Monday, November 20, 2017

It's Another PEZ Review - PEZ Grape

I told you last week that we would be posting another PEZ review online, and  here it is.  I'm not sure how exciting that is, but it's something we've had to get off our plate. We're still missing a few PEZ flavours, but that will have to wait for another time.

Note - I think next week we'll be having a review-a-thon, and I'm thinking Asian Ice Cream treats.

Click here to read our latest PEZ review.

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Friday, November 17, 2017

Candy In The Media - A DIY Gumball Mashine


Make your own gumball machine out of cardboard, then make enough money to buy a real gumball machine.

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Thursday, November 16, 2017

Do You Like PEZ? How About PEZ Reviews? - Lemon PEZ

I have to be honest, I wrote this review a few months back. I tell you this because I wanted to write a brand spanking new candy review for you guys, but I can't. I hurt my tongue. I hurt my tongue eating crab, and it sucks. I bit my tongue and it left a small scratch, well that scratch didn't do so well (most likely because I've been eating a lot of acidic foods lately) and it got worse.  It's nothing that won't go away, but frankly the idea of eating anything that isn't totally bland (no acids or salt) sounds awful right now. Fortunately I have a pretty big list of reviews ready to go for just such an occasion, so you guys don't miss out.

While digging through the list I came across this review for lemon PEZ, and it seemed appropriate that this review should go up ASAP. I also have a review for grape PEZ waiting to go up, and if my mouth doesn't heal by Monday, I think I'll post it then.  I should at some point make sure that I have every flavour of PEZ represented on candycritic.org, since it's truly one of the classic candies.

Click here to read all about Lemon PEZ.

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Wednesday, November 15, 2017

It's A New Episode of Chris, Why Would You Eat That!!!


I've decided that Chris, Why Would You Eat That?!! needs a bit of sprucing up. After editing this episode I realized it's just the same thing over and over again.  Next month's episode is already recorded, but the new year hopes to bring a new theme to the show.  I'm still working on the details, but hopefully it'll be a little more dynamic and fun, while still watching me eat questionable things.

Either way, I hope you still had fun watching me drink this horrible drink, as noted we discovered later that it did in fact have chunks of grass jelly in it.

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Monday, November 13, 2017

I Was Inspired About Today's New Candy Review - Raspberry Licorice Fudge

I wasn't inspired by the candy itself, in fact if you read the review it's pretty much a failure. What inspired me was a friend with whom we had dinner this weekend. Our friend is from Sweden and she asked me about what kind of Swedish candies I liked. We were talking, and I remembered some of the Swedish candies I've reviewed, in particular a red licorice fudge that I had sitting in my archive to be published. I decided that today would be the perfect day to pull out this review, even though it wasn't that great.

Click here to find out why this raspberry licorice fudge didn't really work.

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Friday, November 10, 2017

Candy In The Media - Crushing A Coke... Literally


If you like Coca-Cola you can know that the bottle survived much long than expected, if you hate Coca-Cola you can know that it eventually dies a horrible death.

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Monday, November 06, 2017

Another Apple Treat To Review - Johnny Apple Treats

Last week we posted a review of a very disappointing Hostess Apple Pie, this week we thought we'd start off with another apple review. I thought that the idea of doing a whole month themed around apple reviews would be fun, but then I realized that I don't really like apple flavoured candies. My next move was to check our archive, to see if there were any old unpublished apple candy reviews, but there wasn't anything. So I guess that means this is not going  to be a month filled with apple themed treats, but two new reviews in a row with an apple theme.

Click here to read this OK apple candy review.

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Thursday, November 02, 2017

It's Time For An Apple Candy Review... To Keep The Doctor Away?


Seeing as I'm presently in a place that's really warm, I don't really feel like summer is over. This means that I didn't really feel the fall.  That was until today. Today I was online looking at pictures of friends, and children of friends going out trick-or-treating, and I saw all of the amazing fall colours all around them. This made me nostalgic for fall, and instantly made me think of apples. That's why this review is perfect... except for the fact that it kind of sucked. I guess I'll have to look around for more fall themed candy to review, at least before Christmas starts up.

