Your humble editor devotes a fair amount of his brain power to the world of movie food. That typically means eating unhealthy quantities of consumables from movie tie-in menus. For too long, though, he’s looked beyond the movie theater while ignoring the bountiful cornucopia of degustation available at the local multiplex.

To that end, he has spent the last several weeks and months carefully sampling (in most cases resampling, let’s be honest) the vast array of movie theater concessions in order to rank them all on a definitive master list. That list does not include popcorn, the obvious, best movie theater snack, for one simple reason: It is a snack, not a candy. That’s the same reason you won’t find hot dogs, nachos, chicken tenders, and the rest of theaters’ often-questionable savory food items below. This is just a list of movie candies.

You might be wondering what sort of scientific criteria he applied to the creation of such a list. Here was his methodology: He ate a lot of movie candy. That was pretty much it.

The results are arguably more personal than objective. You may find you disagree. Just know that this list was made with passion, sincerity, and more than a little indigestion. From worst to first, our picks are:

27. Sno-Caps

We have an entire article explaining this pick, so just to reiterate: Sno-Caps are gross and should never be eaten.

26. Red Vines

I’m not sure why Twizzlers vs. Red Vines are even a debate. The only reason anyone would pick a box of Red Vines over a bag Twizzlers is if they’d never eaten a Twizzler before. They taste like expired cough medicine that’s congealed into solid form.

25. Mike and Ike

There are many fruit-related candies available at the movie theater concession stand and, in my mind, Mike and Ike is the least appealing of them all. I don’t think I’ve ever eaten one that tasted fresh. They can update the packaging all they want; the little nuggets inside still taste like they’ve been sitting in one of those bowling alley vending machines for 25 years.

24. MIlk Duds

Milk Duds aren’t bad, they’re just ... a lot. They get stuck in your teeth and clog up your mouth. If you buy Milk Duds you are also committing to buying a $8 drink, because no one can eat an entire box of Milk Duds dry. It’s scientifically impossible. Your throat would explode.

23. Jujyfruits

Again, there are other, superior fruit candies out there. Plus, they totally cost Elaine her relationship and her job in that one Seinfeld episode.

22. Whoppers

Malt belongs in milkshakes, not in little chocolate balls. That’s my position.

21. Gummy Bears

Concessions tend to come in giant bags, which is great for some snacks and bad for others. Gummy bears are great in small portions, but have you ever eaten an entire bag of them? It’s just too much gummy bear.

20. Cookie Dough Bites

Cookie dough is one of the great scams in American history. They tricked people into buying uncooked dough! What’s next? Uncooked pasta bites? Raw vegetables? No way.

19. Welch’s Fruit Snacks

A stronger alternative to Gummy Bears, with more varied (and more natural-tasting) fruit flavors. Plus they advertise that “Fruit Is Our 1st Ingredient!” so you can almost trick yourself into believing you are eating healthy.

18. Reese’s Pieces

Reese’s Pieces do have the movie connection with their crucial supporting role in E.T., but they are one of the weaker Reese’s products. Now if they sold Reese’s cups or those Crispy Crunchy Bars, we might really have something.

17. Lemonheads

Solid and underrated. My one big gripe? The name. “Lemonheads” sounds like a slang for some unspeakable body part. If they were called something else, they would be at least five spots higher on the list.

16. Good & Plenty

I fully recognize that licorice is an extremely divisive candy. Some love it, and some hate. I love it, and I love Good & Plenty at the movies. The concession stand version is gigantic, and because their licorice flavor is so strong, it takes a long time to eat the whole bag; this is one snack you won’t finish before the end of the trailers. Plus: They’re fat free!

15. Raisinets

They’re fine and all, but c’mon — they’re almost fruit. No one wants to eat healthy in a movie theater. That’s why you go to the movie theater: It’s a place you can eat garbage in the dark, where no one can see you and judge you. Not like they are that healthy anyway but the fact that you are anyway near fruit is the problem

14. Swedish Fish

Delicious (not to mention Swedish) but kind of one-note. After a little while, every bite with that exact same flavor begins to wear you out. A similarly textured but more varied candy will appear higher on our list.

13. Hot Tamales

Another love-it-or-hate-it option that this author enjoys. They have a nice, snappy texture, and a refreshing alternative to so many other candies that are so heavy with sugar they make you desperately thirsty.

12. Sweetart Ropes

A relatively new addition to the movie candy universe — and a surprisingly good one. These don’t taste much like chalky old SweeTarts to me — they used to be sold under another name — but I guess even the concession stand is not immune to the demands of branding. Whatever you want to call them, it’s very easy to devour an entire bag.

