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2003/04/17 05:54:02 (permalink)

Strange Candy

What's the weirdest candy you have ever had? Canadian candy counters sell "Floral Gums" They look like Ju-Ju-Bees, and are supposed to taste like flowers. But they taste exactly like SOAP! When you first try one, you're horrified, "Why would you give me THAT?" But 5 minutes later, it's, "Umm, can I have another one?" I have argued with friends for hours about what flowers the different colors are supposed to be. They are great at parties.
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    jmckee
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    RE: Strange Candy 2003/04/18 11:29:32 (permalink)
    One year, for my wife's Christmas stocking, I got her a tin of Lavender Pastilles: little hard candies with the definite fragrance and taste of lavender. (Come to think of it, that was a lavender Christmas; I got her a jar of lavender honey, too....)

    I also once got her a little container of caramels made with a hint of Fleur-de-sel hand-harvested French sea salt.....She has, shall we say, a bit of a sodium dependency...
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    RE: Strange Candy 2003/04/18 16:37:43 (permalink)
    I would think that certain flavors of Jelly Bellies would apply. Some of them are almost disgusting and I will not even name them. Even one of the milder flavors of dirt sort of got me. Perhaps you know the rest of the flavors.

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    RE: Strange Candy 2003/04/18 16:48:39 (permalink)
    Wine gums are absolutely the world's best non-chocolate candy. Unfortunately, the best ones cannot be bought in the U.S. They come from Marks & Spencer and I have been known to bring home a dozen bags in the bottom of my suitcase. Every time I introduce a friend to them, they are hooked.
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    RE: Strange Candy 2003/04/18 17:40:00 (permalink)
    When the "Bad Candy" web page used to be up, I tried some of the Mexican 'candy' that was available locally.... shudder.... salted chile watermelon suckers anyone? Tamarind paste? urghhhh.. the best part was reading the hilarous descriptions on that page,,but alas, it's gone to internet heaven.
    When I was little I liked that Botan Rice Candy, the fun part was eating the edible rice paper.
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    RE: Strange Candy 2003/04/21 05:16:21 (permalink)
    Funny you should mention that, I have some "White Rabbit" chinese candy I'm about to open. You can eat the rice paper too, which is so much fun! The candy tastes like powdered milk, but it grows on you.

    Sundancer: Popcorn jelly bellies blow my mind! It's like Willy Wonka's roast beef gum or something!

    Jennifer: Ugh! That reminds me...those Tequila suckers with worms in them, eeeek!
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    RE: Strange Candy 2003/04/21 13:09:27 (permalink)
    There's a particularly vile brand of violet gum; it tastes like an old lady's purse smells.

    I'm quite fond of tamarind - *anything* I can find that is tamarind-flavored instantly leaps into my grocery cart. On the other hand, I cannot for the life of me understand why anyone would eat the sour candies made with excessive amounts of crystalline phosphoric or citric acids. *blechho*

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    RE: Strange Candy 2003/04/21 16:34:28 (permalink)
    I just got a bag of "Bamboo Salt Candy" from the Asian Mart in town. They're round and hard and sort of taste like buttered popcorn and eggs.
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    RE: Strange Candy 2003/04/21 17:41:03 (permalink)
    Speaking of the Tequila worm suckers, the same place in Pismo Beach, CA that makes those makes other "bug" related candies, chocolate covered bugs, bbq flavored ants..etc...here's the website addy: www.hotlix.com.

    As far as tamarind flavored stuff, I LOVE the mexican drink Tamarindo, very very refreshing, but as for the candy, I just can't stomach it.
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    RE: Strange Candy 2003/04/30 23:58:46 (permalink)
    oooh, Bamboo salt candy that tastes like buttered popcorn and eggs? Ok, I think we have a winner! Wow. Of course, now I must go look for it. As for Tamarind, Naan dipped in Tamarind sauce at Indian places is heavenly.
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    RE: Strange Candy 2003/05/07 12:35:41 (permalink)
    if you have a chinatown available to you - go. i think you'll find all the strange candy you can handle.
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    RE: Strange Candy 2003/05/07 13:14:30 (permalink)
    There's a brand of Japanese breath mint called Jintan. They look like little silver BBs and come in a small box. They are so strong, like Altoids on steroids.

