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message 1: by Agathafrye (new)

Agathafrye | 751 comments Mod
It's been quiet in here, so I'm going to ask a question that I know everyone will have an opinion on. So... what's your favorite candy? What candy sucks ass? Discuss.

message 2: by Jackie "the Librarian" (last edited Oct 01, 2008 09:25PM) (new)

Jackie "the Librarian" | 259 comments Mod
York Peppermint Patties rule! Especially right now, when you can get York Peppermint Batties:

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message 3: by Emmett (new)

Emmett | 3 comments I was just thinking about this a few days ago, but in relation to the corner stores of my youth.

Charleston Chew!

message 4: by A.J. (last edited Oct 02, 2008 12:35PM) (new)

A.J. (ajash) | 32 comments I love pretty much anything gummy-bears, peaches, fighter jets, penguins. Yes, I said penguins. Yum.

On the opposite end of the texture spectrum, I LURVE Jordon Almonds as well.

Hate? Black licorice. Yick.

Jackie "the Librarian" | 259 comments Mod
I don't like sticky candy that feels like it's going to pull my fillings out. No gummi for me!

message 6: by Merwyn (new)

Merwyn Haskett | 46 comments Gummis - regular and sour - jellybeans - spice drops - red AND black licorice - horehounds - and last week I ate a scorpion that was imbedded in a sucker.

I can do without chocolate. I don't hate chocolate, but once I eat a smidge my body goes into some kind of glycaemia shutdown and I get lethargic (that, along with having a feeling where I couldn't swallow another single chocolate sprinkle.)

message 7: by Agathafrye (new)

Agathafrye | 751 comments Mod
I'll do my current top ten...

good dark chocolate
black licorice (particularly Panda licorice)
sesame candy
chewy ginger candy
Andes Candies
peanut butter cups
peanut brittle
Sour Patch kids
Jolly Rancher watermelon
Dots tied with gummi bears (I know, totally cheating)

Red licorice isn't licorice, I say to you! Also, white chocolate is not chocolate. Boo on white chocolate.

I need to go look at a Peppermint Batty now because my computer can't see Jackie's picture...

message 8: by Agathafrye (new)

Agathafrye | 751 comments Mod
My daughter loves Charleston Chews, for the record.

Jackie "the Librarian" | 259 comments Mod
I know! I could see it last night, but now it's a red x. What happened???

message 10: by Agathafrye (new)

Agathafrye | 751 comments Mod
I can only find wrapped pictures! I might have to go buy one now.

Jackie "the Librarian" | 259 comments Mod
They look like a blobby bat signal, Agathafrye:

message 12: by Agathafrye (new)

Agathafrye | 751 comments Mod
Nice picture! Do they come with a projector?

Jackie "the Librarian" | 259 comments Mod
Of course! And apparently the projector works without even needing to be plugged in!

message 14: by Agathafrye (new)

Agathafrye | 751 comments Mod
That is truly bat-magical.

message 15: by Agathafrye (new)

Agathafrye | 751 comments Mod
You know what other candies are good? Mary Janes and Bit-O-Honeys. I also love Coffee Crisps, Violet Crumbles, and Aeros, which are found more readily in Canada and England.

Jackie "the Librarian" | 259 comments Mod
I've never heard of Mary Janes, Agathafrye. I do love Bit-O-Honeys, despite their stickiness.

Hey, do you need a ride tonight?

message 17: by Agathafrye (new)

Agathafrye | 751 comments Mod
Naw. I might take a ride home, though. Thanks for asking!

Jackie "the Librarian" | 259 comments Mod
Sure! See you there.

message 19: by Agathafrye (new)

Agathafrye | 751 comments Mod
Candy update: has anyone ever had the white grapefruit slices that they sell in bulk at Top Foods? YUM. My new favorite candy. Also, how about that Top Foods bulk candy section?

message 20: by A.J. (new)

A.J. (ajash) | 32 comments I used to love the Top bulk foods, until they revamped and raised all the prices. Now, the candy up front in regular bags is usually cheaper than the bulk by the pound, which defeats the whole purpose if you ask me. Not that that stops me from buying those gummy peaches every once in a while...those are crack. I haven't tried the grapefruit-I can only handle one candy fruit obsession at a time. :>

message 21: by Rachael (new)

Rachael (geminilady77) | 16 comments Wow, I've never seen this thread before, but it's right up my alley! Particularly since I'm in the midst of dieting and denying myself all candy goods - I think I should torture myself a little with a few comments about yummy and icky candy.

Yum! Cinnamon bears. Cinnamon saltwater taffy. Heath Bars. Plain ol' chocolate - Hershey's or good ol' dark chocolate of any variety. Carmel.

Ick! Black licorice. Sen-Sens. Green, yellow and orange Skittles. Those orbs of hard candy - not so much because of the flavor, but more because I distinctly remember several times as a kid choking on them as they jammed themselves into my windpipe. (You'd think that'd stop me? No.)

Random Comments: What about Magic Shell? There's something so great about that stuff! And yet, it totally is also a scary, plastic-tasting product. But it's got so much nostalgia that I still love it.

