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Confessions of a Novelty Confection Fiend

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#31 jhlurie

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Posted 04 April 2002 - 12:56 PM

Here are some new odd confections I've found...

Honees - I just can't get enough of these... they are basically high quality honey in a candy shell.  Varieties include Basic Honey-filled, Honey/Menthol/Eucalyptus and Milk-N-Honees.

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Another new one--although for a change I can't find a picture on the web of it--is a new product from Brachs.  Chocolate and White Fudge Covered Caramel Corn.  Three or Four of these have the fat/calorie equivalent of... geez.  I don't know.  It's a lot.  The Fudge is really thick, not just a dusting like you get with some Fudge covered Pretzels.
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#32 Liza

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Posted 08 April 2002 - 09:19 AM

I'm trying to remember what these things were: baseball bats made of taffy? I think I had them at summer camp in the 70s. Something on a stick, with baseball language. I need help.

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Posted 08 April 2002 - 10:31 AM

Last week I found a new candy to die for.  It's called Pocky and it's a Japanese candy that is starting to do well in the States.  It's basically a long pretzel that is dipped in coatings.  Here's a lineup:

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But my favorite is Pocky for Men:

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I have NO idea why they apply a gender to the chocolate Pocky, but they did.  I am not aware of Pocky for Women.

#34 Malawry

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Posted 08 April 2002 - 10:32 AM

Hey Liza, I think I remember something like that. Were they called B-Bats? And did they come in many colors, I mean flavors?  :)

I ate a lot of Fun Dip in the late 70s-early 80s.

#35 cabrales

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Posted 08 April 2002 - 10:53 AM

I like mini lychee jelly cups. The cups are each about 1/2 the size of one's pinky, are made of plastic, and are peeled open like single serving cream containers. Then, there is a bit of light syrup that allows the capsule of jelly (with a piece of lychee suspended inside) glide into one's mouth. They're usually found in Chinatown, and also come in flavors like green apple, mango etc. I like them refridgerated.

http://www.crackseed...jelly_cups.html (not depicting the better brand)

http://www.safetyale...02/f0000162.htm
(FDA indicated candies should not be offered to children and the elderly, due to choking risks)

#36 Liza

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Posted 08 April 2002 - 10:55 AM

That's it! I remember banana flavor. Fun dip - was that a stick of sugar used to scoop up more sugar? No wonder we loved playing running bases.
I think we should start a camp food thread somewhere.  . .

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Posted 08 April 2002 - 11:05 AM

Yeah, with Fun Dip you got a hard sugar stick and one, two, or three packets of colored sugar with citric acid or some such to make it tart. I ate mostly one-packet Fun Dips because that's what they sold at the snack bar by the pool where I swam as a kid. The three-packet ones came with TWO sugar sticks! Then they started making "color changing" sugars that were pink until they came in contact with liquid (ie, your saliva) when they turned blue.

Once I reminisced about Fun Dip to my partner Erin, and he confessed he'd loved it as a kid too. A week or so later I went into one of those Sweet Factory stores on a whim and lo and behold, they sold three-packet Fun Dip! I bought two of them and brought them home. Erin ripped into his and immediately declared it the most disgusting thing he'd put in his mouth in years (and I don't mean gleefully disgusting, I mean disgusting disgusting). I couldn't even bring myself to taste mine after hearing that. Wah.

Candy is the campiest of campy food. I mean it's the most overwhelmingly campy category of food. Even campier than Velveeta.

#38 Liza

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Posted 08 April 2002 - 11:14 AM

Oh I meant camp as in summer camp! I went to a Quaker camp in the Pinebarrens of NJ so I might have had weird summer camp food.
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Posted 08 April 2002 - 02:16 PM

Last week I found a new candy to die for.  It's called Pocky

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I've seen this one in New York.  Is pink a gender identifying color in Japan?  If so, maybe the strawberry Pocky is "for women", whatever that means.

Or not.
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Posted 24 April 2002 - 01:09 PM

A new weird item.  Can Ritz and Smores ingredients work together?  I have no idea... I just spotted this.


Ritz Bits Smores: Click here ("work" warning: includes audio)
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#41 Sandra Levine

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Posted 24 April 2002 - 04:12 PM

I like mini lychee jelly cups

I'm shocked, shocked!  I shall have to reconsider everything you've ever said about food. :biggrin:

#42 cabrales

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Posted 25 April 2002 - 05:06 PM

Sandra -- Reconsider, as in giving me brownie points for liking lychee jelly cups? :wink:

When I next go shopping for food in Chinatown, I am going to bring a wheelie "cabin luggage"-type bag (a less sophisticated version of the Perlows' cart for the sausages). I am going to stock up on all sorts of things.

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Posted 25 April 2002 - 05:14 PM

Well, it certainly brings you down to earth. :raz:  I've always thought your tastes were more, shall we say...elevated.  Not that there's anything wrong with lychee jelly cups. :smile:

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Posted 25 April 2002 - 05:24 PM

Sandra -- I've mentioned that I like Campbell's soup and Lean Cuisine (esp. sphaghetti with meatballs, for some reason, although I try to add some spicing to it) too.  :wink:  I often eat at my employer's cafeteria (which is alright as far as cafeterias go), and just ate Chicken McNuggets (hot mustard sauce, or mild mustard as they might call it in the UK) with piping hot fries today. Then, for dinner, I had delivery of some alright tempura prawns. :wink:

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Posted 25 April 2002 - 05:37 PM

You are truly multi-faceted. :smile: Really -- you are always full of surprises.

