Archive for the ‘Halloween Candy’ Category

Mounds and Almond Joy, Sisters for Life

Monday, October 19th, 2009 by Jon
A vintage Almond Joy and Mounds Advertisement

A vintage Almond Joy and Mounds Advertisement

Sharability: 5

Denture Danger: 4

Convenience: 5

Novelty: 8

Overall: 7

When New Years would come around and my bag of Halloween candy was at it’s end there would always be a couple Mounds and Almond Joy sitting at the bottom of my pillowcase bag. I don’t know why, because they really aren’t bad candies, but the coconut just didn’t satisfy my childhood taste buds the way Reese’s and Kit Kats did. My dad was always happy to put me out of my misery and eat the Mounds and Almond Joy for me.

Though I’m not usually a huge dark chocolate fan, it works well with the sweet coconut flavor. And I actually think I prefer it to the milk chocolate Almond Joy. The dark chocolate pulls away from the extremely sweet coconut flavor and the milk chocolate just adds to the sweetness, which is where the almond comes in.

It adds another twist to the flavor and does its job to dull down the sweetness. So both are good in their own unique way, it just depends if you are feeling like a nut or not.

Mounds and Almond Joy are sister Hershey’s products originally produced by the Peter Paul Company. The Peter Paul name is still printed on the candies’ wrappers even though the company itself no long exits. Peter Paul Halajian and some other investors created the Peter Paul Candy Company in 1919. The company originally sold a variety of candies, but because of sugar shortages during WWII they decided to focus on the production of the Mounds bar, which was created in 1920.

In 1946, Almond Joy replaced a candy called the Dream Bar, which was filled with coconut and diced almonds. A famous jingle of the 1970s ad campaign for the sister candies sang, “Sometimes you feel like a nut, sometimes you don’t.”

If you are feeling like a milk chocolatey nut, grab an Almond Joy, and if you’re feeling more sophisticated, go for the dark chocolate, nutless Mounds. If you want to take the risk with the youngsters on Halloween night, go for it, at least you know the parents will be happy.

The Diverse World of Snickers: Snickers Milk Chocolate, Snickers Dark, and Snickers Almond

Friday, October 16th, 2009 by Jon
A Vintage Snickers Wrapper

A Vintage Snickers Wrapper

Sharability: 3

Convenience: 5

Denture Danger: 6

Novelty: 8

Overall: 9

 The original Snickers bar is peanut butter nougat topped with caramel and roasted peanuts all dipped in milk chocolate. The Snickers bar not only satisfies your taste buds, but it fills you up a bit too.

I like to bring a Snickers bar with me when I go skiing because it fits in my pocket, tastes good frozen, and gives me the energy and filler that I need to keep my skiing in check.

Every year in the U.S., sales of the Snickers bar reach $2 billion making it the best selling chocolate bar of all time. It was the Mars Company’s second product in 1930 and it was named after the Mars family’s favorite horse. The bar is made by Masterfoods USA, which is a division of Mars.

Until 1990, the Snickers bar was sold under the name “Marathon” in the UK and in Ireland, but just like Mars standardized the Twix name, they decided that it was more beneficial to make an internationally consistent name for marketing reasons. And it worked. After the name was changed, it moved in rankings from 9th most popular to the 3rd most popular bar. However, Britain is not happy about the name change and there is currently an online petition website—bringbackmarathon.org—that is trying to bring the Marathon name back. It says “…in Britain we are proud to be different to everyone else…

[The Marathon Bar is] part of British History, it’s part of our culture…. Too many things get chopped and changed by the advertising men…” and it goes on to try and convince readers to sign a petition to bring back the original name despite the rise in sales that the new name brings.

Snickers bars have evolved since the 1930s. Snickers Almond is also a satisfyingly delicious bar with a unique unexpected strong almond crunch and flavor. It is surprising to me how much the taste is altered by swapping the peanuts out with almonds. It creates for Snickers diversity that really works (as opposed to the Twix and Twix PB).

