check out the full review here.

Terry's Chocolate Orange "Milk" - Candy Critic Score 12
Even though I'm normally not a fan of orange flavoured chocolate, there's something about these that make me feel all warm and nostalgic.

Check out the full review here.

Big Purple One - Candy Critic Score 11.5
This takes one of the great Christmas chocolate traditions and makes it bigger, what could possibly go wrong?

Check out the full review here.

Caramilk "Choc-o-Men" - Candy Critic Score 11.5
This is a great variation of a classic treat that fits into a great Christmas theme.

Check out the full review here.

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

Bubbly Santa - Candy Critic Score 4.5
It would take so much to ruin a simple treat like this, but here we are.

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Tuesday, December 17, 2019

Amazing Candy/Junk Food Things That You Should Buy For Me For Christmas - Pickle Candy Canes

The main reason I want these is so I can put them on my Christmas tree and watch unsuspecting children take their first bite into disappointment.


Monday, December 16, 2019

I'm Feeling A Little Bitter and Old Because Of This Review - Snickers "Adult Bitter"

There's a trend in Japan that kind of makes sense, but is also really weird. The trend is associating dark chocolate with being an adult. According to several  chocolate bars in Japan (this week's review included), only grown ups eat dark chocolate. While I can't deny that many of the people I know who really enjoy dark chocolate are adults, I don't know if there's enough of them to say that all dark chocolate should be for adults. I think there are kids out there that also like dark chocolate, and many dignified adults who don't. It's a weird generalization.

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Friday, December 13, 2019

Christmas Candy In The Media - Best Christmas Commercial Ever?

I think this might be the best Christmas candy commercial ever made. It's very simple, understood in any language, and it's got staying power. All this and it's also really cute.


Thursday, December 12, 2019

Tom's Look At The Visual Side Of Christmas Snacks And Candy - Christmas Haul Part 3

Here is an interesting variation on Kit Kat using a “traditional” old-school depiction of Santa Claus with some modern touches. At first glance, Santa appears to be the jolly old elf as depicted in, perhaps the classic “Night Before Christmas” tale. On closer inspection, the middle Santa wears googles and has a funkily-decorated snowboard under one arm. Beside that Santa is another Santa wearing headphones with the cord disappearing into his red outfit. One assumes he’s streaming some music that is suitably hip and now. Maybe it’s a tastefully selected playlist of festive tunes? Or a podcast? Whatever is playing through the headphones, Santa has eyes closed in blissful rapture.
The third Santa has me baffled. There appears to be a small, dark object near his waist. I don’t know what it is. Anyone else have that sorted out?

Finally, I noticed that Santa’s outfit is different from typical depictions. It looks like a robe with a hood. The garment has festive motifs at the cuffs and surrounding his face. Maybe this suggests how Santa looks in his leisure time before heading out on his Christmas Eve travels?
The second sighting is a delight since I’ve seen very few uses of the Yeti in a holiday treat context. As a kid, an advent calendar was a staple at the holidays in my family. Each day, it was exciting to open each numbered cardboard door to see what would be there! Indeed, it was a major effort of restraint to keep from opening the whole thing up on day one.

I might have to buy this advent calendar to see if each treat has a Yeti shape. I was ‘addicted’ to Cookies’N’Creme bars for a brief time back in my college days. The bar seems to have staying power and it’s good to see an entire advent calendar devoted to it. It may prove to be too much of a good thing but that’s a slim possibility.
By the way, Hershey’s lets potential buyers know up front that the final door has an entire chocolate bar behind it. Not sure what I think about this spoiler versus marketing conundrum. The final door was always a special reward after 23 days of anticipation. A small quibble in an otherwise fun product to be sure!


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Wednesday, December 11, 2019

It's Time To Eat Something Stupid - Extreme Chili Lay's Potato Chips

Once again we're here with another episode of Chris, Why Would You Eat That?!!, and once again I'm eating something spicy. I'm not sure why I'm drawn in by spicy foods, I certainly don't enjoy eating them.

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Monday, December 09, 2019

Chips That Eat Like A Meal - Lay's Thai Taste "Basil Chicken Flavour"

Flavour wise, chips are one of the most diverse snacks in the world. In my life, I can only remember one flavour of potato chips that didn't work (and I'm fairly sure will never work). In general it seems like you can flavour chips with just about any kind of flavouring. From chocolate, to vinegar, to shrimp, there are so many chip flavours out there, and so many of them have such great possibilities. The only downfall I've discovered is in the quality of the toppings and the chips themselves.

Just because potato chips have so much potential, doesn't mean that flavouring them is easy. This new review is a pretty good example of a great idea for a flavour, that just didn't hold up. It's not that these are bad chips, they're just not up to the level that they could have been.