11. Butterfinger Bites

I don’t know about you, but when I see that “MOVIE PACK” logo on a box, I get a hit of endorphins.

10. Dots

Dots Flavors Power Ranking:

1. Red
2. Green
3. Yellow
4. Pink
5. Orange

9. Skittles

An absolute classic, and the bag you get at the movie theater for like $12 lasts you a hefty portion of the movie. Would be higher on our list if they hadn’t replaced the lime Skittle with green apple a few years ago, thus rendering Skittles Dead To Me Forever.

8. Buncha Crunch

Most miniature version of chocolate bars are inferior products, designed to appease kids on Halloween. Buncha Crunch might be the only instance where the derivative candy is actually superior to the original. Why would you eat a Crunch bar when you could pound handfuls of Crunchies instead? There’s no comparison.

7. M&Ms

The classic. Every variety is good (except maybe those weird cherry ones). One idea that someone should do: Create an M&Ms dispenser at the theater (sort of like the Coca-Cola Freestyle soda fountains) where you could create your own custom bag, and mix (just for example) plain with mint and pretzel.

6. Goobers

Full disclosure: I have a bad digestive system and really am not supposed to eat nuts and seeds. But I make an exception every once in a while for Goobers, which are far more delicious than anything called “Goobers” has any right to be.

5. Twizzlers

Or, as they are widely known, “The Good Red Vines.” If there is a limit to the number of Twizzlers a human being can consume in a single sitting, I have yet to find it.

4. Snickers Bites

One of the very best candy bars is solidly very good in bite-size form. Plus they’re unwrapped, cutting down the time between bag and mouth to an absolute minimum.

3. Junior Mints

Come on — who doesn’t love a Junior Mint? It’s chocolate, it’s peppermint. It’s delicious!

2. Sour Patch Kids

Like Swedish Fish, but with more flavor varieties, and the fun of those weird sour crystals. Not a bad flavor in the bunch, and a theater-sized bag goes a long way.

1. Starburst

Starburst checks pretty much every movie theater candy box. It’s got a good variety of flavors, they take forever to eat, and they have an appealing chewy texture without ever getting stuck in your teeth. It’s the clear number one.

Pastry Chef Attempts To Make Gourmet Oreos

Pastry Chef Attempts To Make Gourmet Oreos

What makes the oreo the king of the cookie? Claire attempts to find out as she makes a gourmet version of the greatest sandwich cookie of all time.

Pastry Chef Attempts To Make Gourmet Skittles

Pastry Chef Attempts To Make Gourmet Skittles

Claire Saffitz takes on another challenge, this time to recreate the tastes of the rainbow... Skittles, Gourmet-style.

British Candy Enthusiast Gets Rude Awakening

British Candy Enthusiast Gets Rude Awakening -


What Happens When You Add Molten Salt To Gummy Worms?

What Happens When You Add Molten Salt To Gummy Worms?

This is a perfect recipe for disaster.

The Differences Between White Chocolate And 'Real' Chocolate

The Differences Between White Chocolate And 'Real' Chocolate

White chocolate is clearly inferior to *chocolate* chocolate, right? Right?

Pastry Chef Attempts To Make Gourmet Gushers

Pastry Chef Attempts To Make Gourmet Gushers

Do you gush with curiosity over little, chewable sugar blobs filled with goo? Claire Saffitz deconstructs and improves one of our favorite childhood candies - Gourmet Gushers!

19 ~Spookily Hilarious~ Tweets to Get You In The Halloween Spirit

19 ~Spookily Hilarious~ Tweets to Get You In The Halloween Spirit

It’s mid-October, and all the grocery stores are now enormous Halloween Cities and your neighbor just asked what candy you’re handing out so as not to conflict with their candy. In case you’re not already in the Halloween spirit, or if you’ve skipped over Halloween and are already preparing for Christmas, let these tweets stir up your cauldron of spooky excitement. Yes, I said "your cauldron of spooky excitement". Four years of college and all I’ve got is "cauldron of spooky excitement". Anyway... tweets:























Can you choose the correct company that makes each Halloween treat?

How To Make Cotton Candy By Hand

How To Make Cotton Candy By Hand


 Clifford Endo is here to tell you that cotton candy is no longer just for carnivals. You're welcome. In this episode of You Can Do This! Cliff uses the ancient Chinese method used to make a dish called Dragon's Beard to spin out over 16000 strands of hand pulled sugar.

