I have one massive guilty pleasure, and as long time readers will know while I usually prefer savoury to sweet, I have a very large, sweet and gooey partition of my heart reserved for American candy. Not their candy chocolate, that stuff is awful, but the super sweet, super sugary, obnoxiously flavoured and coloured sweets you get in gas stations and drug stores. When the team at Cybercandy offered to send me a few things to try to celebrate the launch of their blog, I started jumping up and down with excitement, and that was before I had ingested all the sugar in this spread I put together with the bits from the Cybercandy team and stuff from my own stash I keep in an old Glossybox at my parents house.
Grape, Blue Raspberry & Watermelon Jolly Ranchers Hard Candy: £3.53 for198g, Wonka Neon Nerds: £2.60 for 175g
I remember the first evening my friends took me into the Cybercandy store in London and apparently my jaw was down to the floor - it seemed like heaven (it is pretty easy to find, it is next to SNOG frozen yogurt). However, aside from being a great site where you can order your favourite American and Aussie candy without paying stupid costs I think I have to give it massive kudos for being somewhere you can buy real, proper American Mountain Dew soda. The British stuff, frankly is vile in comparison, and every time I forget it is not as nice and I buy a bottle I get disappointed.
Original Jolly Rancher hard candies (Grape, Blue Raspberry, Watermelon, Cherry and Apple, though I can't stand the Cherry and Apple versions) were my first ever introduction to American candy. I was 11 years old, away at boarding school and an American girl in my dormitory had a bag and I fell in love. That is where my candy love affair started, and if you have never tried one order a pack and suck your heart out!
Wonka Neon Nerds. Everyone else who is British and in the 17-22 age bracket, don't you remember when we were kids there was this whole slew of branded sweets like Harry Potter Bertie Botts Every Flavour Beans (though, I still long for the strawberry fondant filled Liquorice Wands) and Willie Wonka's Everlasting Gobstoppers and Neon Nerds? Nerds vanished from our shelves (though you can now get them places like Cybercandy and Selfridges), so when I touched down in San Francisco last year I was over the moon to find out you could buy whole boxes of the little candy pieces.
The candies I'd never tried before that Cybercandy sent me were Cotton Candy flavoured Pop Rocks and Sour Patch Kids. Now, I'm a massive fan of the Strawberry flavoured Pop Rocks that are common place here in England. This is one thing I'm not sure about in this post, because while I can see why they call the flavour Cotton Candy, I don't think it is that accurate, and not nearly as nice as the Strawberry flavour. On the other hand, Sour Patch Kids where something I'd been planning on trying while I was in the US and did not get around to but I actually love. Think very, but not too overpoweringly sour, sugar coated gummy bears,
Finally, mixed in with the Jolly Ranchers there are midget sized Tootsie Rolls, another boarding school discovery from one of the American kids, this time in the Student Social Centre where we had a tuck shop, television, table tennis and a couple of snooker tables when I was 14. They are dark, slightly caramel slightly chocolately chews that while they make you very thirsty, I have simply never been able to get enough of!
What are your absolutely guilty pleasures?