Monday, May 29, 2006

FAQ

What is Candy Blog?

For the most part Candy Blog is a compilation of reviews of candies. There?s other content, sometimes news stories and sometimes profiles of candy shops and companies and the occasional tour but you can pretty much rely on a new candy review every weekday. I will also try to focus on some other long-form projects, such as histories and nostalgia pieces.

When did Candy Blog start?

I started the blog in April of 2005. I?d already been blogging since late 2001 but hadn?t quite struck the right note with the type of narrow-focused, sustainable content that would appeal to other people. At a wedding I was talking with my table-mates about candy and someone suggested that I had such a broad range of knowledge about candy that I should start blogging about it.

It seemed like a natural idea to use the blog as a way to expand my horizons by trying new things and experience other cultures. Therefore I made sure that I feature foreign candies quite often.

Who runs Candy Blog?

Right now, it?s just me. Cybele May ? writer and candy lover. I haven?t done it all on my own though, the design and blog installation was done by HopStudios.com and I often get tech help from my husband. All the photos and text are by me unless an exception is noted in a post.

Is there any editorial oversight for Candy Blog?

I am my own writer, photographer, editor and publisher. Any mistakes or inaccuracies are purely of my own creation. If I have made an error, please let me know and I will correct it as soon as possible.

What is Typetive?

It?s a word I coined, it?s basically the writing equivalent of being talkative. I registered the domain (www.typetive.com) to host all my blogs and other writing content.

Why isn?t Candy Blog at Candy Blog.net when I type in the address?

You can access Candy Blog by typing in CandyBlog.net into your address bar, it forwards you to the candyblog.net/blog location. It makes it easy to tell others about Candy Blog without having to remember a long URL. When I started Candy Blog I didn?t expect so many people to like to it so quickly, so I figured I was kind of stuck with the current candyblog.net/blog address.

Why is it .net and not .com?

Someone bought the .com address a few weeks after I started Candy Blog (but before I tried to register the domain). They?re not using it, but are offering it for sale. The .net address denotes a community, whereas a .com address denotes a business. So .net is probably more appropriate anyway.

When did you start writing about candy?

I posted recently with an early short story piece I wrote for a contest at the library when I was 10. It seems that candy has been a constant topic for me. A major research report I did in my senior year of high school was on chocolate. (I got an A, thankyouverymuch). My master?s thesis for my MFA in Playwriting was a project was called Hershey and was based on the history of the town of Hershey and its founder, Milton S. Hershey. It wasn?t really about chocolate, but the research did involve a lot of candy.

Basically, candy has been a pretty constant topic in my life.

Do you ever make candy?

Yes. Not so much recently. The earliest candy experiment I can recall was when I was 5 and in kindergarten. We were doing a kitchen project, making candied apples, and one of us suggested using Grape Tang to flavor the candy. Our teacher (I think a parent-volunteer ) was not one to dissuade us from our folly. It was, um, interesting. I wouldn?t really call the result Candied Apples, more like Tar Apples. But it was a learning experience!

As a teen I experimented quite a bit with hard candies (lollies), caramels (my grandmother?s recipe which sometimes turned into toffee) and my own signature chocolate cocoa-dusted truffles.

Later when I was in college I got a job at a bakery/candy shop called Chocoholics in Eureka, CA. Besides washing dishes and working behind the counter I also learned to dip truffles and make some other more sophisticated chocolates. Since that time I have made thousands and thousands of chocolate truffles (usually as my annual Christmas gift to family and friends). I?ve not made them in the past four years though.

Do you plan on adding candy recipes and/or tutorials to Candy Blog?

Yes, someday, if folks are interested in it.

How have things changed with your relationship to candy since you?ve been blogging about it?

It?s odd, because I?m using my discretionary calories to consume the things I?m reviewing, I don?t get to eat the things I know and love as often. But it?s also allowed me to find some incredible new favorites I might not have tried because I was so complacent with the things I already had in my candy repertoire.

The blog has also helped me to rationalize any consumption. ?You know, it?s for the blog.?

How long is this FAQ?

When I typed it up in Word, it was nine pages long and about 4,000 words. Scroll on! Scroll on!

What are your favorite candies in addition to the ones that you?ve raved about here?

That?s a tough one. In the consumer chocolate family pretty fond of: Mounds, Heath, Take 5, 100 Grand, York Peppermint Pattie, See?s Scotchmallows & Caramels, After Eight Mints, 5th Avenue, Hershey?s Kisses, Reese?s Miniatures, Baci, M&Ms Almond and Malted Milk Balls.

In the sugar candy genre I like Haribo Gummi Bears, Licorice Pastilles, SweeTarts, Spree, Payday, Tootsie Pops, Chupa Chup?s Coffee Flavors & Lemonheads.

I?m probably leaving some things out.

What won?t you eat?

I don?t eat artificial sweeteners such as aspartame (Equal), sucralose (Splenda), acesulfame potassium (AceK) or saccharin (Sweet n? Low). There are sugar alternatives that I will eat, such as mannitol, sorbitol or xylitol because they are natural compounds that our bodies already know what to do with.

I don?t like hydrogenated oils and I have been making more of an attempt to avoid products that contain enough of them to show up on the ?trans fat? content portion of the nutrition label. This is sometimes difficult with foreign candies that have different labeling standards.

I am allergic to walnuts. Not deathly so, but they do cause a reaction a I choose to avoid.

I?m also allergic to bee stings, but no one is making bee venom chocolate cordials, so I don?t even worry about that.

Can I suggest something for you to review?

Certainly! I?m always open to suggestions. There are so many candies out there, sometimes I miss something. You can check to see if I?ve mentioned it before by using the Search feature over there on the left. If I haven?t mentioned it, there?s a pretty good chance that I haven?t had it. You can email me or just leave a comment in the most recent review.

Can I send you something to review? Can we swap?

I?d love to take candy from anyone and everyone. And I?m very flattered that so many readers want to send me things.

I honestly prefer to buy my own candy. I like the process of finding it and getting the entire experience of seeing it in its natural habitat, making the purchase and then taking it home and photographing it then eating it.

As I?ve started traveling more, I?m finding that there are many places out there to get candy, candy I?ve never seen before, sweets from all over the world.

I?d love to swap and give away more candy, but I?m a terrible procrastinator and would probably disappoint you by being terribly late. I do candy giveaways from time to time, mostly to get rid of the extra candies I have sitting around and share the bounty.

If you want to swap candy, I suggest getting involved in one of the candy swap groups or sites.

Do you accept gifts of candy from manufacturers in exchange for reviews?

Yes, I do. I have a review policy, which I inform companies about at the time I accept their samples (and now everyone can read it). Basically, I?ll accept whatever they send, provided it?s something that I?m likely to appreciate with the additional caveat that I don?t have to like it and don?t even have to review it. If I have accepted a sample, I let the readers know in the specs on the candy in the area that says ?place purchased.?

Most candy makers approach me. Thus far I have only approached one company to request samples (Figamajigs) because they were not for retail sale yet and I was really interested in them.

Have you ever accepted samples and not blogged about them?

Yes, I have accepted some items that I?ve not blogged. They?re usually part of a larger set, so I?ve blogged part of the group of items, but not all. There are different reasons for not blogging about them. Sometimes they contain ingredients on my verboten list, sometimes I just haven?t gotten around to it.

Have you ever turned down samples?

Yes, usually for items that I wouldn?t review because they?re not technically candy.

I?ve looked over your reviews and you?ve pretty much raved about all the free samples you?ve gotten.

This is true. First, I think that anyone who sends me something has a great deal of well-placed confidence in their product. Second, I like a lot of things. Take a look at the number of reviews I?ve done and the number that fall at a rating of 6 or more ? that?s most of them. I just like candy.

How much candy is in your house right now?

At this writing, probably about 40 pounds.

How are your teeth?

Um, they?re okay. Not great, but probably not that bad. I was blessed with lovely, straight teeth and good gums, but lousy, soft enamel. So I had a lot of cavities as a child. Most of my adult dental work has simply been the continued maintenance of that old dental work. I still have all my teeth (except for my wisdom teeth), never had a root canal. I do not visit the dentist often enough. I don?t know if the cavities as a kid can be blamed on the candy consumption ? I think it?s more likely that I had poor dental hygiene. I do believe that you can eat candy without any bad repercussions to your mouth as long as you rinse, brush and floss faithfully.

Do you worry about diabetes?

Yes, that?s why I try to watch my diet and weight.

Does your mother know you write about candy?

Yes, she does. My whole family knows and is very supportive and enthusiastic about Candy Blog. You may notice that there are two people who comment from time to time, Crispin and Amy ? they are my brother and sister.

Is this FAQ organized in any sort of way?

No, not really.

What camera do you use? How do you take your photos?

When I started Candy Blog I was using a little 5 megapixel camera ? a Sony Cybershot DSC-V1. That camera bit the dust after taking 26,000 lovely pictures of candy, whales & dolphins and stuff in my back yard. All photos before March 2006 were taken with that camera.

When I started the blog I took all the photos for my posts using that camera and some simple sheets of white poster board. That?s it ? nothing special, just patience and a tripod. Then a little clever post-processing in Photoshop to get the near-white background.

