Monday, September 20, 2021

It Depends Where You Are

One of the questions I get from people about doing a website where I review candy is, "Won't you run out of candies to review?". There's an assumption that everything we see on our grocery store shelves is all the candies available in the entire world. This week's review reminded me that even when you have the "same candy" it's not always exactly the same. There are plenty of candies to taste, and even those classic candies might not be the same from place to place. So don't worry, I don't see myself running out of candies to review anytime soon.

Click here to find out if M&Ms are the same everywhere.

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Friday, September 17, 2021

I Feel Dirty

I feel like the slide when the peanut is jumping into the pool is kind of X-rated.

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Thursday, September 16, 2021

Get The Snack Facts Bundle!

Well it's all over, Snack Facts has finished it's 12 (plus one) issue run and now it's all available to you right now!

Join Sir Francis Sweetums as he and his compatriot Barbara (a sugar glider) discover all the fun facts about snacks. You can learn about gum, potato chips, holiday treats and even more. Each issue is available individually for only 50 cents, or you can get the entire collection 13 issues for 5 bucks.

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Wednesday, September 15, 2021

It's Time To Look Back At A Couple of Classic Candies

Normally for In Hindsight I re-taste a candy I reviewed a while back and see if I still think it's the same. Today I've decided to not only taste a couple of classic candies I've already reviewed, but also compare them to each other to find out which one is better.

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Monday, September 13, 2021

Candy Themes I Don't Understand

It's not very often that I get a candy that has a complete back story that I don't know at all. It most often happens when it's a candy from a place I've never lived, like this week's review. There's something made by Haribo Germany called Maoam. I don't know what that words means and I don't understand the candy. I still enjoy the candy for the most part, but I never really know what to expect. There are a few western candy campaigns that I don't get, most notably the Twix pick a side campaign. I feel like I'm missing something in this campaign because I just don't get it.

Click here to read about these Maoam candies and tell me if you understand it.

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Friday, September 10, 2021

The M&Ms Dream

When I was a kid, I really wished that this is was how M&Ms were made. Now I wish it even more.

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Thursday, September 09, 2021

It's Time To Facts All The Snacks

Well it's all over, Snack Facts has finished it's 12 (plus one) issue run and now it's all available to you right now!

Join Sir Francis Sweetums as he and his compatriot Barbara (a sugar glider) discover all the fun facts about snacks. You can learn about gum, potato chips, holiday treats and even more. Each issue is available individually for only 50 cents, or you can get the entire collection 13 issues for 5 bucks.

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Monday, September 06, 2021

A Cup Full Of Chips

I feel like the trend of sweet and savoury is starting to become completely normal. When I was a kid the idea of mixing sweet and savoury was something totally new. There were only a few salty snacks that you would see in a sweet form, and almost every time you'd see them the salt would be removed. Things like popcorn and peanuts would be in both, but you'd almost never find salty popcorn or salted peanuts with anything sweet. I feel like chocolate covered pretzels and potato chips were the first to cross over. Then, as people got used to it, these treats became less special and more mainstream. Today I feel like there's enough sweet and salty treats out there that I should dedicate and entire section of candycritic.org to this combination of flavours.

Click here to read my latest sweet and salty review.

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Friday, September 03, 2021

Thursday, September 02, 2021

Get All Of The Snack Facts

Well it's all over, Snack Facts has finished it's 12 (plus one) issue run and now it's all available to you right now!

Join Sir Francis Sweetums as he and his compatriot Barbara (a sugar glider) discover all the fun facts about snacks. You can learn about gum, potato chips, holiday treats and even more. Each issue is available individually for only 50 cents, or you can get the entire collection 13 issues for 5 bucks.

Have a snacking adventure and learn something by picking up Snack Facts here.