Click here to read the disappointing fall candy review.

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Wednesday, November 01, 2017

It's A New Episode Of Junk Fud On The Road All About Hong Kong!


Strangely, it's not often that we actually record an episode of Junk Fud on the Road in the place that it's about. This is an exception because on our last day we got caught in a Tsunami and had to stay indoors.  We figured it was the perfect opportunity to get our podcast on.

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Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Special Halloween Candy In The Media - Featuring Epic Meal Time


The guys at Epic Meal Time not only made one of the most insane Halloween candy abominations, they did it with a strange Juggalos theme. This mix of themes is strange, but somehow they made it work.

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Monday, October 30, 2017

It's Time For Our Halloween Candy Review!!!

Since I'm not in North America right now, I was fairly certain that I wasn't going to have a review up for Halloween this year. As it turns out, Halloween has turned into an event here in Asia. I think it's wrapped up in the whole Asian cosplay world, but what that meant for me was the chance to pick up a Halloween treat. Sure it wasn't that impressive, but it was nice to have anyway.

Click here to read our spooky review of Halloween themed Koalas.

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Thursday, October 26, 2017

This New Candy Review Is Just Not Good At All

I'm just getting over a cold, so I've dug into the archive of unpublished reviews for this post.  This review is one I should have published a while back, since it was a topic of an episode of Chris, Why Would You Eat That?!! that has been up for a while.  Needless to say, it was awful, it might even be the worst candy I've ever eaten.

Click here to read about this very horrible candy.

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Wednesday, October 25, 2017

I Don't Like Mystery Flavours Anymore

I'd like to call an end to "mystery flavoured", "guess the flavour", and "name that flavour" candies and snacks.  It's not an original concept, and frankly it's very lazy.  For those unfamiliar, this is a trend that started about 10 years ago,  and has gone on strong ever since.  It's most common in potato chips, but I've seen it in other snacks and candy as well.  What this mystery flavour trend is, is a snack in a package, often covered in question marks, with no flavour listed anywhere. Instead of a named flavour the company labels the snack a "mystery" flavour, and sometimes offers the purchaser of the snack the opportunity to name the flavour themselves.  What you're getting is a flavour that the snack companies research and development team found tasty, but couldn't put a finger on what exact flavour it was.

What they do instead is get you to figure that out.  While I'm sure the marketing people at these snack companies would say that they're being "interactive", to me it just comes off as lazy.  There's a very interesting and challenging part of creating a new flavour, and it's about recognition.  If you eat a candy that's supposed to taste like apple, but instead it tastes like blueberry, your brain is going to set off some harsh warning signals.  Your brain may even go so far as to tell you that this apple has gone bad because it doesn't taste like an apple. Even if you like blueberry, and this is the best blueberry candy ever, your brain might tell you that it's gross because of  the expectation of apple flavouring.

This is something that marketing departments at snack companies have to get perfectly right every single time.  If they market a snack with a particular theme, and the flavour doesn't match in our heads with that theme, then it could lead to a complete failure of the snack. New Coke might have worked out perfectly if they didn't market it as a "better" version of Coke. If they had sold it as a different cola instead of a Coke replacement, we might still be drinking it today.  Flavour, and smell (which are very connected in our brains) are connected to our memories in a very strong way. If you smell cinnamon it might evoke memories of Christmas, if you smell pumpkin spice, you immediately think of fall no matter what the season.

This is why it's so important for these snack companies to get the theme and the flavour to match perfectly. When you read a package, your brain is preparing itself before you even take one bite.  If the description on the package does not match at all, then you could be in for a horrible experience no matter how "good" the snack actually is.  There are a few cases where candy companies will actually use this for their own benefit.  Some snack companies make treats that are purposefully the wrong colour for the flavour, to mess with our heads.  Why these snacks don't affect us as negatively is that they advertise it on the package, they warn our brains that something is going to be wrong.

Snack companies are making treats, and rather than taking the risk of labeling them a particular flavour, they're intentionally telling us that they don't have one in mind.  They're taking the easy way out of a very difficult and expensive part of the snack making process.  While this may seem like a clever idea, the problem I have is that every company seems to have a new "mystery" flavour every year.  It's a trend that grew old imediately after the first time it was done.