#46 B Edulis

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Posted 27 April 2002 - 03:37 AM

Pocky is fabulous. Keep your eye out for "tea" flavored Pocky -- chocolate and Earl Grey! And then there's "Man" Pocky -- begging the question, for? or tastes like?

There's a French book titled Les Bonbecs written by my friend Alexandre Reverend that artfully depicts a fabulous collection of Euro and Amero candy including "Les Gelatines," "Les Caramels," "Le Gadgets," "Les Poudres," and other fun categories.

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Posted 27 April 2002 - 07:16 AM

Last week I found a new candy to die for.  It's called Pocky and it's a Japanese candy that is starting to do well in the States.  It's basically a long pretzel that is dipped in coatings.  Here's a lineup:


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Are you kidding?Look at this package...pull this out of your pocky,and it's bound to impress....

#48 Jinmyo

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Posted 02 October 2002 - 07:33 PM

No chocky bars, steak.

Really.

I slice it sashimi thin and usually wind up with 4 or 6 slicesleft in foil in the fridge. Starving? Couple of slices of steak, dab of wasabi or horseradish or Dijon.
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"It's okay to like celery more than yogurt, but it's not okay to think that batter is yogurt."

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#49 awbrig

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Posted 02 October 2002 - 07:36 PM

jin...you steak freak! :raz:

sometimes you need chocolate but dont have any Jean Georges Flourless Vahlrona Molten Chocolate Cakes around w an Almond Tuile...then whaddya gonna do?!? its Whatchamacallit Time!

#50 Jinmyo

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Posted 02 October 2002 - 07:41 PM

No. I'm a female with no chocolate gene at all. And concentrated sugar disgusts me. A dry wine or sake is sweet enough. More than that and feh.

But, really. Steak slices to go go go.
"I've caught you Richardson, stuffing spit-backs in your vile maw. 'Let tomorrow's omelets go empty,' is that your fucking attitude?" -E. B. Farnum

"Behold, I teach you the ubermunch. The ubermunch is the meaning of the earth. Let your will say: the ubermunch shall be the meaning of the earth!" -Fritzy N.

"It's okay to like celery more than yogurt, but it's not okay to think that batter is yogurt."

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#51 awbrig

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Posted 02 October 2002 - 07:43 PM

Cmon, no chocolate...you're killing me...nothing sweet...do you like champagne even? :unsure:

#52 Jinmyo

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Posted 02 October 2002 - 08:00 PM

Champagne not so much. A few sips are fine, and then with best beluga for me to enjoy it for a few seconds, but I'd really prefer a good frozen vodka. And insist on one after another sip.

(I know Special K does not understand this but hope he forgives me, but desserts disgust me. A sorbet is only of interest if it's savoury and melded with the other courses.)

Anyway I know, I'm a bad person for not liking sweets of course, of course. I know this and live burdened with this knowledge like Cain marked above the beezer. I didn't mean to interrupt the topic. Was just being sociable.
"I've caught you Richardson, stuffing spit-backs in your vile maw. 'Let tomorrow's omelets go empty,' is that your fucking attitude?" -E. B. Farnum

"Behold, I teach you the ubermunch. The ubermunch is the meaning of the earth. Let your will say: the ubermunch shall be the meaning of the earth!" -Fritzy N.

"It's okay to like celery more than yogurt, but it's not okay to think that batter is yogurt."

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#53 awbrig

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Posted 02 October 2002 - 08:19 PM

what kind of steak, and how do you cook it...

We have steak once a week and what I do...

prime filet from Omaha Steaks Private reserve(very expensive...but good 6 for 90$) or prime from Whole Foods and I sear it w high heat in sautee pan and then fininsh in oven for med rare...serve w port rosemary sauce...better than sex...ok maybe not, but close... :laugh:

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Posted 02 October 2002 - 08:49 PM

Mounds.

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Posted 02 October 2002 - 10:04 PM

I never used to eat chocolate, but after having kids I crave it close to every day. I usually reach for M&M's, but if I go for a candy bar it will be a Kit Kat. My favorite bar of all times though was the Summit bar, it was out for a short time in the '80's, sometimes I still dream about it!

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Posted 02 October 2002 - 10:20 PM

My all time favorite candy is Viennese Butter Crunch. I can never go through O'hare withoout buying a bagful at one of those Aunty whatever candy shoppees.

Commercial candy bars I avoid, but Almond Joys will get me in a pinch.

#57 Simon Majumdar

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Posted 03 October 2002 - 04:14 AM

Posted also on the English Toffee thread, but thought it was relevant here

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In between bouts of drug induced sleep on the flight back from the US on Sunday, I caught a glimpse of a programme about a firm that sells goodie bags of candies ( that's sweets to us on the civilised side of the pond ) from the 50's, 60's and 70's. Things that are now very hard to find and in some cases ( sky bars - I think ) some that have only one machine still making them so are very limited.

Now I think most US sweets are pretty grim ( No Spangles, no Lucky Dips, no Sherbet Fountains, no Sky Ray Lollies = No life ) but I thought, given the age demographic of our US contingent, you may be interested to see.

Here's the link

http://www.groovycandies.com/
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#58 Brija

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Posted 03 October 2002 - 04:32 AM

It's always been mars bar. :smile:

#59 cakewalk

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Posted 03 October 2002 - 04:51 AM

Chunkies.

#60 Marlene

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Posted 03 October 2002 - 04:55 AM

I'm also a woman with no chocolate gene and I eat very few sweet things. Steak is my number one food to eat. When I want junk food, it's chips.
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