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IMHO, It's got to be WHOPPERS!!!!

I literally felt like I was going to die after eating some of these when I was younger, felt ill and fell into a deep comotose sleep for hours... they suck donkey balls!!!:(

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    This stuff will make you beg for whoppers to rinse your mouth out.

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    1. re: Paul Weller

      I'll agree with you. Whoppers seem like nothing compared to durian candy. One of the big points about eating durian is the creamy custardy texture (yet, I still hate it). Without that creaminess, you might as well be sucking on a rotting onion.

      1. re: Paul Weller

        But the moron reviewer doesn't even know what durian is: "An unidentifiable -- to this reporter, at least -- fruit of some kind is featured prominently on the wrapper...:!

        1. re: Sam Fujisaka

          Perhaps he is a moron but I would agree that Durian is an acquired taste that's kinda like enjoying siphoning gas outa cars!

        2. re: Paul Weller

          Ugh-h, that sounds horrid! I've had durian fruit and it was wonderful, albeit difficult to eat without a mess. Glad I read this report, 'cause I might have picked up a bag, expecting the flavors of the durian fruit.

          Thanks for the warning,
          Hunt

          1. re: Bill Hunt

            My boss had a bag of this stuff just a couple weeks ago. When he offered it up I looked at the durian on the bag and smelled the bag. It smelled god awful. He got several people to try it and the reactions varied from shock to outright gagging and dry heaves. It stunk up the office for the entire day.

        3. I love chocolate covered malt balls (the generic Whoppers). Maybe you just don't like malt flavor?

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          1. re: Humbucker

            I love'em too!

            1. re: Lucia

              Me, too - I love the easter egg colored whoppers - they are my favorite easter candy

          2. Cheap chocolate covered cherries are the worst candy I've ever eaten.

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            1. re: sueatmo

              Chocolate covered raisins are worse then cherries.

              1. re: Kelli2006

                I think I've encountered choc covered raisins at some point. Don't like 'em. But the choc-cherries I've eaten actually leave a chemical taste in your mouth.

                1. re: sueatmo

                  Raisenettes right? They rock! Chocolate covered cherries taste like cough syrup. How about Necco wafers? Yuck.

                  1. re: southernitalian

                    Yes, Raisinettes. And I agree with sparkalina. You'd have to like the raisins to begin with, and I don't usually. I did as a young thing like Necco wafers, however.

                2. re: Kelli2006

                  I just recently tried dark chocolate covered raisins and they were better than the original...but you have to be able to tolerate the raisin to begin with.

                  1. re: sparkalina

                    I have never developed a taste from raisins, but I have learned to tolerate them in baked goods.

                    1. re: Kelli2006

                      Raisins are good. Chocolate is good. But chocolate-covered raisins (like Raisinettes) - ? Yuck!! (Some things just don't taste good together!)

                      1. re: Morticia

                        I'm so glad you said this! I love raisins and worship chocolate. But chocolate covered raisins are just terrible! (I thought I was the only one who hated these)

                3. re: sueatmo

                  YES YES YES THOSE ARE COMPLETELY NASTY NASTY NASTY I don't know who thought that chocolate covered cherries were good-It's a travesty that anyone would buy them or eat them....I feel ill just thinking about it.

                4. do live in the US?? I don't think they have Maltesers in the US, but in Canada they are a DELICIOUS version of Whoppers..yum!

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                  1. re: burlgurl

                    You can get Maltesers in the US and I will attest that they are in fact delicious. Far superior to Whoppers (though I am a malt fiend and will take it where I can get it).

                  2. Oh, I always loved Whoppers. We used to get the big cartons of them and eat them till we were sick. I even found Whopper ice cream once.

                    What I've never been able to understand or properly appreciate is Bit-o-Honey. Do they still make those nasty little things?

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                    1. re: revsharkie

                      Haven't had either of these in years, but used to love both--although I do remember not liking Bit-o-Honey and then suddenly developing a taste for it.

                      There was something my grandmother used to have in a Christmas candy mix that I always thought was nasty--a hard candy shell with some kind of jelly inside. Never did figure out what the flavor was (or was meant to be).

                      1. re: cmkdvs

                        I did the same thing with bit-o-honey. Inexplicably went from not liking it to loving it.
                        IMO the worst candy ever are the newly introduced chocolate skittles. They are literally the ONLY candy I have EVER thrown a basically full bag of in the trash. They are so artificial tasting, almost plastic-y.

                        1. re: ArikaDawn

                          Oh, I had the exact same experience. Curiosity compelled me to try the chocolate Skittles and I,too, committed the unprecedented act of throwing candy into the garbage!

                          I remember liking Bit-o-Honey (my mom looooves these) but have not had any in years. At this point I would be afraid of losing a filling.

                          1. re: ArikaDawn

                            >>IMO the worst candy ever are the newly introduced chocolate skittles.

                            Also, their commercial has to be one of the scariest on the air right now.

                            Holy cow.

                            I can't even imagine why someone THOUGHT that putting chocolate on a Skittle was a good idea.

                            1. re: dolores

                              AGREED! Those skittles are gross. I actually thought they were going to be good. BIG MISTAKE!

                              1. re: k1127

                                see, that's one of the good things about DVR. i fast forward thru all the commercials & didn't even know chocolate skittles existed. that sounds vile.

                                i used to love the original skittles, and for a brief period i was hooked on the sour/tart variety that came out in the mid 90's. are those still around?

                                1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                                  yep, and i gave them out at halloween. i like them!

                                  1. re: alkapal

                                    Skittles taste like floor wax. Or how floor wax smells, anyway. I give them out at Halloween because I know I won't eat any leftovers.

                                    1. re: Snackish

                                      ANother poor sucker who saw the bag of chocolate Skittles at the store, bought them, and promptly threw the (almost) full bag into the trash.

                                      And I like regular Skittles.

                        2. re: revsharkie

                          I love bit-o-honey, but then again, I'm a taffy fan and pretty much like all candy in that category (i.e. sugar daddys, tootsie rolls, etc. :-)

                          1. re: DanaB

                            ditto on that.

                          2. re: revsharkie

                            No Bit-Of-Honey is good! It's been 25 years, but I still liked it when I was a kid.

                          3. I'm curious as to whether anyone actually likes the taste of conversation hearts.

                            11 Replies
                            1. re: Humbucker

                              i do ! love hearts are gooood. !

                              1. re: im_nomad

                                I'll second the love!

                              2. re: Humbucker

                                Yes, but only certain colors...white and green only for me.

                                1. re: justagthing

                                  what is wrong with you guys?!?! they all taste like chalk!

                                  1. re: meredyth

                                    Perhaps if you eat a lot of Rolaids, and the like, you enjoy the consistency. I'm with you; it's a lot like eating flavored chalk.

                                    1. re: Scargod

                                      that would explain my love of original Rolaids!

                                  2. re: justagthing

                                    We could share. I always toss out the white and green ones.

                                  3. re: Humbucker

                                    I only like the yellow and orange ones.

                                    1. re: hotteacher1976

                                      guess we can share a bag then, lol

                                    2. re: Humbucker

                                      Absolutely not!

                                      1. re: Humbucker

                                        I teach and those stupid conversation hearts are a big part of every February. NASTY NASTY NASTY. The messages are cute, but they taste like Tums on steroids.

                                      2. Sen Sens...anyone remember them? Tasted just like soap.

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                                        1. re: Val

                                          Thrills gum..that purple chiclet type gum that tastes just like soap..
                                          also I had a Norwegian friend that loved their imported black salty licorice..eewwwgg..

                                          1. re: burlgurl

                                            Thrills yes............soap is right on the money.....aren't they violet flavored or something though?

                                            1. re: burlgurl

                                              "Fisherman's Friend" was the salty licorice candy , and yes they are vile.

                                              1. re: currymouth

                                                But Fisherman's Friend wasn't meant to be candy, it was meant to be a medicinal throat lozenge. http://www.fishermansfriend.ca/histor... They're not really supposed to taste good, just be effective.

                                                1. re: currymouth

                                                  No, it wasn't Fisherman's Friend..it seems in Norway/Sweden a very popular candy is a very hard, black licorice candy that is extremely salty..like a hard black cube of salt and licorice combined..You can find them at european import stores...

                                                  1. re: burlgurl

                                                    I am Norwegian and even when buying it from the corner kiosk as a kid, it is the same as Fisherman's Friend

                                                    1. re: currymouth

                                                      Hmm. When I visited Danmark, salted liquorice was vastly different from Fisherman's Friend. Salted licorice was small, black and salty, and pellet-shaped. Fisherman's Friends are like menthol and licorice combined. Different flavour AND appearance.

                                                      Here's a link to a picture of Fisherman's Friend as I know them.

                                                      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Image:Fi...

                                                      And as for salted licorice, when I first tried it, I hated it. But now I sometimes enjoy it (in small amounts) for nostalgic reasons. I remember taht in Danmark, they would roll soft-serve ice cream cones in tiny bits of the stuff. I wasn't brave enough to try it then.

                                                      1. re: miss_bennet

                                                        there is also turkish pepper. which is swedish licorice hard candy with a strong black pepper taste.

                                                        1. re: miss_bennet

                                                          I have a bag of Dutch salt licorice pellets on my kitchen counter right now. If anybody wants them just come on down. They are truly disgusting. Only the Dutch could take all the pleasure out of candy. I love Fisherman's Friends, they are just "extreme" throat lozenges, not salty at all.

                                                          1. re: crawfish

                                                            I've always wanted to try Dutch licorice. Wanna mail that bag to me?

                                                        2. re: currymouth

                                                          Currymun, Lakris! Hva vor marka? What was the brand of those little addictive boxes? I'm wracking my brain. I can see the box, but not remember the brand. I used to buy a box each week along w/ my British soccer lottery ticket. Kvik Lunch rules and Fria on Friday!

