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Candy Review: Lollyphile’s Absinthe and Maple-Bacon Lollipops

Categories: Candy,Candy Reviews,Gourmet Candy,Gross Candy,Lollipops,Weird Candy

Absinthe Maple Bacon Lollipops Package

There are several ways people approach eating candy. One of the main two is nostalgia for a specific candy and the other is the adventure some candies offer; some people just like enjoying their tried-and-true treat from their childhood and others love to try the newest and craziest candy for the experience. As a true Candy Addict, I fall into both categories. That’s why I was especially excited to find a small box of lollipops from Lollyphile waiting for me on my porch when I arrived home from work a few days ago.

Why all the excitement about a bunch of lollipops, you ask? Well, these aren’t just any lollipops. These come in flavors you won’t find anywhere else: Absinthe and Maple-Bacon. By now you’ve either started to drool on your keyboard (hey, happens to me all the time) or you’ve scrunched up your nose in skeptical repulsion. When I first saw the two flavors, I did both.

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Candy Review: Jelly Belly’s BeanBoozled

Categories: Candy,Candy Games,Candy Reviews,Gross Candy,New Candy,Novelty Candy

Jelly Belly Bean Boozled

Eating is a very complicated pastime when you think about it. Depending on the situation it can be a very social thing: you could easily be sharing a dinner with friends, out for an afternoon coffee break with co-workers or hosting a potluck party with family. While it’s easy to make daily meals more social, I find that when we treat ourselves with chocolate or candy, it usually tends to be a very solitary activity. There’s lots of reasons for this; maybe your friends or special someone don’t love chocolate like you do, perhaps you don’t want anyone to see you secretly indulge your sweet tooth, or hey, maybe you’re like me and don’t want anyone to notice so you’d have to share. Regardless of the reason, candy consumption can be pretty lonely, and usually in a good way. This is why, when Jelly Belly released its new box of BeanBoozled jelly beans, I was excited to give them a try.

How does eating these BeanBoozled beans relate to social activity you ask? Well, when you look at it, BeanBoozled is more of a game than anything else really, because in essence it’s an edible version of Russian Roulette. Picture this: in the box there are 10 different colored beans with 20 different flavors. The flavor can be a tasty one like buttered popcorn, plum, juicy pear or cafe latte. On the other hand, the flavor could be not so enticing: vomit, skunk spray, pencil shavings or baby wipes (just to name a few). See where this is heading?

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McPhee’s Gummy Haggis and Gummy Tapeworm

Categories: Candy,Gross Candy,Gummi/Gummy Candy,Novelty Candy,Weird Candy

Gummy Haggis

UPDATE: We did a video review of these products. Watch it here.

Have you ever wanted to try haggis, but you just can’t seem to make it to Scotland for some of that entrails-y goodness? Or, have you ever wanted to experience tapeworm, but you just can’t find the time to hunt down that parasite? If this sounds like you, Archie McPhee has the answer! For a scant $4.95 a piece, you can treat yourself to one of these gastronomical delights.

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Candy Review: Bacon Mints (yes, Bacon Mints)

Categories: Candy,Candy Reviews,Gross Candy,Mint Candy,New Candy,Novelty Candy,Weird Candy

Bacon Mints

I am amazed at how often bacon and candy cross paths. Candy Addict has done articles on chocolate-covered bacon, gummi bacon, and bacon jellybeans. Now we can add Bacon Mints to the list. When I was offered some Bacon Mints to review, I immediately said “hell, yes!” but wondered what they would taste like.

When the package arrived, it contained two tins of Bacon Mints and two tins of Bacon Flavored Toothpicks (more on those later). Opening the shipping package brought a scent to my nose that I wasn’t prepared for. It was bacony, minty, and had a smell of a hospital. The smell was odd and didn’t hit me as being an appetizing smell.

