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someyoungguyy Mar 9, 2008 01:38 PM

http://www.hersheys.com/products/deta...

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!!!:(

  1. Paul Weller Mar 9, 2008 02:02 PM

    http://wrongcrowd.com/candy/

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

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    1. re: Paul Weller
      Miss Needle Mar 9, 2008 03:29 PM

      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
        Sam Fujisaka Mar 11, 2008 06:21 AM

        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
          Scargod Mar 11, 2008 03:15 PM

          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
          Bill Hunt Mar 11, 2008 07:42 PM

          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

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            Paul Weller Mar 11, 2008 08:13 PM

            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.

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          Humbucker Mar 9, 2008 02:22 PM

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

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            Lucia Mar 9, 2008 03:34 PM

            I love'em too!

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              jeanmarieok Mar 9, 2008 04:50 PM

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

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            sueatmo Mar 9, 2008 03:39 PM

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

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              Kelli2006 Mar 9, 2008 04:41 PM

              Chocolate covered raisins are worse then cherries.

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                sueatmo Mar 9, 2008 05:07 PM

                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.

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                  southernitalian Mar 11, 2008 01:53 PM

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

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                    sueatmo Mar 14, 2008 07:12 PM

                    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
                  sparkalina Mar 10, 2008 01:36 PM

                  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.

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                    Kelli2006 Mar 10, 2008 03:00 PM

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

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                      Morticia Apr 4, 2008 06:18 PM

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

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                        Catskillgirl Apr 7, 2008 11:11 AM

                        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)

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                  jenniegirl Apr 3, 2008 01:32 PM

                  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.

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                  burlgurl Mar 9, 2008 04:51 PM

                  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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                    corgette Mar 9, 2008 07:59 PM

                    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. revsharkie Mar 9, 2008 04:59 PM

                    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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                      cmkdvs Mar 9, 2008 05:24 PM

                      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).

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                        ArikaDawn Mar 9, 2008 06:13 PM

                        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.

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                          BostonCookieMonster Mar 12, 2008 10:01 AM

                          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.

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                            dolores Mar 12, 2008 11:08 AM

                            >>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.

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                              k1127 Mar 17, 2008 12:20 PM

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

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                                goodhealthgourmet Mar 17, 2008 06:31 PM

                                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?

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                                  alkapal Mar 17, 2008 06:43 PM

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

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                                    Snackish Mar 21, 2008 02:24 PM

                                    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.

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                                      vickib Apr 8, 2008 10:34 PM

                                      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
                          DanaB Mar 10, 2008 04:00 PM

                          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. :-)

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                            dani_k Mar 11, 2008 10:45 AM

                            ditto on that.

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                            jenniegirl Apr 3, 2008 01:34 PM

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

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                            Humbucker Mar 9, 2008 05:40 PM

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

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                              im_nomad Mar 9, 2008 07:23 PM

                              i do ! love hearts are gooood. !

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                                sparkalina Mar 10, 2008 01:36 PM

                                I'll second the love!

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                                justagthing Mar 10, 2008 06:48 PM

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

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                                  meredyth Mar 11, 2008 08:53 AM

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

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                                    Scargod Mar 11, 2008 03:17 PM

                                    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.

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                                      sparkalina Mar 13, 2008 08:31 AM

                                      that would explain my love of original Rolaids!

                                  2. re: justagthing
                                    Snackish Mar 21, 2008 02:24 PM

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

                                  3. re: Humbucker
                                    hotteacher1976 Mar 12, 2008 11:00 PM

                                    I only like the yellow and orange ones.

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                                      justagthing Mar 12, 2008 11:09 PM

                                      guess we can share a bag then, lol

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                                      iluvtennis Mar 27, 2008 12:36 PM

                                      Absolutely not!

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                                        jenniegirl Apr 3, 2008 01:40 PM

                                        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.

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                                        Val Mar 9, 2008 06:37 PM

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

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                                          burlgurl Mar 9, 2008 07:18 PM

                                          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..

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                                            im_nomad Mar 9, 2008 07:24 PM

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

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                                              currymouth Mar 9, 2008 07:40 PM

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

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                                                Blush Mar 9, 2008 07:47 PM

                                                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.

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                                                  burlgurl Mar 9, 2008 07:58 PM

                                                  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...

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                                                    currymouth Mar 9, 2008 08:40 PM

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

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                                                      miss_bennet Mar 9, 2008 10:54 PM

                                                      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.

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                                                        fara Mar 10, 2008 02:25 PM

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

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                                                          crawfish Mar 20, 2008 05:33 PM

                                                          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.

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                                                            ctscorp Mar 27, 2008 08:17 AM

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

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                                                          Passadumkeg Mar 12, 2008 05:18 AM

                                                          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!

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                                                            saticoy Mar 12, 2008 11:19 AM

                                                            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!

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                                                              Passadumkeg Mar 12, 2008 03:55 PM

                                                              I love firklovers!

                                                        3. re: burlgurl
                                                          chefschickie Mar 10, 2008 08:21 PM

                                                          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....

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                                                        Avalondaughter Apr 3, 2008 01:12 PM

                                                        That stuff is NASTY. Agreed.

                                                      3. re: Val
                                                        steflink Mar 10, 2008 04:12 PM

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

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                                                          Caroline1 Mar 12, 2008 01:26 PM

                                                          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>

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                                                            danhole Mar 12, 2008 02:14 PM

                                                            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.