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Monday, August 30, 2021

Time To Mix It Up

Over the years I've had a love/hate relationship with candy varieties. In the early creation of this site I was always disappointed when a candy company came out with a different version of a classic candy. Today I'm a little more hopeful and excited. I feel like candy companies have become better at creating different versions of their classic treats. I feel like in the past the variations would always be really simple, like slapping a bit of caramel on it, or making it dark instead of milk chocolate. Today these versions are much more sophisticated, and I give a lot of credit to the Kit Kat bar. Specifically the folks at Kit Kat Japan who broke the mold when it comes to changing up a classic.

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Friday, August 27, 2021

Wednesday, August 25, 2021

What Has Covid Done To Candy Critic

In this episode of Junk Fud and You I talk about how Covid has affected Candy Critic as well as the candy industry.

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Monday, August 23, 2021

When Snack Companies Meet

When snack companies work together it seems very polarizing. I feel like these snack combinations either fail miserably or succeed beyond any expectations. I think it all depends on the amount of thought put into these snack combinations. The first step is that the combination has to make sense. The second is that they don't necessarily give what makes them best as an individual snack. Instead these snacks have to give what makes best for the combination. I often find that flavours and textures can clash rather than work together. This is all to say that this is truly a meeting of snacks that truly makes sense, and both contribute the perfect elements to each other.


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Friday, August 20, 2021

I Don't Like The Road Runner

While I'm happy to see the Coyote messing up himself, I feel like the Road Runner shouldn't have stolen his bar at the end.

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Wednesday, August 18, 2021

Hello Possible Stomach Pain

This is one of the few times that I watched the video back and while I was watching it tried to convince past me that maybe you shouldn't actually eat this.

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Monday, August 16, 2021

Birthday Cake, But It's Not My Birthday.

I don't really understand this birthday cake trend. From what I can tell "birthday cake" flavoured treats are often full of sprinkles (technically not a flavour) and have a very strong vanilla flavour. If this is correct, then here's what I don't get. First of all I've never had a birthday cake flavoured birthday cake. I feel like most of my birthday cakes were either chocolate or some kind of ice cream cake. Secondly, isn't this form of birthday cake actually just a vanilla flavoured cake? So if you flavour anything else with this flavour, it's vanilla flavoured and no longer really related to a birthday cake. It just doesn't make that much sense to me and frankly I've never been wowed with anything that's birthday cake flavoured.

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Friday, August 13, 2021

Monday, August 09, 2021

S'Mores In Candy

I feel like s'mores should be the easiest treat to reproduce in candy form, but frankly I don't know if I've ever found a treat that pulled off the perfect match. I've tried s'mores ice cream, candy bar, and even cookies, but nothing has been able to match the pure bliss that is biting into a warm s'mores fresh off the fire. I feel like it's a fools errand to try and recreate this treat, but I'm always happy to try out any candy companies attempt.

Click here to find out how Cadbury did in this difficult attempt.

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Friday, August 06, 2021

Tuesday, August 03, 2021

Monday, August 02, 2021

Not All Kit Kat Bars Are The Same

I think we can all agree that not all Kit Kat bars are the same. After all there's not way that a milk chocolate Kit Kat will taste anything at all like a wasabi flavoured Kit Kat bar. There is however one thing about American Kit Kat bars that's a little strange, and that's the fact that they're made by Hershey's. Everywhere else in the world Kit Kat bars are made by Nestle, but for some reason Hershey makes all the Kit Kat bars in the US. I'm sure there's some kind of guideline that they follow to keep them in line with the Nestle bars, but I will be honest, in general I find American Kit Kat bars to be less superior to just about any other Kit Kat bar.

Click here to read my latest Kit Kat bar review that just happens to be American.

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Friday, July 30, 2021

Thursday, July 29, 2021

A Cookie Filled Issue Of Snack Facts.

Don't miss out on the latest issue of Snack Facts. Join Sir Francis Sweetums and his compatriot Barbara as they learn some fun facts about the cookie. 

This is also the last issue of Snack Facts in this series. So don't miss out on the chance to have a complete collection. We're also going to be selling printed version of Snack Facts very soon. Each printed issue in the first run comes signed by me. We'll be selling them individually and in sets. Some issues might even have a bonus sketch inside.

