Showing posts with label candy. Show all posts
Showing posts with label candy. Show all posts

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Dum Dum's Holiday Pops

I'm a sucker for a good lollipop. Yes, I see what I did there....The problem with most lollipops, is that they stick around for way too long. I know it's crazy for me to complain about a piece of candy lasting too long, but come on. You're saying you've never gotten bored before you got to the bubble gum or Tootsie Roll middle? Bullhockey. Enter Dum Dums, a superior candy on a stick, in holiday flavors no less.

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Christmas Mood Table

For some reason, I'm really having a rough time getting into the holiday spirit this year. Maybe it's because we're pretty much broke, or perhaps it's stress from worrying about family and work. Whatever the reasons, I was finding that I had to force the happy feelings the past couple of weeks. Today, I decided to take back my holiday cheer. I was determined to find a way to bring those feelings of joy back to the surface, but I couldn't figure out how. Then it hit me, I needed a mood table.

I wish I could make the claim that I invented the concept of a mood table, but I believe that honor goes to Matt from Dinosaur Dracula. Humble as he may be, his Halloween Mood tables are something to behold, and I'm sure they could put anybody in the Halloween spirit. I decided to take that concept and apply it to the Christmas season. I did a quick search, but I couldn't find any examples of  Christmas Mood Tables. Does that mean I'm the first?

It actually took several tries before I got everything arranged just so. It's still not quite perfect, since I'd love to add some more colorful objects, but I think it's looking pretty great right now. Let's have a closer look, shall we?

This little Santa toy was once filled with candy. Now he just appears to be filled with fear. That's what happens when you tell Bob the Zombie Viper he's on the naughty list. It's not his fault he did all those nasty things. He's really not such a bad guy, he just smells that way.

I have to admit, after reexamining the photo, it's quite possible he's just trying to get away from Timber. Santa needs to realize, just because the wolves at the North Pole are friendly, doesn't mean the ones down here will be as amicable.

This is what I like to call the "treat corner" of the table. Up front we have Gingerbread M&M's, Gingerbread Peeps, and Rudolph gummies. Obi Wan Kenobi looks like he really wants an M&M, but I'm sure he thinks this is some kind of test. Just eat one already Ben. I promise they won't make you go to the dark side.

My, aren't we a happy looking Santa Claus. I can't help it, every time I look at this guy, I can't keep myself from grinning. Unfortunately, I have to make sure he stays turned off. Otherwise, the slightest touch on his belly sends him into a hysterical fit, and he'll knock everything off the table. Oh Ticklish Santa, you bring so much joy and so much aggravation at the same time..I'm not sure if you can tell, but Ticklish Santa is also sitting on several of my favorite Christmas Movies. Now I'm realizing I probably should have stored the discs in a binder, because I'll have to take part of the display down to get to the movies. Crap.

At the top of the mountain, we have the lair of Stunt Claus. Or is it Santa Zombie? Zombie Claus? I guess I should have established that at his creation. Either way, he has plenty of friends, with Wampa, unfortunate skeleton, and a couple of snowmen to keep him company. What are his plans for the Christmas season? Nothing too evil I hope...

Here we see Iron man putting the finishing touches on the tree. He actually came up with a formula to determine which decorations should go where. The result is the most precisely decorated tree in history. Behind him you can see more of our Christmas movies, and next to those you can barely see a Christmas Sing-a-ma-jig. It's just watching, waiting for the perfect moment to jump from behind the tree and sing "Jingle Bells" at somebody.

High up in the tree, Snake Eyes is keeping watch, just in case any of Cobra's secret elves try to come in and sabotage the lights. He may not seem like the Christmas-y type, but oh boy..does he ever get pissed when someone tries to mess with the tree lights.

It seems the Storm Trooper got a little confused, and mistook Dodger from Oliver and Company for his Tauntaun. "No wonder they lost the war", muttered a bewildered Rebel Trooper under his breath.

It seems like wherever you go, there will always be somebody causing trouble. Knowing Mumm-Ra, this is all his doing. Or, I could be wrong, and it's all part of a snowball fight gone bad. Either way, this is probably going to end badly for Cobra Commander, unless he's smart enough to run away from this one.

