Why Is There A Giant Novelty Candy Industry?

big-ol-bear-cherry-more-ae-130818There is something missing in your life. You may not realize it right now, but you are suffering from a severe lack of giant pieces of novelty candy. When we say “giant,” we mean “26-pound gummy bears.”

We first learned about this strange industry from The Worst Things For Sale, which featured a three-pound worm along with an animated GIF of a guy chomping on it. This piqued our interest for what should be obvious reasons when you see the GIF.

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Also, sugar. On Amazon, you can find other packaged giant candies. There is an 8-pack of giant Pop Rocks packets, for example.

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There’s also a giant box of Nerds. Why does this exist? Who could finish such a container before they went stale?

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That person with a very powerful pancreas might also be a fan of the giant gummy bears and worms, weighing in at three or six pounds. Or the even more giant ones available from specialty shops, such as the 26-pound gummy python.

I asked whether we could split one of these at our next Consumerist staff meeting, but was voted down. maybe because of the nutrition information:

Cherry & Blue Raspberry flavored
Weight: 26.9 pounds (12.2 kg)
Calories: 36,720
Servings: Approximately 306

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  1. DaddyBee says:

    As a candy lover, these things call my name. I would love to buy a 5 lb. chocolate bar, a life sized Lemondhead, or any number of extra sized sugary treats. I don’t let myself though – ’cause once you start, there’s no going back.

  2. Xenotaku says:

    Not as big, but easily consumable (and not that bad), I present to you Giant Pocky: http://www.amazon.com/Glico-Chocolate-covered-Biscuit-Sticks/dp/B000HC91WY

    And a comparison pic for size to the original: http://www.rachelleb.com/images/2008/03/xgiant_pocky_comparison.jpg.pagespeed.ic.6g2HslX-dU.jpg

    They’re fun to share, and just one fills you (as opposed to multiple of regular pocky). The problem is, is that the biscuit stick-to-flavor (I prefer chocolate, but they make strawberry also in giant) ratio isn’t as good as the original size, and so you have a lot of biscuit, and not so much flavor.

  3. GnRJosh says:

    When you split the calories by the number of servings, that only comes out to 120 calories. That’s not “terrible”.

  4. SingleMaltGeek says:

    FAO Schwartz in NYC has a lot of these in their candy section. So of course, I took a picture of myself with the giant box of Nerds and tagged myself and many of my friends. :D

  5. FusioptimaSX says:

    And here I thought I was the coolest kid on the block with a larger than normal Hershey’s Kiss. Reese need a real BIG peanut butter cup!