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Wednesday, July 28, 2021

Thursday, July 22, 2021

Bite Down on This Issue of Snack Facts!

Don't miss out on the latest issue of Snack Facts. Join Sir Francis Sweetums and his compatriot Barbara as they learn some fun facts about the cookie. 

This is also the last issue of Snack Facts in this series. So don't miss out on the chance to have a complete collection. We're also going to be selling printed version of Snack Facts very soon. Each printed issue in the first run comes signed by me. We'll be selling them individually and in sets. Some issues might even have a bonus sketch inside.

Click here to pick up the digital version of issue 12 of Snack Facts.

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Wednesday, July 21, 2021

Monday, July 19, 2021

Is Boring Candy Interesting?

These Nibs made me think a little bit about what makes a candy interesting. Bright colours, interesting shapes, fun textures? In some ways these Nibs get a check in each category, yet I wouldn't call them interesting at all. I might even go so far as to call these the opposite of interesting, but I wouldn't call them boring. It's as if these Nibs somehow manage to be so simple and dull that I'm totally fascinated about who would come up with this idea, how one could market these, and why they've been on the market for so long. I ate an entire giant bag of these Nibs trying to figure this out, and I had a really good time.

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Friday, July 16, 2021

Sour Patch Jerks?

I like these Sour Patch Kids commercials, but I wouldn't want the Sour Patch Kids to be my friends.

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Thursday, July 15, 2021

A New Snack Facts Is Here!

Don't miss out on the latest issue of Snack Facts. Join Sir Francis Sweetums and his compatriot Barbara as they learn some fun facts about the cookie. 

This is also the last issue of Snack Facts in this series. So don't miss out on the chance to have a complete collection. We're also going to be selling printed version of Snack Facts very soon. Each printed issue in the first run comes signed by me. We'll be selling them individually and in sets. Some issues might even have a bonus sketch inside.

Click here to pick up the digital version of issue 12 of Snack Facts.

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Tuesday, July 13, 2021

The Gummy Bear Is King

I feel like the gummy bear is the king of the candy world. Make sure you're wearing this shirt if you happen to run into one.

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Monday, July 12, 2021

I Don't Think I Like Menthol

Fairly often I find that I've discovered a new candy or kind of candy that I love, rarely do I find one that I don't like. While I don't hate all menthol candies, I'm finding that recently more and more candies using this cool ingredient seem to be using it wrong. It has got to a point where if I find a candy that has the word "cool" or "menthol" on it and it's not mint, then I'm a little nervous about trying it. I understand what Hershey's is doing here with the menthol flavour, but I just don't think it works. It's almost as if they saw the design of this bar on paper, then didn't bother to actually taste it when it was done.


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Friday, July 09, 2021

I Want This Phone

While I probably can't get a coconut phone, I'd at least love to have this as a ringtone.

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Monday, July 05, 2021

Everything Is Not Clear

I think we all have mixed feelings about surprises. A surprise is great when it's something you enjoy, but it's horrible when it's something you don't. This is often the case with candies, as they are probably the food where surprises are the most common. After all, the idea of getting a hamburger and finding a "surprise" is something that scares most people. A gumball filled with something surprising sounds a lot better, but only if it's something you like. If I got a gumball filled with fake watermelon flavoured goo I'd be really disappointed and might even spit it out. If this gumball was filled with cherry goo I'd be super happy. These Malo Cups had a surprise, and I wasn't really that happy about it.

Click here to find out what surprise made me a little upset.

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Friday, July 02, 2021

Caramel M&Ms

I think the M&Ms characters are some of the longest running candy spokes characters still around. Best of all they seem to re-invent the idea on a regular basis.

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Wednesday, June 30, 2021

Monday, June 28, 2021

Good Chocolate, Fun Ingredients

Most people seem to assume that good chocolate is something that should be reserved for serious fillings and flavour combinations. I argue that more candy companies that use high quality chocolate should consider using more fun ingredients. I feel like there's a divide, and that I'll never see a Cote D'Or chocolate bar with gummy bears in it. I feel like there's some kind of mental barrier that stops fine chocolate shops from adding fun ingredients, like grown ups are the only ones to eat fine chocolate, and they don't like anything fun in their chocolates. I feel like Cadbury is doing it right, good quality chocolate with fun things inside it. I just wish more candy makers would do the same.