I have to admit, after I finished the table, I was definitely feeling more of the ol' Christmas spirit. It's almost like those twinkling little lights burned through whatever fog that was keeping me from getting into the holiday. So, if you're feeling down in the dumps, or just can't get into the swing of things this year,just do what I did. Arrange a bunch of random Christmas items on a table top, and watch your aggravations just dissolve away. Oh, and if you do put together a Christmas Mood Table, I'd love to see it.

Have a happy rest of November!

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Halloween leftovers

It's November 5th, and I'm still finding it hard to believe that Halloween has already come and gone. My little hiatus during the middle of the month kinda threw things out of whack, and I never really recovered enough of the Halloween spirit to keep the countdown going. We didn't even carve jack-o-lanterns this year. That's the first time that's ever happened.

Since I was gone for close to two weeks, I had a few things I didn't get a chance to cover for the blog. That just means I have a few leftovers to share with everyone.

I really have an unhealthy appetite for Jell-O. I've yet to find a flavor that I didn't like. That's right, I even like Lime flavored Jell-O. I do draw the line at those weird fruit salads, that have chunks of unidentifiable fruit floating around in a round Jell-O mold. Why would anyone want to muck about with a fine gelatin desert by adding real fruit to it? Craziness..Anyway, it's this love for Jell-O that caused me to pick up this kit I saw at Wal-Mart. Apparently, I forgot to take a photo of the thing while it was still in the box, but if you go to Wal-Mart and look in the now clearanced Halloween section, I'm sure you'll find it. This particular kit comes with the mold seen here, as well as two different flavors of Jell-O, orange and grape. I know the molding tray has 6 spots in it, but for whatever reason, Jell-O decided to allow us to make two pumpkins at a time. That means we only get 5 spooky shapes.

The first one, and my favorite, is the grinning skull. Most would be content with just giving us a skull, but Jell-O added a little bit of spine there at the bottom. It's not a huge deal, but it's a nice little touch and it adds to the creepiness of the mold. Think about it, which would freak you out more, just finding a skull laying on the ground, or finding a skull with the spine still attached? It's the little things that shows Jell-O cares.

Up next we have your standard ghost. What's interesting though, are his arms. Rather than looking like arms hidden beneath a sheet, they look more like bony wings. I've never seen a ghost with bony wings before, so I'm instantly suspicious of that smile he has pasted on his mug. You may seem friendly, orange gelatin spirit, but I know you're not to be trusted.

Those are what I consider the "Creepy Crawlers" of the bunch. It's hard to see in the picture, but the bat actually has two little eyes molded in there. The spider has neither eyes, nor a mouth, but that's probably a good thing. A spider that can stare me straight in the face and give me a grin would cause me to lose my shit. These guys remind me of those huge gummy critters I used to buy from the convenience stores around here. They were multi-colored, and came in a foil back plastic bubble. You could get them one at a time, or buy a whole strip of fruity gummy creatures. I'd advise against that though, since eating more than two of them was usually enough to make me wish I could throw up.

Last up, we have the incredibly happy jack-o-lantern. Why is he so happy? You've got me. Maybe he has something awful planned for us. Or maybe it's because he knows that Chelsea spiked the Jell-O with chocolate whip cream vodka, effectively making all these things undercover Jell-O shots. I bet if I ate enough of them I'd be smiling like that too.

I'm S'mores eating fiend, so when I saw this earlier in the season, I had to pick it up. I've enjoyed S'mores cereal, Pop-Tarts, and candy bars, but I can't fool myself into thinking that they actually taste like the graham cracker, chocolate and marshmallow treat I've grown to love.

Sadly, mine was already falling apart when I opened up the package. At least Russel Stover made it look similar to the real thing. The main difference is the marshmallow is contained within a thin chocolate shell. It's not quite a Hershey bar, but it should do.  Still, you can't just slap a cold piece of chocolate and marshmallow between a couple of graham crackers and call it a S'mores. This calls for some heat.

