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Break me off a piece of that…

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… football cream?

Last week’s episode of The Office had a great little candy moment when Andy couldn’t quite remember the rest of the lyrics to the Kit Kat jingle. Observe:

It’s too bad Andy didn’t check online. If he had, he would have easily discovered our list of the Top 10 Candy Jingles, with useful links to the commercials on YouTube. At least he’d know that the song doesn’t advertise a brand of cat food!

UPDATE: Here’s a hilarious mashup of the real commercial and Andy.

DIY Halloween Candy Bars

Categories: Candy,Candy Recipes,Chocolate Candy,Classic and Retro Candy

Peanut Butter Cups & Twixt via

Everything tastes better home-made, right? This is true of almost everything, but it is especially true when it comes to treats. Cookies straight out of the oven are infinitely more pleasing than the ones straight out of the factory. Foodie website understands this concept perfectly, and they’ve put together a small collection of recipes which take the standard chocolate candy bar to higher levels.

The article suggests that you should give the store-bought stuff to the kids in costumes and make these fancy takes on classic treats for yourself. After all, most children are taught to avoid eating handmade treats anyway, but these bars sound perfect to serve at a Halloween party. CHOW even offers wrapper templates that you can print out for each bar, which is a nice touch.

The simplest recipe they have is for the peanut butter cup, which requires a mini-muffin tin to help form those delectably deep shapes and suggests mixing in graham cracker crumbs with the peanut butter filling to create that wonderfully crisp texture. For the really adventurous, there’s the DIY take on the Snickers bar, Snickles. That recipe includes mixing your own nougat filling and caramel. Of course, any DIY project takes a lot of time and effort, but the rewards (including a whopping 24 servings of each bar!) make it all worthwhile.

chocolate, candy bar, reeses, twix, peanut butter cups, snickers, diy, recipes

Best Tricks for Treats: Share Your Halloween Candy Tips

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Jack O' Lantern on Bed of Candy, via

It’s that time of year again, when strange creatures roam around in the dark searching for sugary snacks at strangers’ homes. Ah, I love Halloween! Do you go all-out for the holiday, or is it just an excuse to buy more bags of candy than could ever be devoured by the neighborhood kids just so you’ll have enough Fun Size bars to last you through Christmas? We at Candy Addict want to hear your plans for the best candy holiday ever, and how you pass out candy to the trick or treaters.

Myself, I’m a big fan of the goodie bag, and I stick a nice variety of chocolate (classic Fun Size Bars and M&M’s packs) and hard, sour candies like Jolly Ranchers. I also like putting in a Halloween-themed sticker or a toy in each one.

What do you do for the holiday? Do you dare buy full-sized candy bars from the big box stores instead? I can see how your house could get very popular, very quickly. But think of the expense!

I’ve got one tip: please don’t be the one house that gives out boxes of raisins. It’s just not worth the ridicule.

halloween, etiquette, fun size

Great Geysers Kit – Mentos and Soda Made Easy

Categories: Candy,Candy Beverages,Candy Gadgets,Candy Videos,Mint Candy

Maybe the whole Mentos + Diet Coke craze is well-worn. Candy Addict’s first post about this phenomenon dates back to October of 2005. In Internet historical reckoning, that’s around the same time as the extinction of the dinosaurs. Even the Mythbusters got into the act, exploring the scientific principles that govern the geyser.

Now ThinkGeek, the Web’s premier destination for all things nerdy, is selling a special kit which will let backyard Mythbusters conduct experiments of their own. For $19.99, the Great Geysers Kit includes a specially-designed quick-release tube, allowing folks to add Mentos down the neck of the bottle without having to flee for their lives afterwards. It even comes with two tubes of Mentos, so the only thing you need to provide is the two liter bottle of soda. Result: Fun and sticky science!

mentos, soda, science

Candy Review: Sweet Sweet Confections S’mores Bars

Categories: Candy,Candy Reviews,Chocolate Candy

Smores Bars

So nice they named it twice. That’s not the official word from Sweet Sweet Confections, but it should be! I was really eager to see what this company had to offer because they’re located in San Jose, California, just a stone’s throw (well, maybe a stone’s throw plus another stone’s trebuchet pull) from my home. It’s great to see a local company featured on Candy Addict, so I was hoping that Sweet Sweet Confections wouldn’t disappoint.

The Smores Bars are billed on the website as “Our signature graham crackers topped with a delicious marshmallow and hand dipped in luscious milk chocolate.” They don’t spare any expense in creating this treat. All the components are handmade, and it definitely tastes that way.

The graham cracker had this great, fresh-baked quality that I found wonderfully surprising. It’s not crisp like the store-bought ones; it’s fairly chewy, almost cookie-like in consistency. I found this strange at first, but then I realized how well this chewiness melded with the marshmallow. The milk chocolate coating had a nice snap when I bit into it which really complemented the softness of the cracker and the marshmallow.

Smores Bars PackageWhat really impressed me, however, was the ingredients list on the back of the package. For example, here’s what their marshmallows are made of:

Sugar, water, gelatin, vanilla extract, salt.

That’s it. How can something so simple turn out so wonderful? I guess it goes back to the simple pleasure of a S’more itself: chocolate, graham cracker, marshmallow. Easy to pack, easy to make, extremely easy to eat. Maybe the simple things are the best after all. And I didn’t even miss the melted gooeyness that’s usually one of the highlights of eating S’mores fresh from an open fire.

Smores Bars are a neat gourmet take on a campfire classic, and if you’re a fan of the real thing, you really should give these offerings a try. My only qualm with these is the packaging. Alas, they only come three to a bag, and those three left me wanting so much s’more.

Editor’s note: I received some of these too and they are indeed delicious. My favorite part is that they aren’t too sweet. The chocolate doesn’t overpower the marshmallow or graham cracker and the resulting combination is close to perfect.

chocolate, gourmet, marshmallow, smores