My new camera is a Sony Cybershot DSC-V3. (Basically an upgrade of the previous camera). It?s a 7 megapixel pro-sumer camera that has some nice manual controls that help me to take good shots.

I have a home photo studio now which is a ?shooting table? which is made of a large piece of bent milk-white Plexiglas to form the infinite white background. I have one studio light, an Arriflex 650 watt fresnel with a chimera to give a diffuse light to my subjects.

You can enjoy all my shots, candy and otherwise on my flickr page.

How much candy do you eat a week?  How much of that is actually stuff for the blog?

I eat something just about every day, usually whatever will be posted the following day. Most of the candy I eat is for the blog ? I don?t have many discretionary calories in my diet left over for additional candy for pleasure (it sounds so sad, doesn?t it?). I try to balance my candy intake ? I like a good mix of sour, sweet, creamy, nutty and chocolate.

Where does the candy come from?

I buy most of it. I buy it at all the normal places ? the drug store, grocery store, liquor stores, convenience stores, gas stations, candy stores, ethnic grocers and specialty stores. Sometimes I order online for things I can?t find anywhere else. I always say where I got each candy that I blog about, so that you know at least one place it can be found. Other sources include: gifts from friends and readers, samples from manufacturers or internet candy stores.

How does your process work?

Once I get a hold of the candy, I have to take a photo of it. I usually shoot a whole week’s worth of candy at once on the weekends. When I’m done, I’ll usually have a little plate of the pieces of candy that were featured in the photo (unless they can easily be put back into the wrapper). I’ll usually munch on those over the weekend.

The day before the review I’ll have another portion and start compiling the review. At that point you may see it over on the left nav area as an “on deck” item. I’ll upload the photo and type up my initial notes and maybe do a little research.

The day the post goes up I’ll eat a bit more of it and polish up the notes into a more coherent review and add all the links. I usually don’t make my determination for the rating until that day.

Then later in the day I’ll have a snack that will be the next day’s review or maybe one for later in the week.

What sort of candy isn?t so bad for me?

I can?t tell you that, as most candy isn?t ?good? for you. I don?t log all the particular nutrition information about each candy. However, what I do is add info to the post where there are wholesome aspects about a candy, such as high fiber/protein content or other significant nutritive content. I will also add info about other bad things, like hydrogenated oils or other freakishly high fat content.

As a touchstone, I make my best effort to calculate the number of calories per ounce for each candy. This makes it easier to evaluate one candy compared to another without having to look at the whole label. A candy that gets up into the 160s per ounce is going to have a very high fat content, while a candy in the 100s is probably all sugar (carbs). Depending on your personal diet, you may want to opt for the high fat or the high carbs.

So, to answer your question ? in my mind candy with a lot of nuts in it and a minimum of added sugar is pretty wholesome, as it adds nutrition even though there may be a lot of calories. I consider dark chocolate covered almonds to be wholesome food. Some dieticians may want to argue that point with me. Other candies that I consider wholesome were Figamajigs and Chocolate Covered Sunflower Seeds. I think that just about any candy can be incorporated into your diet in moderation.

What inspired you to blog about candy?

It turns out I?ve been writing about candy my whole life, and my other general blog contained some candy content anyway.

The reason I started at that moment in April 2005 was that I had just become interested in exploring more candies (you can read more about my general life philosphy here). I?d just returned from NYC and then had my first trip to Little Tokyo where I experimented by buying some Japanese candies at the urging of my mother. Then I was at a wedding and mentioned all the cool things to one of my table-mates and someone said that I should blog about it. Later that weekend I started the blog.

For the most part I wanted to create a blog with content that I?d like to read. There were some other candy review sites out there, but they don?t have a comment feature that supported dialogue with the readers or they didn’t have original photos that showed what the candy really looked like.

How do I become a Candy Blogger?

Just start doing it. It?s not hard, there are some very simple blogging systems out there. Post on a regular basis and eventually you’ll find your own voice and audience. If you keep it up, I?ll be happy to add you to the blogroll.  I think there?s plenty of room for other candy blogs and I?m happy to have the company that you see over in the candy blogroll.

How do I make money as a Candy Blogger?

I?m not sure about the answer to that one. I?m not making a lot of money. There is advertising on this site, but at the moment Candy Blog is a losing proposition. (The agreements for taking ads on the site usually prohibit being able to be completely transparent about how much I?m making. Email me if you really want to know.) That?s why it?s a labor of love.

If you find out how to make a living at it, please let me know.

Can I just come write for you and Candy Blog?

I might take on additional writers someday, probably people who like things that I don?t like, so that we can cover the full spectrum. But right now I?m not planning on adding anyone. When I do, I?ll be looking for people who are already active bloggers (though you don?t have to be blogging about candy or even food).

What are these categories at the end of each blog post and showing over on the left navigation area?

Categories are a way for me to tag each post into groupings. If you click on the category on the left navigation are or at the end of the post, it will show you more candies that I?ve reviewed that are from the country, contain chocolate or got the same rating.

The tally shown after each category shows how many posts have been tagged so far. Some categories are huge, such as candy made in the United States or those containing Chocolate. Others are niche products that some people may be interested in, like candy from Russia

How come you haven?t given anything a ?1 ? Inedible? review yet?

Because nothing has qualified for it. Don?t worry, I?m I’ll eventually eat something that I’ll immediately spit out. 

Why don?t you review more gum?

I don?t really enjoy gum that much. I like Chicklets and I?m very happy with them. It?s hard to find gum that still contains sugar these days.

Then why did you start reviewing gum in the first place?

I felt like it.

What candy are you planning to review?

If you look over on the lower left, under the categories there?s a little section called On Deck where you can see the next five posts I have lined up. Sometimes I post the photos that I?ve shot in my Flickr photostream too, but there?s very little organization to it.

I?ve thought about posting a running list of the stuff I have ?in stock? for review, but then I was worried that I?d spend more time on the management of my lists instead of coming up with really fun new features for Candy Blog.

Do you have a set format for the review or is each post just whatever floats your boat at the moment?

The only set format is the specs that are include with each candy review. The rest is whatever strikes me at the time. I try to answer the questions that I would have if it was the first time I?d ever seen the candy.

The thing is, part of the reason I?d not been very adventurous about my candy consumption in my earlier life was because I didn?t know what stuff was. It?s tough. If the candy doesn?t have a good description or accurate photo on the package, how are you supposed to know what it is? It only gets worse with foreign candies.

I?m trying to demystify things a little bit (especially with the non-American candies) and also broaden my horizons to new flavors and combinations.

How can I get free candy?

If you want free candy from me, just wait for another candy giveaway. I don?t do them very often, mostly because I?m too lazy to go to the post office.

If you want free candy from candy manufacturers, sometimes all you have to do is write to them and ask for samples. Often you can subscribe to newsletters at candy company websites and they?ll send you free samples from time to time.

How do you keep up the drive to post?

Any blog malaise I?ve suffered thus far has only lasted a couple of days (the longest period was about two weeks when my camera died). Most of the time, because I take a week?s worth of photos at one time, I?m able to at least sketch in my basic reviews in advance, so I usually have a few pre-written posts ready to go in case of emergencies. This was very useful when I got sick back in late February but didn’t miss my daily review.

I know there may come a time when I won?t be able to post every day. But I?ll cross that bridge when I come to it.

Sometimes I have technology gaffes - by setting up the posts ahead of time, sometimes I forget that they’re set to “launch” but themselves before I’ve finished writing them. So if you’re reading and find that there’s just a photo and no text, I’m probably traveling or just not paying attention.

Who hosts your site?

Candy Blog is hosted at Nexcess.net, which is a lovely company with great customer service. They?ve been very flexible in designing a custom hosting plan for me and responsive whenever I?ve had an issue or question.

If you?re interested in hosting with them, please click this link for a referral to help me out with my hosting costs. In return, I think you’ll be very happy with the service.

Is Candy Blog a super ?back stage pass?? Have you been able to get in anywhere because of your fame as the Candy Blogger?

Well, saying that I have fame as the Candy Blogger is overstating it a bit. I did qualify for my All Candy Expo press pass because of the consistent work I?ve been doing. I was also able to get my super-personalized tour of the Jelly Belly factory.

I have also been approached more regularly by candy companies and marketing people to review their products. (But at the same time I?ve been getting equally uninteresting spam type emails about wholesale wicker products from China, packaging solutions from Korea and high-temperature, low-viscosity machine lubricants.)

I?ve also met some great folks like those at CandyWarehouse.com

and CandyFavorites.com through this blog (just the access to look at shelf after shelf of candy is perk).

There are a lot of things I?d like to see, especially when it comes to the manufacture of candy and chocolate and I hope that my serious devotion to the candy sphere will help me to get that access. I also hope never to abuse that ?celebrity? simply for my own pleasure. It?s all for the blog, right?

How did you get on the radio/get featured in that newspaper?

On both occasions for the radio interviews I?ve done, I was approached by the producers, who found me through their research. I?ve actually done quite a few other interviews that have never made it to press. I?ve made little or no attempt to promote Candy Blog in the media, so whatever I?ve gotten thus far has probably been because of my devoted readers saying nice things to the right people.

Are you surprised by the success of the blog?