The Snickers Dark adds a bitter twist and at first bite makes me think it would taste good with coffee. Again, it is another successful adaptation to the world of Snickers diversity. I personally like the smooth sweet taste of milk chocolate better than the bitter dark chocolate and would prefer a Snickers almond or Snickers original but you semisweet chocolate lovers won’t regret it if you “chow-in-the-dark.”

In the heart of Halloween, Snickers is one of those classics with which you just can’t go wrong. But this year instead of going with the original snickers like everybody else, diversify and pick up Snickers dark or Snickers almond. Your trick-or-treaters will be thankful and intrigued by the variety.

A few fun facts about Halloween Candy and the American Industry

Tuesday, October 13th, 2009 by Jon
A classic Brach's Halloween Advertisement from the 1950's

A classic Brach's Halloween Advertisement from the 1950's

I was just perusing a fascinating new book called Infographic: The Business of Candy when I stumbled across a few facts that I found quite interesting.  While candy is truly a sweet business, it is also a very important part of our economy as the astonishing facts will attest.

With Halloween around the corner, here are a few facts that I found interesting….

Only twenty six (26) percent of homes give out full sized candy bars and fun size bars are the most popular with Snickers being the most frequently purchased.

As a child, I remember getting an entire pillow case filled with full size bars which, despite being the son of the owner of a wholesale candy company, was quite a thrill.  I still love taking my children trick or treating but find myself underwhelmed by the size and variety of the candy. Sad…

I am not sure where my hometown of Pittsburgh ranks but Austin, Charlotte and San Antonia are the best place to go trick or treating (did you know that  ninety three (93) percent of children go trick or treating)  as the average household spends over $53 on decorations and sweets while Cincinnati is the worst as they spend only $35!

Halloween has another claim to fame as three fourths of all candy corn is sold during this season and considering that over nine billion ( 9,000,000,000 – WOW) pieces are produced annually, it is no wonder that October 30th holds the title of National Candy Corn Day!

OK, I admit to have devoted a lot of type to numbers but here is a truly amazing piece of information – Americans will spend $9 BILLION dollars on Halloween this year which averages out to approximately $20 per person!

PS: Did you know that the candy manufacturing industry in the United States  includes about sixteen hundred (1600)  companies, but just two (2)  – Hershey’s and M&M Mars / Masterfoods – make fifteen (15) of the top twenty (20) selling candy bars!

Prepare for Halloween With Pop Rocks Pumpkin Patch Orange

Thursday, July 23rd, 2009 by Jon
The Charlie Brown character Linus would love Pop Rocks Pumpkin Patch Candy

The Charlie Brown character Linus would love Pop Rocks Pumpkin Patch Candy

Sharability: 1 (way too good to share)

Denture Danger: 0

Convenience: 6

Novelty: 8

Overall: 10

It is the eve of October 31st and the witches, monsters, and princesses are going house to house trying to make their pillowcases as heavy as possible. One secret that we know is that quality is better than quantity. 

We make sure to get pop rocks pumpkin patch orange edition for our trick-or-treaters. What could be more perfect for Halloween? You just know that at the end of the night each kid dumps out his big bag of candy onto the table. And when he does that he will pick up that pumpkin patch orange pop rocks and put it aside in the “best candy” along with pile with the full size snickers and package of four Reese’s Cups. Wouldn’t it feel good knowing that you gave every kid-in-costume one of their favorite candies of an entire night of candy collecting? 

The orange and green pop rocks feel like hundreds of tiny explosions are going off in your mouth. The actual flavor of the pop rocks is sweet without any particular flavoring even though the package says orange flavored. The best way to eat them is to rip off the top and pour them into your mouth, that way you don’t waist any poppers on you hand.

You can pour them on to your tongue so that it sounds like bacon sizzling on the stove. The pop rocks tingle is quote soothing and if you close your eyes it feels and sounds like a rain storm is happening inside your mouth.You can feel them popping all the way down your throat and in your teeth and it’s always nice to get that unexpected pop after it you think it is all over.

After you have held the bag upside down over your gaping mouth, it is always fun to rip open the bag and lick it clean making sure to savor every last pop.

So for this coming Halloween, you know what candy to get, and for the meantime, who couldn’t go without a little extra pop rocking in their life?