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                                                              Caroline1 Mar 12, 2008 06:29 PM

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

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                                                                heypielady Mar 18, 2008 12:22 PM

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

                                                                1. re: Caroline1
                                                                  Snackish Mar 21, 2008 02:25 PM

                                                                  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.

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                                                                    Caroline1 Mar 21, 2008 07:20 PM

                                                                    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
                                                                      alkapal Mar 22, 2008 03:16 AM

                                                                      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.

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                                                                        Snackish Mar 22, 2008 09:11 PM

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

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                                                                          JMF Mar 23, 2008 05:27 AM

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

                                                                2. re: Caroline1
                                                                  Sam Fujisaka Mar 12, 2008 10:26 PM

                                                                  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.

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                                                                    Caroline1 Mar 13, 2008 03:08 AM

                                                                    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!

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                                                                    jenniegirl Apr 3, 2008 01:44 PM

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

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                                                                  KarenG Mar 9, 2008 07:16 PM

                                                                  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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                                                                    revsharkie Mar 10, 2008 05:15 PM

                                                                    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.

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                                                                      Caroline1 Mar 12, 2008 01:28 PM

                                                                      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
                                                                        goodhealthgourmet Mar 12, 2008 04:13 PM

                                                                        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.

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                                                                          Caroline1 Mar 12, 2008 06:36 PM

                                                                          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.

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                                                                            JMF Mar 23, 2008 06:28 AM

                                                                            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.

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                                                                            adventuresinbaking Mar 13, 2008 10:34 AM

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

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                                                                              goodhealthgourmet Mar 13, 2008 05:20 PM

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

                                                                          3. re: Caroline1
                                                                            revsharkie Mar 12, 2008 08:53 PM

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

                                                                      2. Passadumkeg Mar 9, 2008 07:25 PM

                                                                        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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                                                                          JMF Mar 10, 2008 04:19 AM

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

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                                                                            coney with everything Mar 11, 2008 06:12 AM

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

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                                                                              Cheflambo Mar 11, 2008 09:14 AM

                                                                              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).

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                                                                                marmite Mar 11, 2008 10:34 AM

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

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                                                                                  Passadumkeg Mar 11, 2008 01:53 PM

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

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                                                                                    marmite Mar 11, 2008 02:08 PM

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

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                                                                                      Passadumkeg Mar 12, 2008 04:47 PM

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

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                                                                                        marmite Mar 13, 2008 09:46 AM

                                                                                        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.

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                                                                                          Passadumkeg Mar 13, 2008 10:26 AM

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

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                                                                                            Caroline1 Mar 13, 2008 10:27 AM

                                                                                            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!

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                                                                                              Passadumkeg Mar 13, 2008 03:09 PM

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

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                                                                                                justagthing Mar 13, 2008 05:04 PM

                                                                                                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! ;)

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                                                                                                  Caroline1 Mar 13, 2008 05:48 PM

                                                                                                  Funny.

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                                                                                                    marmite Mar 14, 2008 09:16 AM

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

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                                                                                                      alkapal Mar 17, 2008 03:30 PM

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

                                                                                                  2. re: Caroline1
                                                                                                    JMF Mar 23, 2008 06:30 AM

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

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                                                                                                      Catskillgirl Mar 23, 2008 10:09 AM

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

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                                                                                                        goodhealthgourmet Mar 23, 2008 01:16 PM

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

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                                                                                                    justagthing Mar 13, 2008 05:03 PM

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

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                                                                                                      sueatmo Mar 14, 2008 07:18 PM

                                                                                                      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.

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                                                                                                        Passadumkeg Mar 14, 2008 07:35 PM

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

                                                                                          2. re: coney with everything
                                                                                            monkeyrotica Mar 12, 2008 10:29 AM

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

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                                                                                            Morticia Apr 4, 2008 06:27 PM

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

                                                                                          4. im_nomad Mar 9, 2008 07:29 PM

                                                                                            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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                                                                                              Smileelisa Apr 3, 2008 06:15 AM

                                                                                              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.

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                                                                                              mojoeater Mar 9, 2008 08:00 PM

                                                                                              Circus peanuts. Nasty.

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                                                                                                adventuresinbaking Mar 10, 2008 07:11 AM

                                                                                                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.

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                                                                                                  sparkalina Mar 10, 2008 01:37 PM

                                                                                                  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.

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                                                                                                    jfood Mar 10, 2008 02:35 PM

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

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                                                                                                      JMF Mar 11, 2008 05:01 AM

                                                                                                      I still love circus peanuts, especially slightly stale one.

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                                                                                                  CookforFun Mar 10, 2008 07:52 AM

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

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                                                                                                    sueatmo Mar 14, 2008 07:19 PM

                                                                                                    Oh I like those! I'd forgotten them.

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                                                                                                      alkapal Mar 17, 2008 03:32 PM

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

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                                                                                                        thecountryrose Mar 27, 2008 06:54 AM

                                                                                                        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.

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                                                                                                    Scargod Mar 10, 2008 08:32 AM

                                                                                                    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.

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                                                                                                      Lucia Mar 10, 2008 08:45 AM

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

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                                                                                                        Scargod Mar 10, 2008 01:31 PM

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

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                                                                                                          livetocook Mar 10, 2008 08:42 PM

                                                                                                          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.