Yes, even though I knew deep down that there were other people out there like me, and I knew that eventually they?d find the blog. I?m not sure how to qualify when the blog became successful. I guess it was when posts started garnering multiple comments from people I didn?t know, I really felt like I was connecting with other people.

It?s funny how happy, truly happy, writing about candy has made me.

The number of readers is, of course, quite heartening, because it makes at least part of the blog pay for itself and that?s quite a relief.

How often do you eat candy? Do you eat a balanced diet?

I eat a very balanced diet. Or at least I think so. A sample day goes like this:

Breakfast:
Coffee with lowfat milk
? portion of whatever candy I?m reviewing that day

Lunch:
1 cup of cottage cheese
1 large fruit salad (melon, strawberries, pineapple, blueberries)
1 small bag of pretzels

Snack:
? portion of candy for the next day?s review

Dinner:
1 grilled chicken breast
brown rice
steamed broccoli

Dessert
Whatever leftover candy is sitting around, maybe some cookies

For the most part my diet is all about lean protein, fresh vegetables/fruit and whole grains. You can read more about Why I?m Not Fat.

Where did you learn about tasting notes?

My husband enjoys fine wines and we often visit wineries in California while on vacation. A lot of the flavors and notes I refer to are ones I?ve learned from wine tastings. There are also a couple of chocolate review sites that I read regularly that use the same language. By paying careful attention when tasting you too can detect these more ethereal notes.

What are your future plans for Candy Blog

I am hoping to do more factory tours and more nostalgia/history postings.

I would like to start a candy bookshelf and share my reviews of books on the topic of candy.

I would like to develop a candy wiki and if there is a kind and talented programmer out there who would like to help me out with that, I?d be grateful and motivated enough to send you some candy.

I am planning on adding some community forums as well, so that conversations about candy can go on outside of the particular postings. (If that?s something of interest to the readers.) I?ve been hesitant to add them as I know that an empty forum can be pretty sad and desolate.

I have some other fun things that I?d love to do as well, like adding polls and maybe some quizzes. I have an interactive timeline in the works as well.

Are you planning to write a book?

Yes. Would you buy it?

Do you have more questions? The Frequently Asked Questions will be continually updated, so feel free to ask more.

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Comments
  1. Thanks for the info on your blog.  I have checked it out a few different times and really like hearing the reviews and other information.  You are doing a great job with the site and I look forward to your future work.

    Comment by Chocolate Lover on 5/30/06 at 5:55 am #
  2. I’d buy your book!

    I think we all would.

    Comment by desertwind on 5/31/06 at 10:00 pm #
  3. excellent FAQ just in case you forgot you also made a ton of truffles for my wedding! I would love to see recipes at some point maybe even an area where readers could submit theirs.  I would buy your book too,  would you sign it for me?

    Comment by crispin on 6/01/06 at 5:32 am #
  4. I will be traveling to France soon and I would like to bring some candy for the family that I will be staying with.  Do you know what candy we have in the US that is not in France?  I’m open to your suggestions on what to bring.

    Comment by Angie on 6/05/06 at 1:42 pm #
  5. Cybele's avatar

    Angie - it’s hard to know, but you might want to check out DavidLebovitz.com - an American chocolate fanatic living in Paris.

    He tends to bring things like Choxie from Target, Marshmallows (yeah, like Kraft Marshmallows!). Maybe introduce them to good ol’ American S’mores!

    I’ve also heard that some Europeans really like peanuts - so things that travel well like Reese’s Pieces or Goobers might be nice. (Of course some Europeans don’t like nuts at all!)

    I hope that helps!

    Comment by Cybele on 6/13/06 at 12:10 pm #
  6. Great FAQ, very interesting, thanks!
    I’d buy your book as well! :D

    Comment by Barbara on 7/28/06 at 6:03 am #
  7. I have been trying to find out if they have jelly
    beans in Italy.  I wanted to take something from
    the US that they do not have-any suggestions
    would be appreciated.

    Thanks. Lala

    Comment by lala on 9/08/06 at 6:57 am #
  8. I was so excited to find your blog!  I see that you cover Mars, but did you know that they have a fabulous gourmet line in Chicago?  It can be found at ethelschocolates.com - my favorite is the American Pop collection.  Do give it a try!!!

    Comment by Allie on 9/12/06 at 4:28 pm #
  9. You mention in your site that a company called Hometown Candy carries a certain butterscotch item.  They are affiliated with Jordan Almonds, both with a web site hometowncandy.com and jordanalmonds.com.  They are both located in Ewing, NJ.  I caution anyone buying from them online.  I placed an order, my credit card was charged the very same day and I have yet to receive the products I ordered.  Numerous attempts to contact them via phone and e-mail (specifically following their instructions) failed to rouse them in any way.  I have just filed with the Better Business Bureau of Trenton, NJ and in doing so, found on their site that there are numerous complaints just like mine that they have also ignored with the BBB.  Buyer beware!!!!!!!!!  Do not order from either of these companies.  They may have candy, but you might never see it, even though you pay for it.

    Comment by Michele on 9/24/06 at 5:52 am #
  10. Cybele's avatar

    Thanks for the reminder, Michele, about Hometown Candy. I knew about the cautions about JordanAlmonds. I’ve never ordered from them personally but have heard about their reputation and it was a huge error on my part to even include them on my site in any manner that would endorse them.

    I removed the link from that post.

    Comment by Cybele on 9/24/06 at 6:31 am #
  11. Now that Cybele agrees, Candy Lover’s unite:
    DO NOT BUY FROM HOMETOWNCANDY.COM OR JORDANALMONDS.COM

    TELL YOUR FRIENDS, TELL YOUR NEIGHBORS.  Put the word out in your BLOGS and WEBSITES.  These folks give a very bad name to the wonderful world of internet purchasing and for those of us who use the internet ethically.  Hats off to Cybele for a wonderful site.
    Michele

    Comment by Michele on 9/24/06 at 8:02 am #
  12. Cybele's avatar

    Michele - I did some poking around and made a full report of my findings here.

    Please make sure you file a report with the BBB and make mention of it online whenever you can.

    Comment by Cybele on 9/24/06 at 12:15 pm #
  13. i need a recipe for zagnut because the only way we can really buy it now is from the internet and i LOVE IT like an addiction! and so i was just wondering how we could make it? it’s not like we’re gonna sell it but my grandma LOVES IT TOO and she’s the one that got me hooked lol! so let me know.

    Comment by Becca on 9/27/06 at 1:27 pm #
  14. oh and it doesnt have to be the exact one…..i just want to make it to enjoy as desert.
    thanx]
    much <3333333333

    Comment by Becca on 9/27/06 at 1:30 pm #
  15. Cybele's avatar

    Sorry, Becca, I don’t have a recipe for Zagnuts. I think what you should look for is a peanut/molasses brittle or honeycomb recipe and then roll it in white chocolate and coconut.

    You didn’t say where you live, but I’ve been seeing Zagnut bars at the 99 Cent Only stores lately.

    Comment by Cybele on 9/27/06 at 1:33 pm #
  16. Do you know of a company named Debooker or Debucher (sp?) that made chocolate wafer squares in the mid 1960’s? My husband was a great fan of these as boy growing up in NYC and wondered if they were still available. As he is having a birthday soon I thought it would be surprise to give him this as a bit of nostalgia. Any info you could provide would be most appreciated. thanks elen.

    Comment by elen zwack on 10/30/06 at 4:39 pm #
  17. Are Jelly Belly jelly beans Kosher?

    Comment by zoey on 10/31/06 at 12:50 pm #
  18. Cybele's avatar

    Zoey - yes, Jelly Belly beans are Kosher.

    Elen - it sounds familiar, I’ll have to do some digging. I don’t think I’ve seen them lately.

    Comment by Cybele on 10/31/06 at 12:59 pm #
  19. Thanks I’d appreciate some feedback and possibly a site or locale where to buy them. My husband recalls that the wafers are tan similar to those in sugar wafer cookies but even thinner with dark chocolate in between the wafers and then the whole thing (a 2” x 2” inch square (approx.) was covered in the same type of dark chocolate. It came in a brown wrapper and was ‘boxed’ so that this wafer treat could be pushed out from one end and enjoyed without breaking up before it was gustily devoured. I hope that this bit of info helps you to locate the tasty morsel. Thanks again Elen

    Comment by elen on 10/31/06 at 3:05 pm #
  20. Is there pork in swedish fish? If not in the ones you make is there any pork in any of them?

    Comment by Zijada D on 11/05/06 at 3:48 pm #
  21. My favorite easter candy were called
    hummingbird eggs.  They are tiny little chewy bits of corn syrup and come in a bunch of different pastel colors.
    We used to be able to buy them at the drugstore at Easter.  An internet search came up with nothing. Any idea who made them I you know what I am refering to.  Thanks!  Love the websight.

    Comment by denisue3 on 11/07/06 at 2:13 pm #
  22. I really have enjoyed reading through these candy reviews. A shame however that you find european candy too milky. Ever tried australasian chocolate? that’s even more milky… in fact, all the brits i’ve met who’ve tried it have been overwhelmed by the shere milkyness. It’s wierd.

