Thursday, 5 July 2012

Guilty Pleasure: "They're Not Sweets, They're Candy"

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.
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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. 
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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, 
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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? 

19 comments:

  1. Mmm I love this type of candy! I've not tried tootsie rolls yet, though.

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  2. So jealous of your life. Like crazy jealous!

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  3. Is this because of the America thing, the fact I get press samples like this thing, or that fact you just Tweeted you could kill for someone to send you food to your desk right now and then I Tweeted a link to this?! x

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  4. Thanks for an awesome blog post Rachel! So glad you enjoyed the goodies. Best of luck in your new American life from all at Cybercandy.

    The Candy Underlord x

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  5. Thanks guys - I'm sure this lot is going to keep me on a sugar high right up until I leave!

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  6. I once spent £40.00 on my lunch break in Cybercandy covent garden. On credit because I hadn't been paid! Whoopsie! Liking your blog, I discovered you a few days ago!
    XX
    http://littlemidge.blogspot.co.uk/

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  7. That sounds totally like to sort of thing I would do - I'm glad you're enjoying the blog!

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  8. I love American sweets! They have like a billion varieties of M&Ms over there and I always stock up every time we go. In fact, I cracked open a big bag of peanut butter M&Ms to munch on last night - the best! Never tried a tootsie roll though. I'm sure we used to have Jolly Ranchers in the UK when I was little. And we definitely used to have Nerds over here. They're my best friends favourite and I always have to bring her back some :) x

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  9. American M&M's are amazing. I love the pretzel ones, but the original ones also are brilliant. I hate the candy Americans call chocolate usually (never eat one of their Kit Kats if you value your taste buds) but in M&M's they are incredible, so much better than the English ones with real chocolate in. And the packets are more awesome the ay you can tear them open!

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  10. Tootsie Rolls and Jolly Ranchers are my favourites! In fact, I love Jolly Rancher so much that I made Jolly Rancher vodka one! Now, one thing I'd love to try are these Sour Patch Kid. Sounds even better than French Haribos! x

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  11. natalie_johanna5 July 2012 at 11:01

    Oh my gosh this has got to be one of my favourite blog posts of all time. I am an American sweety addict. When my boyfy and I visited the states last year, I spent close to $100 on sweeties to bring back. It was coming up to Halloween when we visited so lots of GIANT bags of candy about... very dangerous.
    Tootsie rolls have been my favourite every since I visted DisneyWorld as a little girl and Sour Patch kids - we literally ate them for breakfast on our road trips.
    N xoxo
    http://breathebeautyfitness.blogspot.co.uk/

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  12. My bf has such a sweet tooth, I am more chocolate than actual candy but we actually shared a packet of nerds the other day! How romantic!

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  13. Sour Patch Kids for breakfast? That is mental! And yes, I'm going to have to put myself on something of a spending ban when it gets to Halloween this year, because I have a feeling the candy available in Los Angeles is going to look like something I have never seen before in my life in England!

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  14. That is actually, really sweet! (Excuse the pun!)

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  15. oh gosh, this post just made me so hungry! I love candy, specially anything with chocolate :)

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  16. Ladybugcupcakes5 July 2012 at 12:56

    *drools*

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  17. I just LOVE pop rocks. And tootsie rolls. As a lover savoury, it's really rare that I crave sweets but like you said; there is something super tempting about these obnoxious candies.

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  18. tootsie rolls are my weakness! i came back with two huge bags full when i went to new york & i used to always buy them from cybercandy when i lived in london. twinkies & pretzel flipz are faves too. oh god. i just want loads of junk now xx

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  19. I don't have a massive sweet tooth but love sour "candy", I definitely need to try those Sour Patch Kids! x

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