Friday, February 26, 2021

This Is Cool

This commercial is brilliant because it's weird and not very weird at the same time.

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Thursday, February 25, 2021

Buy A Copy Of Snack Facts For The One You Love


The latest issue of Snack Facts is here and it's all about the thing we love most, chocolates in heart shaped boxes. Join Sir Francis Sweetums and his companion Barbara as they learn about the history of Valentine's Day chocolates, and why they're in boxes shaped like internal organs.

Pick up this sweet issue right here.

If you follow me on FacebookInstagram and Twitter you get to see some works in progress for future issues.

If you follow me on Patreon you can get every issue of Snack Facts including the past issues.

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Wednesday, February 24, 2021

It's A New Episode of Junk Fud and You All About Fast Food

In this episode of Junk Fud and You I talk about some international fast food places you may have never tried before. Sure it's a little hard to travel now, but when things clear up you'll want to check some of these places out.

Tell me your favourite fast food place on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter.

Also be sure to check out my micro comic called Snack Facts.

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Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Check This Out On The Molecular Level

Every time I see someone cooking molecular gastronomy style I say to myself, I should try that out some time, it looks like fun. Then I read about it and it's just too complicated.

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Monday, February 22, 2021

Reviews Are Back, But They Almost Disappeared For A Little While

My goal was to finish the Quality Street review-a-thon last week, but Wednesday afternoon changed everything. That was the moment that I spilt a half a glass of water on my laptop. While it was a horrifying moment, two things worked in my favour. First and foremost Allison and I acted quickly and dried off what we could, as well as turn the computer off immediately. Secondly it was only water, and not tea or cola. After the spill we cleaned it up very quickly, set it upside down, and had to wait about 3 days. After those 3 days I tried to turn the computer on for the first time, and luckily it turned on and everything was still working.

So now that everything is okay, I've decided to resume the Quality Street review-a-thon with a fine example of caramel and chocolate mixed together.

Click here to check out the newest entry in my Quality Street review-a-thon.

Make sure to check out Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter to keep up with every new Quality Street treat I review this week.

Also be sure to check out Snack Facts, my micro comic all about Snacks and Treats.

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Thursday, February 18, 2021

This Sweet Issue Of Snack Facts


The latest issue of Snack Facts is here and it's all about the thing we love most, chocolates in heart shaped boxes. Join Sir Francis Sweetums and his companion Barbara as they learn about the history of Valentine's Day chocolates, and why they're in boxes shaped like internal organs.

Pick up this sweet issue right here.

If you follow me on FacebookInstagram and Twitter you get to see some works in progress for future issues.

If you follow me on Patreon you can get every issue of Snack Facts including the past issues.

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Wednesday, February 17, 2021

I Eated All The Qaulities Streets

I'm pretty sure this isn't all the Quality Street chocolates that are out there, or that have ever been, but this is all the Quality Street chocolates that I could easily find.

Make sure to follow me on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram to keep up with our Quality Street review-a-thon.

Or just check candycritic.org every day.

Also be sure to pick up the latest issue of Snack Facts, because it's really fun.

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Tuesday, February 16, 2021

Monday, February 15, 2021

It's Quality Street All Week!!!

I haven't done a review-a-thon lately, and I also haven't reviewed every single Quality Street chocolate. So it seemed like the perfect fit would be to review each and every Quality Street (that I could find) in one week. Keep in mind that I know there are some other Quality Street chocolates out there, these are just the more common ones, or at the very least the ones available at the bulk store where I shop. It's a little embarrassing sorting through a bin of Quality Street chocolates looking for two of each, but I did it for the love of being a completionist. 

I've apparently started out with what I might call a really average chocolate, so I'm hoping things get better.

P.S. I'm not going to review the Purple One, because I already have, twice.

Click here to find out why the Quality Street "Strawberry Delight" is not that impressive.

Make sure to follow me on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to keep up with every new Quality Street chocolate I review this week.

If you follow me on Patreon, I might even give you one.

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Friday, February 12, 2021

Thursday, February 11, 2021

I Love This Issue Of Snack Facts!


The latest issue of Snack Facts is here and it's all about the thing we love most, chocolates in heart shaped boxes. Join Sir Francis Sweetums and his companion Barbara as they learn about the history of Valentine's Day chocolates, and why they're in boxes shaped like internal organs.

Pick up this sweet issue right here.

If you follow me on FacebookInstagram and Twitter you get to see some works in progress for future issues.

If you follow me on Patreon you can get every issue of Snack Facts including the past issues.