    I’d have to recommend Cadbury’s Chocolate Fish though. Chocolate and marshmellow, a real kiwi institution that, seems everything we new zealanders make in the candy department will either break your teeth or is marshmellowy…

    As for british things, you seem to have aquired a fairly good selection of british stuff. I have to admit, i’ve always prefered the Nestle white chocolate to cadbury’s ridiculously sweet attempt (Milky bar vs Dream). With christmas comming up we’ve also started getting in the multiple terrys orange flavours, of which original and white are my faves. Though, you can get one with crunchy orange bits, the nasty mint one and a dark chocolate one i’m yet to try… it’ll be either delicious or overpowering… I haven’t decided if i’m brave enough to risk it. hahah.

    Comment by Jen on 11/07/06 at 10:22 pm #
  23. i tasted some chocolate candy that was dusted with a cocoa powder.  A I know is that it was made by trader Joe. 
    where can I find this candy?  I appreciate any help or direction you can give me.

    Cindy Himmelberger

    Comment by Cindy Himmelberger on 11/12/06 at 8:14 am #
  24. Hi!
    I love your CandyBlog! Its so fun to read, and look for candy that I’ve eaten and enjoyed. I have a candy suggestion that I did not find on your website. Morinaga Red Bean Caramel Chews.

    Good Eats!!!

    Comment by Ginger Bread on 11/13/06 at 3:32 pm #
  25. Hi, I found your blog by accident and have spent the last two hours reading.  I love it.  I’m trying to locate a candy that has probably been discontinued.  It was made by Kraft I think, small (less than a half inch square) individually wrapped in gold colored paper and I think they were called Fudgies.  They were always next to the caramels and always around in the fall, when caramel apples were being displayed.  Do you remember these?  Any idea if they can still be purchased?  Thanks so much for this blog, I’ll add it to my favorites list and be back often to visit.  Brenda

    Comment by Brenda Conwell on 11/17/06 at 8:33 am #
  26. Cybele's avatar

    Brenda - I hate to break it to you, but Kraft discontinued Fudgies. I’m not quite sure when, but it’s been at least five years since I’ve seen them.

    The only substitute I can think of off the top of my head are the Brach’s caramels called Milk Maids (you can usually find them in the pick-a-mix). They’re shaped like mini Tootsie rolls.

    Ginger - I’ve heard about the red bean caramels! I’ve got my eye out for them.

    Cindy - I’m afraid most Trader Joe’s chocolates are sold only by them by special arrangement with their factories. They’re expanding, so check out their home page to see if they have a location near you! http://www.traderjoes.com

    Comment by Cybele on 11/17/06 at 12:38 pm #
  27. I am wondering if any of your candy/desserts are diabetic friendly?  Was just recently diagnosed with Diabetes 2.

    Low glycemic index is very important.

    Thanks very much!

    (First time writer to you)

    Comment by Lynne Parr on 11/22/06 at 2:09 am #
  28. Looking for information on a Powells Candy store.
    916 796-5400

    Comment by Cyndi Macritchie on 11/27/06 at 10:33 am #
  29. Still looking for Debucher’s or De Booker’s Chocolate Wafer candy. I have more info on the size and consistancy. According to my husband it was a little larger than a Chunky but instead of being solid chocolate with raisins and nuts it was multiple layers of cookie wafer (similar to the ones in sugar wafers but much thinner) with chocolate in between and then the outside was covered in chocolate. The wrapper was foil and then a cardboard sliding tube (with the name Debucher’s or DeBooker’s printed on it) covered that so you could push the wafer candy out bit by bit to eat it without messing your hands. Guess it was before the days of M&M’s. Any information on this treat would be helpful. I’m not sure of the spelling and my husband does not remember. Thanks again.

    Comment by ezwack on 11/27/06 at 4:22 pm #
  30. Why do our tongues turn green, red, or blue if we suck on a flavored green, red or blue jollyrancher?

    Comment by Jenny on 11/27/06 at 4:24 pm #
  31. i was wondering if anyone had any info on a candy that i think is called fudgies? they are similar to wrapped caramels. any help would be great thanks!

    Comment by kristi on 12/12/06 at 2:11 pm #
  32. Cybele's avatar

    ezwack - I’ve got nothin’ on Dubuchers, but I’ll ask around over the holidays, my father always seems to know about some of the older companies (though he’s not really a candy fan).

    Kristi - Kraft made Fudgies and discontinued them. I?m not quite sure when, but it?s been at least five years since I?ve seen them.

    The only substitute I can think of off the top of my head are the Brach?s caramels called Milk Maids (you can usually find them in the pick-a-mix). They?re shaped like mini Tootsie rolls.

    Comment by Cybele on 12/13/06 at 6:29 am #
  33. Does anyone know if “hard tack” candy is still manufactured?  In Ohio we always had it at Christmas.  It was formed in rolls with little Christmas trees or other figures in the center, then cust into pieces about an inch long.  I can’t find it anymore.  My 87 year old Mother wants some and all my internet searches yield nothing.  Thanks

    Comment by Dona Myers on 12/14/06 at 12:43 pm #
  34. If you ever get your hands on some chokotoff, you should give them a whirl!

    Rudi

    Comment by Rudi on 1/23/07 at 2:41 am #
  35. I love chocolate so I found a way to turn it into a business making candy jar dolls.  I love the varieties of chocolate that I use.  I like the way a customer’s eyes light up when they receive a doll as a gift.  Especially when they are tasting the chocolate for the first time.  The way they close their eyes and savor the tasty chocolate.  I really love it when they ask me questions about the candy they mostly ask about homemade candies.  I also love watching small candy companies grow from a small mom and pop to a big retail operation.  Being in the candy business is a lot of fun and I love my candy.

    Comment by Shai on 1/25/07 at 7:36 am #
  36. Where can I find a good selection of chocolate molds in the Bay Area?
    Thanks!

    Comment by Carmen on 1/26/07 at 7:04 am #
  37. I would like to Order candy kisses with special message for graduation.  HELP!!!
    PLEASE REPLY AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.

    Comment by denise hernandez on 2/05/07 at 4:41 pm #
  38. I am desperately seeking RUNTZ and/or SPREE candies (the original, not the chewy).  I can’t find them anywhere in my local area (Los Angeles).  Any clues?

    grin

    Comment by DJ on 2/23/07 at 8:53 pm #
  39. For Runtz and Spree candies, have you checked 7-11?

    Comment by Carmen on 2/24/07 at 7:33 am #
  40. I have.  Rite-Aid, Walgreens, Target, Ralph’s, Pavillions, 7-11, AM PM, Mobil Mart…  NOTHING.  Any other ideas?

    Comment by DJ on 2/26/07 at 9:14 am #
  41. Cybele's avatar

    DJ - I see Spree at the 99 Cent Only store all the time. I also saw them at a Shell mini mart on Saturday in the Valley.

    Runts are much harder to find, though I spied them at Dollar Tree in the South Bay in the “Movie” style boxes. Some bulk candy stores like Candy Express or Candy Station have them in the bins.

    You can also order them online.

    Comment by Cybele on 2/26/07 at 9:32 am #
  42. Cool.  Thanks!  I hadn’t even thought of the bulk candy places…

    I’ve not seen the original Spree anywhere.  I will check out a few other 99 Cents stores.  And if you can recall which Shell, I will be in the Valley later this week.  grin

    Comment by DJ on 2/26/07 at 9:40 am #
  43. OK, I think this is an unusual question. My daughter is off dancing in a ballet company in another state, and she and her fellow dancers have gotten into playing poker for amusement. But she and most of them don’t really like to play for money, yet playing just for (poker) chips is not all that exciting. So we were talking about playing for candy. That is, use candy instead of chips, and the victor would get to eat (or share) the winnings. This sounded good at first, but…

    The problem is obvious: what kind of candy would stand up to being used that way in a poker game, yet still be sanitary and delicious?

    Obviously, it would need to be individually wrapped, at a minimum, and nothing too soft would work either. On the other hand, different types and sizes would be a plus, since you could then have rules like, say, five regular M&Ms; equal one Cadbury chocolate covered almond.

    Any thoughts?

    Comment by Greg on 2/27/07 at 7:30 am #
  44. Re:  Poker chips
    Cost Plus was selling chocolate foil wrapped “poker chips” around the holidays.

    Comment by Carmen on 2/27/07 at 11:00 am #
  45. How about using Sarburst they come individually wrapped and in lots of colors I’m pretty sure you can buy them in large bags.

    Comment by denise on 2/27/07 at 12:19 pm #
  46. Cybele's avatar

    Great ideas for Greg! Thanks everyone.

    There are a few brands of actual chocolate poker chips and they’re wrapped in foil so easy to play with and later eat.

    A different take on that chocolate wrapped idea would be something like Andes Mints (which now come in a variety of flavors) ... they’re small and stackable. Same with Hershey’s Miniatures.

    In the non-chocolate but still delicious arena, perhaps little foil wrapped toffees (like Werthers or Brachs) that come in a variety of flavors for different “chip” values.

    DJ - the Shell station I stopped was right where Hollywood Way meets the 5 (on the south side of the street). They also had Mint Rocky Road ... I know it’s not what you were looking for, but I was surprised.