Well crap. It looks like 20 seconds in the microwave was a bit too much. The proper preparation of S'mores requires an open fire, preferably built using the remains of your enemy's empire. Barring that, a microwave will work in a pinch. I expected things to soften up a bit, but I didn't think it would turn into a soupy mess. I didn't really want to waste what was still a perfectly edible snack, so I dug in anyway. After a couple of bites, I realized that what I was putting in my mouth didn't actually taste like the real thing. It did taste exactly like the S'mores Pop Tarts though. That's not necessarily a bad thing, though it is a little puzzling since it looks nothing like a Pop-Tart.

Sadly, I didn't pick either one of these up for the candy. I picked them out, because they were two different takes on the same character. Sinister he may be, the Dracula on the left still has manners, and he'll ask your permission before he sucks your blood. He looks like the type of vampire that would have you over for a nice dinner, before having your for dinner. The Dracula on the right however..

He's a freakin' wild man. There's no suave, sophisticated manners with this guy. Look at those crazed, bloodshot eyes and the huge ears. This is a vampire that has forsaken his humanity, and is just searching for his next meal. You might get the chance to enjoy a glass of wine in front of a roaring fire place with Bubble Tape Dracula, but Lip Pop Dracula is going to make a meal out of you as soon as you ring the doorbell. The Bubble Tape's flavor is "Awesome Original", which sounds like another way of saying "Amazingly Plain". Still, it tastes better than the Lip Pop's Green.

It doesn't help that I look completely ridiculous while I'm trying to eat the Lip Pop.

Finally, here's a picture of Chelsea dressed as a cat for work last Friday. I know she works at an animal hospital, but I thought it was for animals, not run by them.....I think I've filled my quota for bad jokes this evening, so I'll be merciful and end this post.

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Halloween Countdown: Bloody Bites!

I shambled across these in my latest trip to Dollar General. They're plastic fangs packaged with packets of watermelon flavored "blood". 

I have to say, some of the dollar store candy makers are really upping their game when it comes to packaging. It used to be, you'd get a plain plastic bag, usually in orange or black, that would say something like "Halloween Mix" on the front. Now they're coming out with original creations, and adding some great artwork as well.

See what I mean? Looks like that green faced vampire is a bit of a sloppy eater. Either sexy lady vampire is much more careful with her food, or she hasn't had a chance to dig her fangs in yet.

Bloody Bites are distributed by a company called Bee International. However, for their Halloween candies, they've become ZomBee. If you look close enough, you can see that it's actually a zombified version of their usual logo. I also love their slogan, "Eating Brains Since 1970". I have to admire that they put so much effort in a detail people won't even notice.

Each pack contains a set of glow in the dark plastic teeth, and an oozing candy blood bag. Initially, I was under the impression that I was supposed to use the plastic teeth to bite into the blood bag, thereby releasing the candy into my mouth parts. It appears I was wrong, because I wasn't able to tear that bag with any amount of chewing. It goes without saying, I just had to give them a taste. I even filmed it so you can share in my pain.

I have a couple big things planned for the weekend, but it's only going to happen if the weather holds out. So keep your fingers crossed.

Oh, didn't I mention that the fangs glow in the dark?

Sweet dreams....

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Easter candy fun

Fighting for the first slice.

Bob and the Stunt Zombie enjoying some creamy egg "brains".

Sunday, March 31, 2013

Happy Easter! from Stunt Zombie and friends!

I think Easter is one of the few holidays that actually has better candy than Halloween. Sure, there are a lot of great candies that come out for Halloween, but it's also a time when you see tons of knockoff candies on the shelves. You know the ones I'm talking about; they come in orange or black wax coated wrappers, stick to your teeth like glue, and generally taste like they're a couple decades old.  Well, I don't see that sort of thing with Easter. Sure, you get cheaper candies if you buy the pre-made baskets, otherwise, most of the candy makers bring out their A-game for the Easter Holiday. But this post isn't about the politics of holiday candies, this is about my Easter haul.

When Chelsea and I started dating, we decided we wanted to make sure every Christmas has a little bit of the fun and magic that we remembered as children. That's why she'll most likely get a Disney movie, or something Muppets related, while I'll likely find Legos or an action figure or two under the tree. The same thing goes for Easter. Sure, we're both in our 30's now, but that doesn't mean we still don't enjoy hunting around the house for our baskets.  

Okay, enough of this. Let's see what was in my baskets!