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 Can you pick the answers that fit into each category related to these sweet treats?


Texas Police Find $1 Million Worth Of Meth-Laced Lollipops In Drug Dealer’s Home

Texas Police Find $1 Million Worth Of Meth-Laced Lollipops In Drug Dealer’s Home

Maybe they just really like sweets?

Texas police have arrested Evonne Christine Mick and David Salinas, both 36, in connection to the burglary of a home filled with meth-laced lollipops. Police were responding to a call about a burglary when they spotted the pair leaving the home and packing their car with all those lollipops — so much so that police say they could barely close the door to their car.

“Even if they were not sold directly to a child, what if they were dropped anywhere in a neighborhood, and a child were to pick them up is going to see them and think its regular candy,” a sheriff’s spokesman told KHOU.

Investigators believe Mick had stayed at the home before, and she was returning to rob the drug house. Authorities are still trying to identify the producers of the drug. Mick and Salinas were charged with possession with intent to manufacture or deliver a controlled substance.


Skittles Releases A Weird And Slightly Disturbing Commercial In Time For Mother's Day

Skittles Releases A Weird And Slightly Disturbing Commercial In Time For Mother's Day


Mother's Day is May 14th, and Skittles just dropped this weird AF commercial to celebrate. You may want to watch this before you rush out to buy your mom her favorite candy.

The commercial starts off normal enough, with a mother and son pair enjoying a pack of Skittles together. Except, wait. Only the mother is eating the candies, but the son seems to be able to taste them, too? What is going on here?

Oh dear god.




Yeah, you and your mom might be close, but you are not that close.

I mean, I have to hand it to Skittles. They regularly top themselves when it comes to producing weird commercials.

What any of this has to do with candy I have no idea, but I guess the advertisement worked: this commercial will be burned into my memory forever.

Hershey’s Releases New Candy Bars With Flavors Like Cheesecake And BBQ For ‘Murica

Hershey’s Releases New Candy Bars With Flavors Like Cheesecake And BBQ For ‘Murica



Candy bars rule. This is a fact. I’m down for any candy bar at any time, but what Hershey’s is doing to their candy is rather eye-raising. The confections company is celebrating popular summer vacation states with their very own signature flavor of a Hershey’s classic. That includes a BBQ candy bar. Yes, you read that correctly, a BBQ candy bar.

The Hershey Company announced a nationwide rollout of special editions of their most popular candy – Kit Kat, Reese’s, Hershey’s Kisses, Twizzlers, and PayDay. The marketing promotion is titled “Taste of America.” Six states will be honored with their very own candy bar – California, Georgia, New York, Hawaii, Texas, and Florida.

California receives a strawberry-flavored Kit Kat, to celebrate the California Strawberry Festival.

The Peach State gets a honey-roasted peanut butter Reese’s because Georgia grows about 42% of all U.S. peanuts.

New York is honored with a cherry cheesecake version of Hershey’s chocolate bar.

Hawaii gets coconut and almond-flavored Hershey’s Kisses because macadamia nuts are too expensive I surmise.

Hershey’s couldn’t make a flavor that tasted like the crimes committed by “Florida Man,” so the Sunshine State gets two different Twizzler flavors: key lime pie and orange cream pop.

Hershey’s celebrates the state of Texas with a BBQ-flavored PayDay. The nutty candy will “combine the tang of bold BBQ-seasoned peanuts surrounding a chewy caramel center for a unique, Texas-inspired flavor.”

So are you down with a barbecue-flavored candy bar?

Good Mythical Morning Taste Tests 13-Year-Old Sour Altoids, And Other Discontinued Food Stuffs

Good Mythical Morning Taste Tests 13-Year-Old Sour Altoids, And Other Discontinued Food Stuffs

Well, we're not even sure if it's technically correct to call them Altoids at this point. Hardened, sugary dust sludge seems more appropriate.

Man Goes Absolutely BALLISTIC When His Credit Card Is Declined Buying M&M’s

Man Goes Absolutely BALLISTIC When His Credit Card Is Declined Buying M&M’s

That moment when you go to buy something and your credit card is declined is mortifying. Everyone in line is making assumptions about your broke ass. You just try another credit card right? Not this fuckstick. This maniac goes ballistic and looks to do harm to anyone or any cash register in his immediate vicinity.

On February 11, a gentleman was purchasing a bag of M&M’s at a 7-Eleven in Santa Ana, California. That’s when he got hit with the dreaded “Insufficient Funds” and his credit card was declined for the purchase of candy. That’s when keeping it real went wrong.

