Andes Struggles With Apparent Mint Shortage

Andes Struggles With Apparent Mint Shortage

Roger is annoyed that the package of Andes mints he bought is much larger than it needs to be. In fact, it looks suspiciously like the company is trying to convince the casual observer that there are more mints inside than there really are. I’m not sure how making a consumer feel disappointed about a candy purchase is good for repeat business, but maybe parent company Tootsie hopes you’ll eat a mint and forget the sadness. [More]

Learn What Candy To Eat With This Flowchart

Learn What Candy To Eat With This Flowchart

The blog Eating The Road continues to churn out amazingly helpful flowcharts to guide you with pretty much everything you can put in your belly. The latest is the Candy Edition, and you probably won’t be surprised to see where candy corn and circus peanuts end up.

Others we’ve missed since we last checked in: the Beer Edition and the Freezer Aisle Edition.

You Must Buy Candy At Checkout

You Must Buy Candy At Checkout

A group of candy makers, publishers, and others threw down some cash on a study to find out what the big impulse buys are at checkout counters. The not-so-surprising results: candy topped the list, at 30% of all purchases. Hey, it’s their money. [More]

How Will You Get Rid Of Leftover Halloween Candy?

How Will You Get Rid Of Leftover Halloween Candy?

If you faced a shortage of trick-or-treaters Saturday night, or are overwhelmed by the stash your own offspring brought home, you may be asking yourself, what the heck am I going to do with all this crap? You could always teach the kids a valuable life lesson by letting them chow down on candy until they get sick, but there are some better — and easier to clean up — solutions.

Vaginal Mints Are A Very, Very Bad Idea

Vaginal Mints Are A Very, Very Bad Idea

Jen Philips over at Mother Jones received a sample of an exciting new candy from a PR rep. Called Linger, it bills itself as “the intimate mint.” Or “feminine flavoring system.” Because you’re supposed to put it in your vagina.

Guy Finds Worms In Hershey's Bar

Guy Finds Worms In Hershey's Bar

Des Moines, Iowa TV station KCCI did a story on a man who opened up his Hershey’s Bar to find living worms writhing around inside.

Candy or Medicine?

Candy or Medicine?

I suppose we can’t expect little kids to tell the difference, huh? The University of Rochester Strong Memorial Hospital and the Finger Lakes Regional Poison & Drug Information Center created this chart to help you grown-ups test your ability to identify delicious candies vs pharmaceuticals. It must have been sort of fun to find ones that matched.

UK Man Decries Sex On Candy Wrappers

UK Man Decries Sex On Candy Wrappers

A father of two in the UK recently caused a scene upon discovering that cartoon fruits on some Haribo candies appear to be having a “carnal encounter.” Through careful observation, the man deduced that the lime is the “gentleman,” citing his “particularly lurid expression.”

5-Pound Gummi Bear Yet Another Example Of Misleading Bulk Pricing

5-Pound Gummi Bear Yet Another Example Of Misleading Bulk Pricing

You might think that by purchasing your gummi candy in the most bulk form possible—as a single 5 pound bear-shaped block—you’ll be saving money. After all, the catalog page says this little fella is equivalent to approximately 1400 regular-sized gummi bears. But actually, it turns out a 5 pound bag of Haribo gummis on Amazon is less than half the price (if you get super saver shipping).

Food Companies Warn Of Impending Sugar Shortage, Misery, Doom

Food Companies Warn Of Impending Sugar Shortage, Misery, Doom

The food companies say we are on the brink of a sugar shortage that will wreak havoc on your candy bars and all that. According to the WSJ several large food companies including Kraft Foods Inc., General Mills Inc., Hershey Co. and Mars Inc. sent a letter to Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack warning that the US could run out of sugar if we don’t get rid of some tariffs.

Blue Food Coloring Used In M&Ms Has Actual Medical Use

Blue Food Coloring Used In M&Ms Has Actual Medical Use

Now, you know what they say about green M&Ms. That isn’t true. But have you heard what they say about blue M&Ms? That the dye they contain can help the body to repair damage from spinal cord injuries? That one’s true. Oh, and the dye also turns rodents blue.

Teen Finds Cocaine In CVS Candy Aisle

Teen Finds Cocaine In CVS Candy Aisle

A 14-year-old in Middleburg, Florida, went to buy some Skittles at a CVS and found a small bag of cocaine next to the candy. Police have reviewed the security tapes, but say the store’s cameras don’t cover the candy aisle. As if sugar doesn’t make them hyper enough already.

It's Free Chocolate Friday From Mars

It's Free Chocolate Friday From Mars

Fork over your personal information and the Mars chocolate company will snail mail you a free coupon for one full-sized Mars candy bar in 6 weeks. We mentioned this in Morning Deals in May, it’s still going on, and will continue on Fridays through September. They’re calling it the “Real Chocolate Relief Act,” a tie-in to two different news stories: 1) Economic bailout plans and 2) Some corner-cutting candymakers not using 100% cocoa butter and putting more oil inside – a basterdization known as “mocklate.”

http://consumerist.com/2009/07/07/pez-candy-is-suing-the/

Pez Candy is suing the Pez musuem in Burlingame, CA for copyright infringement. The museum has a 7-foot-tall Pez dispenser that they want destroyed. Maybe Pez should make a new candy flavor called “Copyright Overkill” that tastes like all the joy has been removed. [Laughing Squid] (Thanks to sizer!) (Photo: Hryck.)

http://consumerist.com/2009/07/06/hershey-is-closing-its-online/

Hershey is closing its online store (www.hersheygifts.com) at the end of the month, saying they can’t keep it running in this economy. If you like their “chocolate” products, everything on the site is on sale for 25% off. [LA Times] (Thanks to Robert!)

Sam's Club Apologizes For Candy-In-Prescription-Bottles Promo

Sam's Club Apologizes For Candy-In-Prescription-Bottles Promo

We have also shared with all of our pharmacy departments that this is an unacceptable practice and should not be repeated. At Sam’s Club we always have the health and welfare of our customers and members in mind with everything we do and we deeply regret that this incident occurred.

Sams Club Giving Kids Candy In Pill Bottles

Sams Club Giving Kids Candy In Pill Bottles

The Sam’s Club in Salisbury, Maryland, is promoting its pharmacy by handing out pill bottles filled with candy to kids. I guess that’s better than filling Dots boxes with Vicodin. Or handing out gallon-sized jugs of Nerds. Update: Sam’s Club has ended the promotion and apologized for it.

Technically, There Is Nothing Wrong With This Display

Technically, There Is Nothing Wrong With This Display

On the other hand, we think the CVS manager in this D.C. store might want to take a look around and see how other stores are doing it. (Thanks to Rob!)