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                                                                                                          im_nomad Mar 10, 2008 11:32 AM

                                                                                                          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.

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                                                                                                            chefschickie Mar 10, 2008 08:23 PM

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

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                                                                                                              monkeyrotica Mar 12, 2008 10:30 AM

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

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                                                                                                                Caroline1 Mar 12, 2008 01:32 PM

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

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                                                                                                                  danhole Mar 12, 2008 02:15 PM

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

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                                                                                                                    TampaAurora Apr 3, 2008 12:40 PM

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

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                                                                                                              DanaB Mar 10, 2008 04:09 PM

                                                                                                              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/93/240846961_317fac019d.jpg?v=0

                                                                                                              Not like this:

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

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                                                                                                                jfood Mar 11, 2008 10:45 AM

                                                                                                                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.

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                                                                                                              ms. clicquot Mar 12, 2008 04:34 PM

                                                                                                              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!

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                                                                                                                hotteacher1976 Mar 12, 2008 11:02 PM

                                                                                                                I happen to like them and Whoppers.

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                                                                                                                MysticYoYo Mar 9, 2008 08:36 PM

                                                                                                                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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                                                                                                                  smartie Mar 10, 2008 07:32 AM

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

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                                                                                                                    chefschickie Mar 10, 2008 08:25 PM

                                                                                                                    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!

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                                                                                                                  jlafler Mar 9, 2008 11:17 PM

                                                                                                                  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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                                                                                                                    moh Mar 10, 2008 06:24 AM

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

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                                                                                                                      sparkalina Mar 10, 2008 01:38 PM

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

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                                                                                                                        Scargod Mar 10, 2008 02:08 PM

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

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                                                                                                                          moh Mar 10, 2008 02:29 PM

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

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                                                                                                                            Cookiefiend Mar 10, 2008 03:34 PM

                                                                                                                            moh!

                                                                                                                            you gotta try it, quite yummy is quite right!

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                                                                                                                        hotteacher1976 Mar 12, 2008 11:03 PM

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

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                                                                                                                          justagthing Mar 12, 2008 11:10 PM

                                                                                                                          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.

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                                                                                                                            dolores Mar 13, 2008 02:55 AM

                                                                                                                            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!!!

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                                                                                                                              marmite Mar 13, 2008 09:49 AM

                                                                                                                              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...

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                                                                                                                                justagthing Mar 13, 2008 05:06 PM

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

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                                                                                                                              jlafler Mar 15, 2008 10:42 PM

                                                                                                                              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.

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                                                                                                                                mlgb Mar 17, 2008 08:37 AM

                                                                                                                                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).

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                                                                                                                                  Ruth Lafler Mar 17, 2008 10:41 AM

                                                                                                                                  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.

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                                                                                                                                    goodhealthgourmet Mar 17, 2008 06:33 PM

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

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                                                                                                                            spellweaver16 Mar 10, 2008 03:08 AM

                                                                                                                            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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                                                                                                                              monkeyrotica Mar 12, 2008 10:31 AM

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

                                                                                                                              WTF did people eat for lunch back in the day?

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                                                                                                                                Bat Guano Apr 3, 2008 09:12 AM

                                                                                                                                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.

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                                                                                                                                  dolores Apr 3, 2008 11:25 AM

                                                                                                                                  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.

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                                                                                                                                    Bat Guano Apr 3, 2008 12:44 PM

                                                                                                                                    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. JMF Mar 10, 2008 04:17 AM

                                                                                                                              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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                                                                                                                                Sean Mar 10, 2008 06:53 AM

                                                                                                                                Circus peanuts and candy corn, YUCK!

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                                                                                                                                Jimbosox04 Mar 10, 2008 07:02 AM

                                                                                                                                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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                                                                                                                                  moh Mar 10, 2008 07:18 AM

                                                                                                                                  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.

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                                                                                                                                    Catskillgirl Mar 12, 2008 11:57 AM

                                                                                                                                    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.

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                                                                                                                                      Caroline1 Mar 12, 2008 01:34 PM

                                                                                                                                      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. L_W Mar 10, 2008 09:47 AM

                                                                                                                                  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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                                                                                                                                    im_nomad Mar 10, 2008 11:39 AM

                                                                                                                                    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, :)

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                                                                                                                                      moh Mar 10, 2008 12:46 PM

                                                                                                                                      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.

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                                                                                                                                      milklady Mar 10, 2008 12:56 PM

                                                                                                                                      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.

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                                                                                                                                        danhole Mar 10, 2008 01:06 PM

                                                                                                                                        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.

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                                                                                                                                          jeanmarieok Mar 10, 2008 02:31 PM

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

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                                                                                                                                            justagthing Mar 10, 2008 06:55 PM

                                                                                                                                            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.

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                                                                                                                                              Scargod Mar 11, 2008 03:24 PM

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

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                                                                                                                                                im_nomad Mar 11, 2008 07:27 PM

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

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                                                                                                                                                  justagthing Mar 11, 2008 09:51 PM

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

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                                                                                                                                              irishnyc Mar 10, 2008 04:31 PM

                                                                                                                                              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!

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                                                                                                                                                L_W Mar 11, 2008 07:37 AM

                                                                                                                                                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!