I don't eat snacks to solve a mystery, I eat snacks to satisfy my craving for whatever flavour I've been offered.  Sometimes I'm interested in trying new things, but I want to try new things that have a name, not a question mark.

CC

Monday, October 23, 2017

It's Time For A New Candy Review!!!

Sometimes the name of a candy can be both simple and very complicated.  This is really the case with this chocolate bar called "Today". I imagine that the only time that the name of this bar isn't confusing, is the day you've eaten it. Any other time related to this bar is very confusing.

Click here to read the review for the bar we ate earlier on but it's still called "Today".

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Thursday, October 19, 2017

This New Candy Review Took A Bit Of Work

I really do love the idea of interactive candy.  I like it when candy comes in the form of a toy, and I love it when you have to make your own candy.  There are a few rules that must be followed when it comes to this kind of candy. The toy must work, and be fairly entertaining. The toy/candy must be edible, no toy filled with candy will do. If it's a candy you must build, it must be challenging, but not impossible. If you're making your own candy, it must be possible to make it look like what it does on the package with no special skill. Most importantly it always must taste good.

Click here to find  out how this DIY candy held up to the interactive candy rules. 

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Tuesday, October 17, 2017

It's A New Episode Of Chris, Why Would You Eat That?!!


In this episode I (Chris) drinks some spicy ginger beer. This might be a polarizing episode as I'm sure there are some people out there who enjoy this drink. We'll you people are crazy, and don't understand the basic principles of what a drink is supposed to do.

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Monday, October 16, 2017

I Got This Candy (Which I've Reviewed) In An Odd Way

Normally there are two ways that I get candy to review. The most common is I buy it, just like everybody else. The second way is that candy companies (and sometimes friends) send me samples to review. This isn't as common, but it happens more than you might imagine.  This candy on the other hand didn't come either of those ways, this candy was given to me as change. I was in a country where the smallest currency isn't very common, so sometimes at stores instead of giving you money as change, they give you candy.  As far as I know you can't exchange that candy for larger currency, but you can write a review of this candy, which is what I've done.

Click here to read the review of the candy that's worth about half a cent.

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Thursday, October 12, 2017

Today's New Candy Review Is An Average Chocolate Bar

I always have a hard time writing reviews for candy that's very average. It's not that I don't like it, it just doesn't have anything interesting about it. When people ask me what my favourite candy is, I have two answers. One is that Kit Kat bars rank the highest on the site, and second is "something new". I can't tell you how many times I've reviewed the same candy over and over again, and each time I have to figure out how to explain how this candy is not very interesting. I'm thinking in the future I might just write a single "this candy is boring" review, and just put a link to that review every time I come across a decent, but boring candy.

Click here to find out why this candy was boring.

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Monday, October 09, 2017

We Just Posted A New Candy Review, And Apparently It's Made (Or Owned) By a Guy Named Roger

I'm always intrigued when I eat a candy that's attached to a name, Reece's Peanut Butter Cups, M&M's (the "M"s stand for the name of the creators) and now Roger's Chocolates.  I wonder who these people really were, and why did they attach their name to their candy. I've never had the foresight to look up these people before I eat their candy, but maybe I should.  Maybe one day I should look up this guy "Reece", while I'm eating a Peanut Butter Cup.

Click here to find out what we thought of Roger's Chocolate.

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Thursday, October 05, 2017

It's The Last In Our Kit Kat Review-A-Thon!

Of all of the Kit Kat bars I've ever reviewed, this one might have been the most confusing. I don't think I've ever done as much research into a Kit Kat bar before reviewing it in my life.  This might even be the most research I've ever done on any candy before reviewing it.  Sadly, all that work didn't really pay off.

Click  here to find out  why this bar didn't really work out.

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Wednesday, October 04, 2017

The Third Kit Kat Bar In Our Kit Kat Review-A-Thon, Could Have Been Better.