                                                          1. re: Passadumkeg

                                                            Heisann! Married to a Norwegian - and a big lover of lakris. For little pastilles in little colorful boxes, I get IFA, Stupedama salt pastiller (with a diving woman on the box) and Lakerol, which I think is Swedish. I also love these bigger and softer and even saltier fish that come in a bag....think those are just called Salt Fisk. Oh, and one called PP. Love the firklover melksjokolade from Freia!

                                                            1. re: saticoy

                                                              I love firklovers!

                                                        3. re: burlgurl

                                                          In Holland there are hundreds of different types/flavors of licorice.... salty, sweet, extra salty and most of them are soooooo good but I know my american hubby hates the salty ones.... guess it's what you grew up with....

                                                      2. re: burlgurl

                                                        That stuff is NASTY. Agreed.

                                                      3. re: Val

                                                        I remember sen sens--almost tasted like cologne to me...

                                                        1. re: Val

                                                          I loved Sen Sen! Lavender or violet flavored licorice in teensy weensy little squares. If you didn't chew and only ate them one at a time at a Saturday movie matinee, they would not only last throughout the entire double feature, but you'd have some to eat all the way into next week!

                                                          But hey, I'm pro'lly the only one here who knows what a Saturday Movie Matinee double feature is.... <sigh>

                                                          1. re: Caroline1

                                                            No, caroline1, I know what that is! But my favorite was the Jordan almonds. I would suck the candy shell off, the peel the skin off the almond and then chomp. Obsessive - YUP! Lasted a very long time, too.

                                                            1. re: danhole

                                                              Oh, I loved Jordan Almonds too, but compared to Sen Sen, they were expensive!

                                                              1. re: Caroline1

                                                                Ooof, Jordon Almonds! My friend literally chipped his tooth on one at a wedding. Too impatient to let the shell dissolve.

                                                                1. re: Caroline1

                                                                  When I worked at a movie theater, Jordan Almonds were often returned for containing worms. Now I can't eat them because the fear persists.

                                                                  1. re: Snackish

                                                                    Oh, thanks. Thanks a lot!

                                                                    Wait a minute!

                                                                    You put a Jordan Almond in your mouth in a dark movie theater and chew. What flavor do worms have to be for someone to know they're there? Were these dill pickle worms? Tobasco worms? Garlic worms? Are you really sure people handn't just eaten as many Jordan Almonds as they wanted and were trying to get their money back? '-)

                                                                    1. re: Caroline1

                                                                      now caroline, who would have thought of that except for a past-perpetrator? ;-)

                                                                      btw, fresh jordan almonds (from lebanon -- or jordan) are so delicious. nothing like the jawbreakers here.

                                                                      1. re: Caroline1

                                                                        I dunno how they figured it out, but I saw the worms.

                                                                        1. re: Snackish

                                                                          I am now soooo glaaad that I never liked those things!

                                                                2. re: Caroline1

                                                                  Sorry, I went to the Saturday Matinee double featueres. Took the #6 bus downtown as kids. Took the bus to the library as well. The four or five theaters were downtown--the old lavish, gilded, velveted, spot-lit, orchestra pitted, multi level types. One screen per theater. Those movie going days spanned from about "The Day of the Triffids" to "Bonnie & Clyde". Milk Duds, some kind of Choc mints, black and red liquorice, Jujubees, ... no Sen Sen.

                                                                  1. re: Sam Fujisaka

                                                                    Weren't those theaters magnificent? The Spreckels and the Fox theaters in San Diego both had great pipe organs! They didn't do it for matinees, but for the paying crowds in the evenings, they had organists working their wonderment.

                                                                    Sounds like you had a more lavish movie budget than I had, Sam. Even at that tender age, I soon figured out that if I had Sen Sen as candy, then I had enough money left for a huge giant dill pickle to eat during the serial!

                                                                    The only movie I vividly remember seeing at a matinee as a child is "Frankenstein Meets the Wolfman." My mother let me go to the movies with her best friend's kids, who were a little older than I was, and I can only hope she didn't know what movie was playing. Lon Chaney JR morphing into the wolfman scared the bejeezus out of me sooooo bad that I slept UNDER the bed during a full moon for the next decade! Turned Red Riding Hood's wolf into a pussucat!

                                                                  2. re: Caroline1

                                                                    My mom and my aunt always said my grandpa was a closet alcoholic and always used Sen-Sen to hide the evidence.

                                                                3. Peanut butter M&Ms. They should be delicious, but they have a very odd flavor to them that I cant quite put my finger on. They taste almost salty to me. They just end up coming off as a messed up version of Reese's Pieces.

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                                                                  1. re: KarenG

                                                                    I never did like Reese's Pieces. But put a bag of peanut butter M&Ms in my hand, and I'll eat the whole thing. Every one of them. Immediately.

                                                                    1. re: revsharkie

                                                                      Both Peanut Butter M&Ms and Reese's Peanut Butter Cups taste like they've had all of the oil sucked out of them and you're eating dehydrated peanut husks. I don't like either of them.

                                                                      1. re: Caroline1

                                                                        when i was a kid, PB Cups were my absolute favorite food on the planet. i had one recently for the first time in years, and it was like eating musty peanut-flavored sawdust with a bland chocolate wax coating. blech.

                                                                        i'm wondering which changed over the years...the product? my palate? or both?

                                                                        these days i'd prefer them with dark chocolate anyway.

                                                                        1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                                                                          Don't think it's your memory. in fact, I'm certain it's not. I'll bet the PB cups you remember so fondly didn't have half the parafin in the chocolate as today's do, and as I remember, the peanut butter was very close to the real thing.

                                                                          Today's food is really frightening across the board! But at 74, the long term effects aren't going have that much impact on me. But I really do worry about my five year old grandson. oh oh oh oh... Easy, Caroline. We don't need a diatribe here.

                                                                          1. re: Caroline1

                                                                            I agree, back when they first came out the peanut butter filling was better than any peanut butter on the market, now they don't hold a candle to the original recipe. I hate when companies reformulate a product and ruin a good thing.

                                                                          2. re: goodhealthgourmet

                                                                            Have you tried the Newmann Peanut Butter Cups? They are a bit less waxy and come in dark chocolate. Very tasty.

                                                                            1. re: adventuresinbaking

                                                                              ooh, i'll have to look into that, thanks. this could be trouble...

                                                                          3. re: Caroline1

                                                                            That's okay; I'll take your share.

                                                                      2. Whoppers were a great part of my childhood. Who would ever eat a NECCO Wafer? YEECH! Good& Plenty, Good & Plenty, Good & Plenty! Sky Bar, YEECH!

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                                                                        1. re: Passadumkeg

                                                                          I hated Good & Plenty as a kid and love them now.

                                                                          1. re: Passadumkeg

                                                                            Necco wafers made great substitutes for communion wafers when we played church...yes, we actually acted out Mass, like playing school. Pretty weird

                                                                            1. re: coney with everything

                                                                              I was wondering if Necco wafers would come up under this topic. Indeed they are just about as tasty as communion wafers. They've been around forever, and I still dont understand why. I disagree with some others here on those circus peanuts. I loved them as a kid, not so fond of them now (or anything else with a banana flavor).

                                                                              1. re: Cheflambo

                                                                                I really like Necco wafers, particularly the rolls of only chocolate flavor.

                                                                                1. re: marmite

                                                                                  Do the chocolate ones taste like marmite? I think so.

                                                                                  1. re: Passadumkeg

                                                                                    Not in my experience, but here's hoping for the future. :)

                                                                                    1. re: marmite

                                                                                      AAAHHHH! Just found out that chocolate NECCO wafers were one of my wife's favorites. Must be a chic thing (Whoops!).

                                                                                      1. re: Passadumkeg

                                                                                        Clearly we just have more refined palates. :p Actually I am really surprised I am the only one out of 200+ replies (that I've seen, anyway) who has spoken up for Necco wafers. They're fantastic! I like the cinnamon flavor almost as much as the chocolate.

                                                                                        1. re: marmite

                                                                                          Further honesty. I like Marmite. I was Head of an Anglo-American school in Helsinki and learned this affliction from my British staff.

                                                                                          1. re: marmite

                                                                                            I like Necco chocolate wafers too! And I love the tangerine Lifesavers in the tropical fruits pack. Haven't seen those lately, or the special packages of all tangerine flavor. Every time I really like something, its the kiss of death for the product. Or maybe I'm just not looking hard enough....??? Google, here I come!

                                                                                            1. re: Caroline1

                                                                                              Since it's womens' history month, choco NECCO wafes are obvious a Chic food. Real men eat.....Malt Balls! ?

                                                                                              1. re: Passadumkeg

                                                                                                But I like malt balls too (not so much the whoppers, but those made with better chocolate), does that make me a woman that is a real man? ewww, no thanks...girl power all the way! ;)

                                                                                                1. re: Passadumkeg

                                                                                                  Funny.

                                                                                                  1. re: Passadumkeg

                                                                                                    I LOVE malt balls... maybe that makes me transcandied.

                                                                                                    1. re: marmite

                                                                                                      must be covered with real chocolate, not chocolate flavored waxy coating.

                                                                                                  2. re: Caroline1

                                                                                                    I loved the tangerine and tropical fruit Lifesaver's. They were the best!

                                                                                                    1. re: JMF

                                                                                                      Oh, yum, I'd forgotten the tangerine Lifesavers! Really delicious flavor. I also liked the pineapple, but not as much as the tangerine.

                                                                                                      1. re: Catskillgirl

                                                                                                        the pineapple ones always made my tongue sore...but i loved the tangerine!

                                                                                                  3. re: marmite

                                                                                                    Necco's are one of my dad's favorite candies. I like the chocolate ones myself.