The unnamed man attacked the cashier when his 75-cent purchase was declined. Damn, it was that small snack size of M&M’s, not even like the 5-pound bag of M&M’s.

“How do we know the card wasn’t stolen? We don’t at this point. I mean it wasn’t reported,” said Cpl. Anthony Bertagna of the Santa Ana Police Department. “It just came up that it was non-sufficient funds to buy a 75 cent bag of M&M’s.”

Hopefully this is some really edgy guerilla marketing for M&M’s.

CCTV video shows the sugar-loving criminal attack the clerk, then shove the cash register and printer off the counter. Then throw bananas at another employee and push another register to the ground. Hey dude, eat a Snickers, you get angry when you’re hungry. Oh wait, nevermind. You trying to buy a Snickers with your credit card will probably cause you to have another meltdown and burn down the 7-Eleven.

Police estimate the damage caused to the store is around $700. I hope for his sake that they were at least Peanut M&M’s. I’d hate to see someone go to jail for five years over some plain M&M’s.

Police are currently looking for the nutjob.

Doesn’t this joker know that this is how you handle the embarrassing credit card declined moment?

Amazing Chocolate Geodes That Reveal Brightly Hued Rock Candy Crystals When Broken Open

Amazing Chocolate Geodes That Reveal Brightly Hued Rock Candy Crystals When Broken Open

Alex Yeats and Abby Wilcox, both student at the Culinary Institute of America in New York City, created absolutely gorgeous chocolate geodes that when broken open revealed a treasure of brightly hued semi-precious crystals, such as amethyst and carnelian, made out of rock candy. The project took about six months to bring to completion. Upon cracking open the first one, Yeats stated how much he loved the project.

The day has come and it only took 6 months!!Cracking these chocolate geodes has been the most exciting thing for me!!!











Candy Melting To Classical Music

Candy Melting To Classical Music

Erwin Trummer created this oddly satisfying compilation of various types of candy and chocolates melting on a hot griddle, set to classical music.


If You’re Gonna Rob A Gas Station Do It In A Shark Onesie Like This Guy Did

If You’re Gonna Rob A Gas Station Do It In A Shark Onesie Like This Guy Did

Because why the hell else would you buy a shark onesie?

The robbery, which occurred at a BP gas station in Canterbury, New Zealand, happened at about 2:20am, and featured two guys ready to rob the gas station. One guy was in some shorts and a hoodie, and armed with a hammer, while his accomplice decided to go with a shark onesie. Incredible.

This guy sure looks comfortable.

Apparently the two men smashed a glass shelf, which made the person behind the counter run towards the staff room where a co-worker was having a break.

And guess what? These guys walked away with a bunch of stolen candy. That’s it.

Police were called and searched the area but failed to find the shark and his idiot friend. Although, they should probably follow the trail of candy.



Christmas Hard Candy Being Made The Old Fashioned Way Is Quite Lovely

Christmas Hard Candy Being Made The Old Fashioned Way Is Quite Lovely

Candy canes, schmandy canes. Watching the folks at Lofty Pursuits make ribbon candies for Christmas is our new number one.

Only People Who Remember The 80’s Can Name These Popular Candies

Only People Who Remember The 80’s Can Name These Popular Candies


Can you name them all? :)

How 6 of Your Favorite Candy Bars Got Their Name

How 6 of Your Favorite Candy Bars Got Their Name


You see them in your grocery store, gas station, and TV on a near-daily basis, but have you ever stopped to wonder how your favorite candies got their names? No? You just like the way they taste and don't care that "Pez" is a really weird non-word? Okay, I get that, but why not get to know the history behind your favorite sugar-filled treats just a little better? After all, they're an everyday part of American life (and probably a significant part of why our health as a society is declining so rapidly).



Snickers Chocolate Candy Bar Unwrapped

This one's pretty simple — Franklin Mars, who founded Mars candy company, created the "Snickers" chocolate bar after his extremely successful Milky Way chocolate bar. “Snickers” was the name of a favorite horse that the Mars family owned, so he just said "f*ck it" (probably), and named the candy bar after a horse. (Hey, it's a better name for a chocolate bar than "Sea Biscuit".)




Forrest Mars Sr. went into business with Bruce Murrie, who was the son of Bill Murrie, former president of Hershey’s Chocolate. During World War II, Mars and Murrie began making the candy-coated chocolate treats together, hence the name "M&Ms". However, after the war ended, Mars pushed Murrie out of the partnership, which is why each candy only has one "M" printed on it.