I'm starting to wonder if I'm becoming a Kit Kat snob or something.  As of late, few Kit Kat bars have held up to my expectations.  Is Kit Kat running out of good ideas, or am I just too picky?

Click here to find out  why this milk and white chocolate Kit Kat bar didn't really work.

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Tuesday, October 03, 2017

It's Our Second Kit Kat In Our Kit Kat Review-A-Thon!!!

This might have been one of the hardest judged Kit Kat bars that I've ever reviewed.  That's only because it's the Kit Kat bar that I wanted to love the most, so I was prepared for a bit of a disappointment.  Fortunately things seemed to work out, and I'm very happy that I still have a few left over to munch on later.

Click here to find out why the Kit Kat Raspberry worked.

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We also just posted a pretty cool Kit Kat fact on our Instagram feed called Snack Facts.

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Monday, October 02, 2017

We Got Ourselves A Kit Kat Bar Review-A-Thon!

This is our first of two entries in this Kit Kat bar review-a-thon from North America. Unfortunately North America doesn't really shine very often when it comes to Kit Kat varieties, and this entry is no exception.

Click here to read why the cookie dough Kit Kat didn't really work.

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Sunday, October 01, 2017

It's A New Episode Of Junk Fud On The Road!!!


This week's episode of Junk Fud On The Road is a bit of a cheat. This is a cheat that we're likely going to commit several times in a few different countries. This episode is about Canada, and we've already done an episode about Canada. This episode however is all about an area of Canada far from where we normally live, Vancouver.  Some countries are big enough that we might just have to do more than one episode.

To keep up with all of the episodes of Junk Fud On The Road, you can follow us on YouTube, Soundcloud, or check back here regularly.

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Friday, September 29, 2017

Candy In The Media


I can't say that I've ever tried OK Soda, but I can't deny that it sounds like a really fascinating marketing campaign. It seemed to be the cola that aimed for the middle.

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Thursday, September 28, 2017

This New Candy Review Is Tricky. Tricky? Tricky. Tricky. Huh.

I have mixed feelings about candy gimmicks, sometimes I like them, sometimes I don't.  I often frown upon classic candies that come out with a gimmick version of a classic treat, but this time might be the exception.  This is a gimmick that not only worked, but made me think about the candy I was eating. I'm not sure if it's better than the classic Sour Patch Kids, but I think the gimmick really worked.

Click here to read about this fun new variety of Sour Patch Kids.

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Tuesday, September 26, 2017

So We're Living In Cambodia For Now

As you may or may not know, we move around a lot. While our official home is and always will be Canada, we find ourselves constantly on the move, and leaving our home and native land for a while.  This year we've found ourselves in Cambodia.  Cambodia is a great place to be for many reasons.  First of all it's pretty close to a lot of great food destinations. Thailand and Vietnam are a stone throw from us, and the rest of east Asia is a short flight away.  Now that I think about it, Australia isn't too far either... hmmm.

The other great thing about Cambodia is the food is pretty amazing. We've only been here a few weeks and we're already discovering the amazing range of foods available. From where we live we can find lots of French food, Cambodian food, Japanese food, Chinese food, and a plethora of western and other world cuisines.  This place is such a foodie country that you can't walk for a block without smelling something cooking.  I have to be honest, when we first moved here I was worried about what might be the most common smell, but food is certainly the main odor. That does make going for walks difficult, at every corner your stomach rumbles.

As for candy, I'm finding it a little more difficult in some ways.  There are candies from just about every corner of the globe available here, but I'm having trouble finding the local treats.  For the most part any local treats I've found I've either tried already, or they're just copies of western , French or Japanese treats.  Maybe that is what this culture is  about, after all it's pretty hard to pin point a true Canadian treat as well. Fortunately I have a few years here to explore.

As for the site, I'm sure over the next few years our collection of Asian treat reviews is just going to keep growing.  I can also see this as being the perfect environment for episodes of Chris, Why Would You Eat That?!!, as I've already discovered some truly sketchy foods.  Hopefully Allison and I will be able to get out a bit more and record some new episodes of Junk Fud On The Road as well.  We already have a few episodes coming up about our journey here.  Finally this move might be giving me some time to update candycritic.org itself.  The plan is to update it with WordPress, but at this point I'm just trying to get a handle on how that works.  If you're a WordPress expert any help would be greatly appreciated.

