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I have a high tolerance for Halloween candy. My preference is for mini bars that have a good ratio of chocolate to caramel to something salty and crunchy (I’m looking longingly at you, Take 5 bars!). I can, however, also blow through non-chocolate items like candy corn, Skittles and even Nerds.
But there are some candies out there that are so ridiculously gross and silly that I won’t have anything to do with them. You can say, “They’re just regular candy dressed up as something silly.” And you’d be right. Still, I’m going to leave all the gummy internal organs and pickle gumballs for someone else.
Let’s crunch some numbers on America’s Easter candy consumption. The National Confectioners Association offers the following stats:
I’m a loyal fan of classic Easter candy; you’d have to measure all the Cadbury eggs and jelly beans I’ve consumed by the metric ton. But that doesn’t mean I don’t want to try new things, especially on a major candy holiday. Here are some suggestions of artisans doing interesting things in one of my favorite mediums, chocolate.
It seems there’s some suspect candy going around this Halloween season. I don’t mean fake or counterfeit candy bars, where the names would be just barely misspelled, like Reeze’s Peanut Butter Cups or Buttterfingers. (They would be sold next to the bags embossed with names like Chanal and Burbery.) I’m speaking instead of the new, healthier candy, made without corn syrup, GMOs and artificial colors and flavors.
I’m super impressed with these efforts, but I also have big love for the classic, bad-for-you candy. So, I can’t help but admire the celebrities who are huge candy lovers too.
And now, if you see Ryan Gosling or Justin Bieber trick-or-treating in your 'hood, you’re prepared.
You’ve seen the omnipresent ads. Now get ready for the first Bourne movie without Jason Bourne.
And when we say, "get ready," we mean, "start thinking about your movie snack strategy." Whether or not you need something to get you through a Bourne installment that doesn’t include Matt Damon is your own decision. (Personally, we’re big fans of Jeremy Renner, too.)
Remember, The Bourne Legacy is one of the last big action films of the summer. According to a recent New York Times story, "More Bitter Pills than Popcorn," the fall movies are going to tackle tough issues. Exhibit A: Quentin Tarantino’s upcoming Django Unchained is a brutal tale about a former slave who hunts white plantation owners.
So we say, break out the popcorn (or your favorite popcorn alternative) now while it’s still summer and the action heroes are still on-screen in full force."
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