    Comment by Cybele on 2/27/07 at 12:30 pm #
  47. I saw someone earlier ask where to find Hummingbird Eggs (a typical Easter candy) and I never saw a response. I myself am eager to find this candy that I grew up on so my kids can have it for Easter. I have seen one place called Chocolat sell it in their baskets with Chocolate bunnies but they don’t sell them separately. They said they buy them from a wholesaler. Any ideas where I can find them??

    Comment by Emily Lyon on 4/02/07 at 1:26 pm #
  48. Cybele's avatar

    Emily & Denisue3 - I haven’t seen them in a long time. It’s possible that the company that made them no longer does or went out of business. The closest I can find are the Brach’s “Tiny Jelly Bird Eggs”.

    Comment by Cybele on 4/02/07 at 2:50 pm #
  49. Emily did you see Chocolat online?  Do you have the link? Do you know the name of the wholesaler? I’m glad someone else knows what I’m talking about. I started to wonder If I had the name wrong I wish I could remember who made them.

    Comment by denise on 4/02/07 at 5:10 pm #
  50. Yes I found Dr. Chocolat online and they said they get the hummingbird eggs from Laymon’s candy co. in San Bernardino. Well, I called them and they said they haven’t been made for about 4 years or so. I’m not sure what Dr. Chocolat was thinking because the woman I spoke with said they order them there. Who knows. My mom seemed to think there was a similar candy from Germany..anyone have any ideas what it might be?

    Comment by Emily Lyon on 4/02/07 at 7:36 pm #
  51. This has got to be one of my alltime favorite blogs! Cybele I appreciate your passion for candy. I noticed your picture of one of the candy stores in Spain which displays all sorts of gummy candies. One of thoes candies is a Gummy Fried Egg. Since you take suggestions I would love for you to try this candy in particular because I was in a candyshop at Shoreline Village in Long Beach this weekend for the Toyota Grand Prix but didn’t have the guts to try the Gummy Fried Egg. Another thing I love is the fact that you live in Los Angeles, this way I can experience all of the candy shops that you listed. I have added your blog to my favorites list and will be sure to inform all of my candy loving cohorts.  I wish you continued succes on your blog!

    Comment by UrbanQuadrillionare on 4/19/07 at 2:23 pm #
  52. i would like to purchased this candy fruit snacks but can not find it in the store. please help me out e-mail me back and tell me where i can find this candy. i am in memphis tenn.

    Comment by easter crutcher on 4/20/07 at 3:51 am #
  53. Love your site. I wonder if you might know anything about two candies I remember from my youth (in the late ‘60s) that no one else seems to recall. One was called the Sprint Bar, and it was built pretty much the same as a Kit Kat, except that it had two large bars instead of four small ones, and (IMO) tasted a lot better. The Muppets used to do a commercial for it: “The kooky candy that thinks it’s a cookie.” I don’t remember who made it; possibly Mars. The other was a candy that used to be included in the Hershey’s Minatures bag (along with Milk Chocolate, Semi-Sweet, Krackle, and Mr. Goodbar). It had bits of toffee in milk chocolate, a pale yellow wrapper (almost ivory; nowhere near as bright as Mr. Goodbar Yellow), and was named something like “Butter Brick” or “Butter Crunch.” I’ve written to Hershey about this one, but the person who wrote back could find no record of it.

    Comment by Bob on 4/23/07 at 2:23 pm #
  54. hi could you please tell me where i can buy the choclate made with rice milk? my 1yr old son has a dairy and soya milk intolarance and has never tasted choclate many thanks michelle

    Comment by michelle on 4/25/07 at 3:30 am #
  55. Michelle: Click on my name at the end of this message. It will take you to a website with a list of distributors that sell the Ricemilk Choco bar. You can look for one in your area.

    Comment by Bob on 4/25/07 at 6:46 am #
  56. im currently looking for the most disgusting candies in this planet i need some help because i have no idea on how to order these if anybody could help i would appreciate this (candies like durian fruit and creamy corn lol anything gross) please send me links so i can order this stuff .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) thanks a bunch

    Jared

    Comment by jared on 4/25/07 at 8:11 am #
  57. Cybele's avatar

    Jared - I saw your comment on the other post. You might want to try Chinatown (I don’t know where you’re at). I found some Durian candies at Aji Ichiban in NYC, but they probably have them at other shops as well.

    Comment by Cybele on 4/25/07 at 8:16 am #
  58. Cybele's avatar

    Michelle - Terra Nostra (that Bob so kindly linked to) is the only Rice Milk chocolate bar that I’ve tried so far.

    Most dark chocolates contain no milk products in them, so you might be able to find a mild dark chocolate that would appeal to a kid.

    Bob - I’m going to have to dig out some books over the weekend. I didn’t see anything in the online collections of candy wrappers though.

    UrbanQuad - fried egg gummis are on my list now!

    Comment by Cybele on 4/25/07 at 8:19 am #
  59. cybele thanks but i live in gretna nebraska were nothing happens lol so i would need to know how to order online i guess smile so if you know any websites that let you order not in bulk please let me know thanks smile

    Jared

    Comment by jared on 4/25/07 at 8:35 am #
  60. I need to know if anyone out there who has been on the receipe end of the Candy World.  Can anyone tell me what Mazzetti or Mozetti Or Mozzetti is??????
      My Father was a Candy Maker in a Candy shop and he has this term in his Receipes.  Help.  Thank you Tjw

    Comment by T Winterbottom on 4/30/07 at 10:46 am #
  61. T Winterbottom: Mazzetti is an Italian brand of fine balsamic vinegar. Not an ingredient I’d expect to find in a candy recipe, but who knows…?

    Comment by Bob on 4/30/07 at 11:38 am #
  62. Hey Cybele,
    I’m an avid NaNoer and Script Frenzier (under the name of Blicey), and happened to stumble upon this blog of yours while roaming the internet.  I appreciate it—I love candy too!  One thing I was wondering, as an expert, how long would you advise that people keep their candy?  I am a candy hoarder and tend to keep my Halloween loot for months, if not years.  Aside from the obvious taste-it-and-see-if-it’s-stale method, I was wondering if you had some kind of system for how long different types keep.  Thanks, and good luck!

    Comment by Maya on 7/01/07 at 11:40 pm #
  63. I’ve gotta tell you, your blog serves as an inspiration to me and my husband. 

    You see, my husband & I teach and mentor inner city youth of all ages.  With the new directions of schools emphasizing standardized testing and preparing college bound students, that vision leaves our kids feeling left out many times.  This is sometimes a bigger/harder vision to sell to the type of kids we mentor. 

    But your site holds inspiration. 

    We teach our kids, not only about the traditional occupations in today’s workplace, we take time in researching and highlighting occupations that are out of the ordinary.  Occupations/trades that give our inner city youth something to dream about.  (The last occupation highlighted was that of a tennis shoe designer, they loved it).  Any information you could provide on your position (compensation, education, perks, downfalls) would be an awesome help. 

    Thanks-A-Million,
    Mr. & Mrs.Vernon & Shaneka Moore

    NEVER MIND, I just read the FAQ and YES, you should write a book.

    Comment by S. Moore on 7/10/07 at 6:10 pm #
  64. Love your FAQ & Blog!  I skim through your blog nearly everyday to see if there’s anything new reviewed.  I think I’m addicted. wink  If you do make a book, I’ll buy it!
    Oh, and I was wondering where I could find White Chocolate Reese’s?  I know you reviewed it, and I wanted to try some. smile  Thanks! -waves bye-

    Comment by Breigh on 7/27/07 at 9:49 am #
  65. Hey! I just wanted to say I love the site! I just read through your faq’s and I was wondering if you knew any manufacturers (preferably in southern Ontario but if not then Canada) that were giving away free samples? I’ve searched around but it seems as though I can’t find any. Do you have any ideas? If you did that’d help. Thanks a lot and keep up the great work!

    Crystal

    Comment by Crystal on 8/05/07 at 10:36 pm #
  66. I need help trying to find a candy call “Kaddy-didds”  I’m not sure of the spelling, but they are sold in a ten can, chocolate covered nuts with carmel, any help PLEASE, I GOT TO FIND THEM

    Comment by Andrew on 8/20/07 at 6:35 am #
  67. 1968 I was a student at a large Chicago U of I affiliated hospital.  One of the people I met was a gentleman ~60 y/o (?).  He said he developed the bit o-honey candy bar shortly after leaving college, but had sold out his share of the business.  He had become a world traveler and had been in Africa and Central America before returning to Chicago (home?).  I related to joyfully loosing at least one dental filling to his product.  I was informed I was not the first.  A delightful fellow.  Any idea who this might be?

    Comment by cremerm on 9/02/07 at 11:45 am #
  68. Hi! I would like to try the MOST SOUR candy in the world.  I got the idea from watching Jessica Yu’s short film, Sour Death Balls. I love sour and would like to know what the people in the film are experiencing. Can you help? Thanks!

    Comment by Alyn on 9/19/07 at 6:17 am #
  69. I was looking all over you site and was wondering if you knew about an old candy bar called PB Max. I was in love with them as a kid and my Mom would buy a box at Costco and ration them closely. I haven’t seen them for years though. Any ideas, or are they long gone? Thanx.

    Comment by MOTRRAB on 9/21/07 at 7:05 pm #
  70. Why did you stop making the big peanut butter bar? That was my favorite candy bar. I have looked everywhere for that bar and I cannot find and store that carry it. Its all little piecies.