To all of you out there reading this, thanks for following along with our adventures.

CC

Monday, September 25, 2017

Hey We Posted A New Review, And It's Called Kitty Boy For Some Reason

I'm not really sure why this candy is called Kitty Boy. There is nothing cat or boy like about it at all. If I had to compare it to anything I would say that it's more of an ice cream cone than anything else. Maybe  there's some kind  of cultural reference I'm not understanding, or maybe it's from some kind of advertising campaign I've missed. Fortunately the pictures on the box make sense, and pretty much describe what you're in for.

Click here to find out how this Kitty Boy candy stacked up.

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Friday, September 22, 2017

Candy In The Media


Making jelly desserts from gummies... doesn't always work perfectly.

(Contributed by David)

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Thursday, September 21, 2017

It's A New Sweet and Savory Review

The problem with sweet and savory foods is that there's a balance. The balance is obvious, sweet and savory, however how to do it right is not so obvious. That's very apparent in today's review, and the saddest thing is it could have worked perfectly.

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Tuesday, September 19, 2017

It's A New Episode Of Chris, Why Would You Eat That?!!


Some people tell me that Chris,Why Would You Eat That?!! is all about finding foods from far off lands and eating them on camera. The thing is, not all of the strange food in the world is found outside of North America. We North Americans also have our fair share of very strange treats, and I'm not going to leave us out.  When I saw these Root Beer Pop Tarts, I knew it was the perfect example.

We've got a whole bunch of new episodes of Chris, Why Would You Eat That?!! lined up, make sure to follow us on Twitter and Facebook to help us choose new crazy treats to try.

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Friday, September 15, 2017

Candy In The Media


If you want to see something short, very cute, that involves a Cheeto, than you're in luck.

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Wednesday, September 13, 2017

The Soft Serve Trend

Ice cream is probably one of the most versatile specialty treats in the snacking market.  If you think about it, there are more varieties of ice cream, than just about anything else.  The zillions of flavours available go from the strange, like sweet potato, and charcoal, to the classics like vanilla and chocolate.  You can have flavours that are filled with a bunch of ingredients, or some that are only one.  But flavours are just the beginning when it comes to ice cream treats.

From Popsicle like ice cream treats, to classic hard ice cream, gelato, frozen yogurt, the list just goes on and on.  The great thing about these frozen treats is that the industry seems to be constantly looking out for the next big advancement.  Some of these advancements are amazing, and change the way we eat cold treats, while others are just gimmicks that are interesting at first, but don't really last very long.  When new ideas come out, it's hard to say what's going to stick around and what's going to leave us.

One interesting thing about cold treats is that you often find that the new trend/gimmick always seems to be expensive.  After all ice cream was originally a treat fit only for royalty, and took years to make it to the common market. In the last 15 years I seem to have notice that a new ice cream trend is working its way through the market every year.  One year it's making a sundae on a marble slab, the next year it's eating perfectly round spheres of ice cream, then after that it's ice cream sandwiches made with everything from cupcakes to doughuts.  The one trend that I've noticed lately that's interested me is high end soft serve ice cream.

Normally the low quality ice cream that was only available at buffets in restaurants and sold off of a truck, something new has come out lately.  Soft serve ice cream has been around since 1936 when it was invented by the Carvel company, later it became more popular by Dairy Queen. But in both of these cases it never became a gourmet dessert. For the longest time it sat in a bit of a limbo, not changing much at all.  Probably the most revolutionary addition to soft serve ice cream was the creation of the hard shell or chocolate dip. Sure some places got a little creative with flavours, both of the ice cream and the dip, but for the most part it stayed as hard ice creams ugly cousin, and never made it to the high end establishments.  That was until recently.

Over the last few years I've noticed a trend in high end soft serve ice cream places (or some might call them really expensive soft serve places).  It's almost become the cupcake of the ice cream world, with some soft serve ice cream parlors forming huge lines outside just to get a cone.  The thing that I couldn't understand is why. Why were people going nuts, and spending a great deal of money, on a treat you could buy up the street at Dairy Queen for so much less. What was the factor that made  these particular ice cream treats so amazing.