Click here to see a great example of good quality chocolate with a fun twist.

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Friday, June 25, 2021

Are Angry Birds Still A Thing?

I don't think I've played Angry Birds in years, yet apparently you can still buy candy themed to this fun game.

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Thursday, June 24, 2021

Be Cool And Buy My Comic

Make sure to check out the latest issue of Snack Facts all about the coolest treat in the world, ice cream. Follow Sir Francis Sweetums and his compatriot Barbara as they explore the creamy history of one of the most popular summer desserts in the world.


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Monday, June 21, 2021

Time To Chew My Review

There's a lot of science that goes into making candy. It's not just the chemistry that actually goes into it either. Psychology is also a really important part of the candy making game. This gum reminded me of that. I'm not sure if the people who invented Big League Chew actually thought about these effects, but this candy hit my memory bank hard.

Click here to find out why this gum triggered some amazing memories.

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Friday, June 18, 2021

Have You Ever Eaten a Summit Bar?

At first I didn't want to like this bar, then I saw the peanuts on top of a wafer idea and now I want to try it really bad.

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Thursday, June 17, 2021

Do You Scream For Ice Cream?

Make sure to check out the latest issue of Snack Facts all about the coolest treat in the world, ice cream. Follow Sir Francis Sweetums and his compatriot Barbara as they explore the creamy history of one of the most popular summer desserts in the world.


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Wednesday, June 16, 2021

It's Time To Look Back At The Kraft Caramel

In this new episode of In Hindsight I look back at the simple yet classic Kraft Caramel. This is a candy that's been around as long as I can remember. It's nothing special, but it's also very special all at the same time.

Click here to read the review I wrote about it before.

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Monday, June 14, 2021

I Love These

I've always loved Cool Ranch Doritos, and as far as I can imagine Frito-Lay could never improve on this. The thing that blows my mind is that I haven't written a review for these before. I've been writing about candy for more than 15 years, so I'm pretty sure that I've eaten a few bags of Doritos Cool Ranch since starting this site. I've just never thought about reviewing them. I'm kind of glad that I did, because as you'll read in the review, there's actually something fundamentally wrong with them. Having said that I will eat these again, even if I die tomorrow because chances are that on my death bed this will be something I request.

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Friday, June 11, 2021

Chocolate And Peanut Butter

I really miss the old Reese's Peanut Butter Cup commercials that always involved some person accidentally sticking a bar of chocolate into someone else's peanut butter.

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Thursday, June 10, 2021

Chill Out And Pick Up The Latest Issue Of Snack Facts!

Make sure to check out the latest issue of Snack Facts all about the coolest treat in the world, ice cream. Follow Sir Francis Sweetums and his compatriot Barbara as they explore the creamy history of one of the most popular summer desserts in the world.


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Monday, June 07, 2021

Yogurt or Not

I'm always a little surprised that more candy companies in Europe and North America don't use yogurt as a candy flavour. I think the only exception are yogurt covered raisins and occasionally peanuts. The thing about a yogurt flavour is the flexibility to work with other flavours, in particular fruity flavours. Adding this slightly tart flavour gives what could be an overly sweet flavour a wider audience.

Click here to find out if this fun yogurt candy worked or not.

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Friday, June 04, 2021

Does This Work?

I've always been skeptical about this trick and I don't think I'll ever try it. My problem is that I can't see myself wasting a bunch of M&Ms.

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Thursday, June 03, 2021

Issue 11 of Snack Facts Is Here!!!


Make sure to check out the latest issue of Snack Facts all about the coolest treat in the world, ice cream. Follow Sir Francis Sweetums and his compatriot Barbara as they explore the creamy history of one of the most popular summer desserts in the world.