    Comment by Sara Trevino on 10/24/07 at 6:05 am #
  71. Dear Madam,

    In Case I do intend to represent one or more of the candy companies you are blogging about. Is there any opportunity you’d let me know their addresses ??

    Comment by Salah Al-Hakimi on 11/10/07 at 5:31 am #
  72. what ever happened to kraft fudgies they were small squares of fudge wraped in a gold wrapper? i loved those growing up!!

    Comment by frank glover on 11/18/07 at 9:47 am #
  73. Dear Ms.Cybele May,

    Can you help me to find out some famous candy shop or some store sell manymany candy in cologne. I will go to cologne soon.i want to looking for it .Thank you very much.

    Comment by Joyce on 12/05/07 at 4:05 am #
  74. I need the recipe that was on the mint hershey kiss bag in 2005 and 2006.  This year all I can find are mint truffle kisses with a different recipe on the bag.  Can you send me the recipe?
    Thanks

    Comment by jan on 12/09/07 at 3:57 am #
  75. What is the expiration date of the Nestle SemiSweet morsels with the following code:
    1265 FN
    A4   3J
    I do not know how long they have been in the cabinet - are they safe to use?>

    Comment by Charlotte on 12/10/07 at 10:00 am #
  76. Cybele's avatar

    Charlotte - according to this page your chocolate chips were made in 2001. While old chips are not generally “unsafe” they have probably lost their flavor and texture and should be discarded. (Two years is usually the max for chocolate.)

    Jan - you should probably contact Hershey’s to get the recipe. They may even have it on their website - http://www.hersheys.com

    Frank Glover - Kraft Fudgies were discontinued some years ago. The closest approximation would be Brach’s Chocolate Milk Maid Caramels.

    Comment by Cybele on 12/10/07 at 10:12 am #
  77. Where can I buy 100 calorie packs of m&m’s, Musketeers and Twix Findlay Ohio, 45840. Thank you Charles McMonigal.

    Comment by Charles McMonigal on 12/21/07 at 5:57 pm #
  78. How would you define fondant, nougat, and praline? I especially don’t get the difference between nougat and praline.

    Is there a list on your site describing terms like these? I couldn’t find one.

    Thanks, love your reviews,
    Steve


    P.S. Personally, my all-time favorite candy is Mrs. See’s milk chocolate covered almonds. They are perfect—right amount of chocolate, very slightly salted whole almonds, not too sweet. I also like her Nuts and Chews collection. I prefer her not-too-sweet milk chocolate over all other brands.

    Comment by Steve Prestwood on 12/24/07 at 6:59 am #
  79. When I was a little kid (early 60’s), I remember a candy bar that I bought from a candy machine(green, about 10 selections and had a mirror on it) where, after you deposited your money, you pulled a lever and the candy came out. It seems the candy bar came in blue packaging and was called a power bar or power something. Any idea what I’m talking about???

    Comment by Bill on 1/28/08 at 10:33 am #
  80. Cybele's avatar

    Bill - I think you’re thinking of the Power House bar, it was made by Peter Paul (same folks that made Mounds & Almond Joy). It had nougat, peanuts and caramel. I recall liking it better than Oh Henry or Baby Ruth at the time. (I may have also bought the bar for 20 cents from similar machines in the basement of the office where my father worked at KSU in the 70s.)

    Here’s a blog entry with a photo of the wrapper:
    http://www.tachyon-city.com/?p=1468

    Comment by Cybele on 1/28/08 at 10:39 am #
  81. I read that tootsie roll pop drops are coming back on the market,do you know when? Tese are a favorite of my sons. Thanks for the info.

    Comment by barbara rigali on 2/06/08 at 5:07 am #
  82. Wow! What a fun place to visit.  It’s my first time here.  I’m opening a candy store in Alaska next month.  Any words of wisdom for me?
    Lori

    Comment by Lori Baker on 2/07/08 at 7:31 pm #
  83. Hey I think that i am related to do have you ever heard of Marica Murphy?

    Comment by Kaylea Nemechek on 2/11/08 at 3:15 pm #
  84. Is the Brown coating of the M and M made of single compound ??? if it is not how many substancs is it made of ???

    Comment by Andrew on 2/14/08 at 12:25 am #
  85. Love the website! Does anyone know where they sell Kinder Bueno Candy in Long Island, NY?
    Laura

    Comment by Laura on 3/15/08 at 8:52 am #
  86. i’m surprised you havent reviewed Royce’s Nama Chocolates! (from japan)

    and ghiradeli (not sure if i spelt that right…) chocolates

    Comment by Shoppa Holique on 3/22/08 at 7:57 am #
  87. wat kind of fat u use for marshmallow wich is the gelliten wat kind of fat is it beef or pigs ?and jelly beans too… wat kind?

    Comment by susu on 3/23/08 at 5:12 am #
  88. Hi recently I’ve watched the food channel and found out about the all candy expo held yearly in chicago and they noted that on the last day of the expo they allow certain kids in the expo, do you know how I would go about going with my son? who is fascinated by candy but not necessarily like to eat them. What kids qualify to go? If you have any information I would greatly appreciate it.
    thanks helen

    Comment by helen chang on 3/24/08 at 10:27 am #
  89. Cybele's avatar

    helen - I think the show you saw was outdated. I have not observed any children on the show floor in the past two years. However, there is something called the “candy room” where children are permitted to pick out a bag and fill it. They need only have a registered attendeed accompany them (each attendee gets a coupon for one of these bags).

    Comment by Cybele on 3/24/08 at 10:32 am #
  90. Cybele's avatar

    Shoppa - I have reviewed a couple of Ghiradelli items, but not a lot so far. I have not sseen Royce’s Nama Chocolates, so that explains why I haven’t included them. Yes.

    Comment by Cybele on 3/24/08 at 10:33 am #
  91. Can tootsie pop drops be ordered on the internet,I would like to send them overseas to my newphew and “THE BOYS”. If not do you know the name of any convience stores that sell them. Thanks and keep up the good work.

    Comment by barbara on 3/26/08 at 10:28 am #
  92. Dear Cybele

    Thank you so much for a great and informative blog.

    We are 2 bachelor student from Copenhagen business school, who currently are writing a thesis on the american chocolate industry. Therefore we have some question we hope you could help us with.

    1)Do you know the average price mark up from when a candy bar leaves the producer untill it available in stores?

    2) I saw you have some brand sale prices and unit sold numbers on you blog.source candyindustry. Is it possible to obtain a full list maybe for five years and could you maybe help us do it.

    3) Do you know the average variable cost (production cost) of a chocolate bar.

    4) Do you know how to obtain information regarding
    the % share of the different ingredients in a chocolate bar-I know they might not want to disclose too much information about their product, but how do you know the amount of chocolate in a snickers for example.


    Thank you so much for your time and help.

    Best Regards
    Casper and Stine

    Comment by Stine Marie Skov on 4/26/08 at 12:03 pm #
  93. Do you have a budget to buy the candies? Do you mind other people blogging about candy? Your guidelines to put your link on myspace, please?

    Thanks in advance,
    Tere

    Comment by Teresa M. Rodriguez on 5/05/08 at 7:02 am #
  94. Hummingbird Eggs - these were and are a family tradition for us since the 60’s.  My husband located the Fruit Imperials as they were called from the Sconza Candy Co in California and shocked me with 50# 10 years ago.  Well, after 10 years of holidays, gifts etc. I was down to the last 5# bag and called the company to hear they discontinued them 3 years ago NO!!!!  I know there are annual Candy shows in Chicago and wonder if anyone knows if these have been made by someone else - they are much like the cake decorating fruit red hots (best way to describe) only they are smaller and pastel

    Comment by Lori Smith on 5/16/08 at 8:02 pm #
  95. I absolutely love Nestle’s Crunch NestEggs.  They only come out around Easter but a bell shaped version comes out around Christmas.  I Last Easter I hit the stores the day after Easter and bought every bag there was.  Is there any way or where I can get these things “out of season”?  I’ve seen the jumbo bag of Nesteggs but they are of mixed varieties and I want only the Crunch kind.  The Crunch Bars just aren’t the same at all.

    Comment by Wendy on 5/28/08 at 5:58 pm #
  96. Great FAQ page!  Your whole site is really inspiring.  I just discovered you today, but I’m an instant fan.

    Comment by Jennette on 6/26/08 at 12:42 pm #
  97. How lovely…I’m having fun with this blog! Wish I could pass on some of the gorgeous stuff from Slovenia I used to get. We’d come home laden with the stuff smile

    I actually reviewed/blogged about Chocoholics a couple of months back. I lived in Lodi for a few months and made the trek to Clements, their “new” factory. smile

    Comment by Linda R. Moore on 6/28/08 at 7:23 pm #
  98. Dear Cybele,

    See’s Candies until recently used to make candy sticks (not lollipops).  They were white with stripes for each flavor: light green for lime, red for cherry, orange for orange and purple for grape.  Do you know of any near substitute?

    I love your blog.

    FYI: favorite all-time candy: Swedish fish in green, yellow, red and orange

    Comment by Celeste on 6/30/08 at 9:08 am #
  99. I found them here.  At the candy warehouse lots of flavors (38) or there are lots of other places (I just googled candy sticks) Hope this is what your looking for.