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Monday, February 08, 2021

A Little Love For Valentine's Day

I feel like Valentine's Day is the top candy heavy holiday that people don't really like. I feel like people crap on Valentine's Day because they feel like it makes people miserable, instead of making them happy. I also kind of agree with them. The thing is, per-capita, I feel like Valentine's Day produces the best candy, better than any other holiday. The main ingredient in this holiday seems to be chocolate, followed by cinnamon. These are two flavours I can get behind %100. I also feel like Valentine's Day is the day to treat yourself to something a little bit fancy, like a nice box of fine chocolates. While I mostly agree that Valentine's Day is more stress than fun, I really like the candy.

Click here to read about one such great Valentine's Day candy.

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You'd probably also join me on Patreon.

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Friday, February 05, 2021

Thursday, February 04, 2021

It's A Lovely Issue Of Snack Facts!


The latest issue of Snack Facts is here and it's all about the thing we love most, chocolates in heart shaped boxes. Join Sir Francis Sweetums and his companion Barbara as they learn about the history of Valentine's Day chocolates, and why they're in boxes shaped like internal organs.

Pick up this sweet issue right here.

If you follow me on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter you get to see some works in progress for future issues.

If you follow me on Patreon you can get every issue of Snack Facts including the past issues.

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Tuesday, February 02, 2021

That's A Lot - 6.6 Lbs of Nutella

 

Have you ever thought that you might need a whole lot of Nutella, bet you're thinking it now.

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Monday, February 01, 2021

I'm Not Sure Why These Are So Popular

I've written on this blog a number of times about classic candies that I haven't reviewed. The most common reason I don't review classic treats is that I actually forget about them. They've become such a staple in my mind that I don't even think about them. Sometimes I just assume I've already written a review and never bother to actually write the review. These Reese's Pieces fall into a different category altogether.

I don't really love Reese's Pieces, there I've said it. I don't hate them, but it's very rarely that I'll seek them out or even buy a box. In the world of classic candies, it's pretty low on my list, so low that I sometimes wonder how they've stuck around for so long. I can't say I've ever met someone who would call Reese's Pieces their favourite candy, yet they're still available in many stores.  So who's buying these? Is it just people nostalgic for 1980's movies about friendly aliens?

Click here to find out why I don't really care for these.

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Thursday, January 28, 2021

Time To Get The Popcorn, It's Snack Facts Theater Issue

Don't forget to pick up the latest issue of Snack Facts (my micro comic all about snacks and candy). This issue is all about theater treats. It's more than just popcorn, this issue talks about when people started to eat and watch movies and how the theater concession stand started. Our hosts Sir Francis Sweetums and his companion Barbara travel through time and space to teach you all about the things you love to eat.

Pick up issue 6 of Snack Facts here, for only 50 cents.

You can also get back issues (for only 50 cents) as well as issue 0 (for free).

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Tuesday, January 26, 2021

Monday, January 25, 2021

The Shape Of Salty Snacks To Come?

We're going to forget the argument that salty snacks are not candy and have no place on this site. I've covered that a few times on this blog, and I'm not going to stop reviewing this kind of snack. The thing I want to talk about today is the lack of creativity when it comes to the shape of salty snacks. Right now I'm seeing a trend is making salty snacks 3D. This means escaping the common flat potato chip (or perfectly round, or triangle) shape of salty snacks, and we're adventuring out a bit. Sure there's also pretzels and cheese puffs, but frankly those are shapes that have been around for such a long time. What I'm talking about is making salty snacks in fun shapes similar to gummies. I think the only brand that's really done it recently is Goldfish crackers. 

The thing that makes me happy are snacks like this week's new review. In Asia there seems to be a trend in making salty snacks in the shape of chicken parts. Obviously you flavour them with chicken, but I guess that doesn't have to be a rule either. I would just like to see more salty snacks with really unique shapes. I think potato chips should be the next group of salty snacks to take on this challenge. It's not like Pringles are a naturally shaped potato chip, so why not make it fun. I also think more cracker companies should be doing this too.

Click here to read about these chicken shaped salty snacks (and please don't complain about them not being candy).

Also be sure to follow me on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook, I guess you could complain about them not being candy there.

Don't forget to pick up the latest issue of Snack Facts as well, and don't miss some of the merch at our store either.

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Friday, January 22, 2021

Do You Eat The Red Ones Last?

This advertising campaign affected me so much, that I think to this day I save the red ones for last.