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                                                                                                                                                  danhole Mar 11, 2008 08:13 AM

                                                                                                                                                  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.

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                                                                                                                                                    deibu Mar 11, 2008 03:01 PM

                                                                                                                                                    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!"

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                                                                                                                                                      dolores Mar 12, 2008 03:21 AM

                                                                                                                                                      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?

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                                                                                                                                                      Catskillgirl Mar 12, 2008 12:05 PM

                                                                                                                                                      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.

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                                                                                                                                                        Caroline1 Mar 12, 2008 01:38 PM

                                                                                                                                                        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!

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                                                                                                                                                          danhole Mar 12, 2008 02:18 PM

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

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                                                                                                                                                            Catskillgirl Mar 12, 2008 02:30 PM

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

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                                                                                                                                                              Kagey Mar 13, 2008 04:27 AM

                                                                                                                                                              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!

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                                                                                                                                                                goodhealthgourmet Mar 13, 2008 05:21 PM

                                                                                                                                                                long live pine bros! loved the honey flavor too.

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                                                                                                                                                              hotteacher1976 Mar 12, 2008 11:05 PM

                                                                                                                                                              haha I ate them like candy too.

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                                                                                                                                                                Sean Mar 13, 2008 10:04 AM

                                                                                                                                                                I used to eat Sucrets like candy...

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                                                                                                                                                                  Caroline1 Mar 13, 2008 10:28 AM

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

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                                                                                                                                                          Smileelisa Apr 3, 2008 06:24 AM

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

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                                                                                                                                                          chef4hire Mar 10, 2008 06:14 PM

                                                                                                                                                          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!

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                                                                                                                                                          miss_bennet Mar 10, 2008 11:45 AM

                                                                                                                                                          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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                                                                                                                                                            MrsCris Mar 10, 2008 01:21 PM

                                                                                                                                                            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. vvvindaloo Mar 10, 2008 11:49 AM

                                                                                                                                                            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!

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                                                                                                                                                              fara Mar 10, 2008 02:33 PM

                                                                                                                                                              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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                                                                                                                                                                danhole Mar 10, 2008 02:59 PM

                                                                                                                                                                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 Mar 10, 2008 02:37 PM

                                                                                                                                                                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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                                                                                                                                                                  danhole Mar 10, 2008 03:00 PM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                    jlafler Mar 10, 2008 03:36 PM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                      vvvindaloo Mar 10, 2008 06:24 PM

                                                                                                                                                                      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.

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                                                                                                                                                                        jlafler Mar 10, 2008 07:02 PM

                                                                                                                                                                        I used to love Lemonheads when i was a kid.

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                                                                                                                                                                          danhole Mar 11, 2008 08:19 AM

                                                                                                                                                                          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!

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                                                                                                                                                                            jlafler Mar 11, 2008 09:49 AM

                                                                                                                                                                            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.

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                                                                                                                                                                              danhole Mar 11, 2008 10:06 AM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                im_nomad Mar 11, 2008 07:29 PM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                  JMF Mar 12, 2008 06:20 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                  Bertie Bott's Beans have pickle flavor.

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                                                                                                                                                                                    adventuresinbaking Mar 12, 2008 10:57 AM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                      danhole Mar 12, 2008 02:19 PM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                        adventuresinbaking Mar 13, 2008 10:37 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                        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!

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                                                                                                                                                                                          danhole Mar 13, 2008 02:25 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                          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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                      JMF Mar 13, 2008 10:34 AM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                        danhole Mar 13, 2008 02:27 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                        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!

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                                                                                                                                                                                  Ruth Lafler Mar 17, 2008 10:43 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                  I still like Lemonheads.

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                                                                                                                                                                                    jfood Mar 17, 2008 12:14 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                    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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                      Ruth Lafler Mar 17, 2008 12:24 PM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                  Smileelisa Apr 3, 2008 06:27 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                  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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                    ArikaDawn Apr 3, 2008 07:50 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                    Fun-Dip is still alive and well.

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                                                                                                                                                                                im_nomad Mar 10, 2008 03:14 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                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.....

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                                                                                                                                                                                  DCLindsey Mar 12, 2008 06:45 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                  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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                  Cookiefiend Mar 10, 2008 03:32 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                  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.

                                                                                                                                                                                  :-)

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                                                                                                                                                                                    miss_bennet Mar 10, 2008 06:49 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                    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!

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                                                                                                                                                                                      justagthing Mar 10, 2008 07:21 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                      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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                        jfood Mar 11, 2008 04:57 AM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                          JMF Mar 11, 2008 05:02 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                          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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                            jfood Mar 11, 2008 06:05 AM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                              justagthing Mar 11, 2008 07:16 AM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                              marmite Mar 11, 2008 10:39 AM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                vvvindaloo Mar 11, 2008 11:10 AM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                Scargod Mar 11, 2008 03:28 PM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                              spellweaver16 Mar 11, 2008 06:36 PM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                Cookiefiend Mar 11, 2008 07:41 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                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!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                  miss_bennet Mar 12, 2008 12:25 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                  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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                    JMF Mar 12, 2008 06:22 AM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                      goodhealthgourmet Mar 12, 2008 09:37 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                      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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                      Cookiefiend Mar 12, 2008 10:27 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                      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!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                        spellweaver16 Mar 13, 2008 03:14 PM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                        crawfish Mar 20, 2008 05:47 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                        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.....

