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Tuesday, October 24, 2006

Halloween Candy Oscars 2006

Kids - don't eat just anything you find in a coffin.It's that time of year again. Time for the almost-prestigious Halloween Candy Oscars. So roll out the bloody red carpet and put on your best fangs, because yes, there is a trick to chowing down on the best "Halloween" treats: they must be Halloween-themed.

This year there are all new nominees. Not because last year's candy blows cauldrons, but because last year's candy is, sadly, no longer available (in my area at least).

Suz and I spent a lot of time shopping for Halloween candy this year. And when I say Halloween candy, I mean creepy-themed candy forged in the dungeons of candy factories which otherwise produce standard sugar treats the rest of the year.

This year I became a little depressed as yet another amazing Halloween candy disappeared from our shelves, perhaps forever. Last year's winner, Concord Confections' Halloween gumballs, could not be found anywhere. Only the ghosts of gumballs past exist now. They join Charm's Dead Heads, 2004's official winner, in the candy cemetery.

A gathering of candy.But hope is not lost. There are still a few good Halloween-themed treats out there, and these are some of the best. Nominees include Oak Leaf's Bubble Brew, a bubble gum mixture containing orange and black "Pumpkin Faces" gumballs, Frankford Candy & Chocolate Company's Gummy Body Parts, and Oak Leaf's Skull-shaped Boneheads.

I'm very confused by the delicious Boneheads candy. Up until 2005, these awesome crunchy candies could only be found in the U.S., despite the fact they're manufactured in Toronto, by a Canadian company. I first found them in Canada in November 2005, in a local Wal-mart and I was very happy to see them again this year.

Oak Leaf's Pumpkin Faces gum is a nice addition to the Halloween candy world, but doesn't hold a candle to last year's winner. That's why I award 2006's Halloween Candy Oscar to Frankford's Gummy Body Parts. Not only are these gruesome eyeballs, bloody fingers, monster fangs, eerie ears and creepy noses perfect for Halloween, but the packaging is a huge "Creepy Coffin" which can, get this, be reused as a candy bowl!

I was unable to invite back any of last year's nominees, but I am happy to say there is still true Halloween candy creeping around out there, as proven by these great companies.

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Blogger mmat said...

i love that i can come here and find out new yummy treats, ice creams and cereals that i may have otherwise passed.

perhaps the now un-dead past winners can be resurrected in a frankenstein-like experiment involving stolen brains and a thunderstorm.

1:04:00 PM

Blogger Martini said...

mmat, you are too kind. And I love your resurrection idea.

2:04:00 PM

Blogger Chana said...

of course i have the mommy duty to go through all collected candy and i cannot remember many halloween theme candy...and in the last few yrs in this neighbourhood not at all...they are just your regular things.

and when i go buy, i buy same, non theme stuff..maybe this yr i'll give it a go..and see how the kids like that...

2:04:00 PM

Blogger TheatreChick73 said...

Boneheads! The official candy of my theatre company (we are called Ghostlight after all). Sadly, its become harder and harder each year to find any of them. I don't know if its lack of production or over demand. I may have to cross the border sometime this weekend to get some for our zombie folk. Thanks for the tip.

It's not Halloween until we have Boneheads.

10:07:00 AM

Blogger Ham said...

I have so many posts to catch up on!!!

As a related aside - if you just wanted to go with a "gross" theme -my Trish the Dish's workplace gives out marshmellow hamburgers.

Perhaps this is the non-beast lover in me coming out.

1:02:00 PM

Blogger Michael Manning said...

When I was a kid the candy bars were large and we carried soap in case someone was pretending not to be home. The more serious kids used parafin. I enjoyed your creative candy selection. BTW: I think DeLorean was innocent!

3:15:00 PM

Blogger Jay said...

Where do you find all of this great stuff?

6:43:00 AM

Blogger Martini said...

Ham - Are you serious? Marshmallow hamburgers? I love marshmallows. I love hamburgers. But I can't imagine NOT gagging on the combination. Unless it's just a big marshmallow that looks like a burger.

Michael - I also recall getting larger sized candy bars as a kid. They're so tiny now. As for John DeLorean, that is great to hear. I have to agree with you.

Jay - Sometimes I'm really surprised where I find this stuff. The Boneheads, Wal-mart. The coffin, believe it or not, was 12 bucks at Zellers, which is akin to finding a Pioneer Elite Plasma TV at K-Mart.

11:46:00 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great. Don't you see a trend here? All the past winners and many nominees, after being on your blog, are no longer available.

You've just determined the future for these great products too...

3:08:00 PM

Blogger Martini said...

Hey Jodster, you are going to win next year, so watch out!

5:23:00 PM


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