I decided recently to give them a try. I was in Quebec City and a new soft serve place was making waves on the town of Levi, just across the river from Quebec City.  A person at the tourist information office in Quebec City even suggested that this ice cream place was worth the trip across the river alone.  So after a quick ferry ride, and a wonderful dinner (by the way Levi, Quebec has some amazing restaurant choices), I decided to give this new trend a try.

The first thing I noticed is that the real selling point of this trend is not the ice cream as much as it's the toppings.  I felt this way because it appeared that only one flavour of ice cream was available (vanilla), and no one was ordering it plain. I'll be honest, this sent up a red flag for me right off the bat.  One trend I generally don't like in the dessert world is where you take a classic dessert and just fill it up with way too many toppings (I'm looking at you current milkshake trend). There has to be more to it than simply dumping a bunch of stuff on it for me to really get into a new trend.

I'm not sure if the ordering system at this place is the same as at other trendy soft serve places, but for me it was very confusing.  You pretty much go to the cash register and decide the size of cone you want, and how many ingredients you want. Dip is the one thing you don't really get a choice about either. Then there's a million other things you can have attached to your dip, everything from nuts to cotton candy are available. This again was raising some red flags for me. Since this was my first time ordering this kind of treat, I was fairly confused.  I wasn't sure what I wanted as far as ingredients, and more importantly there are about a dozen flavour of dip to choose from, and I wasn't sure what flavour I wanted.

As it turns out at this point in the ordering process, you don't have to know what flavour you want, you just have to know how many ingredients you want.  Honestly I was very overwhelmed, so I decided to take the easy way out.  There were several examples of "perfect combinations" available, one was a salted caramel chocolate dip cone special with caramel corn and nuts stuck to it. This seemed like something I'd like, and would get me out of this hellish ordering process. I imagine that after a few tries at ordering you might get the hang of it, which is a good technique to get return customers for these places.

The two other things that turned me off about this trend, is the crowds and the waiting.  I'm sure that the ice cream places love the crowds, and can't do much about the waiting because of the crowds, but I didn't really like it at all. I think the entire buying process took about 20 minutes, and the waiting wasn't comfortable at all. Who would have thought that kids would be the main customers, and that having them wait for long periods of time for ice cream would make them go crazy.

You may have noticed that I've been pretty negative about this experience so far, and you're likely thinking that I'm going to write a really scathing review of the treat itself. That or maybe I'm going to trick you, and in the end I'll tell you that it was all worth it in the end.  Well prepare to be disappointed.

The cone  itself was OK, not amazing, but not the worst thing ever either. The good thing about this cone was the dip.  The chocolate was so smooth and creamy, I could have just eaten a bar of it on its own.  The salted caramel flavour was perfectly balanced with the smooth chocolate. The toppings (caramel corn and peanuts) although a little silly at first, actually really added to the fun of eating this cone. It was fun to bite them off as I was working my way down the cone. It also added some great texture to an ice cream that's not really known for its texture.

The bad, was the ice cream.  First of all, it melted very fast.  I assume this is because the kind of chocolate dip they used did not contain as much coconut oil as other soft serve dips (thus improving the flavour). The problem is that the dip without so much coconut oil would then have to be kept at a higher temperature to keep it liquid. So when the cone is dipped, the ice cream is melting immediately. It was one of the messiest cones I've eaten in my life.  The other problem with the ice cream was that it wasn't that special at all.  It pretty much tasted exactly like every other soft serve ice cream I've eaten in my life.

Only once in my life have I had soft serve ice cream where the ice cream was actually better than the rest.  That's in a small town called The Mumbles in Whales. There's a place there called Joe's which is legendary for their soft serve.  The thing is, they're legendary because they make their own soft serve ice cream, and it's suggested that you just get the plain vanilla with no dip to experience it.  I would say that if I got the plain vanilla with no dip at this place, I would have been very disappointed for the price.