                                                                                                    1. re: marmite

                                                                                                      I enjoyed Necco wafers when I was a kid. I've seen them advertised in the Vermont Country Store catalog, and I've been (slightly) tempted to order them.

                                                                                                      1. re: sueatmo

                                                                                                        Save yourself the postage and get them at the supermarket checkout aisle along w/ the soap mags.

                                                                                          2. re: coney with everything

                                                                                            We used Necco wafers for target practice when I was a kid. About the only thing it was good for.

                                                                                          3. re: Passadumkeg

                                                                                            Good & Plenty - yes, there are indeed candies that are not fit to eat!

                                                                                          4. wow someyoung.......dramatic much?

                                                                                            I actually like whoppers....and they have fond childhood memories for me. For some reason when we'd go into the city, we'd get a carton of whoppers to share (guess they didn't stock them in my town). I have a jar of them on my desk as we speak.

                                                                                            wasn't there a whopper football at some point?

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                                                                                            1. re: im_nomad

                                                                                              I love whoppers too..except when you get one that is dried out inside yuck. How about the new Hershey kisses chocolate truffle? I about gagged on that and I love chocolate.

                                                                                            2. Circus peanuts. Nasty.

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                                                                                              1. re: mojoeater

                                                                                                Yeah I never understood the appeal of circus peanuts. They always reminded me of those little packing styrofoam peanuts.

                                                                                                Never even wanted to try them as a kid.

                                                                                                1. re: adventuresinbaking

                                                                                                  I'll wait to get ragged on but I am going to put it out there that

                                                                                                  I Don't Hate Circus Peanuts

                                                                                                  there you have it.

                                                                                                  1. re: sparkalina

                                                                                                    Jfood in the love 'em camp. Couldn't get enough of them growing up.

                                                                                                    1. re: jfood

                                                                                                      I still love circus peanuts, especially slightly stale one.

                                                                                                2. re: mojoeater

                                                                                                  The only thing worse than circus peanuts are French burnt peanuts. YUCK!

                                                                                                  1. re: CookforFun

                                                                                                    Oh I like those! I'd forgotten them.

                                                                                                    1. re: sueatmo

                                                                                                      me, too. but pan ferrara "boston baked beans" are better.

                                                                                                      1. re: alkapal

                                                                                                        OMG, Burnt peanuts are worse coming out then going in. God awful candy. Makes me almost not want to eat any candy at all. 2nd then is the circus peanuts and 3rdly is black licorce.

                                                                                                  2. re: mojoeater

                                                                                                    Hmmm? Peanuts are candy?
                                                                                                    I think my least favorite is gummy bears-like candy. There are worms and all kinds of cool shapes but they taste more like soft wax than anything. Disgusting. Give me a dark chocolate Snickers bar.

                                                                                                    1. re: Scargod

                                                                                                      They're not peanuts, they're a candy: http://www.oldtimecandy.com/circus-pe...

                                                                                                      1. re: Lucia

                                                                                                        Oh, yea, those.... I'd put them in a class with "candy corn". Yuck!

                                                                                                        1. re: Lucia

                                                                                                          Haha thanks for the pic! I had no idea what you guys were talking about and then got all grossed out when i saw the pic. Those things blew big time when I was a kid.

                                                                                                        2. re: Scargod

                                                                                                          ditto on the gummy bears....i don't want to bite into something that my teeth bounce off of, lol. Gummy candies are what i buy at halloween when i want to NOT dive into the bowl.

                                                                                                          1. re: im_nomad

                                                                                                            I love gummi bears!!! but only the Haribo kind..... not the wannabe ones! haha

                                                                                                            1. re: chefschickie

                                                                                                              Gummi bears are great if you soak them overnight in vodka. Lil jello bear shooters!

                                                                                                              1. re: monkeyrotica

                                                                                                                LOL! You've nailed "Weird Food of the Day"!

                                                                                                                1. re: monkeyrotica

                                                                                                                  Man, how creative! I wonder how they would taste soaked in flavored vodka? Think I should try that one day!

                                                                                                                  1. re: danhole

                                                                                                                    Watch out, they liquify in the alcohol. The liquid is great to flavor drinks though...

                                                                                                            2. re: Scargod

                                                                                                              I love original gummy bears, gummy worms and sour bears. However, the crazy concoctions they have been putting out these days where the candy is opaque rather than translucent are pretty awful.

                                                                                                              Gummy bears should look like this:

                                                                                                              http://farm1.static.flickr.com/93/240...

                                                                                                              Not like this:

                                                                                                              http://us.st11.yimg.com/us.st.yimg.co...

                                                                                                              1. re: DanaB

                                                                                                                jfood had the pleasure of visiting the gummi (pronounced goo-mee) factory in a small German town (rumor has it the gummi was invented there). While driving through this quaint little village you started your sugar rush just from breathing the air. Then you arrive at the outskirts of town and there is the ENORMOUS factory where they produce googles of gummi bears a year.

                                                                                                                Try sitting in a four hour meeting with every imaginable flavor of the best and freshest gummis you have ever tasted. Jfood did not really need an airplane to return to the USA, he could have run with the amount of sugar in his veins by the end of the meeting.

                                                                                                            3. re: mojoeater

                                                                                                              When I was around 10 years old, my father won a giant jar of circus peanuts at the local fair by guessing how many were in the jar. I think there were around 200 or so - we ate them for a looooong time! I don't think I could even stand the smell of them now!

                                                                                                              1. re: mojoeater

                                                                                                                I happen to like them and Whoppers.

                                                                                                              2. I think that Hersheys tastes like chocolate flavored wax.

                                                                                                                My boss (a male) gave everyone else in the office (all females) some chocolates on Valentines Day that he must have purchased at the Sub-Dollar store.They make Hershey's taste like fine imported Belgian chocolates. Bleh!

                                                                                                                Someyoungguyy: Eating donkey ANYTHING can not taste good. Even, well... you know.

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                                                                                                                1. re: MysticYoYo

                                                                                                                  mystic - I agree, I think Hersheys are the absolutely worst flavoured chocolates I have ever had.

                                                                                                                  1. re: smartie

                                                                                                                    Hersheys and Russel Stover... those boxed chocolates..... nasty! got them as a christmas gift, I openend the box and the chocolates looked like they were 300 years old, gross!

                                                                                                                2. Candy corn is the worst. Yuck. I wouldn't even eat it when i was a kid and got it at Halloween.

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                                                                                                                  1. re: jlafler

                                                                                                                    i have an odd addiction to candy corn. but understand your point.

                                                                                                                    1. re: moh

                                                                                                                      Try mixing a bag of candy corn with a bag of (shelled) salted peanuts. YUM!

                                                                                                                      1. re: sparkalina

                                                                                                                        That's a perfectly horrible way to ruin a good bag of peanuts!

                                                                                                                        1. re: sparkalina

                                                                                                                          Oh this sounds quite yummy, satisfies the sweet-savoury dichotomy. But like I said, I have an affection for candy corn...

                                                                                                                          1. re: moh

                                                                                                                            moh!

                                                                                                                            you gotta try it, quite yummy is quite right!

                                                                                                                      2. re: jlafler

                                                                                                                        What the hell? Candy corn is pure joy!!!

                                                                                                                        1. re: hotteacher1976

                                                                                                                          Yes, but now you can get candy corn that taste like corn and is in a gummi form at many asian markets. My cousin is addicted to them.

                                                                                                                          1. re: justagthing

                                                                                                                            Thanks for the memory jog, justagthing! In the candy aisle of the local Asian market are tiny dried fish with a coating of sugar on them -- they remind me of the I Love Lucy episode where she eats sardines mixed in a chocolate sundae.

                                                                                                                            I love them!!!

                                                                                                                            1. re: justagthing

                                                                                                                              I have one of these on my desk right now that I never got around to trying. Tastes like corn, you say? Maybe it'll just sit a while longer...

                                                                                                                              1. re: marmite

                                                                                                                                awww, come on, give it a go. My cousin is addicted to them, but me, not so much. Not my cup o'tea.

                                                                                                                            2. re: hotteacher1976

                                                                                                                              Sorry to diss candy corn. If there's one thing this thread has taught me, it's that there really is no accounting for taste. For every thing that one person finds disgusting, there's someone else for whom it's divine.

                                                                                                                              1. re: jlafler

                                                                                                                                The trick with candy corn is to eat it very slowly, one layer at a time. First the white tip, then the orange section, and then the bottom. Cuts down the sugar rush. I like the "indian corn" even better (chocolate base).

                                                                                                                                1. re: mlgb

                                                                                                                                  Right. Indian corn is much better.

                                                                                                                                  For the worst tasting candy I ever tasted, I have to nominate the See's pinapple truffle. Really. Only piece of candy I can remember spitting out.

                                                                                                                                  1. re: Ruth Lafler

                                                                                                                                    i shuddered just thinking about that. was it even worse than those awful cherry cordials with that cough syrup that oozes out?

                                                                                                                          2. GooGoos. My god, they're lumps of pure sugar! I can't stand them. I have a special kind of hate for Cherry Mash, as well.

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                                                                                                                            1. re: spellweaver16

                                                                                                                              LOVE GooGoo clusters! Like the label sez "A Nourishing Lunch"!

                                                                                                                              WTF did people eat for lunch back in the day?

                                                                                                                              1. re: monkeyrotica

                                                                                                                                Met an old guy once, used to be a lumberjack in Nova Scotia, that said he ate sugar for lunch when he was out cutting down trees. Just a bag of sugar. Felt like it gave him lots of energy, which was all he cared about.

                                                                                                                                1. re: Bat Guano

                                                                                                                                  How cool. I like that you wrote 'old'!

