Hershey announced last week that its prices would increase due to a rise in the cost of chocolate ingredients. Very soon, those amazing Hershey’s Cookies ‘n’ Creme bars (or am I the only one who likes those?) will now cost eight percent more, and so will every other treat the company makes. Other candy companies will probably follow suit. The price increase is effective immediately, and it’s time to stock up on chocolate in case the price goes up even higher in the future.
By sales, Hershey is the top candy maker in the US, and it also sells 40 percent of dark chocolate in the country, so we’re pretty much at its mercy to cut us a deal on our chocolate fix. The rise in the price of ingredients can be attributed to a growing chocolate market in Asia, and chocolate consumption is still rising in the US, which makes the demand that much greater. Researchers have predicted that there could be a one million-ton international cocoa bean deficit by 2020. Halloween is going to be a struggle this year. [Quartz]
Just as all things Easter are starting to show up in stores, Dunkin’ Donuts is presenting us with a gift from above: Peeps donuts. As the treats roll into stores in the next week, you, too, can devour the sugary, tooth-aching goodness that is a neon marshmallow Peep planted atop America’s favorite junk food item. The donuts are flower-shaped and come in pink or green, with a little Peep awkwardly chillin’ at a strange angle in the center. Keep reading »
When your consider the fact that beer-flavored lip gloss, beer-filled donuts, and, ahem, beer-flavored vagina wipes have all been invented, your reaction to beer-flavored jelly beans will probably be something along the lines of, “Seriously? Those didn’t already exist?” But these jelly beans are no novelty or passing fad — they’re the real deal, the result of tons of research. “Beer has been a highly-requested flavor for decades,” proclaims the Jelly Belly website, “and after years of perfecting the formulation, we’re ready to share this new product with the world.” The new product? Draft Beer Jelly Beans. Described as an excellent candy choice for Hefeweizen aficionados, “the effervescent and crisp flavor is packed in a golden jelly bean with an iridescent finish.” I don’t even like beer that much, but I’ve gotta admit that description has my mouth watering. Unfortunately (or fortunately, depending on your outlook), Jelly Belly insists that their beer beans will not — I repeat, will NOT — get you drunk. [Design Taxi]
The reviews on Amazon are often a treasure trove of hilarity, but occasionally they are both amusing and educational. For example, I had no idea until today that if I were to eat a handful of Haribo sugarless gummy bears, I could expect my insides to turn into hot lava. According to the hundreds of reviews for the candy on Amazon, these gummy bears are incredibly tasty going in and incredibly painful coming out. As I’m a journalist, I plan on finding and ingesting these bears myself to confirm the validity of the reviews. I have a very strong and regular constitution, so if these Haribo sugarless gummies manage to give me “projectile diarrhea so foul and so watery it could have gone through … nylons,” as one reviewer described, you’ll know they’re to be avoided. I’ll report back! In the meantime, check out some more of the hilarious reviews of these unintentional laxatives after the jump! [Amazon via Slightly Viral] Keep reading »
Did you know today is National Candy Corn Day? This means roughly half the people reading this are all, “Woohoooo! Finally the world’s greatest seasonal candy gets the respect it deserves! I’m gonna eat nothing but candy corn today to celebrate!” And the other half is like, “Blecchhhh why would we celebrate that triangular plastic-flavored snack of the devil?!” Just out of curiosity, we wanted to conduct a little poll to see where Frisky readers stand. Please share your opinion on this very important issue in the poll below! [For those who are wondering -- i.e. none of you, really -- I am verrrrrry PRO candy corn. Candy corn 4 Eva. -- Amelia] [Photo of candy corn via Shutterstock]
Rudeness, not fun-size Skittles, is how one Fargo, North Dakota, lady is celebrating this Halloween.
Yesterday an anonymous woman announced during a radio show call-in her intention to withhold candy for trick-or-treaters if she deems them too pudgy through their Dora The Explorer and Wreck-It Ralph costumes.
The woman told a Y-94 program yesterday:
“I just want to send a message to the parents of kids that are really overweight… I think it’s just really irresponsible of parents to send them out looking for free candy just ’cause all the other kids are doing it.”
Naturally, she will help the fat kids by handing out finger-wagging letters intended for their incompetent parents. Keep reading »
‘Tis the season for Easter candy, including the MVP of seasonal sweets, Cadbury Creme Eggs. As good as these ooey gooey treats are on their own, I went searching for recipes that transformed the humble Cadbury Creme Egg into something more, and oh boy did I find some creative incarnations: Cadbury Creme Egg Brulee, anyone? Click on the gallery for 7 recipes to make your Easter dessert spread one to remember!
It took a team of 14 bakers, pastry chefs, and candy artists nearly 3,000 hours to create the world’s first edible pop-up hotel in Soho, London. The Willy Wonka-esque wonderland welcomed its first guests this week, a couple who enjoyed a carpet made of meringues, bouquets of sugar roses, fudge windowsills, spongecake pillows, 100 pieces of edible art, and a clawfoot bathtub full of caramel corn, which sounds incredibly uncomfortable, especially if a stray kernel found its way into one of your body cavities, but that’s neither here nor there. Check out a few more pictures of this massive sugar coma waiting to happen, after the jump! Keep reading »
Big news on the colorful gummy candy/fantasy autocannibalism front! A place called FabCafe in Japan is offering a new service that uses 3D body scanners to create a realistic, life-size replica of your body–made entirely of gummy candy. Amazingly enough, the entire process costs just $65, but there are only 9 spaces available in the gummy replica workshop (I sense an eBay bidding war is imminent). FabCafe is marketing the gummy replicas as a great gift idea for men to give to their romantic partners. I can’t decide if this story is disturbing or delicious, so I’m going to call it disturbelicious, and no, I’m not sorry. [Gizmodo]
It’s 27 pounds, 36,730 calories, $150 worth of pure gummi candy. The Party Python is now available for purchase Vat19. It comes in blue raspberry and green apple and red cherry and blue raspberry. Seriously, if it came in sour gummi, I would buy it for Amelia for her birthday and leave it in the office for her to snack on all year. But it’s regular gummi, so I’ll have to keep looking for her b-day present. [Buzzfeed]