    And this is probably more a snack than a candy, but has anyone had that Chinese dried and salted plum called Li Hing Mui? I got hooked on it when we lived in Hawaii. They're intensely salty with a hint of sweetness. Just thinking of it has me drooling on my keyboard.
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    RE: Strange Candy 2003/05/07 14:01:43 (permalink)
    Are you guys avoiding including Chocolate by omission, or deliberate???
    Strange only in the name...But high on my list. Gold-wrap GOO-GOO CLUSTERS, the ones that use pecans instead of peanuts. Messy and way over-sweet, but my favorite candy bar. Not Often, Mind You...But when the mood strikes, they are the end of a long day.
    We stopped at a STUCKEY'S in Kansas a couple of years back, and I bought a couple of boxes to save for 'special' times (like Tuesday or National Ignorance Awareness Month)...Needless to say the 100+ degree Temp's in the luggage area caused them to melt into the wrappers...but still they served their purpose for 6 months of treats when we got home.
    P S The Ice Cream Flavor is good also, but it holds it's shape worse than the candy when stored in 100 degree weather.
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    RE: Strange Candy 2003/05/07 14:50:39 (permalink)
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    Originally posted by Al-The Mayor-Bowen

    Are you guys avoiding including Chocolate by omission, or deliberate???
    Strange only in the name...But high on my list. Gold-wrap GOO-GOO CLUSTERS, the ones that use pecans instead of peanuts. Messy and way over-sweet, but my favorite candy bar. Not Often, Mind You...But when the mood strikes, they are the end of a long day.
    We stopped at a STUCKEY'S in Kansas a couple of years back, and I bought a couple of boxes to save for 'special' times (like Tuesday or National Ignorance Awareness Month)...Needless to say the 100+ degree Temp's in the luggage area caused them to melt into the wrappers...but still they served their purpose for 6 months of treats when we got home.
    P S The Ice Cream Flavor is good also, but it holds it's shape worse than the candy when stored in 100 degree weather.


    If chocolate was omitted, it's only because chocolate doesn't often venture into the "strange" category.. except for that place I mentioned which sells the chocolate covered insects.
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    RE: Strange Candy 2003/05/07 18:24:01 (permalink)
    The Willy Wonka company sells a really weird choclate bar - the Xploder. It's regular, if not a little sub par, chocolate with flavorless Pop Rocks embedded in it. It's really fun, but make sure the "sell by" date is not overdue - I had an old one out of a vending machine the other day and it warn't pretty.
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    RE: Strange Candy 2003/05/07 23:36:35 (permalink)
    Have I got weird for you! Vosges Haut Chocolates -- Got a gift one year that included a truffle flavored with wasabi and ginger, and choc with paprika, as well as one with curry powder and coconut! I just cannot figure out what these people were thinking (or on ;o)! Not only did they mess up perfectly good chocolate -- the stuff is expensive. Check out their site [http://www.vosgeschocolate.com/]
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    RE: Strange Candy 2003/05/08 04:59:40 (permalink)
    Or how about CowGirl chocolates? Flavored with cayenne pepper..

    www.cowgirlchocolates.com
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    RE: Strange Candy 2003/05/08 18:01:00 (permalink)
    Or this Wisconsin favorite - Cow Pies.
    http://www.cowpies.com

    Good candy, bad name.
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    RE: Strange Candy 2003/05/09 05:42:54 (permalink)
    quote:
    Originally posted by silvrlvr

    Wine gums are absolutely the world's best non-chocolate candy. Unfortunately, the best ones cannot be bought in the U.S. They come from Marks & Spencer and I have been known to bring home a dozen bags in the bottom of my suitcase. Every time I introduce a friend to them, they are hooked.