                                                                                                                                  So one can eat a bag (5#, 1#?) of sugar a day, and still get to be old!!

                                                                                                                                  Then again, I'm not a lumberjack.

                                                                                                                                  1. re: dolores

                                                                                                                                    Well, he was in his 70s at the time, to me that was old. Especially for a lumberjack! I don't know how much sugar he would eat for lunch; he sort of demonstrated holding up a paper bag with some sugar in it.

                                                                                                                                    And that may not have been the worst thing he ate, either. Much of his diet was white: sugar, and 'white bacon', which means just the fat of the bacon. But probably none of that was as dangerous as his job....

                                                                                                                            2. Whoppers used to be excellent back in the 60's and 70's when they had a pronounced malt flavor and were made with real milk chocolate. I had some the other day and wasn't impressed. Malteasers, when you can find them, are very good.

                                                                                                                              But if you want to try nasty candy go to a South East Asian grocery and buy just about anything. My least favorite candy are chocolate covered cherries. GAG!

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                                                                                                                              1. re: JMF

                                                                                                                                Circus peanuts and candy corn, YUCK!

                                                                                                                              2. Is there any use for I think they are called "Button Candy", you know the things that are stuck to the strip of paper. Do they even have a taste. Kinda like being cool with that pack of candy cigarettes.

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                                                                                                                                1. re: Jimbosox04

                                                                                                                                  Ah yes, another candy I have an odd fascination with. They are pure sugar, but it is fun to have a whole roll of them, they are cute to look at.

                                                                                                                                  1. re: moh

                                                                                                                                    I loved those as a child! I could while away a whole afternoon with a strip of them, peeling them and eating them one at a time. They actually taste like the paper they're stuck to - very bland. But oddly satisfying all the same! And yes, they are pretty.

                                                                                                                                    1. re: Catskillgirl

                                                                                                                                      When I was a kid, mine only tasted like paper if I couldn't get all of the paper off the candy. And about 99.9% of the time, I couldn't!

                                                                                                                                2. I kinda like conversation hearts, necco wafers, circus peanuts, and any other sugary candy (like smarties (the US kind)....what *I* hate is anything cherry flavored.

                                                                                                                                  I love fresh cherries but red lifesavers, red gummies, red lollypops.....BLECH! I am, needless to say, popular cause red is usually everyone ELSE'S fave. Ain't it funny how tastes differ?

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                                                                                                                                  1. re: L_W

                                                                                                                                    I am also like this with banana flavored anything (except for some reason that superkid violently multi-colored ice cream, lol). I don't eat many actual bananas either really, but when i do , they're not so ripe. Over-ride, and i really don't want to eat them.

                                                                                                                                    Fake banana flavors like the banana version of the circus peanut really have a mediciney chemical smell and flavor to me. My Mother tells me though that i dearly loved them when i was a toddler....maybe that's why.

                                                                                                                                    I second the marshmallow strawberries, which everyone else in my family loves and i will pass pass pass.

                                                                                                                                    A jellybean however, will not last the night in my house, :)

                                                                                                                                    1. re: im_nomad

                                                                                                                                      I am with you on the fake banana flavour, and have to throw in the fake watermelon candies. They taste of pure chemical, and do not remind me of real watermelon in any way.

                                                                                                                                    2. re: L_W

                                                                                                                                      I am sooo with you on this. I don't think I've ever met someone else who loved cherries but HATES everything cherry flavored.

                                                                                                                                      1. re: milklady

                                                                                                                                        Well, here is another one that will NOT eat cherry flavored candy! It is really nasty to me, and I do love real cherries. I think my aversion stems from growing up in the 60's when they flavored every medicine for kids with cherry. It tastes like cough syrup to me.

                                                                                                                                        1. re: danhole

                                                                                                                                          That's exactly why I don't like cherry candy - it's because all medicine was cherry flavored.

                                                                                                                                          1. re: jeanmarieok

                                                                                                                                            I so hate chocolate covered cherries. I had a teacher who hated them and another classmate bought her some for Christmas and made her eat one. (this was when I was in 4th grade). The teacher didn't realize there was a cherry in the middle and if you could have seen the face she made....priceless.

                                                                                                                                            1. re: justagthing

                                                                                                                                              You sure it wasn't the white, creamy, transluscent substance around the cherry that did it?

                                                                                                                                              1. re: Scargod

                                                                                                                                                what about the Lowney's Cherry Blossom....so not the same thing.....very good.

                                                                                                                                                1. re: Scargod

                                                                                                                                                  No, no, no, it was the one with that gosh awful red syrup cough mediciny tasting guck. Blech!

                                                                                                                                            2. re: danhole

                                                                                                                                              Count me in with those that don't like cherry candy! I have such an aversion to it that I won't eat any candy that's red and not clearly labelled with a flavor. Cherry, blech!

                                                                                                                                              1. re: danhole

                                                                                                                                                I think that may be it----cherry flavoring does remind me of the cough syrup mom used to force on me as a child. I also remember being given "cherry" flavored chewable vitamins that made me wanna gag...AND (the worst of all)....the "cherry flavored" flouride treatments my dentist used to give. In other words, anything medical that was icky was flavored with cherry!

                                                                                                                                                1. re: L_W

                                                                                                                                                  Do you remember the cherry flavored Luden's cough drops? You could even buy them at school! I knew kids that got them and ate them like candy. I didn't like them even if I was coughing.Yes, they ruined a whole generation of folks with the cherry flavored medicines.

                                                                                                                                                  1. re: danhole

                                                                                                                                                    I had a teacher in 8th grade who would allow students to suck on cough drops, but they HAD to be Halls. I remember her saying "That BETTER not be a Luden's in your mouth!"

                                                                                                                                                    1. re: deibu

                                                                                                                                                      How funny, deibu! The woman was ahead of her time with product placement.

                                                                                                                                                      I thought of another -- salt water taffy.

                                                                                                                                                      I don't get it. Is it supposed to taste good?

                                                                                                                                                    2. re: danhole

                                                                                                                                                      Guilty! I loved them. And not just when I had a cold - just loved the flavor. Which didn't taste anything like cherries, needless to say.

                                                                                                                                                      1. re: danhole

                                                                                                                                                        Never thought much of Ludens, cherry flavored or other. But I LOOOVED Smith Brother's Cough Drops!

                                                                                                                                                        Heh heh... My second husband grew a beard because I told him (as a JOKE!) that I'd always dreamed of seeing a Smith Brother naked. So he grew a beard! Oh well, it could have been worse. I could have said ZZTop!

                                                                                                                                                        1. re: Caroline1

                                                                                                                                                          caroline, that is too funny! ZZ Top would have been a very bad choice!

                                                                                                                                                          1. re: Caroline1

                                                                                                                                                            LOLOL! I also married a Smith, but didn't love the cough drops quite as much. That's too funny!

                                                                                                                                                            1. re: Caroline1

                                                                                                                                                              Wow that brought back memories. Only for me, it wasn't Smith Bros., it was Pine Bros. The hard-but-chewy cherry cough drops. I remember getting those to eat while watching movies. I loved them!

                                                                                                                                                              1. re: Kagey

                                                                                                                                                                long live pine bros! loved the honey flavor too.

                                                                                                                                                            2. re: danhole

                                                                                                                                                              haha I ate them like candy too.

                                                                                                                                                              1. re: hotteacher1976

                                                                                                                                                                I used to eat Sucrets like candy...

                                                                                                                                                                1. re: Sean

                                                                                                                                                                  Bought some Sucrets last month... ptui! ptui! ptui! They don't even make orignal flavor any more!

                                                                                                                                                        2. re: milklady

                                                                                                                                                          I like cherry flavored candy and such but HATE canned cherries.

                                                                                                                                                        3. re: L_W

                                                                                                                                                          I'm with ya on the cherry flavor thing- I think it's because it reminds me of the nasty cough syrup my mom used to chase me around the house with- the woman could run down the hall with a spoonfull of that stuff and never spill a drop!

                                                                                                                                                        4. The one that comes to mind (though it could just be the season) are easter egg jelly bean-type candies. You can buy them in bulk bins at the grocery store. They're pastel colours, but instead of being muted in colour, they're neon. (Neon pastel. That should have been the tip-off.) They're about an inch long by 1/2 inch diameter. They're coloured on the outside, and white on the inside. Eating even one made me sick as a child. Too sickly sweet and flavourless. They just taste like sugar.

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                                                                                                                                                          1. re: miss_bennet

                                                                                                                                                            I know exactly what you mean! I hated those bright, sugary, almost marshmallowy inside but not quite things too. And every Easter more would show up. I took them to school for bribes. Now seeing them in the stores gives me a weird feeling like I want to eat one just to prove that they are as bad as I remember.

                                                                                                                                                          2. I am a big candy fan, and could discuss candy for hours, so I'll try to keep it brief: I'm not sure what my one least-favorite candy would be, but I definitely cannot stand any type of malt ball; nor do I like any of those hardened sugar/water confections, such as necco wafers, conversation hearts, or dots (smarties are tolerable due to the tangy addition of citric acid). I agree that the "fake" chocolate cherries are pretty terrible: they do, in fact, leave a chemical taste in your mouth that leaves you wondering just how many toxins you may have swallowed... but then again, just about any low quality chocolate leaves me cold. These days, the shops are full of those nasty "Palmer's Chocolate" bunnies and Brach's giant "jelly eggs", both of which I find nasty. But give me a yellow bunny marshmallow peep any day, or a bag of Cadbury's candy eggs. Oh, and true Scandinavian salt licorice is nothing like Fisherman's Friend. It rocks!

                                                                                                                                                            1. i always liked whoppers, they were my grandmother's favorite as well, though I haven't had them in awhile. i can't stand cadbury eggs.
                                                                                                                                                              or jelly beans, or any kind of cheap chocolate, even worse if it's filled with someting. even as a kid, i would try the cheap filled chocolates, gag, and put them backin the box.