I made some candied orange peels recently that were super yummy. What a great and simple thing to do with peels! They were quite tasty.

message 22: by Agathafrye (new)

Agathafrye | 751 comments Mod
Alex, the bulk candy prices did go up, you're right! I thought it seemed kind of expensive the last time I went there. The overall variety and the train traveling around the top of the section almost make up for it, though.

Orange peels candied with chocolate are called orangettes, which is also the name of one of my favorite food blogs: orangette.blogspot.com

Licorice seems to be a love or hate kinda thing for people. I love black licorice, personally, and the stronger the better.

You know what's good? Heath Bars with vanilla ice cream, or Heath Bar pie/cake. A Heath Bar alone is too much for me, but as a crushed element of something else, you can't go wrong.

What's a Sen-Sen?

I also choked on a hard candy, and my mom still tells the story of sticking her finger down my throat and hooking the candy out as I turned blue. I was maybe one at the time. I wonder how many other kids in the world have choked on hard candies before the age of 5?

message 23: by Agathafrye (new)

Agathafrye | 751 comments Mod
Another candy update: I went to a candy store in Ocean Shores last week that was awesome. Almost all of the candy was bulk, and the owners of this store were the most enthusiastic candy connoisseurs that I have ever encountered. They encourage you to taste stuff, and there is a palpable feeling of candy excitement in the store. Plus, they had the licorice pipes that my grandpa used to give me when I was a youngun. Next time you're in Ocean Shores, check the store out. Buddy & Howie's Old Fashioned Sweet Shoppe. Hells yes.

message 24: by Agathafrye (new)

Agathafrye | 751 comments Mod
Some of the candy zines I've enjoyed inspired me to make my own very small candy zine. I'll make copies for anyone who's interested and bring them to book group. Best candy zines: Sugar Needle and Funwater Awesome #3, which contains an exhaustive review of candy sources in the Tumwater area.

message 25: by Agathafrye (new)

Agathafrye | 751 comments Mod
Also, still don't know what Sen Sens are.

message 26: by Maura (new)

Maura | 5 comments Sen Sens are very small, hard, bitter licorice candy. But to call them candy may be a misnomer. I think they are meant to be medicinal. They are about the size of double grain of rice.

message 27: by Agathafrye (new)

Agathafrye | 751 comments Mod
I like the way you described the size, Maura. I might need to try those the next time I come across them.

message 28: by Raina (new)

Raina | 106 comments Mod
On the subject of candy: I second Meghan's recommend of the book Candyfreak by Steve Almond.

On the subject of Funwater Awesome: I thoroughly recommend the zine, and I'm so stoked to hear that Zach finally came out with volume 3!!! Need to email him and get it...

message 29: by Agathafrye (new)

Agathafrye | 751 comments Mod
3 AND 4, Raina. He released them at the same time, that scoundrel. There's a chance he'll be coming to book club this week. Also- you can buy his zines through Ms. Valerie Park distro (or, check them out at the library and up my circ stats)...

message 30: by Raina (new)

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message 31: by Brian (new)

Brian (nerdbrarian) British sweets were the best. Like Sherbet Fountains. A Sherbet Fountain is a tube full of powder--of which the main ingredients are sugar, flour, corn starch, and baking soda. You suck up or dip into the concoction with a licorice straw. It's perfectly horrible. Also, Parma Violets, which taste a bit like licking a grandmother.

message 32: by Agathafrye (new)

Agathafrye | 751 comments Mod
Sherbet Fountains sound like Lik'M'Aid, which always sounded kind of dirty to me. Except, even more disgustingly, you lick a popsicle stick-like candy, then dip it into the powder, and then lick it off. Over and over. Yuck. How do you know what licking a grandmother is like?

message 33: by Brian (last edited Jan 28, 2010 09:24AM) (new)

Brian (nerdbrarian) Mmm, fun dip. Used to eat those all the time in high school. Sherbet Fountains aren't nearly as sweet. The main appeal is the way the sodium bicarbonate and tartaric/citric acid makes it all fizzy in your mouth. The same powdery substance in the center of a sherbet lemon (of Harry Potter fame).

message 34: by Kate (new)

Kate Agathafrye and Brian, Did you read The Tin Drum? Do you remember the role of fizzy candy in that book? I'd say not dirty but definitely erotic!

message 35: by Meesh (new)

Meesh | 2 comments No discussion of candy would be complete without a mention of Pynchon's Disgusting English Candy Drill from Gravity's Rainbow- here's a link to that excerpt, enjoy:


message 36: by Agathafrye (new)

Agathafrye | 751 comments Mod
Kate, never read the Tin Drum, but it's been on my list forever. Meesh, that excerpt is bizarre! It makes me want to attempt to replicate all of those items. And, read Gravity's Rainbow, which I can't say I've ever really wanted to read before. We were talking about salty candies last night at our book group...

message 37: by Kate (new)

Kate Meesh, that was GREAT. I gasped, I laughed, I thought of my mother who is from England. I will have to read Gravity's Rainbow.

message 38: by Agathafrye (new)

Agathafrye | 751 comments Mod
I'm participating in a candy exchange right now, and I'm making a little zine to go along with it. I'm going to include the story of my recent experience making marshmallows, which was awful and resulted in me ruining my fairly new candy thermometer and also destroying my kitchen by splattering sticky sugar mayhem everywhere. Just wanted to share...

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