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Thursday, January 21, 2021

Strap In For Another Issue Of Snack Facts All About Theater Snacks

Don't forget to pick up the latest issue of Snack Facts (my micro comic all about snacks and candy). This issue is all about theater treats. It's more than just popcorn, this issue talks about when people started to eat and watch movies and how the theater concession stand started. Our hosts Sir Francis Sweetums and his companion Barbara travel through time and space to teach you all about the things you love to eat.

Pick up issue 6 of Snack Facts here, for only 50 cents.

You can also get back issues (for only 50 cents) as well as issue 0 (for free).

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Wednesday, January 20, 2021

Wear A Mask, And Also Let Everyone Know You Love Eating Gummy Bears


It would be awesome to wear this mask while eating a mouthful of gummy bears.

Eating More Things Wrong - Oh Henry

 In this episode I eat an Oh Henry bar in a way that some have said is their preferred way to eat them. I believe these people and I don't think they're just trolling the internet. Having said that, just because you prefer it, doesn't make it right.

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Monday, January 18, 2021

Making Sure I Don't Forget The Classics

 

I've been writing candy reviews for longer than I care to say. When I first started this site, and even today, one of the most common comments I get from people is, how many candies are out there to review? People assume that I'm going to run out of treats to review, I even worry about it myself sometimes. Then occasionally, I make a list of all the candies that I used to eat as a kid that I have not yet reviewed on candycritic.org, and those lists are always immensely long. I also realize that my list is Canadian centric, and people all over the world have huge lists of candies they consider to be classics that I've never even heard of. I have noticed over the last few years that I'm going into shops and finding more treats that I have reviewed, but between those snacks are new snacks that I've never even heard of.

Click here to read a review of one of the candies on my list of classic from when I was a kid.

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Friday, January 15, 2021

I Could Watch Candy Being Made All Day Long

The folks at FB Washburn Candy, who have been making candy longer than anyone else in America, sent me a great video showing how they make their candy. I could seriously watch people making candy all day long. Some of the machines they use are like something out of a science fiction movie. Maybe when things clear up in the world they'll invite me down to come see it in person.

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Thursday, January 14, 2021

It's Another Issue Of Snack Facts, This Time All About Movie Theater Snacks

Don't forget to pick up the latest issue of Snack Facts (my micro comic all about snacks and candy). This issue is all about theater treats. It's more than just popcorn, this issue talks about when people started to eat and watch movies and how the theater concession stand started. Our hosts Sir Francis Sweetums and his companion Barbara travel through time and space to teach you all about the things you love to eat.

Pick up issue 6 of Snack Facts here, for only 50 cents.

You can also get back issues (for only 50 cents) as well as issue 0 (for free).

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Tuesday, January 12, 2021

You Can't Miss With This Waffle Maker - Stormtrooper Waffle Maker

 

The great thing about this waffle maker is you can make your waffles well done, if you like them on the dark side.

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Monday, January 11, 2021

This Bar Has No Name... Literally

Have you ever had something that feels so normal to you, but to many other people in the world it's totally bonkers? This is how I feel about No Name products. No Name is a Canadian brand that's been around for as long as I know. I'm very used to seeing the word "No Name" written all over products in my pantry and in my refrigerator. It's only been since the advent of the internet that I've seen reactions from people outside of Canada, and realised it's kind of strange. No name has the most generic of all possible names, and the packaging matches it perfectly. The thing is, it warms my heart every time I see that bright yellow package with the words "No Name" written on it.

Click here to find out what "No Name" chocolate tastes like.

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Friday, January 08, 2021

Grape Soda Discovery

 I'm not sure if I'm grossed out or intrigued by the fact that one of the key ingredients in grape soda is also a key ingredient in rubber gloves.

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Thursday, January 07, 2021

Issue 6 Of Snack Facts Is Here!!!


Don't forget to pick up the latest issue of Snack Facts (my micro comic all about snacks and candy). This issue is all about theater treats. It's more than just popcorn, this issue talks about when people started to eat and watch movies and how the theater concession stand started. Our hosts Sir Francis Sweetums and his companion Barbara travel through time and space to teach you all about the things you love to eat.

Pick up issue 6 of Snack Facts here, for only 50 cents.

You can also get back issues (for only 50 cents) as well as issue 0 (for free).

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Wednesday, January 06, 2021

The 5 Most Interesting and Strange Reviews I Wrote in 2020

I've decided to look back at 2020. Sure it's been a tough year for just about everybody around the world, but it's also been pretty interesting as well. For me it's been particularly fascinating since I moved from South-East Asia back to Canada during a pandemic. Just in case you're wondering, we didn't move back to Canada because of the pandemic. We had actually planned to move back this year from the start, it was just made a little more complicated with the pandemic. No matter, 2020 was a year filled with interesting treats, including a return home to see what had changed since I left.