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                                                                                                                                                              1. re: fara

                                                                                                                                                                I wasn't a big fan of jelly beans until I tasted Jelly Belly beans. Those are addictive! I got a jar of them for Christmas, from my daughter, and when she came over a couple weeks ago, she was shocked that the jar was almost empty. I do not normally like sweets, but . . . these are so good! Love the variety of flavors!

                                                                                                                                                                I like Whoppers, too, but haven't had them in years.

                                                                                                                                                              2. jfood has been racking his brain to think of a candy he does not like. Everything mentioned above jfood likes (minor irritation on the Valentines Day hearts). He finally came up with two:

                                                                                                                                                                Hot Tamales and sour nerds.

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                                                                                                                                                                1. re: jfood

                                                                                                                                                                  Sour anything is on my list of "will not eat."

                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: danhole

                                                                                                                                                                    What, no candied Kosher pickles? You haven't lived, I tell you.....

                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: danhole

                                                                                                                                                                      I love sour *everything*. I know I must have permanent damage to my taste buds due to the many times I "burned" them with sour, acidic candy! Sour watermelon slices, Sour Patch Kids, Nerds, Super Sour Balls, Sour Straws, Pixie Stix, Crybabies... and that's only the American stuff. The European sour candy is diabolic. My mouth is watering just thinking about it - I'm pathological.

                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: vvvindaloo

                                                                                                                                                                        I used to love Lemonheads when i was a kid.

                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: jlafler

                                                                                                                                                                          Actually I liked lemonheads. A good balance of sour and sweet. I have never heard of candied kosher pickles, but it sounds interesting. What I really dislike is all the super sour stuff they have out now. They have gone to such an extreme. My DH loves that stuff, and sometimes will slip me a piece of gum that is so sour it makes my jaw hurt, it makes me salivate and hurt just thinking about it! Of course he gets a poke in the arm, and I spit it out quickly!

                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: danhole

                                                                                                                                                                            I'm afraid I made up the candied pickles. Now I'll have to make some myself, just to atone.

                                                                                                                                                                            I do know what you mean about the sour-sweet balance. In fact, that reminds me of a topic I've been meaning to start, about balancing sweet flavors in desserts.

                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: jlafler

                                                                                                                                                                              Shame on you! ;-) Here I was thinking I had missed out on a new treat.

                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: jlafler

                                                                                                                                                                                what !?!?! no pickle shaped candies out there? methinks a new candy should be born !!!

                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: im_nomad

                                                                                                                                                                                  Bertie Bott's Beans have pickle flavor.

                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: im_nomad

                                                                                                                                                                                    Would a kool-aid pickle count as a candy pickle? Take a pickle soak it in cool-aid?

                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: adventuresinbaking

                                                                                                                                                                                      So, if I soak a zesty dill in kool-aid, that would do it? Might try that. What flavor kool-aid would you suggest?

                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: danhole

                                                                                                                                                                                        If you search on NY Times website you can see the whole article, but here is the recipe a woman uses to make a gallon:

                                                                                                                                                                                        The school sells Kool-Aid pickles from the popular red flavor family at its fund-raisers. “They’re easy to make a gallon,” Ms. Williams said. “You pull the pickles from the jar, cut them in halves, make double-strength Kool-Aid, add a pound of sugar, shake and let it sit — best in the refrigerator — for about a week. "

                                                                                                                                                                                        I'm sure you could scale it down or heck make a gallon!

                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: adventuresinbaking

                                                                                                                                                                                          Interesting article! Funny photo of a red pickle4. I may try this on a jar I have in the fridge. Not sure I want to commit to a gallon, yet! Thanks a lot.

                                                                                                                                                                                    2. re: im_nomad

                                                                                                                                                                                      Check this out... Picklesickles
                                                                                                                                                                                      http://picklesickle.com/

                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: JMF

                                                                                                                                                                                        Ohhhh . . . that made my teeth hurt and my mouth water all at the same time! What will they think of next? We should add this to the old post of uses for pickle juice!

                                                                                                                                                                                2. re: jlafler

                                                                                                                                                                                  I still like Lemonheads.

                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: Ruth Lafler

                                                                                                                                                                                    Well at least everyone now knows that Ruth gets the Lemonheads at Casa Lafler.

                                                                                                                                                                                    Sorry R, but lemonheads are not one of the first 50 boxes of candy jfood reaches for when the yutz in line in front of him at the check out wants to rid her/himself of all the change s/he has collected in the last week. Why are they always $0.06 short.

                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: jfood

                                                                                                                                                                                      Oops. Guilty on that count, too. *hangs head in shame*

                                                                                                                                                                                3. re: vvvindaloo

                                                                                                                                                                                  Oh pixie sticks..I loved them as a kid. How about those little was soda bottle shaped candies? Used to love them too. And the one with the little candy stick that you dip in flavored sugar? Not even sure they make them anymore.

                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: Smileelisa

                                                                                                                                                                                    Fun-Dip is still alive and well.

                                                                                                                                                                              2. re: jfood

                                                                                                                                                                                ok, i found another un-favorite...anything cinnamon flavoured !! I loooovve cinnamon in baking and in ethnic cuisines.....but fake cinnamon like hot tamales or hot lips or those cinnamon hearts everyone seems to go mad for at Valentines.....and i don't know why, but cinnamon gum makes me feel a tad sickly.....

                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: im_nomad

                                                                                                                                                                                  Funny you mention that, but I am actually allergic to fake cinnamon. I get hives and other reactions in my mouth so I can't eat anything with fake cinnamon. I found this out when I started chewing cinnamon gum, and apparently its not too unusual.

                                                                                                                                                                                2. re: jfood

                                                                                                                                                                                  Thinking... thinking....

                                                                                                                                                                                  I also like just about all of the candies mentioned - circus peanuts, necco wafers, licorice, whoppers, peeps... most candy doesn't stand a chance in my house between me and my boys. And while this is off topic - Girl Scout Cookies... forgetaboutit, they are just gone!

                                                                                                                                                                                  So, anyway, I don't like the candy stick that came with the Lik-a-Stick and really really sour candy is awful - makes my jaw cramp.

                                                                                                                                                                                  :-)

                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: Cookiefiend

                                                                                                                                                                                    I loved that stick! I liked it better than the sugar! Who ever thought of that as a candy, anyway? Straight sugar with a spoon! Genius!

                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: Cookiefiend

                                                                                                                                                                                      I totally agree with you on that stick. It had a funky taste to it and I would more often toss it out after I was done w/the powder/sugar.

                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: Cookiefiend

                                                                                                                                                                                        Let's not foget those little tubes with the sour powder in them that you opened and poured onto your tongue. Disgusting, dehydrated effluent.

                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: jfood

                                                                                                                                                                                          No, no, no... you weren't supposed to pour them on your tongue. You took a bite and chewed the paper and powder together. They tasted much better that way.

                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: JMF

                                                                                                                                                                                            that's taking a worse situation and making it worser.

                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: jfood

                                                                                                                                                                                              worser...lol
                                                                                                                                                                                              same problem with candy buttons, we ate too much paper as kids

                                                                                                                                                                                            2. re: JMF

                                                                                                                                                                                              I thought you were supposed to snort them... :)

                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: marmite

                                                                                                                                                                                                I think I did that. This explains a lot. :)

                                                                                                                                                                                              2. re: JMF

                                                                                                                                                                                                I remember those! You almost made me spew good scotch on my keyboard! LOL

                                                                                                                                                                                            3. re: Cookiefiend

                                                                                                                                                                                              Fun Dip is the one that came with a lik-a-stik. And yeah, it DID taste pretty darn weird.

                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: spellweaver16

                                                                                                                                                                                                oop!

                                                                                                                                                                                                you're right - it was Fun Dip and the lik-a-stik was strange!

                                                                                                                                                                                                I used to just pour the Fun Dip (really pixie sticks minus the paper) into my hand and... well, I didn't need no stinkin' stik!

                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: Cookiefiend

                                                                                                                                                                                                  I wonder if the stick is different from place to place. I'm from Canada and mine was sweet and tart. Not quite as good as sweet tarts, but had distinct flavor.

                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: miss_bennet

                                                                                                                                                                                                    I liked the lik a stik, but the fun dip made my tongue sore from licking it off the stik.

                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: JMF

                                                                                                                                                                                                      i used to get a sore tongue too! but that didn't stop me from eating it :) i adjusted my method & treated it more like i was sucking on a lollipop instead of licking it straight. much less irritating.

                                                                                                                                                                                                    2. re: miss_bennet

                                                                                                                                                                                                      The sticks we got were just plain weird - they weren't sweet or tart. They didn't taste like much of anything.

                                                                                                                                                                                                      I just tore off that end of the package, threw it away (a very big deal for this sweet toothed girl - throwing away candy! gasp!) and just ate the candy from my hand.

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Slightly messy... but hey, I was a kid and it was my job!

                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: Cookiefiend

                                                                                                                                                                                                        Exactly! It hardly even tasted like sugar. It was simply the delivery system for the candy powder.

                                                                                                                                                                                                      2. re: miss_bennet

                                                                                                                                                                                                        I'm from Canada and I love the stick!

                                                                                                                                                                                                        When I was a kid, a friend and I started buying and eating entire boxes of jello powder to extend our candy budget. I don't think I've ever told that to any one.....

                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: crawfish

                                                                                                                                                                                                          Very enterprising of you lol My friends and I would pool our loose change and buy as much cheap candy as we could, then share it all. Usually it was Zotz and Airheads.