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Tuesday, June 01, 2021

The First 6 Poster

Last week we posted about our First 6 t-shirt, featuring the art from the first 6 issues of Snack Facts. Today we're proud to present the First 6 poster that you can hang on your wall to class up your house.

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Monday, May 31, 2021

Double Vision?

To me, this candy totally makes sense, but that's because I'm Canadian. While I'm not sure if this is the most Canadian candy ever made, I'm pretty sure it only makes sense if you are Canadian. To understand this bar you have to be familiar with a Coffee Crisp and Tim Horton's. To Canadians both of these things are very familiar, I would even say that these are every day foods in Canada. Some Canadians might not even realise that these are Canadian exclusives since they're so common in Canada.


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Friday, May 28, 2021

A Classic Gum Campaign

I never realized how long Double Mint Gum has been using twins in their commercials.

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Thursday, May 27, 2021

Don't Be Soft, Buy The Latest Issue Of Snack Facts


Don't forget to check out the latest adventure with Sir Francis Sweetums and his compatriot Barbara. In this issue of Snack Facts we see our heroes learning all about the fluffiest of treats the marshmallow. Join them and learn all about this history and strange origins of this treat that objectively is very weird.

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Wednesday, May 26, 2021

On The Road With Nanaimo Bars

In this episode of Junk Fud on the Road Chris and Allison look at one of the most Canadian of all desserts, the Nanaimo bar. Learn about how this bar is not only a Canadian staple, but also a code for Canadians abroad.

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Monday, May 24, 2021

Texture As A Variety

Today when we see different varieties of candies, the thing that's often the difference is the flavour. It's much more rare for candy companies to change the texture of their classic candies at all when they come out with a new variety. Even more rare is candy companies coming out with a new variety of their classic treats and the only real difference is the texture. The folks at Werther's did just that, and it worked pretty well.

Click here to find out about the texture differences between Original Werther's and the chewy version.

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Friday, May 21, 2021

A History Of Vanilla

 This is one of the best explanations of the history of vanilla I've ever seen.

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Thursday, May 20, 2021

From Strange Flower to Small Soft Thing We Find In Our Cereal Bowl on Saturday Mornings


Don't forget to check out the latest adventure with Sir Francis Sweetums and his compatriot Barbara. In this issue of Snack Facts we see our heroes learning all about the fluffiest of treats the marshmallow. Join them and learn all about this history and strange origins of this treat that objectively is very weird.

Make sure to pick up the latest issue and any back issues you might want here.

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Wednesday, May 19, 2021

Time To Eat Peanut Butter Cups Wrong

Reese used to have an advertising campaign that said "there is no wrong way to eat a peanut butter cup". I disagree.

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You can also check out the latest issue of Snack Facts, a comic all about snacks and candy.

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Tuesday, May 18, 2021

Monday, May 17, 2021

Better With Chocolate

I've always said that just about anything can be improved with chocolate. This new candy review is a fine example of that. It's even something one might not normally think of working with chocolate, but it does. There's really only one thing that I might argue has never worked with chocolate, and that's onions. I've had a few treats with dried onions mixed with chocolate, and I've never been happy while eating it. This isn't to say that I will avoid anything with onions and chocolate in the future. In fact if you have an onion chocolate combination that you think works, let me know, I'd really like to be able to say that everything works with chocolate, but right now I can't.

Click here to read about this tasty and somewhat odd chocolate and rice cracker combination.

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Friday, May 14, 2021

Sanding Down A Jaw Breaker

Not only is it satisfying to watch a Jaw Breaker get sanded on a belt sander, it's absolutely beautiful on the inside.

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Thursday, May 13, 2021

This Issue Of Snack Facts Is Not Soft, But It Might Be Squishy


Don't forget to check out the latest adventure with Sir Francis Sweetums and his compatriot Barbara. In this issue of Snack Facts we see our heroes learning all about the fluffiest of treats the marshmallow. Join them and learn all about this history and strange origins of this treat that objectively is very weird.

Make sure to pick up the latest issue and any back issues you might want here.

You can also join our Patreon and get new issues sent to you, and even have access to the entire back issue library.

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