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Friday, December 06, 2019

Christmas Candy In The Media - Making Ribbon Candy

I've always had mixed feelings about Christmas ribbon candy. I like the way it looks, and obviously it's fun to watch people make it, but I never really considered it a great candy to eat.


Thursday, December 05, 2019

Tom's Look At The Visual Side Of Christmas Snacks And Candy - Christmas Haul Part 2

As I walked home from work Monday night, the display window at Paisley’s Wee British Shop had one of the below tin boxes of Kit Kat shaped and decorated like a British double-decker bus.
Also in the shop were several large containers that resembles a Jaffa Cake with a bite out of it. For those unfamiliar with this British treat, the Jaffa Cake was introduced by McVitie & Price in 1927. The name comes from the Jaffa orange. The treat is made from a Genoise sponge cake base topped by an orange flavoured jam with the whole thing coated in chocolate.

Based on the ample size of the container, this must contain quite a few of the delicious treats!


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Tuesday, December 03, 2019

Monday, December 02, 2019

We're Starting Another Review-a-Thon All About Dairy Milk - Dairy Milk "Caramello"

I've gone on record on countless times saying that I believe that Cadbury is one of (if not the) best mass produced chocolate bar manufacturer in the world. The star chocolate bar in their selection is their Dairy Milk chocolate bars. This bar started as just a simple milk chocolate bar, but has now changed into something much bigger. Even when I was a kid there weren't too many versions of this bar, however today you'll find Dairy Milk chocolate with so many flavours and fillings, all over the world. In some ways this has improved this chocolate bar line, but sometimes they don't really get everything right.

All this week we're going to look at some of the variations we've discovered lately. We've already reviews so many versions  of this bar (check out our full list here), but there seems to be many more to try. We're also going to do something a little different this week, and we're going to include a bar that isn't made by Cadbury, but still claims to be a Dairy Milk.

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Friday, November 29, 2019

Candy In The Media - I'm Not Sure That This Kit Kat Commercial Is Politically Correct

This Kit Kat Chunky commercial made me feel a little uncomfortable, I won't say why, I'll let you figure that out for yourself.


Thursday, November 28, 2019

The Candy Critic's Thanksgiving Candy Ideas That Should Exist

There are so many flavours associated with Thanksgiving, and many have crossed over to the snacking world. Pumpkin spice is probably the most popular flavour right now, but there are also many potato chips flavoured with inspirations from this holiday as well. I seem to remember Jones Soda pulled off Thanksgiving flavours at one point, and people went nuts over them. I personally think we need more snacks with the awesome flavours of Thanksgiving, but I’m not just going to complain about it.

Instead I’m designing a few Thanksgiving candy and snack creations, and best of all for the candy/snack companies out there, I’m giving the concepts away. I invite any snack or candy company to use these ideas, all I ask in return is that you send me some samples. I’ll even post a review on

Sweet Potato Marshmallows

The connection between sweet potatoes and marshmallows is a weird one. I don’t know how it started,  but I can’t deny that it works. One of the thing it taught me is that sweet potatoes work well in sweets. In Asia sweet potato candies are common, but not in North America. That’s why I think introducing a sweet potato candy in North America around Thanksgiving makes sense. If you tie it with marshmallows it just could be the novelty candy that people grow to love.

Mashed Potatoes and Gravy Pop Tarts

The idea of a savoury Pop Tart is due. McDonald’s in Asia have been selling savoury pies for years, and what is a Pop Tart other than a flat pie. I think theming it to Thanksgiving would be a great way to introduce this concept, and mash potatoes and gravy would be the perfect flavour and texture combination. You could fill the pie with the mashed potatoes and then make a nice gravy (unsweetened) topping. After that the sky’s the limit, chicken pot pie, pizza, so many choices.

Cranberry Bubble Gum

Of all the concepts I’m presenting today, I think cranberry gum is the most logical and least intimidating. It’s so logical that I wouldn’t be surprised if someone mentions in the comments that it already exists. I think cranberry could easily become the flavour of Thanksgiving much like pumpkin spice, this way we’d have a flavour to put between pumpkin spice and peppermint/candy cane.

Turkey Spice Corn Bread Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Icing

This next idea requires a little bit of imagination. Take your a average store bought cupcake, like a Hostess Cupcake, and flip it around. Go savoury over sweet, and use some Thanksgiving flavours. To start, get rid of the cake and go cornbread instead. Then take the spices one normally uses in turkey stuffing, and flavour your cornbread. If you so choose, maybe fill it with mashed potatoes as well. Next, top this cake off with some savoury cream cheese. I think this would be a fun play on pumpkin spice, and done well could actually work. Having said that, if it does work, and Starbucks makes a frappuccino flavoured with Turkey Spice, I claim no responsibility.