                                                                                                                                                                                                2. re: jfood

                                                                                                                                                                                                  I was once addicted to Hot Tamales. There was a time when I couldn't go in a CVS without buying a box and eating the whole box in one sitting. Every so often I'd find and extra hot one and then I had to keep eating the regular ones until I found another extra hot one. I've stopped all that now.

                                                                                                                                                                                                  Oh and to respond to OP I also really like Whoppers, better than maltesers which lately haven't been that great. The Whopper has a thinner chocolate coating and provides more malt flavor. The chocolate on both Whoppers and Maltesers are rubbish so you might as well get more malt.

                                                                                                                                                                                                  Don't like: circus peanuts, necco wafers, and gummy bears. I can't even be around someone eating gummy bears. The smell makes me sick.

                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: jfood

                                                                                                                                                                                                    I LOVE Hot Tamales and Mike N' Ikes. Never thought much of them as a kid, but now they're some of my fave movie candy.
                                                                                                                                                                                                    On the subject of pickle candy, i remember as a child buying these plastic containers in the shape of whole dill pickles filled with pickle flavored sugar. Not too bad, but I could have only liked them for the novelty.

                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: jfood

                                                                                                                                                                                                      I've also not yet seen a candy listed here that I don't like--even the sour nerds and Hot Tamales. I just can't think of any. Although cinnamon-flavored gum and candy give me a rash, I still like the taste!

                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: jfood

                                                                                                                                                                                                        Oh Man, Hot Tamales are the best. Especially the extra hot kind.

                                                                                                                                                                                                      2. I think Nestle's waxy, tasteless chocolate is even worse than Hershey's. Couldn't even eat it at mile 23 of a marathon, when I was STARVING!

                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. I can't stand those little fake ice cream cones- some kind of waxy candy stuffed in a real miniature wafer cone. I also hate fake-flavour cherry and strawberry hard candies although I like the fruit...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: rat under paper

                                                                                                                                                                                                            Oh I loved those little ice cream cones! How about pop rocks? they were kinda cool with a swig of soda

                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: Smileelisa

                                                                                                                                                                                                              Waxy candy? The ones I used to scarf down were artificially colored marshmallow mounds in mini wafer cones. Yum.

                                                                                                                                                                                                          2. Dear OP: you are a hound after my own heart. Whoppers make me want to hurl.

                                                                                                                                                                                                            Also, violet pastilles (I forget the brand) make me feel like I'm drinking my great aunt's perfume. Gah.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: litchick

                                                                                                                                                                                                              Oh wow, I had forgotten violet pastilles existed....Gah indeed.

                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: jlafler

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Do you mean "Violets" which are square shaped, and come in a silver and purple foil wrapper? I love those! Fortunately, I can still find them in some obscure news stands in SF Bay Area!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: mmg

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  C.Howards violet mints were my favorite candy as a kid. (I always wondered why they were called mints since they were violets, not mints.)

                                                                                                                                                                                                            2. Don't really mind Whoppers. I have always hated Jujubes. Do you chew on them, suck on them? Either way they are horrible. Get all stuck in your teeth, extract a filling, like some prehistoric tree sap, petrified candy. Vile!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: Scott M

                                                                                                                                                                                                                I was trying to remember what those awful candies were called - yes, jujubes are the nastiest...! We used to trade candy at Halloween and I remember that the jujubes were always the ones left over that no one wanted.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: Morticia

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Yuck. And what were those flavors supposed to be? I know they came in different colors, but they all tasted dreadful.

                                                                                                                                                                                                              2. Not a fan of Necco's and those wax bottles that you chew the top off, actually no wax candies at all! Love hot tamales, sour stuff, caramels, and salt water taffy. All in the chew!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: lanersg

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Yea, what was that? I thnk I tried the wax bottles of ?? once and that was enough! Gross! Yuch! Petuiii

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: Scargod

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Oh, I used to love those. What I didn't like were the wax lips. They were just wintergreen-flavored wax, without any liquid to redeem them.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                2. I haven't had a marshmallow peep in YEARs. I do like marshmallows...but I tried a peep and it tasted so chemically I had to throw them away.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  :-(

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: poptart

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    A number of years ago I was in a reading group that met every month or so. Around Easter someone brought a package of peeps to the meeting; nobody opened them, and they reappeared at every meeting for months. Finally, a member of the group made good use of the peeps when she threw a Halloween party. She created little tableaux of peeps meeting various bloody ends (I think she used strawberry jam) and placed them about her apartment. A very satisfying conclusion.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Apparently they're also useful for science experiments with the microwave.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: jlafler

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I love it!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    2. re: poptart

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Peeps have to be several months stale to taste good.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: JMF

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        peeps are one of the few marshmallow things i will eat.....but the combo of the sugary coating gets me, i love them. There used to be a wafer bar with pink peep-like filling that i also loved, it was basically two thing wafers with the pink sugary stuff inside...mmmm...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: JMF

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Those strawberry marshmallow penny candy are better when stale, too.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2. WORST CANDY EVER

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        A toss up between Peanut Butter Kisses and Bull's Eyes. Not only did they taste crappy but they'd stick to your teeth.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Never could get anyone to trade my take on Halloween.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I'd eat anything else mentioned here, even Sen Sens, before I'd eat these.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I love peeps, especially after they've air dried a bit.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: mlgb

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          mlqb, you don't mean the current incarnation of Kisses with peanut butter filling, do you? They're divine.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I'm surprised at the reaction to whoppers. Any of these candies are not made of top quality chocolate, so I take them for what they are. I like the crunchy part of Whoppers.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Now, for my all time favorite horrific candy, that would HAVE to be circus peanuts. I hated them at age 6 and I hate them today. Ewwwww, they make my teeth hurt just thinking about them.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: dolores

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Sad to say, but all crazy marshmallow type candies have an odd appeal for me. So I like those circus peanut candies, I like those fake strawberry marshmallows, I even like those fake easter egg candies with the odd marshmallow-like substance in the center. There is also a great brand of Asian (I believe Japanese) marshmallow candies stuffed with grape jelly and other jelly flavours that is awesome.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Agree about the Sen-Sens sucking. Soapy indeed.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I am a bit of a candy fanatic, and also a hoarder. (imagine an Asian hamster with stuffed cheeks and piles of candy hidden away in nooks and crannies). Fortunately, I buy much more candy than I actually eat. If I ate all the candy I bought, I would have no teeth left. I have taken to giving away lots of candy to people whom I play sports with. After running after each other all day, an odd marshmallow like substance won't kill you (although there may be a few circus peanut haters who may dispute this.)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: moh

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              My little sister has the strangest taste buds...she loves Peeps, and once downed an entire box while walking home from a bar in NYC during Spring Break - she also loves Circus Peanuts so much she got a tattoo of one!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: Morticia

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                "she also loves Circus Peanuts so much she got a tattoo of one!"

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Hehe! I don't love circus peanuts that much! Too much of a chicken to get any kind of a tattoo, not good with pain...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            2. re: dolores

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              No, these:
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              http://www.oldtimecandy.com/caramel-c...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              and these
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              http://www.oldtimecandy.com/halloween...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Back then, there was only one kind of Hershey's kiss.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I still buy candy corn. Love it.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: mlgb

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I loved those bulls eyes when I was a kid. Still do.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Also brach's toffees...they had different flavors. Bought some a few years ago and they were SO chemically. I wonder if they were always that bad or the recipe actually changed.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: mlgb

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  i love those bull's eyes !!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: mlgb

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Ah, mlqb. I've never seen those and obviously have never tasted one. Funny, the site says they're sold out until next Halloween, guess there isn't a high demand for them.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    moh, circus peanuts are supposed to be SOFT, like peeps? That would explain it -- and considering that all the candy stores in my neighborhood were fronts, I can understand why the circus peanuts were hard as concrete.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: dolores

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      As far as I can remember, circus peanuts are a marshmallow -based candy, and yes they are supposed to be soft. I don't know what peeps are! I'll look for them, they sound great. I can imagine a hard circus peanut would suck.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: moh

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        This is a good time of year to look for Peeps -- your local supermarket probably has them in its Easter candy displays. They're usually shaped like chicks or bunnies, and are a violent shade of yellow or pink.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: moh

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          moh ~

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          There's another thread about Peeps going right now -
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          http://www.chowhound.com/topics/496693

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I personally like my peeps slightly dry too.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: Cookiefiend

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I'm not sure i should know that you can make dioramas out of Peeps. I already have too much time to waste... awesome pictures!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I have definitely never had a Peep! I can see I'd like them.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: moh

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I'm from BC, and I've only seen peeps here in the last couple of years. I bought some, but the smell turned me off from trying them.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2. re: moh

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Oh moh! You're in for a treat -- never had a peep!!!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Back in the day, they used to come in only yellow (I think) and chick shaped, now their colors and shapes are limitless.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Enjoy.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: dolores

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              If I get any, you can have mine, I can't stand them, they are way tooooo sweet for me. Oh wait, maybe if I made a peep's smore then I can maybe tolerate them.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: justagthing

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                peeps have always scared me. that neon-colored sugar coating makes them look like creatures spawned from radioactive waste.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        2. re: mlgb

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Oh, those peanut butter things were *bad*. They were the ones that nobody would take in trade on Halloween night! Urgh. Yuck. You get the picture.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Now my very worst candy-related memory was almost vomiting up a Sky Bar. At age 10 (many, many years ago now). I can still taste that noxious thing. All the different fillings, all *bad*. Shiver.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        3. re: dolores

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          i'm with dolores on the circus peanuts. they have the texture of styrofoam, and taste positively vile.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2. how about those tropical flavored Starburst?! not good.........
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I love the regular ones but those tropical ones...... yuck!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. There's actually chocolate covered macadamian nuts called Donkey Balls. They're really good.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. Ugh, I agree on Whoppers. I love malt-flavored, but hate these-bad chocolate and an icky texture.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Peeps do nothing for me. Hate Cadbury cream eggs-I have a huge sweet tooth and these are way over the top, even for me.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Sixlets...those awful little colored carob balls that mean neighbors would try and palm off at Halloween. And those icky hard candy peanut butter filled sticks.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Knock-off reeses pb cups-always too sweet and waxy.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Spice flavored gum drops. What the hell?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Peppermint gum-my mom always gave it to us on road trips and so I associate it with car sickness.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            But man, do I love jujubes. Really did pull out a filling and swallow it once, but still love 'em. I have no idea why.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: girlwonder88

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Peanut butter sticks? are you talking about Chick-O-Sticks? I love those!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: justagthing

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Ugh, Yes. Blech. And what's with the name?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: girlwonder88

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  similar to the stripy "peanut butter logs" yum.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  from wiki:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  The Chick-O-Stick's original wrapper design featured a stylized cartoon of a chicken, wearing a cowboy hat and a badge in the shape of the Atkinson logo. The chicken is absent from the more recent wrapper design; some commentators have indicated that it contributed to confusion over whether the Chick-O-Stick was candy or a chicken-flavored cracker. The Atkinson Candy Company's website/on-line store states that the company's founder "came up with the name one day, and well, it just stuck."