I opened a tin and took a big sniff and it nearly knocked me over and I don’t mean that in a good way. It was an absolutely awful smell. It’s really hard to describe, but it’s not a smell you want to get a whiff of. At this point I wasn’t really looking forward to trying them, but reviewing candy isn’t all about tasty chocolate – sometimes you must eat some questionable candy.

The mints taste as bad as I thought they would. It was maybe 30 seconds in my mouth and I had to spit it out. It was awful. It’s one of the worst tasting candies/mints I have ever had. Just thinking about it makes me nauseous. I took a tin to work to share with my co-workers too (with fair warning). I set the tin on my cabinet shelf behind me at about 8:00 AM and I could only last til 11:00AM and I had to move them to my car – the smell (even through the closed tin) was overwhelming. Nobody at work dared try them – even the guys that ate crickets with me wouldn’t try them.

My sisters tried them with me one day and we all spit ours out in less than ten seconds. I just tried one more while writing this to make sure the taste was fresh in my mind and palette. Good lord they’re hideous. I’m not sure who came up with the idea of mixing mint and bacon, or who gave the final OK to start making these, but I have to question that person’s sanity. The only good use I can think of for these is hiding ten or so of these in your enemy’s workspace and watching them go crazy trying to find the source of the smell. If I haven’t convinced you not to buy these yet, two tins of 100 mints will run you $4.95. Oh – and for the record – one of my dogs ate one, the other refused.

And the Bacon Flavored Toothpicks? Almost made me gag. Seriously.

I have an unopened tin of the Bacon Mints and an unopened tin of the Bacon Flavored Toothpicks that I must get rid of so leave a comment on this post before Thursday, March 1, 2007 and I’ll randomly draw one of the commenters to get them – be sure and leave a real email address so we can contact you (your email won’t appear on the site). Don’t say I didn’t warn you though.
UPDATE: Congratulations to Austin – he is the winner of the bacony badness!

Bacon Flavored Toothpicks

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Candy Review: Fear Factor Gross-Out Gummy Pig-Out Platter

Categories: Candy,Candy Reviews,Gross Candy,Gummi/Gummy Candy

Fear Factor Gross-Out Gummy

Yesterday, Victoria reviewed Fear Factor Gross-Out Gummi Pizza and today I’m reviewing the Pig-Out Platter. Oddly enough, we both independently chose to buy and review Fear Factor candy this week. What are the chances?

I found the Gross-Out Gummy Pig-Out Platter on the close-out rack at my local candy shop. It was normally $2.99 but I got it for 75% off. If it weren’t on clearance, I wouldn’t have bought something that was described as having a “Super Surprise Bacon and other Amazing Flavors.” This squishy gummi “treat” was a true FEAR FACTOR experience.

I opened the bright yellow and black packaging and popped out the plastic-sealed, dinner-platter-shaped gummy. It actually smelled like ham or gross, sugary bacon. Not like a nice maple bacon scent, but like real ham with a sickening sweet twist. It looked like a plate holding a big pig head, and six or so other indefinable brown and pink blobs. If I had to guess what these other things are, I will just say “innards” so as not to fully gross you out.

I took a large bite (it was too big to stuff the whole thing in my mouth and get it over with). It had the texture of the marshmallow gummy treats but then an awful smoked bacon flavor sprang into my mouth. My stomach flipped and I gagged a little while I tried to quickly swallow. My first thought was that I can see why Fear Factor brand candies belong in the Top 10 Grossest Candies. The second bite was worse because I knew that it would taste the same. I finished as fast as my stomach and gag reflex would let me. I beat the challenge.

I have no idea what the other “amazing” flavors were, but what did amaze me is that this candy is still on the market (though it was in the clearance rack). Nasty, nasty, nasty. It’s a perfect gift for your younger cousins, nieces, and nephews so they can dare each other to eat it. It’s not for squeamish adults (unless they have a good sense of humor and a competitive nature). I still can’t get that awful flavor out of my mouth.

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