get your candy freak on

I just finished reading this book, and now there are some new candies to add to my “candy to try” list:
– Old Faithful Bar by the Idaho Spud company (but no Idaho Spuds, since they have coconut)
– Goldenberg’s Peanut Chew
Lake Champlain Chocolate’s 5-star bar in peanut flavor
Clark Bar (can you believe I’ve never had one?)
Valomilk (I know I’ve mentioned these before. One of these days I’ll get to Kansas to try one)
The book was a fun read, especially for a candy adherent like me. My only beef with the author is his negative attitude toward Peeps. How can anyone not like Peeps?!?

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16 Responses to get your candy freak on

  1. Lizzi says:

    I ask myself that question all the time! My mother always looked at me so strangely when Peeps fell into the shopping cart every Easter…she just doesn’t understand how good they really are.

  2. Jennifer says:

    OK, but have you tried the Twin Bing from my hometown of Sioux City, Iowa? It got mentioned for some ungodly number of pages in this book. Say you haven’t tried it yet? Please. Please! If so, I’ll be ordering some on my next trip home (or from my sister).
    PEEPS!$#&*%! How can you have a negative thing to say about an innocent candy like Peeps? That’s just not right.

  3. izan says:

    you should read sweets by tim richardson. he mentions peeps and he loves them too!

  4. Christine says:

    Clark Bars = Butterfinger but better!
    Also, Ritter Sport Olympia should be on your list (if you’ve never tried it before). It’s chocolate with yogurt nougat (sounds kind of nasty but it is sooo tasty).
    I had a chocolate tasting recently and a milk chocolate bar with “Hot Masala” (it tasted rather like chai) was the big favorite

  5. greta says:

    Offer is still open, I’ll send you some Valomilks to try…did megan ever receive hers? Can’t wait to read your Candy Reviews….but really? Never had a Clark bar? I just exceeded my ? limit, gotta go sing Happy BIrthday to RAchael!

  6. Robyn says:

    I never thought it would happen, I never thought I would meet anyone that really loved cnady as much as me….We have some great stuff here in canada and some great candy stores….I think I am going to put together a package of my favourites for you to review…you up for it??

  7. Lizzi says:

    Oh, now that I think about it, should I ask my fiance to send some extra candy in my next package from him? I would be more than happy to send along some strange-but-yummy British candy. I particularly love the orange Kit Kats.

  8. Gina says:

    I grew up in Pittsburgh, PA — home of the Clark Bar, and I was amazed to learn of their limited distriubtion outside of Pittsburgh. I love Goldenberg Chews! Let me know if you need one sent to you.

  9. Rob says:

    Sorry, but I’m gonna disagree with you on the Peeps.
    My favorite use for Peeps comes from my junior year of college, when I accompanied a friend to a poetry reading near Spring Break. On stage was a VERY large, floor-model fan–the head/blades part had to be 2-3 feet across. Given that it was an un-airconditioned small lecture hall, I thought nothing of the fan being on (it made perfect sense).
    About halfway through the evening, someone came on to do a dramatic reading of something involving Easter, her childhood, and more. During the entire piece, an assistant was tossing Peeps into the fan from behind, which “exploded” in a cloud of yellow guck and pelting the audience with sugary chunks.
    I absolutely HOWLED. To this day, it is a VERY vivid memory (and a good way to make me wet myself).

  10. yoko says:

    Clark Bars were my favorite candy bar on Halloween, next to Almond Joys.
    I actually tried the Lake Champlain bar a couple weeks ago. Very smooth, with more peanut than chocolate, which is how I like ’em.

  11. Nathania says:

    Mmmmmm… Valomilks….
    I have to say that while I think Peeps are a really cute Easter thing, I just don’t like to eat them. They taste kind of weird and chemically to me.

  12. Courtney says:

    Peeps! I cant stand the taste. . .but they are pretty fun if you lick the bottoms, and then toss them onto the celing and try to get them to stick.

  13. Chelee says:

    PEEPS ROCK! How dare someone say otherwise. Have you ever had them as a s’more? OMG the sugar outside gets carmalized and crunchy….drooling on keyboard….it is truely a religious experience.

  14. leslie says:

    hi from a Kansas reader…
    Although I live but 20 miles from the factory, Valomilks are incredibly difficult to find even here. The only places I’ve located them are at Cracker Barrels along the highway (in their gift shops [or should I say shoppes], so you don’t have to order the overpriced grub) and at Hobby Lobbys. Don’t know if you have these chain establishments where you’re at, but these are my sources.
    And don’t let the “flowing center” marketing fool you–they’re really quite good!

  15. JStrizzy says:

    Great sent me some valomilks a while back, and though I’m glad I tried them I don’t think I’d try ’em again. SO sweet I couldn’t manage more than half of one at a time.
    My mom just read that book and was going on about Goldenberg’s too, so if she gets her hands on some I’ll let you know how they are.
    And Peeps as s’mores?!? I never even thought of that, but now I can’t stop…

  16. Miriam says:

    You can get Valomilks online from the Vermont Country Store–just not now, because they only ship them when it’s cooler out. They sell lots of weird old candies and stuff.

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