That Spiderman pail has been my "basket" since we started dating, and I have to admit, I never get tired of seeing it. Since there wasn't enough room for everything in the pail, Chelsea also got me this little Star Wars lunchbox, which will come in handy for a later post.

Giant Moustache Lollipop! Now that is one epic fruity stache! I haven't cracked this one open yet, it just seems like it would be a shame to run such a wonderful facsimile of facial hair. I just want to walk around town holding this in front of my face and talk with a bad British accent. 

Yoda PEZ and Lightsaber lollipop! I have to admit, I'm not a huge fan of the PEZ candies, but I always get a kick out of the PEZ dispensers. I also like the idea of Yoda as a PEZ dispenser. "Candy you seek? Tilt back my head, and find you shall." 

The lightsaber is another one I haven't opened yet, but if color is an accurate gauge of flavor, then I'm guessing this one is blueberry. The candy part will actually light up when you push the button on the hilt. It really didn't show up well enough on camera for me to post it though.  I might have to try again later tonight.

Choco-Treasure Spiderman! Since the deadly assault Kinder eggs are illegal to import into this country, some enterprising folks have found a way to make chocolate eggs safe for American children. I actually tried this one right after the photo, and I have to admit the chocolate wasn't that good. I'm not sure if it was the close proximity to the plastic egg inside, or if they use cheaper chocolate to keep the costs down. It just seemed a bit waxy, and didn't have the usual richness of other makers' milk chocolate. I would post a pic of the toy surprise, but unfortunately, it smelled of chocolate, and I accidentally ate it. Give me a couple days, and I'll get some shots of it.

Mario Kart Klik candy dispenser. This is the first candy dispenser I've seen that comes with a warning not to aim at the eyes or the face. I tried it out, and it launches the "Smarties" with quite a bit of force. If I were at dinner, and someone across the table asked for a piece of candy, I'm confident this thing could launch it into their mouth. 

This one comes with a bonus:

Mario and his kart are detachable! This alone could keep me occupied for hours. 

Pocky...? Okay, so Pocky isn't necessarily and Easter candy, but I still love it. 

Cadbury Creme Eggs and Mini Creme Eggs, Snickers egg, Reese's Peanut Butter Egg, Starburst jelly beans. These guys are all pretty much Easter staples. The Snickers and Reese's eggs are newer, but they've still been around long enough to become traditional. Same with the Starburst jelly beans. I find myself choosing these over regular jelly beans just about every time. At least with the Starburst ones, I don't have to worry about eating the licorice flavored beans. I think I actually prefer the Mini Cadbury eggs to the full size. All of these candies are sweet, but the Cadbury Creme Eggs take it to the next level. At least with the mini versions, I don't feel like I'm going to have diabetes after eating one.

Edible Grass. This is another one that I just started seeing within the last couple of years. It has the texture and taste of lightly sweetened styrofoam strips, but I still can't stop myself from enjoying eating it. I'm almost scared to look at the ingredients, because I'll probably discover it's made from recycled packing peanuts.

Giant Reese's Peanut Butter Egg. My mom used to get me the large coconut eggs every year. I'd nibble on them for a while, but inevitably, they ended up getting tossed in the trash. Sticking them in the freezer wouldn't work either, because the eggs would be forgotten, only to be rediscovered years later when the freezer needed a good defrosting.  Eventually, the same company would come out with a peanut butter version, but it just couldn't compare to the smaller Reese's Eggs. I bring that up, because I'm really hoping this is just like the smaller Reese's, just larger. I can't remember ever having a bad Reese's product, so I have high hopes for this one.

Lastly, what would Easter be without toys? This year, Chelsea picked up a few of the Lego Series 9 Mini-figures from five below. 

I really wanted Chicken Suit Guy and Jeckyll/Hyde since I first saw them.  The waiter guy wasn't on my list, but I can still find a use for him. Now if I could just get my hands on an Alien Avenger, I'll have all the ones I wanted from this series.

I just noticed this, but from this angle, the Waiter looks really sad. Usually he looks like he's smirking, but in the photo he seems so down. Maybe the two guys next to him stiffed him on the tip. Jekyll looks like the sort of person that would do that. 

Well, there you have it, the end result of another happy Easter. I hope it was a good one for the rest of you. See you all again soon!
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