Candy Talk, Episode 13: Pointless Nostalgia

Turn up the White Snake and synchronize your hypercolor Swatch, in this episode the team indulges in some pointless nostalgia and delves into 80s candy.

Which flavors we loved as children now cause us to cringe? Why did 80s candy try so hard to introduce children to smoking? And which iconic 80s candy was so good we BROUGHT IT BACK FROM THE DEAD?

Hang on, we’re about to hit 88 miles per hour.

Check out the awesomeness of this Big League Chew commercial: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BCawfG0CFvo

“Bar None” Recipe

bar none

Ingredients:

  • Voortman Chocolate Wafers
  • Finely chopped peanuts
  • Chocolate candy coating

Directions:

  • Set wafers on cooling grid, attempting to keep 2 wafers connected.
  • Melt candy coating per instructions on package.
  • Spread a bit of coating on top of wafer and sprinkle peanuts, pushing down so they stick. Allow to dry for a few minutes.
  • Pour candy coating over top, gently spread with offset knife to get complete even coating.
  • Allow to dry, then refrigerate.

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Candy Talk, Episode 12: The Blizzard

We’re out of the studio and down in the streets! In this episode we visit a local Dairy Queen to sample a dozen different Blizzard flavors and gleefully abandon any semblance of responsible eating.

Which Blizzard-candy combo is the biggest threat to your tooth enamel? Do certain flavors simply deserve our begrudged respect? And will any of us be on speaking terms when this is over?

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Candy Talk, Episode 11: British Chocolate

What do piracy, sheep turds and gentlemen’s clubs have in common?  In a world that made sense…nothing. But in the real world, it’s British chocolate! In this episode, the gang eats a tabletop of confections, separates the winners from the losers, and marvels at the seemingly British obsession with making their chocolate ass-shaped.

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Candy Talk, Episode 10: Restaurant Mints

In this episode, we discuss the oft-overlooked perk of dining out – restaurant mints.

Which mint pairs best with dodging paparazzi? When did *Ottawa* become the epicenter of mint-related research? And has Andes been lying to us this whole time? (Spoiler alert: yes, yes they have.)

Pssst – if you’re in the service industry, this one’s for you…and your wallet.

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Candy Talk, Episode 9: Take 5

The Take 5 unfortunately has nothing to do with Liam Neeson, but is equally intense and satisfying. With their particular set of skills, the Candy Talk team asks the hard questions: What happened to the original Take 5? Is that a standard-issue pretzel or some sort of super pretzel?  Is it actually 5 distinct layers? What else are “they” hiding???

We’re through the looking glass, people.

And here’s that commercial we reference on the pod…

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Candy Talk, Episode 8: Bit-O-Honey

Our first thought was to do a show about candy whose names have a lot of hyphens in them, but seeing the selection was limited, we decided to focus on Bit-O-Honey instead. It’s from the 20’s and sometimes tastes like it, but as you’ll hear on this latest episode, this oldie but goodie still has its fans.

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Candy Talk, Episode 7: Kit Kat

Kit Kat is a more than 100-year-old candy brand that comes in a seemingly endless assortment of flavor varieties (but not in the United States sadface) and has perhaps the catchiest jingles in all of candyland. Join us as we delve the depths of Kit Kat-oligy and sample many bizarre flavors from exotic lands on one of the very first Candy Talks ever recorded.

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Candy Talk, Episode 6: Peeps

In this episode of Candy Talk, we contemplate what is by far the world’s finest bird-shaped marshmallow confection and the pride of Bethlehem, PA. We conduct a marathon taste test of the dizzying array of Peep variations and line extensions and, if you listen closely, you can actually hear the moment when the sugar coma hits.

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Candy Talk, Episode 5: Cadbury Creme Eggs

For some, Cadbury Creme Eggs are the quintessential Easter-themed candy. For at least one Candy Talk host, they’re among the best confections one can buy, regardless of season. On this episode, the Candy Talk crew delve the British roots of Creme Eggs, compare American eggs to their cousins from across the pond, and explore the inevitable brand extensions brought on by its popularity. We were unable to confirm or deny, however, that Creme Eggs come from rabbits.

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Candy Talk, Episode 4: Jelly Beans

No, not Jellybean Benitez, creator of the seminal 80’s pop masterpiece “Sidewalk Talk,” jelly beans, those crunchy sticky sweet colorful little happy pills that start littering bowls and baskets every Spring. On this episode, we get the Easter candy train rolling and learn jelly bean secrets and sample their pleasures.

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