Milk Duds


F. Hoffman & Company of Chicago set out to make chocolate covered-caramel treats that were perfectly round in 1926, but the manufacturing equipment couldn't produce the perfectly round shape the company wanted. One worker called these oddly shaped chocolates “duds”. They still tasted good, though, so the company said "f*ck it" (again, probably), and produced them despite their imperfections, giving them the name "Milk Duds".


3 Musketeers

3 Musketeers Chocolate Candy Bar Unwrapped

When the 3 Musketeers bar was introduced in 1932, it had three different flavors: chocolate, vanilla, and strawberry, hence the name "3 Musketeers". But thanks to wartime rationing, it was difficult to get the vanilla and strawberry flavorings. So the company replaced the three flavors with one all-chocolate flavored bar, and decided to keep the name despite it's total lack of meaning.



Pez fruit candy - assorted flavors

PEZ was initially created to be a breath mint for smokers. They were invented by a German and the name comes from “pfefferminz”, the German word for peppermint. The first PEZ dispensers were called “Box Regulars” and were shaped like cigarette lighters (to lure in all those smokers). The Box Regulars included notes encouraging smokers to quit. In the 1950s, people were still smoking despite their adorable little notes, and PEZ decided to break into the US market. The company re-branded and came out with fruity flavors and dispensers that would appeal to kids.


Baby Ruth

Toronto, Canada - May 10, 2012: This is a studio shot of Baby Ruth candy made by Nestle isolated on a white background.

The Curtiss Candy Company had a bar called "Kandy Kake" that wasn't doing so hot, so they reshaped it and and called it the "Baby Ruth" bar. According to the company, this name had NOTHING to do with Babe Ruth, who was baseball's top star at the time, instead claiming that the name was in honor of President Grover Cleveland’s deceased daughter, Ruth. (Ummm, what?!) Apparently that excuse worked in court, and we still enjoy the candy bars that still hasn't paid one cent to Babe Ruth to this day!

Eating These Magnificent Candy Creations Should Be A Crime

Eating These Magnificent Candy Creations Should Be A Crime


Amezaiku (candy crafting) is a dying art in Japan, so this video takes a look at Shinri Tezuka, one of the youngest practitioners. The 27-year-old carves and sculpts candy into edible sculptures, creating the art in animal shapes — usually goldfish, frogs or an octopus amongst other varied creatures. It’s an extremely intricate craft, as Tezuka usually has five minutes to make each sculpture before the candy solidifies.

Man Stands Up For Kid Getting Harassed By Old Lady For Selling Candy

Man Stands Up For Kid Getting Harassed By Old Lady For Selling Candy


The old lady and the kid hustled the shit out of that dude





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Posted on Shock Mansion

If you only make one international style dish this year, make it the sushi s’mores. Now anyone can enjoy an old classic, no camp fire needed!

15 Pics That'll Make OCD Sufferers Die Happy

15 Pics That'll Make OCD Sufferers Die Happy

If you're the type of person who nearly tears up at the sight of anything well-organized, then you're in for quite the treat. Check out these perfect examples of OCD porn done right.

  1.  This tidy sprinkle cup that must've taken hours

Pics That'll Make OCD Sufferers Die Happy


2. These Taco Ball hot sauces

Pics That'll Make OCD Sufferers Die Happy


3. This amazing alphabetized soup

Pics That'll Make OCD Sufferers Die Happy


4. This color-coded app display of perfection

Pics That'll Make OCD Sufferers Die Happy


5. This guy's shoes made for this floor

Pics That'll Make OCD Sufferers Die Happy


11. These snacks as organized as they are cheap

Pics That'll Make OCD Sufferers Die Happy

Pics That'll Make OCD Sufferers Die Happy


12. This pier and perfectly timed sunset

Pics That'll Make OCD Sufferers Die Happy


13. These drinks

Pics That'll Make OCD Sufferers Die Happy


14. This perfect shadow

Pics That'll Make OCD Sufferers Die Happy


15. And a 60,000-piece domino mess getting restacked thanks to reverse GIFs

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10 Strange Stories And Origins Of Our Favorite Candies


Everyone has a favorite candy. Some people like the powdery sugar in Pixy Sticks. Others prefer classics like lemon drops and root beer barrels. Some like chewy candy like licorice, and some like to suck on candy like jawbreakers.

Anyone who has a sweet tooth knows that candy is the best way to sate it. However, you may not know everything about your favorite candy—like where it got its name, how it was first made, or even why.

