Candy Talk, Episode 23: Circus Peanuts

Pack your bags! We’re taking a trip to grandma’s house and making a beeline straight to the candy dish (sitting on a doily, guaranteed.)  In this episode we explore the infamous – and confounding – circus peanut.

Listen as the our team of Candy Talk masochists surrender both their judgement and their palates. Is it true that these actually inspired one the most iconic children’s cereals ever? Why do some of the colors in no way represent their actual flavors? And did you know that circus peanuts are self-gravying? Well, unfortunately now you do.

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Candy Talk, Episode 22: White Chocolate

Get ready to make some enemies. Parent against child. Dog against man. Simon against Garfunkel.

Two words: white chocolate.

If there’s one thing we can all agree on, it’s that the white stuff is very polarizing. Listen as the Candy Talk team discovers what separates real white chocolate from the impostors, why it’s associated with winter (it’s not JUST because of the color), and how much Big White Chocolate is pulling all the strings in this country. Let’s get this off our chests, shall we?

And don’t forget to check out the the 1986 Nestle commercial we mention that will make you desperate for a wind machine:

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Candy Talk, Episode 21: Movie Theater Candy

Movie theaters and candy: they go together like rama lama lama ka dinga da dinga dong. Can anyone resist the siren song of the concession stand? Would…anyone ever want to?…

Join the Candy Talk team as we walk through the history of cinema + candy and discover why movie candy is ungodly expensive, confess just how severely we’ve flouted “no outside food” rules in theaters, and take the ultimate popcorn/candy combo taste test.

Just remember to pick up your trash when you’re done.

Psst! Don’t forget to check out the concession ad mentioned in the episode:

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Candy Talk, Episode 20: Is it candy?

In this very special episode of Candy Talk, we get everyone riled up by debating just what makes candy…candy?

Join us as we attempt to define candy, and in the process expose our weirdness and test the resilience of our friendships. Is gum a candy? Marshmallows? Are any of you sneaking Flintstone Vitamins for a late-night emergency dessert?  Come out of the shadows, because you’re not alone!

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Candy Talk, Episode 19: Booze

Let’s get this party started. In this episode the Candy Talk team pursues more ways to legitimize day drinking with a deep dive into boozy candy.

Be our wingman as we get some liquid courage and ask the important questions: Can you actually get drunk off boozy candy? Which alcoholic treat tastes the most like burning? And did any of us drunk dial an ex at the conclusion of the taping?

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Candy Talk, Episode 18: Custom Candy Bars

What if you could create your own candy bar from the ground up? Would you use that power for good…or evil? In this episode the Candy Talk team morphs into chocolatiers and takes the build-a-bar challenge.

Join us as we reveal the sometimes peculiar history of chocolate bars (which classic candy bar was forced into an unholy trinity with mayonnaise and tomatoes? are you appropriately worried about avoiding neck gauntness?) and then alternately surprise and horrify each other with our haute couture concoctions. Which bars did we expect to like but didn’t?  And which one was the surprising winner supreme?

chocolate lab chocolate bar

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Candy Talk, Episode 17: Candy Corn

Halloween’s just around the corner, baby!  And because we court controversy, in this episode we feature the most divisive Halloween candy in recent times, Candy Corn.

How sweet can a candy be before it can no longer be measured by modern science? Does molding candy into the shape of actual food make it more wholesome? And what mystery ingredient can you add to candy corn to take it to the next level?

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Candy Talk, Episode 16: Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups

In this episode, our chocolate gets all up in your peanut butter with an iconic American candy, Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups.

Stick with the Candy Talk team as we harshly judge each other’s Reese’s-eating techniques, marvel at how many ways Reese’s can sell us chocolate + peanut butter, and debate if size does in fact matter*…

*get your head outta the gutter, ya perv.  

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Candy Talk, Episode 15: Muji

Candy Talk is going global again, and this time we’re introduced to candy from the intriguing Japanese company Muji.

Listen as our crack team samples a variety of Muji candies and discovers which has a taste you can feel in your nose, debates just how toasted is too toasted, and encounters a candy (pictured below) that made us so uncomfortable that we we won’t speak of it again just forget about it back off ok? [curls into fetal position]

muji

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Candy Talk, Episode 14: Dark Chocolate

Welcome to the dark side. In this episode of Candy Talk, we delve into the flowing silk rock ballad of the candy world: dark chocolate.

Is dark chocolate the ailment-punching Captain America of health foods? Which brand is the gateway dark chocolate? And at what percentage of cocoa does the bar start to absorb all available light?

Wrap yourself in an afghan and join us.

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