Saturday, October 6, 2012

Spooky Lollipop Rings..A Dollar Tree delight

I got a bit jealous of Dinosaur Dracula, because it seems like he has the best luck finding hidden gems among all the crap littering the discount stores. I only seem to find generic bats, or window stick-ons recycled from last year. I've often felt the dollar stores around here were a bit lamer than everywhere else, and it seems I was proven right once again. Here's what I found yesterday.

First up, Spooky Lollipop Rings. Unfortunately, I threw out the wrapper they came in, but it really wasn't anything special. I did find it interesting that they put the phrase "Collect Them All!" on the back of the package. It really doesn't make much sense, since I'm guessing most will buy several packs of these to hand out to Trick or Treaters*. Do kids really go house to house hoping to get a complete set of Spooky Lollipop Rings?  It's pretty easy to do really, since there are only three different shapes. I guess they could just keep going back to same house with the hope of completing their collection,  but it would probably be easier to waste the dollar and buy a 5-pack the next time they hit up the local Dollar Tree. Either way, on to the candy.

This one kind of reminds me of the crystal skull from the last Indiana Jones flick; it's oddly shaped and left a weird taste in my mouth. There was a hint of candy melon flavor, but it was overridden by a sweet chemical flavor. Apparently I wasn't the only one that wasn't too fond of the skulls:

It's not a pretty thing when a zombie has indigestion, trust me.

Next up was the giant eyeball.

They actually put some effort into this one. That green and black stuff in the middle is made from the same stuff as candy buttons, the candy that forced you to swallow small scraps of paper. The eyeball itself was the same flavor as the skulls, but that large glop of candy button pushed it into the realm of inedible. Bob agreed, and felt inclined to try and destroy the candy the only way he knew how:
Eat hot lead, candy spawn of Satan
Finally, we get to the best of the bunch, the brain. Don't take that to mean it's actually good though, there's really nothing good about these things.

The brain actually looks pretty decent. It has a cartoony style hue, there are a suitable number of creases and folds, and it has a shine out of the package that gives the impression it's still covered in brain juices. Out of the package, this one had a strong berry smell. The flavor reminds me of those little pinkish candies that come in wrappers that look like strawberries. This was my favorite of the bunch, mainly because it didn't make my stomach do odd things while I was eating it. What did Bob think of it?

mmmm....sugary brain..
If you happen to come across these when you make your next trip to Dollar Tree, just leave them there. Unless you plan on spending the day after Halloween cleaning eggs and toilet paper off the side of your house, save your money for the good candies.

*I believe Trick or Treaters should be treated as a proper noun, and as such, should always be capitalized.

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