    Comment by Denise on 6/30/08 at 9:25 am #
  100. Great blog, Cybele!  After finding it a couple of months back after Googling “Clark Bar” and getting some great comments, I just read your FAQ.  Neat place you have here.  Your Clark Bar section seems to be quite a drawing place for us reminiscing Pittsburgers!  A favorite candy as a kid (other than the Clark Bar) was the “nonpareil”, the round, maybe 1-1/4” chocolate wafer with little white round beads stuck to the rounded top side.  Ate far too many.  Which was why I wound up a fat teen in the early 60s.  Had to suck it up and lose about 40 pounds before I graduated.  But I made it!  Have had a much healthier lifestyle for many years.  Indulge in some candy now and then for nostalgia’s sake.  I’ll keep in touch.

    Roger
    Colorado

    Comment by Roger on 6/30/08 at 6:33 pm #
  101. Wonderful blog! Have you ever tried Snow Cones candy? If not they are small ice cream cones with an addictive, firm, sugared marshmallow filling with a unique taste. They come individually wrapped in their package. I came upon them at Shaw’s Supermarket a couple of years ago but they don’t always carry them. I don’t know of any other retail outlet that does. When I do see them, rarely, I buy all they have. Usually they are 10 bags for $10. Each bag holds approx. 10-15 cones. I find them almost refreshing.

    Comment by Carol on 7/24/08 at 4:17 am #
  102. I have a recipe that calls for 2 ten cent cans of Hershey’s Syrup.  It is a very old recipe and the person who used it is deceased.  What amount of chocolate syrup is that?  I found another recipe that was similar, but just wondered if anyone knew this information.

    Comment by Rebecca on 7/26/08 at 11:00 am #
  103. Your FAQ item “How come you haven?t given anything a ?1 ? Inedible? review yet?” may no longer be correct.  I thought I read your review of the Hershey Krackle bar and you gave it a 1.

    Comment by Mike C on 9/19/08 at 3:22 am #
  104. is this consider old candy date code 73195415. Or is this still for another yr

    Comment by question on 10/12/08 at 5:20 pm #
  105. what typ of gelatin do you use in this candy ? is it ham , pig ?

    Comment by Angelofsky on 11/02/08 at 5:25 pm #
  106. yeas i reall really really really really love airheads and im doinga project on business letter and im trying to get an address for ay airhead company and i went on google but i couldnt find any

    Comment by Meghan on 11/19/08 at 4:20 pm #
  107. I was wondering if you knew where I could buy “Earwax” candy in Los Angeles area?  Help would be much appreciated.  Your site is lovely… I wanted to lick the computer screen when I saw the photos of chocolate yummies.  smile

    Comment by Violet on 12/16/08 at 10:00 am #
  108. I wish there was a site like this for us VEGAN candy lovers…I’m scrolling around and wishing there was a collection of links for tasty non-dairy treats that I could order online smile anything you can recommend?

    Comment by Billy the Kid on 12/29/08 at 12:25 pm #
  109. I would like to know where i can purchase the Ferrara Pan Fruit Imperials at? Do you still make them or are they discontinuted?

    Comment by Sigried on 12/30/08 at 7:50 am #
  110. Were can i get warhead’s candy,i need them before sunday~

    Comment by justine on 1/24/09 at 6:25 pm #
  111. I live in taipei,so tell me somewere it sell’s it (war-head candy)
    I need them before sunday

    Comment by justine on 1/24/09 at 6:27 pm #
  112. I also would love to find hummingbird eggs—used to be two companies who made them at Easter time.  I think Brach’s and one other.  Like others say, they were tiny (1/4” or so) pastel jelly bean type of candies.  I make panorama sugar eggs and they were perfect to scatter around with the tiny icing ducks and bunnies inside—in fact, I used to make bunnies out of some of them.  Other people used them on cupcakes—colored coconut green for grass and added the eggs on top…would REALLY love to hear if they become available again.

    Comment by Loralie on 2/11/09 at 8:34 am #
  113. Has anyone ever found the answer to what happened to Hummingbird eggs easter candy?  I can’t find them anywhere.

    Comment by Amy on 3/23/09 at 8:00 am #
  114. Why are there always 58 skittles in every regular bag of skittles?

    Comment by Christian on 3/27/09 at 11:11 am #
  115. After an exhaustive search I’ve finally tracked down one of my favorites…hummingbird eggs! They are known as Fruit Imperials and I’ve found a couple of places that you can order them from. The cheapest I’ve found is here http://candydepot.stores.yahoo.net/cafrim.html
    I love your blog it helped me so much! Keep up the sweet work!

    Comment by Tristan on 4/01/09 at 6:29 pm #
  116. Do you have a complete list of all of the flavors of Bertie Botts?

    Comment by Chantel on 4/02/09 at 11:46 am #
  117. how long is the shelf life on seasonal chocolate candy from sees’?
    thank you

    Comment by vicki on 4/06/09 at 8:13 am #
  118. I just read an Article about Wal Mart or Wally world.  Seems they are doing away with every candy maker except Hershey and Mars and Nestle.  Too bad they don’t want the variety we have come to expect and appreciate from their stores.  They said they are going to drop every thing that isn’t a large company so all the Small and Great Candies and Chocolates will be gone from Walmart.  It said in the article Project Impact.  will give the consumers less choices and the only choice if you shop at Walmart. 
    Its really too bad.  Are they the largest candy retailer in the world???  Guess they won’t be once they drop every non Hershey or Mars company. 
    It won’t be the variety and good candies there anymore just whatever some Guy thought he had a great idea puts on their shelves.  It might work in other departments but Candy and Food needs variety.  Not all of us want 75 different types of Snickers bars or non chocolate Hershey giving us the remake of its candy without chocolate.
    Just wondered what you had heard about this? It will
    Probably give a lot of other retailers a big leap in sales if Walmart drops everyone else

    Comment by K D on 4/06/09 at 9:11 am #
  119. Tristan,
    You are a Godsend.  I have been looking for Hummingbird eggs for I don’t know how long.  No one knows what I was talking about.  As stated in other notes, the company that made the ones I got was called Vernells.  It was out of Oregon I beleive.  I called the state of Oregon one year to find that the company went out of business.  The woman on the line knew what I was talking about.  I still have a bag left.  I’m sure by now they are hard as a rock. But I have them….
    Thank you, thank you thank you.  You have made my Easter for 2009 and beyond…..if anyone out there is interested…also when I was young we use to get “perfume” candies.  They are called Magnolia’s and made by “Startup Candy Co” in Utah.

    Comment by Judy on 4/10/09 at 7:53 am #
  120. I love your blog.  Informative, detailed, and fun to read.

    Royce of Japan makes a great chocolate covered potato chip.  Their boxes of Chocolate Staff (mild cocoa-liquor free, champagne, and cherry kirsch) are fantastic.  The chocolate covered almonds dusted with cocoa powder are also very good.  I’m not crazy about their multi-nut bar; to me it tastes like cardboard.  Everything else is worth a try though. smile

    Oh, and a local confectioner (very artisanal) makes mochi balls with chocolate truffle inside.  Firm, not soft chocolate; a nice contrast to the soft mochi covering.  It only lasts a week, though.  It’s called Dezato.  I gave them away to friends and family last Christmas and they all went crazy over it.

    You rock, Cybele. Keep on writing.  smile

    Comment by Mira on 4/23/09 at 9:12 pm #
  121. I recently purchased a candy store with a loyal following.  The store originated in 1978 and I have customers ask me all the time about some of the products that the store “used” to carry back in the day.  Specifically, everyone remembers a type of hard candy (not chocolate) that had cocktail flavors like whisky sour, sloe gin fizz, etc.  Do you have any knowledge of this type of candy and if it’s still being made?  I would love to find it and carry it once again in the store.  I thought perhaps it was made by Peerless but so far, Google has left me empty handed while trying to research this.  Please Help!  Anyone?  Anyone?  Thanks, Beth

    Comment by Beth on 5/02/09 at 7:01 am #
  122. I am looking for the cocktail flavored candies also.  I can’t find them anywhere. We used to buy them from the Hickory Farms Store at the mall!

    Comment by LORI on 5/14/09 at 10:38 am #
  123. Dear Cybele,

    I’m Russian (though I’m currently living in the US) and I’ve noticed you haven’t really reviewed any Russian candy. Once I have the money to buy myself Russian candy, can I send you some for reviewing?
    I know you prefer to buy it yourself, but the site I get it from sells it in rather large amounts, so if you hate it you’ll have a rather big bag of candy laying around being pointless.

    Comment by Masha on 6/06/09 at 9:51 am #
  124. Love this candy blog!! Went to Target today and bought some new Wonka sour Puckerooms gummies!!!

    Comment by Janice on 6/16/09 at 9:06 pm #
  125. about two months ago i stumbled across your candyblog via rex parker does the crossword puzzle blog and have been addicted to your daily posts since then.  being an avid candy eater my whole life i really enjoy your take on describing candies and chocolate in an almost scientific way and because of your blog have been experimenting with different types of candy that i never would have tried before…..kudos to your review of the q-bel which is now officially my new favorite candy bar! i used to love the bar none (before they split it into two individual wafers) and find the q-bel is comparable if not better than the bar none (and healthier).  thanks for all the enjoyable hours of on-line candy reading!