In the end I'll say that I'm not likely going to try this again.  Unless someone can point to a place that does something more than high quality dip and sticking lots of things to the outside, I just don't think it's worth it. I would rather spend the same amount of money on a sundae, or save my money and go to Dairy Queen.

CC

Monday, September 11, 2017

It's The Last Entry In Our Canada To Cambodia Review-A-Thon!

I think we're ending this review-a-thon on a perfect note.  It's a strange candy, that ranked very low in two categories, but fairly high in a third.  Most of the time the scores for these reviews are fairly balanced all around, and it's not often that a candy can fail at so much, yet excel in one area.

Click here to find out where this candy rocked the scores.

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Sunday, September 10, 2017

Yet Another Entry In Our Latest Review-A-Thon

Some reviews make me nervous.  On many occasions I've either received or purchased snacks that make me really nervous about eating them. This bag of chips was certainly in that category. The main reason I'm afraid of eating most snacks, hot spice.  I don't like burning my mouth off, but for some reason people in the candy world love to make hot and spicy treats.  I've been trying for years to improve my tolerance, but I've still got a long way to go.

Click here to find out if I had anything to be afraid of.

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Saturday, September 09, 2017

Part 4 Of Our Review-A-Thon Is Online!

When I first bought this snack, I wasn't 100% confident that it was a snack. I thought it might have been a meal instead. I was hungry, so i took a chance anyways.  My first guess was right, it was a snack, but then I was stuck  without a lunch.

Click here to read about this snack that looked like lunch.

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Friday, September 08, 2017

Candy In The Media


Watching this Lifesaver get crushed in slow motion is like watching a thunderstorm.

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Part 3 of our Canada to Cambodia Candy Review-A-Thon Is Online!

One doesn't normally associate purple with ice cream, unless you find yourself in Asia.  Purple ice cream is fairly common in Asia, but it's almost never grape flavoured, it's ube.  Ube is basically sweet potato, or more particularly purple sweet potato.  It's been around for a while as a sweet flavour in treats.  Most of the time it's also more than just a flavour as most of the ube products are actually made with the purple sweet potato itself. I've had a pretty tasty jam made of ube before, so I was pretty excited to try this ice cream.

Click here to find out if it was as good as I thought it would be.

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Thursday, September 07, 2017

Part 2 Of Our Canada To Asia Candy Review-A-Thon... is a day late

Yup, we've already come across our first technical glitch. It appears the problem may have come about because we're now posting from a different country, or it could be that I pushed too many buttons on our FTP software. Either way our first review-a-thon in Asia has gone wrong, and we've missed a day.  We tried to post a new review yesterday, but it didn't work.  But we got everything back up and running, and we'll likely extend the review-a-thon so we can make sure you get all of the fun content that you deserve.

Click here to read the latest entry in our Canada to Asia review-a-thon.

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P.S. We're looking to update the look and feel of Candy Critic in the near future, so if anybody is good at using WordPress, we'd be happy to hear from you.

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Tuesday, September 05, 2017

Hey Everybody, We're In Asia!

When I say we're in Asia, I don't mean that we've taken a trip to Asia, I mean we're in Asia and plan to be for the next few years. That means we're going to taste test as many variety of Pocky and Kit Kat bars that we can get our hands on, as well as some other fun treats from the area. While we're living in the south, we plan on traveling around to taste test things from as many places as we can. This will also likely lead to a few episodes of  Chris, Why Would You Eat That?!! coming out of here.

To start things off you may have noticed that we haven't been updating candycritic.org that much lately, well that's about to change. Now that we're starting to get settled, we'll be back on track with all of our reviews. Starting this week we're going to feature some of the treats we got on our two week adventure getting here. We posted a few things on Facebook and Twitter along the way, if you want to get an idea about what we're going to review.

For now we're just going to get ourselves organized, and start working on a few new articles for the blog (the one you're reading right now). So sit back and enjoy our latest candy finds, and please excuse the sometimes strange posting times of a few of the posts, we're still adjusting to the time difference.

