Halloween Candy Oscars 2007 - Part 4
Not long ago I received an email asking why I left chocolate off my list of Halloween Candy Oscars. Yes, chocolate is delicious and is an important part of October 31st, but I was unable to find Halloween shaped chocolates, so, thanks to jackass chocolate bar companies we are left with one type of candy to hand an award to – Gummy stuff. So, if you’ve stuck with me through the last week or so, congratulations. Today we reach the final Halloween Candy Oscar for 2007.
I was terribly excited to see the Gummy Body Parts coffin again this year and was totally willing to pay the $11 for it. In fact, I was so excited about it I may or may not have left a little puddle on the floor.
This year there have been some big changes for Frankford’s Gummy Body Parts. The packaging, the type and number of gummies, and the taste. Firstly, let’s have a look at the most obvious change – the box.
The coffin is still a coffin which can still be used as a candy dish or kitten burial device. However, the monster hands have been enlarged by over 300%. As well, this year the labels were printed directly onto the coffin instead of stickers stuck onto the shrink wrap around it. So, no matter what you serve from it in future years, your guests will always be confused and enraged when they discover they’re not eating Gummy Body Parts.
If you’ll notice last year’s coffin, take note of the 5 different shapes (bottom right corner). This year Frankford has gone against the trend to cheap-out, skimp, and try to save a buck or two by doing something amazing - adding another shape! And it’s totally rad to boot! Along with the popped out eyes, Dracula fangs, severed fingers, ears and noses, there is an awesome cut-off foot, bleeding like hell.
But there is a price to pay for the extra gummy. They’ve shrunk. But don’t start crying. There is a benefit to this. Instead of 75 bloody body parts, you now get 100!
This is good stuff, and you’d think we found a winner. But let’s consider a newcomer to the gummy game, Unknown Company. Wal-mart is selling Gummy Bones Candy from an unknown company which doesn’t put its name on the packaging. Seems strange... almost illegal.
Checking out the back of the bag I discovered the gummy bones were made in Brazil, and imported by Wal-mart. I chowed down of a few and to my surprise they were delicious. In fact, they were even yummier than the body parts, because somewhere down the line Frankford changed the flavour of their body parts as well. How do I know? Direct comparison – I had a few left-over from last Halloween and ate them back to back.
With all these changes going on with Frankford’s Gummy Body Parts I had a real tough time picking a winner. Here’s the breakdown:
- 2 Martini-thumbs up for the addition of a new bloody foot.
- 1 gnarled witch-thumb down for the coffin re-design.
- 1 Zombie-thumb up for the increase from 75 to 100 gummies.
- 1 Skeleton-thumb down for the new, smaller size.
- 1 Werewolf-knuckle down for the flavour change.
Don’t get me wrong – they’re still excellent in both theme and taste. But counting up the votes, they come out with an overall score of zero thumbs up.
And what of the Halloween Gummy Bones Candy? