Archive for September, 2012

What Could Make a Candy Bar Even Better?

With ‘Fall Fair Season’ underway, and my appetite for truly rich desserts returning as it always does when the weather cools, I set my searches on an over-the-top recipe that would make my more health conscious friends widen their eyes, drop their jaws, and run screaming toward the elliptical. Yeah, I wanted something really indulgent; something so very bad that it was so very good. And I found it here at CDKitchen.com – Deep Fried Candy Bars.

Take a moment to let those words really sink in. Deep…Fried…Candy…Bars. Deep. Fried. Candy. Bars. Deep Fried Candy Bars. DeepFriedCandyBars! OK, are they in? Good. Cause at first I was all like, “What? Ewww, no.” And then I was all like, “Well, maybe?” And then, “Oh sweet gods of caramel, why am I just learning about these now! I’ve wasted so many years!”

The directions are actually a bit vague for my taste, and given that the candy bar to use isn’t specified, I’m not how they came up with the nutritional data. That said, I’m thinking I’ll give it a go with Snickers and see what happens. I’ve tried to think of a scenario where the result wouldn’t be delicious, and I came up blank. So even if it’s messy or ugly, I think the taste will be spot on. After all, if Snickers taste as good as they do cold, when they’re hot I’ll probably have to take a nap afterward.

Have you ever tried deep fried candy bars? If so, please share any tips you might have, from the dos and don’ts to which candy bars work best!

Nestlé is Looking for You! And They Know How to Find You…

Ever feel like candy follows you wherever you go? If you’re a Nestlé chocolate bar lover in the UK, you might be more right than you know! Nestlé may have spent more in marketing this campaign than chocolate fans can hope to win – there are (6) $16,000 prizes up for grabs and the marketing costs come in at a cool $6.5 million! – but whether or not that makes sense, I think you’ll agree with me that this is the coolest candy contest since one Mr. Willy Wonka decided to tuck a few golden tickets inside his sweet treats.

Here’s the breakdown as I understand it, from reading about it at DigitalTrends.com. Nestlé has chosen its 4 most popular candy bars in the UK to hold host to 6 prizes. These candy bars include Yorkie, Kit Kat 4 Finger, Kit Kat Chunky and Aero Peppermint Medium. Each of the 6 winning bars contains a GPS chip, which is activated when the candy bar is opened. We’re not sure how visible this chip is, so we’d say that if you eat any of these candy bars in the UK, hold onto your wrappers for 24 hours before tossing them in the bin! Why 24 hours? Because once that chip is activated and Nestlé receives your location information, they will “despatch a helicopter to find the buyer to present them with a briefcase containing their £10,000 (about $16,000) cash prize.” Yes…a helicopter. Yes…a briefcase o’cash. Yes…make sure to eat lots of chocolate bars. As if we ever need an excuse. I’m in the US, but I’ll be enjoying a few just in case! 😉

Creepy Candy That’s Also Cute – I Loooove Halloween!

photo courtesy: blaircandy.com

When those bubblegum eyeballs and bags of candy corn catch my eye for the first time every Halloween season, my heart does a little skip for joy that is full of both nostalgia and fun plans to come. As much as I love Christmas, it’s possible that Halloween holds even more warm memories from my youth – a youth luckily spent in a smallish town where you really could safely venture out for hours without your parents having much reason to worry. We always played in packs, of course; I never wandered into the woods alone. And I’m not ‘rose-colored glasses’ enough to think it was idyllic and nothing bad happened ever. But for the most part, it didn’t. You woke up in the morning, watched some cartoons, ate some Cheerios, and got ready for another day full of play. And when Halloween rolled around? Well, that’s when things got really exciting!

Halloween brought not only candy, though that was and is an important part, but also cool decorations, haunted houses and hayrides, and a relaxed, neighborly spirit. With the hot days of summer behind us, kids and adults alike took to the outdoors for everything from raking leaves to swinging in the backyard on a cool afternoon. Everything slowed down in a good way. And in my neighborhood at least, that slowing down showed in some amazingly detailed Halloween decorating! These people weren’t just throwing up a scarecrow and calling it a day; they went all out, and their obvious love of Halloween fueled my own.

But there was also the candy! Each year I still buy oodles of favorites, from Fun Size Snickers to the candy corn mentioned above. But I also try at least a few new candies, and last year I found one I really loved, in both appearance and taste. They’re creepy, cute, colorful, and actually, really quite tasty. I bought them for the look, but was pleasantly surprised by the flavor (blue raspberry is my personal fave.) What are they, you ask? Coffin Creepers lollipops! And here’s some places you can dig up some for yourself…

Coffin Creepers Lollipops – 18-piece Boxes

CandyWarehouse – $36
MunchiesSweetsAndTreats.com – $27.99
BlairCandy.com – $22.50
TheNuttyFruitHouse.com – $31.49