    Comment by kirsten on 6/20/09 at 4:45 am #
  126. Where can I find the hard lemon drop candy.  I bought them in sacks for years and now I cannot find them anywhere.

    Comment by LeMyra Allen on 6/22/09 at 9:21 am #
  127. I last saw the lemon drops at Walgreens and yes they are hard to find.  I did find the lemonhead candies at ferrarapan.com. 

    Great candy blog site.

    Comment by lyndas9254 on 6/24/09 at 11:14 am #
  128. I love this site! I can easily find myself spending hours on here and it makes me really hungry! I really enjoy your reviews and they have actually helped advise which candies not to buy - thanks!

    I also wanted to comment that I really appreciate the various categories and quick links you have. I was kind of wondering if you could include a ‘suitable for vegetarian’ category, as it would be very helpful and I would very much appreciate it.

    Once again, love the site and can’t wait to see what you are eating next!


    Once again, love the site and can’t wait to see what you are eating next!

    Comment by Adriana on 7/02/09 at 7:08 am #
  129. I was wondering if you have any suggestions for pirate candy.  I’m trying to locate cool pirate candy to include in a goodie bag for my child’s pirate-themed birthday.  You seem to be “The Source” of all things candy.  I appreciate your help!

    Comment by Robin Merrill on 7/06/09 at 5:25 am #
  130. How many calories per egg on the Laica Chocolate Eggs? I’m finding them WAY TOO addicting!

    Comment by Dana on 7/06/09 at 5:35 am #
  131. Is anyone having luck finding the cocktail flavored candy?  I remember buying them in bulk at the hickory farm store also and would love to buy some if anyone knows where to get them from. Sloe Gin was my favorite. I just don’t know who made them.  Any help would be appreciated
    Debbie

    Comment by Debra Radloff on 8/08/09 at 4:40 pm #
  132. Oh, btw, the site is Russiantable, I forgot to add in the link at the end. If it comes up in Russian, there’s a button at the top which allows you to switch it to English.

    Comment by Masha on 8/31/09 at 12:14 am #
  133. Quite the interesting site. I bumped into it while trying to find a way to get myself an entire bag of just lime-green skittles for a girl that I love. >_<

    Still though, this is a very nifty site. Keep up the ‘sweet’ work! WOOO for BAD PUNS!

    Comment by Fernando on 10/07/09 at 11:46 pm #
  134. Wherer are all the manufactoring companies for Jolly Rancher?.( what countries?)

    Comment by Nataly Ruiz on 11/17/09 at 8:46 am #
  135. Why are Nestle Chocolate Bars (eg. Rolo, Coffee Crisp, Aero, Smarties, etc.) not found in the USA?

    Comment by Debbie on 11/20/09 at 5:35 pm #
  136. Are Malted milk, 3 muskateers and milky way gluten free?

    Comment by Pauline Kovacs on 12/20/09 at 5:17 pm #
  137. DOES REESES MAKE A ***DARK*** CHOCOLATE EASTER EGG???

    Comment by KIMBERLEY MADIGAN on 3/14/10 at 7:32 am #
  138. Hi! My pastry/baking instructor told me he follows this blog and man, I am so glad I came to look! This site makes me smile.

    smile

    Cheers!

    Comment by MIsty in Oregon on 3/17/10 at 2:53 am #
  139. Hello, I am looking for the Starburst Fruit Twists I looked under the Starburst candy ad and I didn’t see them on their and that could be due to they don’t make them anymore. However, if they are still being made could someone tell me where I can go to purchase them or order them I would appreciate it. Thanks, L

    Comment by L on 4/01/10 at 1:44 pm #
  140. Raspberry cream savers have been discontinued and all other flavors will be soon, according to Wrigleys.  Do you know   Thank you for your help.where I can buy “RASPBERRY CREAM” cream savers? Please let me know…it’s called withdrawl!

    Comment by CeLoRA HAVILAND on 5/10/10 at 11:28 am #
  141. I remember the Hickory Farms cocktail flavored candies.  There were four flavors: Whiskey Sour (brown), Tom Collins (white), Slow Gin (yellow), and Dauqarri (light green). They were awful, but I loved them. Has anyone contacted Hickory Farms to see if they know who manufactured them?

    Comment by Missy on 10/24/10 at 8:19 pm #
  142. Why can’t they just make a bag of Strawberry, cherry, and orange in which they have there own bag for starburst> I think that would be a great idea.

    Comment by jay on 1/23/11 at 9:42 am #
  143. Where can I locate fruit Imperials? Candy depot lists them but does not aloow an order

    Comment by Elayne on 2/19/11 at 3:20 pm #
  144. I think your blog is fabulous !
    2 questions:
    1) have you ever thought about starting a candy manufacturing business ?  you must know more than most about candy !
    2) do you need some candy from Japan, or Asia ?  Just ask, and I’ll send you.

    J-Ph

    Comment by Jean-Philippe Cremers on 2/21/11 at 3:59 am #
  145. Hi im planning to have a candyland party where can i buy bulk candies in malaysia. Thanks

    Comment by Melody on 3/27/11 at 9:14 am #
  146. Of course I would buy any book by you! You are so incredibly talented….... Except for your problem with cherry! ? write a book!!!

    Comment by Taylor on 4/07/11 at 8:54 pm #
  147. Hi, I would totally read your book! I am planning to do a candy bar at my wedding. Do you have any favorite online bulk candy stores?

    Comment by Maggie on 5/06/11 at 12:41 pm #
  148. Hmmm candy warehouse is pretty good for bulk candy!?

    Comment by Taylor on 5/06/11 at 9:58 pm #
  149. I am looking for a candy bar from the 80s.  It was peanut butter cups sold at Whole Foods and sometimes the grocery store.  They were supposed to be healthy but they were full of sugar like any other candy.  They might have been made with carob but I am not sure.  They had a bumble bee on the label.  I have searched but I can’t find them.  I don’t even remember the name but they were so good.  I love Reeses but sometimes you just want something different.  Thank you,  Kathy Tobacco

    Comment by Kathy Tobacco on 1/23/12 at 11:05 pm #
  150. I would like to know if the candy contains beef gelatin or pork gelatin.

    Thanks.
    Kim

    Comment by Kim Gillick on 2/14/12 at 12:38 pm #
  151. WHERE ARE THE SMUCKER’S JELLY BEANS? I SWEAR there were mouth-watering little jewels of jammy beans a couple of Easters ago (maybe 6-7 Easters, it’s been a while)and they have disappeared.  Did you get a chance to eat these?  Luscious. I look for them every year and end up settling for the Starburst Jelly Beans, still excellent but no match for the Smuckers.
    Thanks for your blog.  I gave up all sugar for Lent and am living vicariously through you (and drawing up a mega-shopping list) for the next T-10 days.

    Comment by Sugrrrrl on 3/29/12 at 12:08 pm #
  152. Wow.. is this ever one long stream of comments!  Love the blog and can’t wait until a discussion forum is added.  Thank you for all the work you do to keep this sweet blog running!  :0)

    Comment by hockeypuck on 8/14/12 at 6:26 pm #
  153. Love the blog! I’m a teacher doing a unit on Chocolate, I know, poor, poor me! I’ve yet to find a factory or confectionery we can visit for a field trip. Any idea where one may be in the Southeast areas of South Korea, like Busan or Geoje?

    Thank you!

    Comment by Stephanie on 10/16/12 at 2:24 am #
  154. I am looking for a candy to sell at my shop.  Perhaps you have seen something like it on your travels.  The best description is this;  go to http://www.sugarflyalley.com  Go to the gift section and then to the soap(!)section.  I want to translate this look into fudge.  Deep wedges, vibrant colors and dynamic mix-ins.  I can’t find anyone who makes this.  Fudge is a popular item but the traditional flavors are so boring looking.  i ned a contemporary version.  Any ideas?  -Victoria

    Comment by Victoria Wallins on 6/05/13 at 11:39 am #
  155. Hi Cybele! I read your FAQ and I noticed all your apostrophes and hyphens turned into questions marks.

    Comment by Jacky on 6/14/13 at 8:21 pm #
  156. Hi! I am a 12 year old boy from Massachusetts! I love gummy candy! I am always asking companies for samples! But they either dont answer or say they cant! why is this? Also how do you get your samples I would really appreciate if you respond!


            Thanks

    Comment by Robbie on 10/17/13 at 3:54 pm #
  157. I have a question about BOB,s sugarfree starlight mints. Somewhere between your factory and Wal-Marts distribution centers, the candy is in some kind of heat. The wrapped candy is very hard to open. I buy about four packs every other month. Please find out how this happens. Thank you very much.
                        ALLEN LITTLE

    Comment by joe allen little on 10/23/13 at 2:49 pm #
  158. Hi, i was just browsing on your site and i was wondering if you knew of any lollies or lollypops that are kosher? if so, what sort of kosher logo do they have on the packaging? and where can i find such candy? Please can you get back to me when you’ve found out. Much appreciated
    Haim

    Comment by Haim on 11/11/13 at 7:57 pm #

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