10. Saltwater Taffy Was Probably Named As A Joke


Although nobody knows who made it first, saltwater taffy got its start either on the boardwalk in Atlantic City, New Jersey, or at Midwestern county fairs in the 19th century.

Taffy is made with sugar, salt, flavorings, corn syrup, and other ingredients that vary between recipes. It is then pulled and molded to aerate the mixture so that it becomes soft and chewy. Regardless of its name, this soft taffy does not have saltwater in it, although some brands do add extra salt.

According to rumor, saltwater taffy got its name from candymaker David Bradley. During an 1883 storm, his taffy stock became soaked with saltwater from the Atlantic Ocean. But even though his store was flooded, customers still came in to ask for his taffy. He jokingly called it “saltwater taffy,” and the name stuck.

In 1923, John Edmiston trademarked the name and tried to get a cut of the profits from anyone selling “saltwater taffy.” But the Supreme Court decided that the name had already been used too often for candy and ruled against him. As a result, Edmiston did not receive any royalties. The term became common again and is now the accepted way to market nearly any taffy, salty or not.

9. Cotton Candy Was Promoted By Dentists


Originally called fairy floss, cotton candy has gone by many monikers, such as candy floss or spun sugar. John C. Wharton and William J. Morrison patented their version of a cotton candy machine in 1899. Then they introduced the machine and their new candy concoction at the St. Louis World’s Fair in 1904. They sold nearly 70,000 boxes of candy at that fair.

As cotton candy is made entirely from caramelized sugar, most people realize that such a sweet overload will probably send you to a dentist sooner rather than later. Interestingly, Morrison was a dentist. To be fair, he was also a lawyer, an author, and a civic leader. But still, a dentist creating cotton candy has to raise some eyebrows.

In 1900, cotton candy was introduced to the Ringling Brothers by Thomas Patton, who had invented a more modern version of the cotton candy machine. Even later, Josef Lascaux, another dentist, created another version of the machine that he never officially patented. He did, however, coin the name “cotton candy.”

As to why more than one dentist had a hand in the rise of cotton candy’s popularity, we can only guess that it has to do with the consequential rise of cavities.

8. Pop Rocks Caused Urban Legend And Widespread Panic

The fizzing candies Pop Rocks were developed in 1956 by General Foods research scientist William A. Mitchell. Originally sold for 15 cents a packet in the early 1970s, they came in orange, cherry, and grape flavors. Pop Rocks are small, crystallized pieces of sugar with air pockets of carbonation that “pop” and “crackle” when the candy melts in your mouth or in water.

This popping sound led to an urban legend. As early as 1979, there were rumors about a child who had exploded after eating Pop Rocks with soda. At one point, the Food and Drug Administration even set up a hotline to field any questions from parents concerned about their children eating the candy.

After a large marketing effort to combat the rumors that were gripping the imagination of the public, Pop Rocks eventually disappeared from market shelves in 1983. They have since popped back up and had a resurgence in popularity.

But the crazy rumors still linger and were even featured on MythBusters. Don’t worry about busting your gut, though. The most that Pop Rocks and soda will do to your stomach is to make it upset.

7. Lollipops Have Strange Name Origins


Since ancient times, candies and sugary sweets have often been put on the ends of sticks for easy eating. It became popular in the 17th century to enjoy boiled sugar treats that were pressed onto sticks to eat. This treat was soft candy rather than hard, but it was one of the forerunners of the modern lollipop.

In the 20th century, the owner of McAviney Candy Company often brought home for his children the leftover sticks used to stir batches of candy. He began selling these sticks in 1908, which coincided with the invention of the first automated machine that put sticks in hard candy. Samuel Born, the inventor of the candy machine, was even awarded a key to the city of San Francisco for his invention.

In 1908, George Smith began marketing the modern version of a lollipop through his confection company, Bradley Smith Company. He coined the term “lollipop” in 1931 after a famous racehorse of the time called Lolly Pop.

When lollipops stopped being produced during the Great Depression, the name fell into the public domain. The name also meant something like “tongue slapper” because “lolly” was Old English slang for “tongue” and “pop” meant “to slap.”

Some linguists have even linked the name to the Roman phrase loli phaba (“red apple”), supposedly referring to the traditional Roman toffee apple treat. So the famous name originates from a horse, Old English slang, or ancient Rome. Or it could be made-up. Whatever the truth, it’s a unique way of looking at lollipops.

