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British university develops gum that doesn’t stick

Categories: Candy,Candy News,Gum

Sticky Gum Shoe

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Maybe you fell asleep with a piece of gum still in your mouth; maybe a bubble you blew went awry. Whatever the case, many of us have experienced that dreadful moment when we realize a wad of gum is stuck in our hair. And when ice and peanut butter fail, our moms often resigned (with a sigh) to whacking the offending piece of gum out of its nest of hair with sharp scissors. A trip to the hairdresser normally ensued after such an episode.

Professor Terence Cosgrove of the University of Bristol has made a discovery that might mean Mom can wash the gum out of your hair with soap and water. No cutting, no peanut butter and no ice. His motivation was to save Britain the £325 million spent yearly on cleaning up gum, so he came up with a chewing gum that tastes the same but doesn’t have as many sticky components as your everyday gum. The new gum is made from a polymer that, unlike regular gum, will dissolve in water.

The additive that makes this gum so special hasn’t been approved yet, but Cosgrove and his crew say they expect to see it launch in 2008.

It’s about time somebody tackled this sticky subject.


Fiery Truffle For Courageous Eaters

Categories: Candy,Chocolate Candy,Weird Candy

Hades Chocolate Truffle

Want your dessert with a side of fire? Serendipity Chocolates has come up with a way to provide just that. Hades Chocolate Truffles are infused with fresh, dried and smoked peppers that are sure to send you gasping for a glass of milk (rumored to be the best drink to counteract intense spiciness).

I’m a huge fan of both chocolate and food so spicy it scalds my tongue, but at $28 for 12-14 of these truffles, I’ll just hold out and hope somebody sends me a box for my birthday.

chocolate, truffle, spicy, pepper

Toblerone Logo Hiding a Bear?

Categories: Candy,Chocolate Candy,Foreign (non-US) Candy

Hidden bear Toblerone logo

I dig Toblerone bars, but I’m more apt to shove them in my mouth than to scrutinize the packaging. Neatorama brought the “hidden” bear in its logo to our attention – once you see it, you will never unsee it!

A little research tells us that Toblerone candy originated in Bern, Switzerland, a city whose name is rumored to mean “City of Bears.” Incredibly obvious now, isn’t it?

Editor’s note: We still haven’t done a proper review of Toblerone, one of my favorite chocolates. Note to self…. review Toblerone

Toblerone, chocolate, logo

Bag of Boogers Begins Crazy Candy Collection

Categories: Candy,Gross Candy,Novelty Candy,Weird Candy

Gross Candy Collection

Meet Rich, likely the only man whose initial item of a more than 300-piece collection was a bag of boogers.

Don’t fret, though – these were no ordinary boogers. Rich is an avid collector of every bit of gross candy he can get his hands on, and his bag of candy boogers might be one of the least crazy of the bunch. It began with the boogers back in 1980 and has escalated to an impressive assortment of odd candies. His collection even encompasses several of our Top 10 Grossest Candies.

The above photo is merely a portion of Rich’s collection, which fills a glass-front cabinet in his home. To see high-resolution photos of his entire collection, check out his section on the Candy Addict photos page. Soon the collection might move to Rich’s local library, and it may be featured in his local newspaper.

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Candy Circuitry

Categories: Candy,Candy Art,Candy Photos

Candy Circuitry

I’d come up with some excuse you could use – you have a techie boyfriend, or your mom is really into circuitry, or you want to create a dessert that expresses your true inner geekiness – but you really don’t need a reason. Evil Mad Scientist Laboratories, the evil geniuses behind the CandyFab 4000 3D Candy Printer, have come up with an incredibly detailed set of step-by-step instructions so that you, too, can be a master of edible circuitry.

These folks are serious about the task. They suggest you start with a graham cracker, and then they list all available toppings you can use: licorice wheels for red and black wires, Life Savers for resistors, and marshmallows for battery cells.

Who needs a gingerbread house when you can have a graham cracker/candy circuit board?

licorice, graham, marshmallow