For our first review in our Canada to Cambodia review-a-thon, we're posting a fun gummy we picked up in Vancouver. There's nothing particularly Canadian about this candy, but it was the last North American candy we bought before we left. Click here to find out if it was a grand send off, or a lame exit.

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Friday, September 01, 2017

Friday, August 25, 2017

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Have The People At Oreo Gone Mad?!!

When I was a kid there was one kind of Oreo, it had chocolate cookies and a white icing center. At some point in my childhood the Oreo Double Stuff was introduced with the idea that there was twice as much cream as there was before. This was to be Oreo's first foray into changing their cookies, as well as into some controversy. There was a theory that Oreo simply reduced the amount of cream in their classic cookie, and the more expensive double stuff was in fact just the old version of the regular Oreo.

Slowly Oreo started to add more versions of their cookies onto the market. Golden Oreos are an Oreo with vanilla cookies instead of chocolate. Uh-Oh Oreos were a vanilla cookie with a chocolate cream center. Most of these variations used either chocolate or vanilla cookies and chocolate or vanilla cream. At this point things weren't out of hand, chocolate and vanilla seemed like an area where Oreo could venture safely.
Somewhere between 2006 and 2010 things seem to have fallen off the rails. As usual it appears to have originated in either Japan or Canada. Both of these countries are often the source of strange flavored things becoming the norm in the western world. You can always reference potato chips in Canada and Kit Kit bars in Japan for a better idea of the phenomenon. Canada often introduces not extremely strange versions, but slightly different flavours to the American market, it's easy with their close proximity to the USA. Japan on the other hand is legendary for their extreme flavour varieties of classic treats, and on the Internet these crazy flavours slowly find their way into American homes.

By 2010 it appears that the western world had jumped on board the freaky Oreo cookie bandwagon and things have been getting weirder and weirder ever since. It seems that the folks at Oreo have been given cart blanch and can pretty much come up with any flavour choices they want. Gone are the days when chocolate and vanilla are the only two flavours allowed. Today it seems that Oreo cookies come up with some kind of crazy new cookie every month. Pumpkin spice, blueberry pie, and orange creamcicle are just a few examples of some of the limited editor flavours we've seen so far.

But much like the introduction the double stuff cookie, these varieties have stirred up a bit of controversy. In my circle of friends the Oreo fireworks cookie (an Oreo with pop rocks like candy in the icing) was the topic of a huge debate. Some calling it a travesty of nature, others calling it the greatest thing ever created. Then there was the Oreo Peeps debacle, something that affected me personally. These Oreo cookies made headlines when it was found out that the pink colouring of the icing caused a certain colour shift in a solid biological function.  Yup, it made your poop pink.
I had already eaten a few of the cookies before I learned about this, but I didn't check my bathroom colours at the time. Fortunately I had more than half a bag left when I did learn about this issue, and I can tell you that the story was true... And a little disturbing. While this was the big story that broke about these cookies, the thing I found odd about the Oreo Peeps was what they did to your mouth. I realized that every time I ate a few of these cookies, I would spit up pink every time I brushed my teeth, for a few days.  So even if it was 2 or 3 days since eating them I would find that when I brushed my teeth I would spit out pink.

Oreo is on the edge of crossing over into dangerous territory with these crazy flavour, a line that's been crossed by a few candy companies trying to ride the wave of crazy flavour varieties. After that line is crossed, few survive. This line is crossed when a company has obviously run out of logical ideas when it comes to flavours. After this point these companies start to "get creative" and often weird for the sake of being weird. Kit Kat has weathered this storm and built an industry on their strange flavours, but a few other candy companies have fallen down that hole and not done well. The true indication of this is when Oreo decides they want to try savory flavours instead of sweet.

When you cross that line, you may find that some of your die hard fans have fallen out of favour. The news release about your new wacky flavour doesn't get the rush to the stores, but instead gets ridicule or a ho-hum type reaction. While the debate among my friends rages about whether or not Oreo has jumped the shark with these wacky flavours, I've found myself on the side of enjoying them. I've enjoyed the creative ideas, I've even enjoyed the flavour of most of them. So far Oreo, I'm on your side, but be careful. One day I may not rush out the store to try your latest creation.

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