And Then There Was Candy

This is for the leagues of you thinking, “Hey, how does Jason feel about candy?”

Sour Patch Kids
I generally don’t eat anything with such blatant ties to the doll industry, and usually do my best  to steer clear of ingesting candy in the shape of a child. So, when I  frantically gobble a whole bag of you in 45 seconds while waiting in line at Walgreens — which I do with shameful frequency — I don’t feel particularly good physically or mentally. Taste, as it turns out, is far more powerful a motivator than morality,  guilt, eyesight, health, self-esteem, reason or shame.

Milk Duds
There’s a Milk Dud stuck in my back molar that’s old enough to vote. You are the Polident of candy. There’re a few gastronomical feats that continue to elude me:  freeing  a popcorn kernel skin from the back of my throat, and exorcizing a Milk Dud remnant from a tooth. I know this is mostly a result of caramel, but somehow, adding cheap milk chocolate to the mix creates a sealant strong enough for masonry and possibly even grouting.

Lemonheads
Hi y’all, I’m just hanging out here at the movie theater in case you ever wanted to eat Lemon Pledge. Let me know, K?

Nerds (Classic and Nerds Rope)
Great taste. Two huge strikes on size and shape though guys. Classic nerds are way too small. I want to enjoy some artificial sweetness, not pan for gold.  My only other Nerds option is rope? ” I don’t like the idea that I could hang myself with candy. Here’s something delicious that can also be used as a lasso! You should have tried “Nerd Nuggets” or maybe “Nerd Tots” first.

Almond Joy and Mounds
“Almond Joy’s Got Nuts. Mounds Don’t.” NICE GRAMMAR!  So you’re focusing on the illiterate river people demographic? I’m not clear on who you’re trying to target here.  Maybe it’s the “folksy midwestern” audience? Bad news;  they make their own candy, and it’s called Meth. You better put an ad in the New Yorker to balance things out. Also, the name differentiation shows that you clearly favor Almond Joy. Are you actively trying to discourage people from eating the nutless version? “You can have this one that’s full of joy, or, if you hate yourself and the world, you can ingest something we’ve named “MOUNDS.”

Whoppers
If you’re supposed to taste like a milk fart, congrats. You nailed it.

Pixie Stix
Maybe it’s me, but I find it extremely difficult to resist dumping you out and snorting you.  It’s disturbing that you’ve made no effort to disguise the fact that you’re pure sugar. “Let’s make Angel Dust for children! We’ll package it like prison contraband!” Diabetes thanks you, Pixie Stix. As does my mouthful of poisonous metal fillings and brain lesions.

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Spelling Not Zee says:

LOVED this…but you spelled focussing (sic) wrong.

Elena says:

I do believe you have forgotten War Heads. The most controversial candy of them all.

Danita says:

I love/loved Nerds! Have you ever tried Dweebs? The larger cousin of the Nerd…

Jen says:

I've never had a milk dud (don't think you can get them here) but I totally agree about sour patch kids. I eat them 'til I have no more skin left inside my mouth – then I eat the rest.

Rachel says:

Jason, you have barley begun to scratch the candy surface. I think we need some more info here

Jason Good says:

I'm aware … I left out Charleston Chew, and Sugar Daddys

Jill W. says:

And Chik-o-stix. What is that?!

Amie says:

Oh God, "milk fart." I am dying.

Jessi says:

Sixlets. Go.

Maya says:

Another folksy midwesterner here who loved, "They make their own candy, it's called Meth." Before we had meth, we had Pixie Stix. Do not, I REPEAT, DO NOT snort Pixie Stix. The worst pain of my life. Did you see when Steve-O on "Jackass" snorted the wasabe and then immediately screamed and vomited copiously, saying it hurt more than any other stunt he'd ever done? Yeah, like that.

trish says:

as a "folksy midwesterner" i was cracking up at the almond joy/mounds paragraph–mounds sounds kinda like piles, which is an old name for hemmerhoids-awesome name for some candy

Amy Payne says:

I am so happy that the descriptions of edibles have returned! Brilliant.

Melanie says:

I almost died reading the Milk Duds one. I finally came to my senses a few years back and stopped eating them. Getting those out of your teeth is IMPOSSIBLE. They should use them to earthquake retrofit the buildings here in California. Of course then someone would have to chew them all up first. Although I'm sure they could come up with some sort of "chewing and creating fake saliva" machine. It IS 2012 after all.

The only candy I eat is peanut M&M's. I love those bastards.

Sarah says:

I agree about the Milk Duds, but they're so good! Peanut M&Ms have special place in my heart, but nothing is as dear to me as a king size Kit Kat! Pure heaven! :o)

Kristin says:

My favorite is to eat the super hot tamales with popcorn in your mouth…it makes cinnamon popcorn! So good!

MJ says:

You, madam, are a genius. I'm going to try this tonight.

Kathy says:

My favorite thing to do at the movies is combine popcorn and Milk Duds! Like eating caramel corn, but extremely hazardous to fillings. Milk Duds and peanuts are also good together, but I actually broke a tooth once eating that combo. So be warned.

Maybe I'll try the Hot Tamales approach next time…