6. Snickers Also Has Strange Name Origins


The Snickers bar has an interesting story behind its name as well. Although the Snickers bar was not the first peanut, caramel, and nougat candy bar, it was one of the most popular and most enduring of its time.

Frank and Ethel Mars, founders of Mars, Inc., had great success with the Milky Way bar and were open to developing new candies. After three years of development, the Snickers bar was released in 1930.

Just months before the release of their new candy bar, Ethel’s favorite horse, Snickers, died. This was a hard loss for her as she adored her horse. So she and her husband named the new candy bar “Snickers” in the horse’s honor.

Interestingly, the farm where Snickers had lived was called the Milky Way Farm, just like their other famous candy bar. Regardless of this name theme, Snickers candy bars live on as one of the best-selling candies in the world.

5. Circus Peanuts Inspired Lucky Charms

Fondly remembered as one of the original penny candies, Circus Peanuts have been around since the 1800s. The banana-flavored marshmallows are notorious for their love-it-or-hate-it reputation.

Maybe that’s why no one has admitted to inventing them, much less tried to brand them. Since we don’t know who the creator is, we also have no idea why these peanut-shaped candies have a banana flavor.

Either way, these little gum stickers are the reason why we have marshmallow cereals. General Mills product developer John Holahan found that the mixture of Cheerios and cut bits of Circus Peanuts was good enough to sell, which led to the development of the ever-popular Lucky Charms cereal.

So maybe, even if you’re not fond of Circus Peanuts, you might want to thank whoever made them if you love marshmallows in cereal.

4. M&M’S Lost A Color In Cancer Panic


Forrest Mars Sr., son of Frank and Ethel Mars of Mars, Inc., was inspired by the candy-shelled chocolates in military rations to make the famous M&M’S candies. Named for Forrest Mars Sr. and Hershey executive William Murrie, these candies were patented and put into production in 1941.

Eventually, they were sold only to the military. But when the war ended, their popularity continued with civilians. The candies were sold in cardboard tubes, and the original colors were brown, red, violet, yellow, and green. However, in 1979, one of these colors faded from the mix due to FDA test results.

The dye called FD&C Red No. 2 was linked to tumors in female rats in a 1971 Russian test. However, this test was later found to have been incorrectly performed. The tested dye wasn’t the food coloring that was used in M&M’S anyway.

But the damage had already been done. Mars had to deal with a public that was panicked over the possible effects of FD&C Red No. 2. Used to color several popular foods like soda, hot dogs, ice cream, and candy, the public demanded that the controversial dye be removed.

Although M&M’S were colored with Red No. 40, Mars replaced red M&M’S with orange M&M’S to ease public anxiety. In 1987, the red color was reintroduced for M&M’S and has been popular ever since.

3. Necco Wafers Were Brought To The South Pole By The Ton

These chalklike candies were invented in 1847 when Oliver Chase made the first lozenge cutter. It became the machine that launched the candy industry, and it wasn’t long before its first creation, Necco Wafers, made it big.

The military commissioned a major portion of Necco Wafers’ production during World War II because the candies were easy to transport without melting. They were also cheap enough during the Great Depression to become a popular civilian treat.

Famous Arctic explorer Donald MacMillan gave out these candies to native Canadians on his journeys, but that was nothing in comparison to Admiral Richard Byrd. For a two-year journey to the South Pole, Byrd packed 2.5 tons of Necco Wafers. That was about 0.5 kilograms (1 lb) of candy per week for every man on the crew for the entire trip.

There is no record as to whether the entire amount was consumed. Still, the eight original flavors that Admiral Byrd carried with him can be enjoyed today. Except for the price, not much about Necco Wafers has changed since they were invented.

2. Dubble Bubble Gum Was An Accident

Ancient people chewed on bits of tree bark tar. The Maya and Aztecs also chewed on chicle from sapodilla trees. Then, in the 1840s, John Curtis used spruce tree resin to make gum to chew on and later created the first chewing gum factory.

It wasn’t until 1928, however, that our modern idea of chewing gum was created. Accountant Walter E. Diemer created it by accident. He liked to experiment in his spare time. After expanding on a failed recipe, he found a way to make chewing gum that was easier to chew and more resistant to breakage in packaging.

Interestingly, the iconic pink color was chosen simply because that was the only color available. After a successful trial run, the new gum was packaged and marketed as Dubble Bubble Gum. Eventually, the packages included comics that featured Dub, Bub, and the iconic Pud.