    I found them online at britstore.com.uk if you start jonesing for them before your next trip.
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    RE: Strange Candy 2003/05/09 14:03:10 (permalink)
    On Caribean islands in front of schools there are older ladies selling treats to the kids at recess and lunch. Fresh tamarind paste rolled in coarse sugar were the winners. Most of the other stuff is just way too sweet.
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    RE: Strange Candy 2004/02/19 03:01:11 (permalink)
    I can't believe no one has mentioned the wierd suckers that are sweet and clear rectangle shaped with a worm or bug inside of them! and I really can't believe that many ppl eat them. I always see them in gift shops. I live in Louisiana... maybe people up north haven't had the shock of seeing these???
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    RE: Strange Candy 2004/02/19 06:37:32 (permalink)
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    Originally posted by rumbelly

    On Caribean islands in front of schools there are older ladies selling treats to the kids at recess and lunch. Fresh tamarind paste rolled in coarse sugar were the winners. Most of the other stuff is just way too sweet.


    We spent a year in Jamaica---wife is an anthropologist--and she became absolutely addicted to theses!!!!---them and Guinep---i woderful fruit. She buys the tamerind balls candies at asian markets now and prefers the ones with less chili powder.
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    RE: Strange Candy 2004/02/19 08:08:04 (permalink)
    quote:
    Originally posted by tiki

    quote:
    Originally posted by rumbelly

    On Caribean islands in front of schools there are older ladies selling treats to the kids at recess and lunch. Fresh tamarind paste rolled in coarse sugar were the winners. Most of the other stuff is just way too sweet.


    We spent a year in Jamaica---wife is an anthropologist--and she became absolutely addicted to theses!!!!---them and Guinep---i woderful fruit. She buys the tamerind balls candies at asian markets now and prefers the ones with less chili powder.


    So that's how you spell guinep. In the Virgin Islands it's pronounced guh-NIP. They used to climb our guinep tree to pluck the ripe fruit whenever they could get away with it when we lived on St. Thomas.
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    RE: Strange Candy 2004/02/19 09:03:48 (permalink)
    Ugh, salted black licorice chews, kind of like Wine Gums but nasty.
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    RE: Strange Candy 2004/02/19 09:12:18 (permalink)
    I think spruce gum is pretty grotesque: chew until it's good and soft, then use it to patch leaks in your canoe.
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    RE: Strange Candy 2004/02/19 09:32:48 (permalink)
    Yes, chocolate can indeed be strange, in the wrong hands. Though not commercially available -- thank goodness -- the homemade chocolates one of my aunts made could have been sold in munitions shops. How she managed to capture the flavor of camphor and moth balls, with a texture of fingernails scraping a blackboard is beyond me. And I am grateful for that. I later learned that part of her secret was recycling old Easter bunnies. One Christmas I gave her a large block of Belgian chocolate to work from. The next time I saw her, she handed me a box of chocolates. As I put one in my mouth I said, "So, how did you like working with the Belgian chocolate?" To which she replied, "Oh, I'm saving that for a special occasion."
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    RE: Strange Candy 2006/08/22 11:14:59 (permalink)
    The Space Age brought something called "Astronaut Candy". It was a small white tube with a small rocketplane blocking the nozzle. You snapped off the rocket plane, stuck the nozzle in your mouth, and squeezed red jelly out of the tube. The rocket plane then docked with the opening to form a seal.
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    RE: Strange Candy 2006/08/22 17:14:47 (permalink)
    I have had those lavender pastilles as well and they aren't bad,also had rose flavoured ones too.
    My sister once gave me some Turkish Delight from England that was rose and violet flavoured jelly cubes covered in dark chocolate.I enjoyed them.I have seen lolipops that were tequila flavoured with a worm in it ,yuk.
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    RE: Strange Candy 2006/08/22 17:39:00 (permalink)

    Okay Boomers, what about candy cigarettes and wax pop bottles? They were great for letting kids play like they could smoke and get liquored up!
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    RE: Strange Candy 2006/08/22 17:39:55 (permalink)
    they weren't strange.
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