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: alkapal

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Oh I remember those. They were hard, right? Ick.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Another -- the 'ribbon' candy. In a box, with lots and lots of other 'ribbon' candy. Ick.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Alternatively, a hard candy with a little picture in the middle, for example, a flower? The candy wasn't good, it was just fun making the flower smaller.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I had forgotten how much candy I hate.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: dolores

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      peanut butter logs were flat-ish, and not really too hard, but firm. seemed a little flaky when you would bite into it.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      the ribbon candy was a must around my house at christmastime.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: dolores

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I loved ribbon candy! It's so pretty, and I loved the taste. A little bit, umm, stale tasting, but still very good.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: Catskillgirl

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I used to hang mine on the Christmas tree, then break it off one turn at a time to eat. Sometimes the green stripes were mint, sometimes the green stripes were lime.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                2. re: girlwonder88

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I loved sixlets.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                3. Mary Janes. I get the willies just thinking about them. I've never met any kid who liked them, though some develop a taste for them later in life.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: phofiend

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Are those the things I called peanut butter kisses? Ugh I agree.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    http://www.oldtimecandy.com/halloween...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: phofiend

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I love Mary Janes. Granted, I only discovered them as an adult.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    2. the "bad chocolate" candy phenomenon is so true....for some reason, I like snickers (espeically almond!) and milkyways (especially the dark chocolate one!) and yet can't stand hershey's bars.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Maybe it's the filling-to-chocolate ratio?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      When visiting London, I saw the Cadbury's machines in every Tube station and tried one. WOW! What a difference to the Cadbury's chocolate we get in the US (way too sweet, waxy). No comparison.....English Cadbury's is less sweet, nicer texture and what a great choice of chocolate bar types! If I lived in London I'd have no teeth left. :-)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: poptart

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I totally agree with you, poptart. Did you happen to have a Doubledecker while you were there? Caramel AND soft nougat AND crunchies? Are you kidding me? And these things weigh like a pound each. It's like a meal in a wrapper. I became so obsessed I actually ordered some from the britsuperstore.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: Aspiring Foodie

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          No, I didn't have a doubledecker. But wish I did after reading your description!
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Gotta go back to London I guess! :-)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Another thing I loved there was winegums. Kind of weird stuff, but I became addicted. Sometimes I buy them locally but I eat the whole roll without stopping so I try not to get them often.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2. Those little candy dots that were stuck in rows on what looked like cash register paper. Root beer kegs? Atomic Hot Balls? Little metal cups w/ a tiny metal spoon to eat the sickeningly sweet candy paste in the cup?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: Passadumkeg

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          What was the last thing??? I've been looking for tiny metal cups and spoons…

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: Passadumkeg

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            That's it! Root beer kegs! Finally found the one candy I don't like! You do mean the hard candy, I assume.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: Kagey

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I forgot about rootbeer kegs - yecch!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: Cookiefiend

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Yes-any rootbeer candy-rootbeer popsicles-actually root beer in general makes me want to yak.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2. I would have to say anything with anise in it.. yuck! black jelly beans or black dots.. ewwwwww.. i do like whoppers though.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: JessicaRose

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Jfood loves people like you J. He loves the black jelly beans, salt water taffy and everything licorice. When people who do not like it (mrs jfood included) are around, jfood can relax and eat them at his leisure knowing full well there is no competition.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: jfood

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I'm with you on that jfood! I get everyones rejects,and darn glad I do.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: danhole

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  i am like this with green stuff...no one ever seems to want green suckers, or green jelly beans, jujubes etc etc.....i love them.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: im_nomad

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    But everyone wants green m&m's. They even made bags of just green for Valentine's this year! LOL

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: justagthing

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      yeah, i got a bag of those green peanut m&ms. what is up with the green-favoritism?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: alkapal

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Back in the ol' days, people use to say that they were an aphrodisiac, that's why the animated one is a sexy female m&m.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: justagthing

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          green m&ms as aphrodisiacs? what "ol' days" were those? although i must say, i find a green tongue to be a turn-on. ;-P

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: alkapal

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Well, ok, to be honest, when I was in high school, so many, many moons ago...we would say that if you ate green m&m's you got horn..well you get the picture...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: justagthing

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              oh that's funny. i guess i was so sheltered i never heard of that -- but it has been a while since i am an adult, and STILL hadn't heard that. http://www.snopes.com/risque/aphrodis...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              obviously it is not so esoteric, though, since mars co. marketing department exploits it.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: alkapal

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                God, that's funny! What typifies adolescence more than a kid with one foot still in the sandbox and one foot on the gas pedal eating candy as an aphrodesiac! LOL!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: alkapal

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Oh, thanks for the link. Yes, it was in the late 70's that I recall talking about green ones, as a kid having a special effect. Oh no, getting close at revealing my age! LOL

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: justagthing

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    well, i just ate a handful of the green peanut M&Ms and i am sad to report that i am not in the least disinclined to go to the law library for some research. DRATS!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    is there a time lag?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: justagthing

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      We still said that when I was in high school in the late 80's... you could be ten years younger!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. re: justagthing

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Noooo, really justagthing? What a brilliant marketing ploy! I wonder what they put forth on the brown M&Ms? Ick.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: justagthing

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Back in high school I don't recall needing anything to get horn..well you get the picture...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: justagthing

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I remember back in high school in the late 70's we called them "little horny green MnM's." The cheerleaders ran a small candy store in school out of an old broom closet to raise money for charity. If you bought a bag of MnM's every cheerleader in the area would descend and demand they be given the green ones as "tax", in exchange for a kiss. I ate a lot of MnM's, or at least bought them.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        At my 20th high school reunion I had a bag in my pocket and brought it out... it still worked.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  3. re: alkapal

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Green m&ms have always been my favorite. I remember first hearing about the supposed bonus "side effect" of eating them, and wondering if that was why... (I was about 12 at the time).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  4. re: justagthing

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I remember before I even knew about the birds and the bees-how ever many green M&M's you ate, that was how many kisses you would get in the sixth grade. Didn't work for me though...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2. I guess the moral of this topic is that every candy hated by one person is beloved of somebody, somewhere. It's kind of touching.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: jlafler

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Well, if no one loved it, they wouldn't sell it anymore. If it's on the market, presumably people are buying it, and buying it because they like it.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              With candy, though, I think taste is only one element of their enjoyment. As also demonstrated by this thread, a lot of candies have a strong nostalgia factor, too.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: Ruth Lafler

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                So true. I was languishing in line at a convenience store today and - uh oh - had a few minutes to kill near the candy display. I immediately thought of this thread when I spotted the Mallo Cups and *almost* bought them. Managed to hang tough, though, when I spotted a dreaded Sky Bar near them. I thought those (Sky Bars) were safely dead. But no, obviously there are still people out there (and right in my own neighborhood!) who like Sky Bars.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Now I'm wishing I had bought the Mallo Cups!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: Catskillgirl

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  In college I did buy Mallo Cups and Pepsi to get me through. Never again.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            2. The worst candy ever is this gum that tastes like soap called Thrills (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thrills.)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              For some reason, it still exists. I'm not sure who's buying it though.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: Aspiring Foodie

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Though most people I know hate black licorice, I LOVE the stuff...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: Aspiring Foodie

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I am buying it for my father and my boyfriend. They both love the loathesome stuff.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                2. In my opinion the worst candy were those fizzy ones (don't remember the exact name). They were hard candy on the outside but inside was a sour powder that fizzed in your mouth when it got wet. Reminded me of putting Alka-Seltzer in your mouth.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: HunterJay

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    They were originally called Zotz...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    http://www.candyfavorites.com/pi/zotz...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: Sean

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Pop Rocks!?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: Passadumkeg

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Yup, Pop Rocks. Weird stuff.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I think they were recently reintroduced?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Sean: people hate black licorice? I am not a fan of red or brown licorice, but I love black licorice. It's tough to get the real thing these days. I even like Sen Sen, or did a hundred years ago.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: dolores

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          In my experience very few of people I know will even touch black licorice. Dave's Marketplace in East Greenwich, RI sells Kookaburra Licorice from Australia, good stuff...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: Sean

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Oooh, St. Patrick's Day is almost here... Gotta find some black licorice pipes for my grandson! Families that hate candy together are strongly bonded! '-)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: Caroline1

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              You can satisfy all of your black licorice needs here:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              http://www.licoriceinternational.com/

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: DanaB

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Thanks! Whoda thunk something as All American as black licorice pipes come all the way from Finland!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2. re: dolores