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                                                                                                                                                                                                          spellweaver16 Mar 23, 2008 12:14 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                          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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                  heypielady Mar 11, 2008 09:12 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                  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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                    ArikaDawn Mar 12, 2008 06:12 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                    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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                      Kagey Mar 13, 2008 04:30 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                      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!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                        JMF Mar 23, 2008 06:39 AM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                        RoxyB Mar 10, 2008 04:37 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                        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!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                          rat under paper Mar 10, 2008 05:13 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                          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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                                                                                                                                                                                                            Smileelisa Apr 3, 2008 06:30 AM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                              dolores Apr 3, 2008 08:03 AM

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                          2. litchick Mar 10, 2008 06:41 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                            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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                                                                                                                                                                                                              jlafler Mar 10, 2008 06:47 PM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                mmg Mar 20, 2008 02:56 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                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!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                  JMF Mar 23, 2008 05:29 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  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. Scott M Mar 10, 2008 06:56 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                              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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                                                                                                                                                                                                                Morticia Apr 4, 2008 06:41 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Catskillgirl Apr 7, 2008 11:13 AM

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                              2. lanersg Mar 10, 2008 07:45 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                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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                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Scargod Mar 11, 2008 03:35 PM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                    revsharkie Mar 11, 2008 07:37 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    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. poptart Mar 10, 2008 07:45 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  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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                                                                                                                                                                                                                    jlafler Mar 10, 2008 08:04 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                      poptart Mar 11, 2008 06:56 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I love it!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                      JMF Mar 11, 2008 05:02 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Peeps have to be several months stale to taste good.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                        im_nomad Mar 11, 2008 07:32 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        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...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                          crawfish Mar 20, 2008 05:51 PM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                        mlgb Mar 10, 2008 08:12 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        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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                                                                                                                                                                                                                          dolores Mar 11, 2008 06:04 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                            moh Mar 11, 2008 06:21 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            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.)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Morticia Apr 4, 2008 06:44 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              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!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                moh Apr 4, 2008 07:39 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                "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...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                              mlgb Mar 11, 2008 08:30 AM

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                poptart Mar 11, 2008 11:43 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  im_nomad Mar 11, 2008 07:34 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  i love those bull's eyes !!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    dolores Mar 12, 2008 03:26 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      moh Mar 12, 2008 09:27 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        jlafler Mar 12, 2008 10:27 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Cookiefiend Mar 12, 2008 10:36 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          moh ~

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I personally like my peeps slightly dry too.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            moh Mar 12, 2008 11:07 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              miss_bennet Mar 12, 2008 11:20 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            dolores Mar 12, 2008 11:10 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              justagthing Mar 12, 2008 05:33 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                goodhealthgourmet Mar 12, 2008 06:12 PM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Catskillgirl Mar 12, 2008 12:15 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          goodhealthgourmet Mar 11, 2008 08:20 PM

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2. chefschickie Mar 10, 2008 08:29 PM

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. sleepycat Mar 10, 2008 08:40 PM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            girlwonder88 Mar 10, 2008 09:21 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            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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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              justagthing Mar 10, 2008 09:42 PM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                girlwonder88 Mar 13, 2008 08:13 PM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  alkapal Mar 17, 2008 03:40 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  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."

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    dolores Mar 20, 2008 03:02 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      alkapal Mar 20, 2008 04:13 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Catskillgirl Mar 22, 2008 02:33 PM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Caroline1 Mar 22, 2008 05:05 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  JMF Mar 11, 2008 05:03 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I loved sixlets.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                3. phofiend Mar 11, 2008 06:50 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  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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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    mlgb Mar 11, 2008 08:31 AM

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

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Caitlin McGrath Mar 11, 2008 12:45 PM

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    2. poptart Mar 11, 2008 07:03 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      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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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Aspiring Foodie Mar 11, 2008 08:04 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          poptart Mar 11, 2008 11:39 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          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. Passadumkeg Mar 11, 2008 09:04 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        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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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          DeppityDawg Mar 12, 2008 06:40 AM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Kagey Mar 13, 2008 05:01 AM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Cookiefiend Mar 13, 2008 07:12 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I forgot about rootbeer kegs - yecch!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                jenniegirl Apr 3, 2008 02:04 PM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            JessicaRose Mar 11, 2008 10:55 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            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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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              jfood Mar 11, 2008 11:16 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                danhole Mar 11, 2008 11:31 AM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  im_nomad Mar 11, 2008 07:37 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    justagthing Mar 11, 2008 09:58 PM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      alkapal Mar 19, 2008 03:53 PM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        justagthing Mar 19, 2008 05:28 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          alkapal Mar 19, 2008 05:32 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            justagthing Mar 19, 2008 08:49 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            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...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              alkapal Mar 20, 2008 04:20 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Caroline1 Mar 20, 2008 05:42 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                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!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  justagthing Mar 20, 2008 07:13 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    alkapal Mar 20, 2008 01:43 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    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?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      ctscorp Mar 27, 2008 08:21 AM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    dolores Mar 20, 2008 04:58 AM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      LabRat Mar 20, 2008 10:00 AM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        JMF Mar 23, 2008 05:36 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    vvvindaloo Mar 20, 2008 10:19 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    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).