So here's my list of the 5 most interesting/strange reviews that I posted this year on Candy Critic. Keep in mind that this list is in no order, it's just me randomly plucking reviews that I posted because I remembered something interesting about them. They are by no means the best candies I'd eaten this year, but they're candies I don't think I'll ever forget.

1 - Cola Spicy (Gum)

When I bought this gum I was pretty sure that it was going to be memorable. I figured that I was going to have a really weird combination of flavours including heat. I figured it would be particularly agonizing for me since it was a gum, and the flavours would sit in my mouth for a really long time. What happened was actually more memorable, somehow they actually kind of made it work.

Click here to find out why spicy cola gum isn't the worst idea in the world.

2 - Boran "Black Bean" (Ice Cream)

Sometimes when I get a treat I make assumptions. When I saw this ice cream treat, I thought there was no way that they would put black beans into an ice cream. I thought that maybe it was some kind of translation issue (since this is an Asian ice cream), or maybe they mistook black beans with red beans (a popular and tasty bean often used in Japanese desserts). It turns out I was wrong, they did just put black beans into an ice cream treat. Sure it wasn't the greatest treat in the world, but I can now safely say that I've eaten black beans in my ice cream.

Click here to find out why this back bean ice cream treat doesn't really work.

3 - Skittles "Dips"

This was a candy that I truly misjudged. I almost misjudged it so much that I wasn't going to review it. Then a reader posted something about it on their Facebook page and it intrigued me. As it turns out I misjudged everything about these Skittles, even how great they actually were. It's not often you get a company making a new version of a treat that works this well. It's something we should encourage, which is why it's worth mentioning on this list.

Click here to find out why I liked these Skittles "Dips".

4 - Smith's "Lamington" (Chips)

You wouldn't think that potatoes would go with so many desserts. But over the years I've learned that you should never underestimate the majestic potato. While I've eaten hundreds of different flavours of potato chips, these really stuck out to me. Most of all because they were not only weird, but they were also what I would expect a potato chip that's flavour with a coconut cake to taste like. I guess I also appreciate that novelty (for me as a North American) of eating a potato chip themed to a truly Australian dessert.

Click here to find out what happens when cakes and chips collide.

5 - Watermelon Bites

This treat surprised me in two ways. First of all the design of this candy is amazing. The level of detail to make this candy look fantastic was truly astonishing. Just to give you an example, you can peel each watermelon slice, and eat the two parts separately. The seeds are even made up of a different kind of candy than the flesh. The second thing that surprised me is that I believe it is the highest ranked watermelon candy on this site. That's a pretty big feat considering how much I generally hate eating watermelon flavoured candy.

Click here to marvel at this candies design. 

These may not be all the strange candies I've eaten this year, but these are truly the ones that stick out in my mind after going over my list of treats I've reviewed this year. I'm looking optimistically at 2021. While I'm starting this year in Canada, I'm taking the time to look at candies I had somehow forgotten to review. I'm also very interested in what candy makers are going to come up with. I feel like candy innovation is around the corner.

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Monday, January 04, 2021

It's A New Year!!!

I feel like every new year I re-think candycritic.org a little bit. I think it's healthy to do this because frankly if I'm not having fun doing this site, it's not worth doing. Most of the time, around this time of year, I think about what I'm posting, and if I'm enjoying creating the content. I'll be 100% honest with you, the only thing I constantly enjoy posting on candycritic.org all of the time are the reviews. Everything else falls in and out of favour for me at one point or another. There have been blog posts that I really didn't have fun writing, videos that became more of a pain to make than anything else, but I always like finding new candies to review. This is all to say that you might find a few changes on the site over the next few weeks. I can tell you for certain that the reviews, like today's fun new review, will keep coming, but other things are going to change a little.

Click here to check out the first review of 2021.

Also be sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram (we haven't given up on that yet either).

Be sure to also pick up the latest issue of Snack Facts.

And be sure to check out some of our new swag at our store.

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Friday, January 01, 2021

A Special Episode Of Chris, Why Would You Eat That?!!

Happy New Year, here's a special episode of Chris, Why Would You Eat That?!! to bring in this new year... and kick 2020 to the curb.

Be sure to thank me on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter.

Or even consider buying a copy of my new mini comic called Snack Facts.

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