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Any specific brand ruin you for another version of the same candy?

A coworker offered me a butterscotch hard candy that is apparently very expensive and imported (blah blah) and I thought it was awful. The only butterscotch candy I will normally eat is Brach's butterscotch discs. They may not be the top of the line, but that is to what all else is measured. Sorta like after I discovered the "REAL" M&Ms not the cheap, generic buttons or Sixlets my grandma bought. I was done with her candy dish after that betrayal of trust.

Also, after having a Wilbur Bud I can't eat Hershey's kisses without gagging.

A few others:
- the good strawberry licorice with the panda on the bag, can't eat Twizzlers now
- Godiva hazelnut praline truffle, can't eat Rocher
- Russell Stover pectin jelly beans, no more Jelly Belly

I'm sure I'll think of 10 more, but that's a start. It's not always the most expensive brand, but I like what I like!

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  1. I only like twizzlers.
    Can't eat generic gummy bears, I only like haribous.
    My favourite mint chocolate is aero mint.
    I still really like turtles, no need for designer turtles.

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    1. re: DowntownJosie

      Haribo gummi bears for me as well - I like their firmer texture, other brands are too squishy.

      1. re: MirandaWright

        For me, it has to specifically be Haribo MINI bears. So hard to get here, though.

      2. re: DowntownJosie

        My husband is addicted to twizzlers. I see a little wave of sadness wash over his face whenever we buy treats at the movies and they only have Red Vines.
        Here are mine (off the top of my head, like bugablue13 I suspect I actually have like 10 of these):
        -After having Smarties in Canada and England, I can't go back to plain m&ms from the US. They just don't taste right anymore.
        -The Japanese HiChew (with the japanese writing on the label) tastes/feels quite different and better than the ones made in the US with English "HiChew" written on it. I guess it's a different formulation - why? So I just make sure I always buy them at Marukai or Mitsuwa markets.

        1. re: khh1138

          Soooo with you on the Smarties! Fortunately (or not!) they're easy to find in nyc now

        2. re: DowntownJosie

          Scary for me to say, but I was a die hard Twizzler fan for years. Ever since I can remember, actually. All other "red" licorice seemed to taste weird, plasticky,and even soapy. Don't laugh at me, but...if you have a Walgreen's at your disposal, go try their STRAWBERRY licorice. It's called "NICE" brand, in white packaging. They make a cherry as well, but the cherry is gross, try the STRAWBERRY. I can't go back to Twizzlers, and I've shared this with a few friends. They say the same thing.. better than Twizzlers. I know this sounds far fetched. I can barely believe it myself since I was such a die hard Twizzlers fan for years and years.

          1. re: gordeaux

            I used to love Twizzlers too, but they did change their formula, I think, and I hate them now (but will still eat one if offered).

        3. Newman's Own Peanut Butter Cups...makes Reese's a distant second.

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          1. re: cavandre

            For me it's justins almond butter cups..... Now reeses don't seem worth the calories

            1. re: Ttrockwood

              Trader Joe's mini peanut butter cups

              1. re: phantomdoc

                Oh! Those are tasty.

                Perfect size for baking into cookies too.

          2. The only brands I like of the following:

            Sathers red shoe string licorice
            Jelly Belly jelly beans
            See's assorted boxed chocolates

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            1. re: BobbieSue

              I never cared for jelly beans until I met a Jelly Belly. I love them!

            2. Those imported Cadbury bars make it impossible for me to pick up a regular Hershey bar. I'll take a Flake, Aero, or Walnut Whip over a Hershey bar or Milky Way any day.

              Wilbur buds are delicious... and you don't even have to unwrap them!

              1. Lindt's Intense Orange Chocolate Bar.

                1. Guess which one of these spoiled me for the other.

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                  1. re: grampart

                    I love See's, but I have never had a See's peppermint (See's candies are not available anywhere near where I live). But I also appreciate the perfection of a York Peppermint patty. So this is a tough call, maybe a trick question??? I give up, which is it?