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    jenniegirl Apr 3, 2008 02:05 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    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...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            jlafler Mar 11, 2008 01:43 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            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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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Ruth Lafler Mar 17, 2008 10:48 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Catskillgirl Mar 19, 2008 03:18 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                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!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  jenniegirl Apr 3, 2008 02:11 PM

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            2. Aspiring Foodie Mar 11, 2008 08:08 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              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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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Sean Mar 12, 2008 05:44 AM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Blush Mar 12, 2008 12:28 PM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  HunterJay Mar 12, 2008 05:56 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  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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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Sean Mar 12, 2008 06:34 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    They were originally called Zotz...

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Passadumkeg Mar 12, 2008 07:22 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Pop Rocks!?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        dolores Mar 12, 2008 07:38 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Sean Mar 12, 2008 07:45 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          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...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Caroline1 Mar 12, 2008 02:05 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            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! '-)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              DanaB Mar 12, 2008 03:35 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              You can satisfy all of your black licorice needs here:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              http://www.licoriceinternational.com/

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Caroline1 Mar 12, 2008 07:05 PM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            modthyrth Mar 19, 2008 11:15 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Caroline1 Mar 19, 2008 11:38 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              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. '-)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                alkapal Mar 20, 2008 04:29 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  corgette Mar 22, 2008 02:31 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    corgette Mar 22, 2008 02:37 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    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?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      alkapal Mar 22, 2008 03:49 PM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        corgette Mar 22, 2008 03:58 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Catskillgirl Mar 23, 2008 10:12 AM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    JMF Mar 23, 2008 05:39 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      buttertart Mar 27, 2008 01:52 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      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).

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    HunterJay Mar 12, 2008 07:44 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Yep. Those were them. Awful, vile things.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Catskillgirl Mar 12, 2008 12:20 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        revsharkie Mar 12, 2008 09:16 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    CDouglas Mar 12, 2008 09:59 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    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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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Cookiefiend Mar 12, 2008 10:32 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      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!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      :-)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        dolores Mar 12, 2008 11:13 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        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???????

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Cookiefiend Mar 12, 2008 11:41 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Exactly.... eewwwwww!!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            jcattles Mar 15, 2008 04:31 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            lanersg Mar 12, 2008 12:35 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              spellweaver16 Mar 13, 2008 03:23 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I used to eat chocolate almond bark for fun.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Ruth Lafler Mar 17, 2008 10:51 AM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  CDouglas Mar 17, 2008 10:59 AM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Caroline1 Mar 17, 2008 12:30 PM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      jlafler Mar 17, 2008 02:41 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      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....

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        alkapal Mar 17, 2008 03:45 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        ah yes, the old chunkys with raisins!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        CDouglas Mar 18, 2008 08:04 AM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Caroline1 Mar 18, 2008 12:16 PM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            justagthing Mar 18, 2008 02:29 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              CDouglas Mar 18, 2008 08:41 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              You guys are scaring me now.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                2. monkeyrotica Mar 12, 2008 10:36 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  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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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    dolores Mar 12, 2008 11:15 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    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).

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      monkeyrotica Mar 12, 2008 12:13 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Catskillgirl Mar 12, 2008 12:25 PM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Catskillgirl Mar 12, 2008 12:24 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      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!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        mlgb Mar 12, 2008 12:42 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I do...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      LabRat Mar 12, 2008 10:48 AM

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Let the pummeling begin...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        monkeyrotica Mar 12, 2008 12:13 PM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          bitsubeats Mar 13, 2008 01:34 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          danhole Mar 12, 2008 02:27 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          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. Caroline1 Mar 12, 2008 02:00 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          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. '-)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            CourtneyO Mar 12, 2008 02:03 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Horehound candy. Ick.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              revsharkie Mar 12, 2008 09:20 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              ilikefood Mar 12, 2008 09:14 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              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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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                ctscorp Mar 12, 2008 09:20 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  justagthing Mar 12, 2008 09:52 PM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    ilikefood Mar 12, 2008 10:25 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Oh well, it's part nostalgia no doubt, but more importantly- the desire of parents/grandparents to bond w/their kids/grandkids thru common childhood interests, and of course, what's old is new to a kid, or as I like to put it- As long as they keep making kids, Disney'll keep making money.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Oh yea, and regarding the Pez "candy". It's also may be further proof that kids are not the go to people for culinary opinions, although even as a kid I remember no one ever ever answered Pez, when the discourse was about favorite candies .

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      jlafler Mar 15, 2008 10:47 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      It's all about the dispensers. I'd be willing to bet there are people who collect them.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        justagthing Mar 15, 2008 11:18 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        oh yes they do and i hear some of the really older ones can fetch much $$$

