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Kinder Eggs Are Coming To The U.S., But Not Those Kinder Eggs

The Kinder Surprise is a chocolate egg with a plastic capsule in the middle containing a small toy. It’s a common candy all over the world, but has a cult appeal to Americans because it’s illegal here. It’s so illegal that you can be fined thousands of dollars for smuggling them into the country. Now, though, the company has a product that is American-proof and totally legal, and will introduce it next year. [More]

Federal Lawsuit Over Under-Filled Whoppers And Reese’s Pieces Boxes Goes Forward

Federal Lawsuit Over Under-Filled Whoppers And Reese’s Pieces Boxes Goes Forward

Sure, it’s vaguely annoying that boxes of candy aren’t full all the way to the top, but most people don’t file federal class actions over a lack of peanut butter candies. A man in Missouri has done exactly that, claiming that boxes of Reese’s Pieces and Whoppers that he purchased were dramatically under-filled. [More]

Great Beyond

Macy’s Sell Frango Chocolate Brand To Garrett Popcorn Owner

More than a decade after Macy’s inherited much-adored chocolate brand Frango from Marshall Field & Co., the struggling department store is selling the label to the owner of Garrett Popcorn.  [More]

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Skittles Scattered Across Highway Were Destined For Cattle Feed: Mars Investigating

Mars Inc. has a number of very distinct businesses under its sizable umbrella, covering everything from its well-known candy brands to pet food to veterinary clinics. But that doesn’t explain why a load of Skittles spilled all over a Wisconsin highway were on their way to become cattle feed. [More]

Are Nestlé’s Raisinet Boxes “Recklessly” Under-Filled?

Are Nestlé’s Raisinet Boxes “Recklessly” Under-Filled?

By now most Consumerist readers are familiar with the Grocery Shrink Ray, where the amount of a product in a package shrinks over time to keep the price of the product consistent without decreasing profits. Sure, that’s annoying and perhaps a bit misleading, but the Shrink Ray’s sneakier twin — slack-fill — is even worse, and now it’s the reason for a class-action seeking lawsuit against Nestlé, accusing the candy company of “recklessly” underfilling its Raisinets boxes.  [More]

PepOMint

Filling Your Stocking With Chocolate May Be Cheaper This Year

If it’s not visions of sugar plums you see dancing in your head at Christmas, but images of chocolate Santa Clauses and reindeer, you’re in luck: cocoa prices are falling, which means chocolate is getting cheaper. [More]

Melissa Wiese

Nestlé Creates A New Sugar: Use Less, Get The Same Taste

For years, food and beverage companies like Pepsi Co. have tweaked their use of sugar and sweetener substitutes to find just the right mixture that aligns with consumers’ tastes and perception of a healthy lifestyle. Instead of fiddling around with different kinds of sweeteners like aspartame or Splenda, Nestlé hit the laboratory to create its own version of the crystallized ingredient.  [More]

Mondelez

Toblerone Fans Are Not Happy With Mondelez’s Decision To Change Candy Bar’s Shape

It’s always a gamble when companies mess with a product beloved by consumers, as Mondelez found out when it decided to change the shape of its Toblerone chocolate bar in the U.K., pulling a bit of a Grocery Shrink Ray move in the process. [More]

Great Beyond

Dad Hands Out Candy On Flight So Daughter Won’t Miss Trick-Or-Treating

Imagine telling your child they won’t be able to go trick-or-treating. Not a fun image, right? One dad managed to turn a potentially unfortunate situation into a super sweet one, when he made sure his daughter didn’t miss out on Halloween’s biggest tradition just because she was stuck on a plane. [More]

Your Dentist Will Probably Hate M&M’s New Caramel Variety

Your Dentist Will Probably Hate M&M’s New Caramel Variety

Almonds, peanuts, pretzels, peanut butter — if none of those chocolate-covered candies get your sweet tooth tingling, Mars is hoping its newest variety of M&M’s will: caramel covered with milk chocolate and of course coated in a candy shell. [More]

Grocery Shrink Ray Swipes A Few Junior Mints

Grocery Shrink Ray Swipes A Few Junior Mints

The Grocery Shrink Ray is the reason why a “half gallon” container of ice cream is no longer half a gallon (with notable exceptions), and why toilet paper squares are no longer four inches. Products shrink almost imperceptibly over time, sometimes disguised by a package redesign. The latest place it has hit? Junior Mints. [More]

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Why Do Purple Skittles Taste Different Outside The U.S.?

The idea that purple Skittles could taste like anything other than grape is not one familiar to folks who are used chomping on the candies in the U.S. — what else could it possibly be, after all, with that color? But outside the U.S., the purple part of the rainbow tastes completely different. [More]

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Will Peeps Worker Strike Put Easter Candy At Risk?

Love’em or hate’em, you’re probably used to seeing brightly-colored marshmallow Peeps in the shape of bunnies and chicks peeking out of Easter baskets every year. But now that hundreds of workers have walked off the job at the factory where the candy is made, is it possible that we may see a dip in the Peeps population next Easter? [More]

Alan Parkinson

Mondelez Will Work On Upscale Chocolate, Oreo Candy Bars After Hershey Snub

Earlier this year, global snack giant Mondelez made a series of unsolicited offers to acquire Hershey, which the candy company turned down. If the company can’t have Hershey, though, what will it do? It announced plans today to expand its own chocolate offerings in both its upmarket and downmarket lines. [More]

Tom Simpson

Mondelez Abandons Bid To Create Snack-Candy Behemoth With Hershey Purchase

The residents of Hershey, PA, can breathe a sigh a relief today, as Mondelez — the owner of Nabisco and Cadbury — announced it would ditch its months-long bid to purchase the Hershey’s brand following several rebuffed offers by the chocolate giant. [More]

Wells & Grace

Pumpkin Spice Lindor Truffles Are Coming To Stores, And You Can’t Stop Them

Did you think that because it’s the peak of summer that you were safe from pumpkin spice mania? No, of course not: that’s when food companies announce their new pumpkin spice food-like objects, before they hit stores in August and September. Thanks to Consumerist’s diligent coverage of how pumpkin spice everything is taking over the American food supply, we now get press releases about new products. [More]

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We May Be Facing A Future Without M&M McFlurries

If you’re the kind of person who likes to add extra sugar to your dose of sugar, your sweet tooth may soon have to accept a new reality, one where an ice cream treat isn’t dotted with brightly colored candy: Mars, the company behind the M&Ms in your McFlurry, the Snickers in your Burger King dessert pie, may be considering ending those kinds of partnerships with fast food chains. [More]

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Makers Of Peeps, Lemonheads, Jelly Belly, Others Promise Not To Advertise To Kids

For years many companies have abided by self-regulation programs that outline how they can and should market their products to children. Today, six candy companies took a step to ensure they also responsibly advertise to often-impressionable — and sweet-toothed — kiddos by creating a new self-regulatory initiative.  [More]