Tom's Look At The Visual Side Of Christmas Snacks And Candy - Christmas Haul Part 1

Aaah, Christmas time! This is the time of year when companies pull out all the stops to make tempting treats for dazzled eyes! Here are but a few seen recently while shopping...
This is the first time I’ve seen this item. It is a log cabin to build using Kit Kat bars. It’s a fun twist on the traditional gingerbread house. A second visit to the store revealed that Smarties are also involved in the bundle. The photograph I took shows the charming graphics of the bear outside the cabin. It may be his alternative to hibernating in a cave!
The second photo is of two Lindt Lindor treats of a massive proportion! It may not be apparent in the picture but these babies are the size of basketballs! If you are told you have to cut back on sweets and can have only one treat this season, maybe keep this monster in mind! If they’re as good as the regular size Lindors, it’s a win!!
Finally, a local grocery store has a sizable Lindt display that includes the brochure in the third photograph. This is an example of what my sister jokingly refers to as “chocolate porn”. On specifically selected paper stock with high quality printing, paper after page of chocolate Lindt products are temptingly laid out for daydreaming and list-making. Just look at the Lindt treats adorning the cake on the cover!!The season has just begun, folks! Hang in there and pace yourself. Don’t forget the New Year’s promise of copious regular exercise!


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Wednesday, November 27, 2019

It's A New Episode Of Junk Fud On The Road, and It's All About Malaysia

In this episode of Junk Fud on the Road, Chris and Allison talk about their quick adventure in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. It was a very interesting place to visit, and the taps was amazing.

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Tuesday, November 26, 2019

Monday, November 25, 2019

I Love Candy That Looks Like Other Food - Burger Gum "Ketchup - Like Liquid Filled"

The thing about candy that looks like other food, is that it has to look good too. Looking good does not mean that it has to look exactly like the food it's trying to imitate. I'm okay if a candy looks like a cartoon version of a food, anything, as long as when I see it I think about whatever food it's trying to imitate. Sometimes the package over hypes a candy that's supposed to look like another food, then when you open it up, you're  wondering how anyone would think that this candy looks like anything other than a candy.

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Friday, November 22, 2019

Candy In The Media - A Kit Kat Commercial From The Country That Changed Kit Kat Forever, Japan

I'm not sure that this is a great commercial, I assume that the huge popularity of Kit Kat in Japan comes from the crazy flavours, and not the clever advertising campaign.


Thursday, November 21, 2019

Tom's Look At The Visual Side Of Christmas Snacks And Candy - Lip Pops Lollipops "Rudolph"

Hohoho! Who’s ready for the holidays? Well, it’s landing in a commercial sense already, so buckle up, folks! It’s not all reason to grumble though! Some of the fun is visiting with old familiar faces once again. Relatives and family, sure but what I really mean is seeing old characters from classic Christmas tv specials! One of the greats from my childhood is the Rankin/Bass “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” that was made in the mid-Sixties. It is a fantastic stop-motion animated story with new characters like Yukon Cornelius, the Abominable Snowman and Hermy (one of Santa’s elves who really wants to be a dentist) added to the tale told in the song. If you haven’t seen it, I warn you of a *spoiler* in today’s column! Go watch it and come back later!!
You’re back? Great! So, above is a header from a box that displays Lip Pops connected to the show. One is a snout of Rudolph the other is the teeth of the Abominable Snowman! Fun, right? Well, in the photo on the header, the manufacturer of the treat has chosen the moment when “Bumble” (as nicknamed by Yukon) realizes he’s had ALL HIS TEETH REMOVED by amateur, aspiring dentist elf Hermy. That’s right! A truly horrific, traumatic moment for the beast is used to help sell candy!
Fortunately, the package of the treat shows Bumble in all his toothy glory! When I was a kid, I’d have wanted the Abominable Snowman chompers really badly!! There’s a good chance I may buy it before the season is done! If I do, I will send Candy Critic a Bumble/Tom selfie!

Happy Holidays!


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Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Candy Critic Eats Food, A Restaurant Review - DC Super Heroes Cafe

For those of you who may not know me, not only do I love snacks, candy and junk food, but I’m also a bit of a comic book nerd. Before Candy Critic even existed, I had been reading comic books, and I even spent a few years working in a comic book store as a teenager. When I was a comic book reader, my publishing company of choice was DC comics. I know today DC has fallen behind Marvel comics in popularity (particularly with the movies), but I don’t consider myself that hip, so I don’t feel like I have to be down with what the kids are into.