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            You can get pop rocks as a mix-in at Cold Stone Creamery. I loved pop rocks and zots as a kid, but I hate all cold stone ice cream, so I didn't try it.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: modthyrth

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Hey, grab some vanilla ice cream and make your own!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I once wondered if they would still pop after I baked them in cookies. I'd forgotten about that, but here I am wondering all over again...! If they made root beer flavored Pop Rocks, I'm sure I'd give it a try. '-)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: modthyrth

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                i had forgotten about zotz!!!!!! googling, i learned not only that it was a fizzy sour candy (which i knew and loved), but also the mayan name for vampire, as well as a science fiction movie.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: modthyrth

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I had a pop-rocks McFlurry in Quebec a few years ago, and it was actually delicious. Fun and creamy, with just the slightest risk of cutting your tongue to shards.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: modthyrth

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I know the thread is huge, but I have to say that I love almost all candy. From the gooey Cadbury eggs people decry as too sweet, to the chalky blandness of Necco wafers, the cheap thrill of Lemonheads and Boston Baked Beans, the bracing hit of salty black licorice, and the ridiculous novelty sour candies 12-year-olds go for. I love it, and they all have a place in my heart.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    However, circus peanuts are an abomination. Seriously. The taste is instantly gag-inducing, and the texture is unfathomably useless.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Can someone who likes these explain the appeal? At all?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: corgette

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      corgette, you will need to start a thread of your own, because you will get the circus peanut crowd coming out of the woodwork! ;-)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: alkapal

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I had no idea there was a circus peanut crowd. My only other vehement taste hate--bleu cheese--has fervent supporters, which I can understand, and which causes me to give bleu a whirl again every few years.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        But circus peanuts? I just don't see it. I'm not trying to be a jerk; there's just a taste element I don't see inspiring such love. Even durian makes more sense to me.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        And sorry for the double, misplaced post. I blame my recent Omniweb update.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: corgette

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I have to agree with you - circus peanuts are suspiciously like packing peanuts in taste and in texture!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. re: dolores

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I was at a fantastic, premium cocktail event a few weeks ago in NYC and one of the cocktails had the rim of the glass coated with pop rocks. Weird but fun.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: dolores

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Believe it or not, Pop Rocks are imported from Spain in refrigerated containers (apparently to keep the CO2 gas as inert as possible as long as possible).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  3. re: Sean

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Yep. Those were them. Awful, vile things.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: Sean

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I adored Zotz! Nice and sour and fizzy after sucking on the sweet outside shell. They were really fun to pass around to surprise others with too.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I think that they came along before Pop Rocks, and I always thought they were superior in the "fizzing candies" category.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: Catskillgirl

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        First I remember Pop Rocks was in about 1976, and then they disappeared for about ten years. Zotz first showed up in my grandpa's store around 1980. There were strips of them, and then there were suckers, which were great fun because you could watch the fizzy stuff come up and get bubbly. I don't know that anyone else in town ever got any because I bought 'em up as soon as they showed up. I loved them.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        About a year ago I was in the little gas station convenience store up the street, and they had Zotz. First time I had seen them in absolutely ages. Of course I had to buy a strip. Yep, still love 'em.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  4. While many of the Bertie Bott's flavors are as vurpishly horrible as they sound (ear wax, rotten egg, sausage, earthworm) the black pepper flavor coated my mouth for hours with this spicy-medicinal-tinfoil-poison taste that I was honestly worried would never let up. Nothing lessened it and anything liquid seemed to intensify it.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I will add:
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Baker's chocolate - come on, you know you did this ONCE
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Cow Tales - caramel stick with Twinkie filling, there is a good idea
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Sugar Daddy - what sociopath invented these filling removers?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: CDouglas

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      The horrible flavors in Bertie Bott's are scary... I had one that was so disgusting that I'm leary of eating anymore.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I did eat a bite of baking chocolate - once- never again.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      But what really got me was when I decided to take a big swig of vanilla. Smelled so good, tasted so awful!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      :-)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: CDouglas

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Are those the jelly beans in weird flavors? I received one from my brother (nice, huh?) that was supposed to taste like vomit. I stared at it for weeks...before I finally threw it out.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Even I am not 'that' adventurous.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Vomit???????

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: dolores

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Exactly.... eewwwwww!!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: dolores

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I never would taste the vomit, but if you pulled it apart and smelled it, oh yeah, you'd gag big time. At least the box they come in has a guide so you could avoid the nasty ones if you want. The dirt ones taste just like dirt.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2. re: CDouglas

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Man the Baker's Chocolate made me laugh.... I can remember to this day how disappointed I was.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Love Sugar Daddy's but they don't love me.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: CDouglas

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I used to eat chocolate almond bark for fun.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: CDouglas

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Baker's chocolate isn't candy, though, so the fact that it tastes bad eaten as such shouldn't be held against it.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: Ruth Lafler

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  True, but it sure looks like a box full of Nestle's Chunkys to a 6 year old.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: CDouglas

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    So does ExLax. Some things need to be kept out of the reach of children! '-)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: Caroline1

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Including dried fruit. I devoured a big bag of it as a kid and made the all-important discovery that some things are better in moderation....

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: jlafler

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        ah yes, the old chunkys with raisins!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2. re: Caroline1

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Fair enough, but I never found a box of ExLax in the pantry next to the marshmallows and sugar.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: CDouglas

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Do you think a pantry is the only place a kid looks for goodies?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: Caroline1

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Reminds me of a story that Tommie dePaola wrote about when he was a kid he would get the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            'chocolates' out of the bathroom cupboard to share with his nana. I think it was written in his book, 26 Fairmont Ave. It's a children's story.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: justagthing

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              You guys are scaring me now.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                2. It'd be a tossup between those little strawberry wrapped candies that came with the Holly Farms summer sausage and cheese sampler package, and the dust-covered mints Aunt Whatserface kept on the mantle that, with years of humidity, became fused together into a single, dusty, mint mass.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  That, and wax lips.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  And licorice is like clowns, either you love them or fear them. Show me a licorice clown and I'll do my best to kill you.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: monkeyrotica

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    How funny...I never knew that about licorice! But I do hate clowns.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Again, in the ancient times, my mother would get me a carob stick from a store that sold candy and...I guess carob? Honestly, it smelled like, well, feet, and -- yes, I ate it anyway -- actually didn't taste too bad.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I still wish I convinced my mother to buy those chocolate covered ants (not the same store).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: dolores

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I have no problem with eating foot-smelling food. I've had some dry English cheddars that, if I closed my eyes, smelled like I was eating a soiled gym sock.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Also, that bubble gum that came with the baseball cards? What the heck was that? It tasted like the devil's bubblegum. Rock hard, dry, with a nondescript powdery residue. There was a reason why we all threw that stuff away.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: monkeyrotica

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        But did you lick it off first? I think we all did that! Then tossed the so-called chewing gum in the trash!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    2. re: monkeyrotica

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Believe it or not, my husband was enraptured by those little strawberry candies. This was in the pre-internet days (gasp!) and I went crazy trying to find them for him. I did locate a supplier finally, and was able to buy him a big bag for Christmas. I did believe he was insane, though. Nobody likes those little candies. Nobody. LOL!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: Catskillgirl

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I do...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    3. OK, I''ll say it...I hate Jolly Ranchers! Both the sour apple and watermelon flavors.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Let the pummeling begin...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: LabRat

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        You think that's bad, try the Diabetic Sugar Free Jollly Ranchers. Your mouth will swear that it's gone to Hell.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: monkeyrotica

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          YES i had one of these sugar free jolly ranchers, cause my father left them in my car after borrowing it for the day. He quit chewing tobacco over a month ago and likes to chew/suck on candy and he loves these things.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I tried a "red" flavoured one and I swear to god it tasted like peppered steak (steak au poivre) or roast beef. SO freakin nasty.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        2. re: LabRat

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          LabRat - you are right! I remember when Jolly Ranchers were "all the rage" and they were in every candy bowl in town. The problem was that IF you could get them out of the wrapper, then you had to constantly move them in your mouth, or else they would stick to a tooth. Then you were digging in your mouth, like a caveman, trying to dislodge it from the tooth. I really don't like any of the flavors.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        3. As a little kid, I din't like Whoppers, but warmed up to them through the years. Horlick's were really nasty. And I hated hated hated Cracker Jacks. When I was a kid, they were still made with really strong molasses. But that didn't stop me from buying them for the prize. Then I'd feed them to birds or my dog or whatever kind of critter would eat them, including my little brother. '-)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. Horehound candy. Ick.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: CourtneyO

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I'm starting to feel like the resident nutjob...every time someone posts and says how much they absolutely hate something, it's one of my favorites. I remember buying a bag at Silver Dollar City or somewhere when I was nine or ten years old. I'd read about it in a book and wanted to see for myself what they tasted like. My mom said, "Oh, you don't want to do that." I did. And I ate every one of those things, and bought another bag first chance I got.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              There's a fellow in my church here who occasionally pulls a bag of horehound candy out of his pocket at a meeting and shares it around the table. I'm generally the only taker.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            2. In the "legit" American candy category (as opposed to the novelty category- chocolate covered habaneroes, sugar coated crickets) the small Valentines hearts w/ the imprinted "cute" messages, Necco wafers and any of the other chalk based products are bad. But the worst of the category were Pez. They are gone, right? Please confirm we're not allowing this child and taste buds abuse to continue. Of course there's still gold in them thar dispensers.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: ilikefood

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Not only are they not gone, you can go to the factory in Orange, CT (yes, that's really its name), and see how they're made. Worst -- and weirdest -- part about that is the air all around the factory smells like powdered, fake fruit. Pretty odd.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: ctscorp

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I just saw a multi pack of dispensers last month and it featured all of the Disney princesses.