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Caroline1 Mar 16, 2008 12:15 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Who would buy the candy if it didn't come in the dispensers? Dirt tastes better.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            jfood Mar 16, 2008 02:26 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            collect them? take a look at this J.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            http://www.spectrumnet.com/pez/
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            http://www.burlingamepezmuseum.com/pe...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              danhole Mar 17, 2008 08:20 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Okay, confession time. I am one of the freaks that collects Pez dispensers. I don't have a tremendous amount, but I have many unopened packages of novelty pez dispensers. And I get them for my grandkids. The candy isn't overly sweet, the dispenser doesn't hold much, and you never go back to purchase refills, so it's a "treat" not likely to turn into an addiction, unlike M&M's, or jelly belly's.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Just yesterday I saw a giant pez dispenser shaped like a dog - the candy was not candy, it was dog treats! I was tempted, but did not get one! Our dog could care less if her treats come out of a jar or a toy!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                justagthing Mar 17, 2008 09:07 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Just yesterday I saw them on sale at the 99 cents only store, 2 for 99 cents!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    2. Sam Fujisaka Mar 12, 2008 10:38 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Fizzies, a sweet drink tablet that acted like Alka Seltzer meant to be dissolved in water, but taken as a Fizzy candy by some.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        foodie_wannabe Mar 13, 2008 05:42 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        It's been mentioned a couple of times on this thread - and I have to go with it.... soapy tasting Thrills gum - hands down. It's a taste I don't think you could EVER acquire!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. goodhealthgourmet Mar 13, 2008 05:23 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          i don't know if it's been mentioned yet and i'm too lazy to read thru all the posts...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          those wax bottles filled with flavored liquid. man that stuff was toxic! tasted like rubbing alcohol with a hint of artificial-fruit flavoring.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          the leftover wax was great for packing your braces though :)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Catskillgirl Mar 14, 2008 03:33 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Oh, I loved those little bottles! You bit off the top, sucked out the liquid (which tasted of nothing from this earth but I loved it) and then chewed the wax all afternoon!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              sueatmo Mar 14, 2008 07:24 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I do remember those! How clever I thought they were, along with wax lips and candy cigarettes! Anyone hate Tootsie Rolls? They taste awful. When you want chocolate, you need a bar of chocolate, not that ersatz cocoa flavored stiff taffy stuff.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Passadumkeg Mar 14, 2008 07:37 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Just like chocolate NECCO wafers, ersatz!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              jcattles Mar 15, 2008 04:27 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Boston Baked Beans, Necco Wafers, Big Hunk, Wax Bottles filled with liquid (ok the liquid was nasty, the wax was fun), I loved wax lips. candy cigarettes, (we looked so cool, but they were gross). Does anyone remember gatorade gum? I liked the orange kind, but the lemon-lime was nasty. Mike & Ikes, Good and Plenty, the new chocolate skittles, Bit-o-honey, sen-sen, and candy corn. Come to think of it, I'm not much of a candy eater now, my childhood must have ruined me. LOL

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. Caroline1 Mar 15, 2008 08:24 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                As far as I can tell, and god knows I must have missed a few posts at least, no one has menitioned Walnettos as a hate or love. I went through a stage at about nine where I couldn't get enough of them. Tose tiny little bits of real walnuts were the bait.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. trentyzan Mar 17, 2008 10:14 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Has anyone tried a Japanese candy called Genghis Khan Caramel? I think it's from Morinaga. So, when I saw the flavor with a picture of meat chunks and the words Genghis Khan Caramel, I thought, "Surely not". But yes, it was. It's a Starburst-like chew, but guess what the flavor is...Lamb! It's a Mongolian Hot Pot flavored chew, which tastes of mutton, garlic, green onions, and pepper. Oh, so very bad. Incredibly nasty, unlike real hot pot, it tastes totally synthetic and nauseating. The same company makes some really nice cantaloupe and violet flavored chews, but they must exist to counteract this monstrosity. Don't even try it for the novelty, save it for enemies and sneak it in a pack of Starburst! I wish I could erase the flavor from memory, and I love hot pot.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    moh Mar 17, 2008 10:33 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Ok, so where did you get this??? It is exactly the kind of thing I want to try! That is an awesome concept. How do people get jobs making this sort of thing???

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      trentyzan Mar 17, 2008 10:47 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Nijiya Market some time ago. They had all of the other flavors of the brand on sale for $1, but the Genghis Khan Caramels were on clearance for a quarter!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        moh Mar 17, 2008 10:49 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Oops, obviously not a big seller...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      justagthing Mar 17, 2008 09:08 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      First thing I thought of when you described this was Willy Wonka and how he had that gum, I think, that tasted like a meal. Then that girl that tried it turned into a blueberry!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Meann Mar 17, 2008 07:00 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      To me, peanuts and peanut butter are savories, not sweets. So I generally dislike peanut butter candies of all kinds. And I never could stand Reees's peanut butter cups. But for one strange wonderful moment (last summer, actually) Reese's made an Elvis Presley Cup, filled with a layer of peanut butter and a layer of banana creme. I knew my dearly beloved would like them, so I grabbed a couple. And may the kitchen god forgive me, they were great. Of course, I've never seen them since.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        vvvindaloo Mar 17, 2008 09:22 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        an Elvis Presley Reese's Cup with banana creme?!? How come I never heard about this?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        The absolute biggest disappointment I have had candy-wise in recent memory was rainbow twizzlers. I bought a giant bag of the pretty twists expecting all of the flavors to be as delectable and artificial as they sounded - I took one bite of a blue one and almost gagged. I then tried a lemonade flavor, pondered on how these could make it past testing and threw it away!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          alkapal Mar 18, 2008 04:09 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          those rainbow twizzlers tasted like plastic.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            klieglight2 Mar 20, 2008 06:32 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Does anyone else also really dislike the Strawberry Twizzlers? I never much liked them to begin with, but after working for several weeks of my life for an outside contractor installing a sound system in the Twizzlers factory near Hershey, PA just the smell of a strawberry twizzler makes me nauseous. Each night, the smell of strawberry twizzlers clung to everything I owned when I went home. Strangely, even though I don't think the Twizzlers brand black licorice candies are the best, I actually love anything black licorice, and I was desperately hoping that the factory would be running batches of black that day!
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            In addition, the Twizzler folks graciously gave us cases of Twizzlers to take back to our office, but it invariably was the Chocolate variety, which I cannot recall anyone really liking much, although I tolerated them better than the strawberry, blech!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            spellweaver16 Mar 23, 2008 12:18 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            My god, those were awful! I bought some at the convenience store, two packages for $3. Then i was stuck with them. On the subject of the other twizzlers...I far prefer the cherry to the strawberry.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Smileelisa Apr 3, 2008 06:49 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Those rainbow twizzlers are nasty. I tried them cuz they looked so pretty. My husband wouldn't even eat them and he is pretty much a garbage disposal when it comes to candy