                    1. re: BobbieSue

                      Got the See's for Christmas. We had some York's on hand and did a comparison. The York's are very good, but the See's were better in everything except price!

                      1. re: grampart

                        Wow, I will have to get some next time I order from them! I agree on the price, so I wait for birthdays and holidays to get them!

                  2. Can Oreos count as candy? There's just nothing like them. There are good chocolate sandwich cookies, but there are no other Oreos.

                    1. I *like* Sixlets.
                      I think it's the size (or shape) that contributes most to me liking them.

                      1. I love this thread.

                        For me, they are candies from my childhood.

                        Mom had a sweet tooth and always hid candies around the house. I inherited this trait, and she'd let me keep little stashes of the following in my room.

                        -Goetze's Caramel Creams
                        The only caramels I like to eat by themselves. I like them in the little paper tray, not individually wrapped; they are fresher and softer. First had these on a trip to visit grandma and grandpa in Chicago. I'd never seen them here in LA and I thought they were a Chicago-only thing, which made them seem more special to me.

                        -Dove Milk Chocolates
                        Mom would buy me a bag of these on my birthday and Christmas and I'd eat them ever-so-slowly to try and make the bag last a while. Like literally I would nibble off a corner at a time throughout the day and let it melt in my mouth. I know there is much "better" chocolate out there, but these really do it for me.

                        -Hershey's Hugs
                        White chocolate wrapped around milk chocolate. I never see these anymore. If I did, I'd gladly buy them (even with my expensive mail-ordered chocolates in the cupboards). I used to suck on them until all the white chocolate had melted away, and then chew through the milk chocolate, which I wasn't too fond of.

                        -"Juicy Pear" flavored Jelly Bellies
                        I'd hoard these whenever the opportunity arose. They taste just like a ripe pear. My older brother was obsessed with Jelly Bellies and my parents would occasionally gift him a huge tub. Twice as a child, I dumped the tub onto the ground and picked out every single pear Jelly Belly and then put the rest back in the container.

                        After tutoring on Sundays, mom would stop by the Japanese market (near the Sawtelle area in west LA) and let us kids pick one treat. It was always Pocky Sticks, those Panda chocolate-filled cookies, or Hi-Chews for me (green apple or strawberry flavored).

                        -Reese's Sticks
                        These came out when I was in high school I believe. Wafers with PB in between them coated in chocolate. I was obsessed and bought them by the case. I never see them anymore, but they would probably still be the only PB flavored candy I would eat. They're light, crispy, and with the perfect PB-chocolate ratio. I can't eat a lot of chocolate in one sitting, but I could easily go through 2 packs of these.

                        -La Vie de la Vosgienne Les Framboises
                        Raspberry hard candies
                        I adored these. I think my grandma gave them to me for the first time. I had them in my little purse from age 10 on up and thought it was SO sophisticated. They have such wonderful flavor.

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                        1. re: nothingswrong

                          Goetze's are an East Coast thing. They also make Cow Tails, which are like bulls-eye logs (smaller diameter than the packaged caramel creams but Twizzler-length).

                          1. re: ferret

                            I just bought some Cow Tails! I had ordered a bunch of "vintage" candy as a gift for my mother and saw the Cow Tails and was fascinated. Never seen/heard of them before.

                            Haven't tried them yet, but am excited to do so today.

                        2. Darrell's Australian licorice candies. Can't eat twizzlers.
                          They have those chocolate covered licorice candies and oh my, they are so good and addictive.

                          Lindt chocolates over other brands like Hershey's.

                          after I discovered soft gummy candies like the ones Trader's joe sells during Easter's(i wish they'd carry them all the time), I can't seem to eat regular gummy bears.

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                          1. re: Monica

                            Those Lindt balls are quite tasty... Forgot about those.

                            My boyfriend bought me a giant bag of them last year and I stupidly divvied them up around my high-traffic areas (kitchen, living room, work, etc.)... And then a month later I put on my leather jacket I'd left in the car and stuck my hand in the pocket to get a whole fist full of melted gooey chocolate. It was like liquid.

                            Maybe I licked my fingers.