With my love and fond memories of DC comics, you can only imagine how I felt when I was in Singapore recently and I stumbled across the DC Super Heroes Café. I had not read about this place in any of the guide books, nor had I heard about other branches of this café anywhere else in the world. Allison and I were just walking through a mall (mostly to cool down) and we came across this amazing place.
I’m going to assume that this place is fully licenced by the folks at Warner Brothers, and that each piece of merchandise and the menu items are fully endorsed by the company who owns these characters. I don’t know this for a fact, but there is one detail that really made me believe that whomever built this place had permission. Most of the time when you see unlicensed things in certain countries, you find discrepancies in the details.  For example, when I’ve come across unlicensed toys in the past, they often mix up the DC and Marvel universe, and you’ll see a Batman toy packaged with a Spiderman toy. This wasn’t the case at the DC Super Heroes Café, it was all on brand and very on the mark.
For the start of my review we’ll talk about how the DC Super Heroes Café is laid out and decorated. The place is split into two sections, the restaurant and the store. The store is pretty much full of all kinds of DC related toys, merchandise and art work. Some of it is very expensive, other things are more reasonable. There was nothing that you wouldn’t find in an average comic book shop, if all that comic book shop sold was DC merchandise, and no comics. The store (and parts of the restaurant) was also filled with life sized statues of various comic book characters, mostly from DC movie tie-ins. I’m not sure if these were for sale, but I’m sure the price tag was way out of my range.
The restaurant side was half take out bakery and half sit down restaurant. When we first approached the place, we just looked at the various cakes and drinks available at the front counter and didn’t really think about actually eating there. The restaurant side is not really cohesive in its design, and kind of looks like a bunch of comics from the 70s exploded everywhere (take that as you want to). The lack of cohesive design of the restaurant indicates to me that this might be the only one of these in existence, and that the person who opened this place has deep pockets to pay for licences, and not an eye for design. The lack of cohesive design actually made the place kind of fun, but also made it a little confusing.
The other thing that made this place confusing is the menu. Which we eventually decided was worth checking out after looking over the items for sale in the bakery case. When you think about a comic book café, you might think about trying some of the famous foods that might appear in comic books. I would want to eat a hamburger that Superman might enjoy, or a meal that might be served at Wayne Manor. Instead the dishes are just random diner foods with DC comics puns added into the name and all kinds of logos thrown all over them (mostly made of processed cheese and cut vegetables).  Things like the “Clarks Kent’s Crevettes Carbonara” and the “Doomsday Chicken and Waffles” were what was on offer. It didn’t really feel like there was a story behind these dishes, only “clever” puns and lots of logos.
There were also several drinks and cakes with puns in the name, and many of them also had colour themes that would go with the character that was part of the pun. Or in the case of the cakes, they were decorated with logos and colours, and some designs that would associate with the characters. I will give this place credit; they made some deep cuts when it came to the characters they chose to associate with the foods. Most restaurants would only use the characters that might have made it to the mainstream or in the movies, but this place had no trouble dealing with some of the more obscure characters including Bizarro and Mr Mxyzptlk.
I also like the fact that the restaurant was clearly interested in the comics and not the movies. The walls were decorated with comic book pages featuring the origins of some of the more popular DC characters. The chairs and the tables were all decorated with character logos from the comics. The colours everywhere were just bright and comic book like. Visually this restaurant was a feast for the eyes, but the food…
As described above, the food is basic diner food, it’s nothing fancy and nothing that creative. I ordered the Doomsday Chicken and Waffles, and Allison got the Batman Burger (that came in an amazing box). Both are meals were fine, but not amazing. I felt like the chicken and waffles was made by someone who had never actually eaten chicken and waffles before. It came with maple syrup on the side, but was already covered in nacho cheese sauce. I’m not an expert in chicken and waffles, but I’m pretty sure nacho cheese is not a part of it. Allison enjoyed her burger, but felt it was a little overpriced for what it was.
The experience of eating at this place is far more fun than the food itself. I feel like this place was designed by someone who really loves DC Super Heroes, but doesn’t really understand how to tie it into a restaurant. As I mentioned before, it was not cheap. I feel like we were paying for the licensing of the characters more than the food (if I find out that this place is not licensed than there’s no excuse at all). I’m glad I tried it once, but I don’t see myself ever going back, except maybe just to browse the store.


Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Amazing Candy/Junk Food Things That You Should Buy - Avocado Pool Float

I don't often use the word genius, but the person who thought of making the pit of this avocado pool float a removable beach ball is truly a genius. I'm not sure how one nominated someone for a Nobel Prize, but if I knew this person would get my nomination. It's probably a good thing that I don't know how to do such things.


Monday, November 18, 2019

An Octopus Themed, Ice Cream Treat From Thailand - Paddle Pop "Octopus"

We just got back from Thailand, and while I picked up a pretty good selection of treats, I was most excited about the one we're posting today. It was unique in both theme and texture, but bland on taste. This isn't something I would say is common in Thai snacks (or any Thai food for that matter), but it still feels very Thai to me.

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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.


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.


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.

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