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Fun Size candy not so fun

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Size Versus Enjoyability
Size Vs. Enjoyability Graph
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With Halloween fast approaching, I’ve begun seeing those big bags full of tiny candy bars. Quite often, they’re called “mini” or “fun size.” This has gotten me pondering something I’ve thought about every year around this time. What, exactly, is so fun about tiny versions of what are normally enjoyable candies?

Let’s look at a Three Musketeers bar. This bar consists of a frothy, lightly chocolate interior coated with a milk chocolate outside. With a normal size, you have a variety of ways to eat and enjoy everything it offers. You can take a regular bite, or perhaps eat the chocolate off the outside and eat the interior on its own. You could freeze half and run a microwave experiment on the remainder. What isn’t to love?

Now we come to the “fun” size. What, precisely, can be done with this puny showing? One thing only – one bite, a few chews, and down the gullet. How is that more fun than being able to experiment and savor the flavor? They should call them “so small you can just barely get a hint of flavor before it’s gone” size. Man, I hated getting these in my halloween bag, especially when I ended up getting just one of a particularly good kind.

Even worse than the fun size are the bite size candies. Those are so heinous I can’t even bring myself to speak of them. Give me a full-size candy bar over the “fun” size anyday.

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16 Responses to “Fun Size candy not so fun”

  1. 1
    diamondklp says:

    Those bite sized candy bars aren’t even bite sized! I remember as a kid there was a family who used to give out normal sized candy bars for halloween…now that was a treat! They were the most popular house on the street.

  2. 2
    Sunny says:

    i’d prefer a handful of fun size/mini’s to a big bar any day. i LOVE variety. that red box with the variety of dove, milky way’s (dark and regular), etc…. [forget the name of the box at the moment] is pure BLISS. i can pick out exactly what i want and don’t get overwhelmed by having to eat an entire bar of the same flavor/consistency, etc. anyways to each their own… love love love the graph lol :) excel!

  3. 3
    Rhea says:

    The graph is great! I agree, the fun size is not fun. My take on it is that they are ‘fun’ because you can easily toss one in your pocket and then go out and have some REAL fun.

  4. 4
    Arik says:

    What is fun is being able to eat an entire bag of candy under the illusion that you are eating less candy but actually by the time you get home from the store you have eaten over a pound or so.
    But seriously, in some cases the changed proportions in my opinion improve the overall texture and flavor experience of the candy. I prefer a handful of bitesized Snickers to a regular Snickers bar, frozen or otherwise.

  5. 5
    Arik says:

    Oh also, I’d rather have a regular Kit Kat, or smaller than the Big Kat. The proportions and textures are all wrong IMO.

  6. 6
    Pete says:

    Hmm…I’ve gotta agree with some of these comments. I think having a good variety of little bites is fun, though I must admit I’m quite the nibbler. With fun sized, you could freeze one piece and microwave another. Plus, unwrapped they look like fancy little candies. This title and graph had me cracking up, though.

  7. 7
    Rich says:

    I guess I can put up with them once a year. Just don’t go stuffing them in my Christmas stocking

  8. 8
    CGHill says:

    There’s a reason you don’t see these in April. :)

    Personally, I do buy these for Halloween, but I always give at least two to each ghost and/or goblin.

  9. 9
    Caitlin says:

    Yeah, see, I was really thinking of the fun size and bite size as individual examples. For instance, if at Halloween I only received one little Three Musketeers, I was just so annoyed. It was barely enough to even bother eating. Ugh. However, I have no problem with folks who give more than one, and I can understand that they’re certainly more economical than giving full sized versions to every trick-or-treater. Also, I do have issues with the tiniest ones, the bite size. Those are just too small to speak about. Barely get any flavor with them at all, and you end up wanting to eat the entire bag to get a good taste, and by then you’ve eaten the equivalent of about 6 full size bars! Ok, I didn’t actually do any comparison to reach that number, but it’s a wild guess. And this has recently come back to haunt me, as somebody gave me half a bag of those evil bite size milky ways, and naturally I ended up finishing the whole darn thing without even realizing it.

  10. 10
    Web Marketing Mentor says:

    I think this is to make us eat more to get enjoyment.

  11. 11
    Heather says:

    When I was a kid, there was one house I used to trick-or- treat at where this retired couple gave out not bite size candy bars, not fun size candy bars, not even regular size candy bars, but KING SIZE candy bars! They were definitely the most popular house on the block. Although Three Musketeers are so good that I’ll take them in any form, I agree that they are best as full size bars. I like to eat the chocolate off the outside and then eat the nougat in the middle. The only exception I’ll make for fun size candy bars is in the case of 100 Grand bars, which are already fun size anyway. Those are great as is.

  12. 12
    Melissa says:

    Have you noticed that the “fun size” have gotten smaller? I mean, like half the size of when I was a kid. What a rip. Not only are the fun size shorter, they are not as thick.

  13. 13
    Maddie says:

    omg. okay. i have a friend that is “fun size”,
    And yeah, her name says it all. she is toal SMALL FRI

  14. 14
    Terrac says:

    Fun size aren’t that bad, i give them a 6 out of ten. But minis SUCK! They’re like half a bite or something. I give them a 4 out of ten.

  15. 15
    joy says:

    Does a kid care how much candy costs a person? NO as they go house to house getting candy,the person giving out the candy may have up to 100 kids at their door so I CAN’T afford a 100 regular sized bars.I am sure others feel the same.

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    Caitlin says:

    We get around 250-300 kids (the joys of living in a major city). The good ones get full size bars, which we buy on sale from Target, and others (like adults or kids who come around twice) get pretzels. We bought enough full size stuff for about 210 kids. Admittedly, we like Halloween more than the average person, but when it comes down to it, if we gave everyone two or three of the little ones (which we would, because we’d feel guilty giving less), the price comes out to be almost the same. But, especially in today’s economy, no one should expect everyone to be able to do that. Plus, it’s not like very many people do give out full size bars. It’s a treat, and if you’re the one who can do so, it’s great. If not, it’s not a big deal – kids should be grateful for whatever they get.

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