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              At the moment there are 328 replies to this post. I confess that I have not read all of them. For the worst candy ever, and I must first say that I have many wonderful Filipino friends, it has to be their green bean or white bean candy. Adding sugar to beans does not candy make!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Humbucker Mar 19, 2008 12:51 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                You need to try yokan (Japanese bean jelly); it's really good.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Popcorn flavored Jelly Bellies make me want to barf.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  danhole Mar 19, 2008 02:23 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Man, I love those! But there is another flavor of Jelly Belly's that tastes like cat piss to me . . . not that I have had any cat piss, but that's what comes to mind. I'm just not sure which flavor it is.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    justagthing Mar 19, 2008 05:29 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    is it one of the green flecked ones?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      danhole Mar 20, 2008 10:02 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Yes, I think so. Nasty! What flavor is it?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        trentyzan Mar 20, 2008 12:05 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I got some Harry Potter tie-in Jelly Bellies as a gag gift that were called "Berty Bott's" or something and actually contined a Vomit flavor that fits your description.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          dolores Mar 20, 2008 12:16 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I stared at a 'vomit' jelly belly (gift from my brother) for a very long time....and then threw it out.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            danhole Mar 20, 2008 02:16 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            These are in the regular Jelly Belly bags. I think the flavor might be Juicy Pear, but I have never had a pear that tasted like cat piss. I wouldn't even think of trying the others (the Berty bott's or whatever they are called).

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            justagthing Mar 20, 2008 05:06 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Yes i think it is either pear or margarita

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              spellweaver16 Mar 23, 2008 12:20 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I think it's margarita. It's a bit nasty. I have to defend juicy pear...it's my favorite Jelly Belly!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I just tried a snickers bar for the very first time this year. I spat it out with vigor, much to the surprise and consternation of my office mates. I think it was the "nougat" that really made me hurl, because I *have* had snickers ice cream bars, which are lovely and I could eat several at one go, and they lack the nasty, nasty, nasty "nougat." Bleechchch. Revolting.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      What *is* nougat anyway? Yuck!!!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        If you ask my wife, there are few candies that I don't like, BUT there is one, it's called Sen-Sen (http://www.victoryseeds.com/candystor...). I know this is dating me, but I remember my father, the smoker, some 45 years ago sucking on these things. I tried one once since I liked licorice and thought how horrible it was

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. kanosis Apr 2, 2008 07:39 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Good and Plenty...yuck!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            crawfish Apr 3, 2008 03:44 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I had some Thrills gum last night - I got it in my stocking at Christmas and forgot about it. I liked it as a kid kind of because no one else did (that's why I got it for Christmas) but wow, I think they've changed the formula. I can still taste it this morning and I spit it out after less than a minute. I thought your taste bads were supposed to get duller with age?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              dolores Apr 3, 2008 04:20 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              It's fun to read that there are those who don't like Sen Sen, black licorice, Good and Plenty -- these were staples in my yout and I liked them then. However, like the current Snickers bar (it used to be bigger and better), they may today be garbage.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              At the same time, I am happy to see there are those who loather circus peanuts. Packing material, good one, that's exactly what they taste like!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Smileelisa Apr 3, 2008 06:54 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              What about snow caps? I hate those things.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Catskillgirl Apr 7, 2008 11:19 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Oh hey, wait a minute, I loved those! Just a cheap version of Nonpareils, which I really really loved.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Avalondaughter Apr 3, 2008 01:16 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                One time someone bought my mother a box of generic, drugstore Valentine candy and I had a few and every single one of them was bad. The chocolate wasn't smooth and the filling was beyond horrid.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I'm cool with Russel Stover though. Filling is decent and chocolate is creamy. I also don't see why all that hatin' on the Hersheys I see. I'm not saying there isn't better chocolate out there, but I can't say that Hershey kisses taste bad. It

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  miss_bennet Apr 3, 2008 01:44 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  When I was a kid, I had a dairy allergy. So, when I got chocolate, it was dark/bittersweet (and usually from a chocolatier, because most chocolate bars had some form of dairy in them). So my concept of "chocolate" is weighed against that. I remember sneaking a Hershey's Kiss in second grade, and I spat it out because it wasn't chocolate. I guess that's pretty much it. They might not taste BAD per se, but they aren't chocolate.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  someone told me, within this last week, that Hershey's puts a lot of parafin in their chocolate which made me think, from now on, forget Hersheys...

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