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.


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


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


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!