This only helped the popularity of the new chewing gum. At the beginning of World War II, it was even shipped to the military before the scarcity of products forced the factories to stop production. These factories reopened soon after the war ended and still cater to our bubble-blowing, cud-chewing needs today.

1. PEZ Dispensers Were Created To Attract Smokers


The famous PEZ candies were created in Vienna, Austria, in 1927. Originally, they didn’t have the sweet, fruity flavors that we know today. They used to be peppermint flavored. In fact, their name comes from pfefferminz, the German word for “peppermint.”

Packaged in tins, the candies were popular for a time. They were supposed to be used as an alternative to smoking because their creator, Eduard Haas III, disliked smoking.

In 1949, new PEZ dispensers designed by Oscar Uxa were introduced as a way to hygienically share the candies without touching all of them. The dispensers were also designed to draw in smokers. Flicking open the top of a PEZ dispenser was meant to be like flicking a lighter. For a time, Haas even used the slogan “No Smoking, PEZing Allowed.”

In the transition to American markets, PEZ changed to their iconic fruity flavors, and the dispensers acquired their character tops. Whether PEZ have actually discouraged smoking is debatable. But PEZ still exist today as beloved combinations of candies and toys.

+US Senate Candy Desk


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The US Senate candy desk is an aisle desk on the Republican side of the Senate that is stocked with various candies. However, it is open to Democrats as well.

The senator assigned to the seat is in charge of keeping it stocked, traditionally with sweets from his own state. This is the only seat that is not assigned by seniority. Instead, it is usually offered to those who love candy and sweets.

The tradition started in 1965 with Senator George Murphy, who had a legendary sweet tooth. He stocked his desk drawer full of candies and offered them to senators who were passing by. When he lost his seat in 1970, the next senator to occupy the desk continued the tradition.

It becomes an interesting tidbit when the desk changes owners and even caused an uproar in the Senate when Senator Craig Thomas took over in 2007. There was concern that his home state of Wyoming didn’t have any well-known candy companies such as Hershey’s, which supplied 180 kilograms (400 lb) of candy per year when Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum occupied the desk.

But the fear that Thomas would be unable to keep the desk stocked was overblown. Several Wyoming artisan companies stepped forward to supply the candy desk, and the candy tradition continued without a hitch.


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As it turns out, there are some real sickos out there on the internet. I know! I was shocked too! Some people are so disturbed and perverse that they find horrific double entendres and gross puns in even the most harmless of things. Take candy for example. Sweet, innocent candy. No one in their right mind could ever have a dirty thought about candy, right? WRONG! There are some humans so debased online that their gutter minds end up taking tasty candy and turning it into innuendo. So to put a stop to that nonsense once and for all, here is a list of perfectly normal candies. If you find having any type of double meaning or funny sexual connotation, I implore you — find a doctor because you are SICK! (THE BEST KIND OF SICK)


bad candy plopp


bad candy bum


bad candy fart


bad candy old


bad candy cream


bad candy log


bad candy ayds


bad candy dickmann


bad candy juicy


bad candy willy


bad candy dasses


bad candy nuts


bad candy dreams


bad candy milk


bad candy kiss


bad candy coming


bad candy big


bad candy oozers


Are there any other tasty treats you love to suck on with no secondary meanings?

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Miley Cyrus Has Finally Out Skanked Herself - Is This Her Most Naked, Shocking, Skankiest Magazine Cover Yet?

There goes that rebellious Miley Cyrus pushing the envelope in a totallyinnovative way that’s never been done by another pop star before. The “Wrecking Ball” singer is Candy magazine’s newest cover girl, and not only is she erotically sucking a police baton in one cover, she’s also licking her own hairy pits in another.

In fact, Candy, with the help of controversial photographer to the stars Terry Richardson, gave Miley nine whole covers for her to express her crazy, kooky, “controversial” side. There’s “I Smoke Marijuana” Miley, “I Like Girls” Miley, “I Use Sex Toys” Miley, and, of course, the “I Love To Be Topless” Miley. Groundbreaking.



Miley Cyrus Has Finally Out Skanked Herself - Is This Her Most Naked, Shocking, Skankiest Magazine Cover Yet?


Evil Bitch Steals All The Trick Or Treat Candy

"While we were away from home, we left full-sized candy bars outside with a note for the trick-or-treaters. It read, "Help yourself but be considerate!" We figured a group of kids would probably end up taking all of the candy at one point during the night, but everyone, from children to teenagers, were all very considerate until a random mother came and decided to take the candy for herself and encouraging her kids to do the same."

Evil Bitch Steals All The Trick Or Treat Candy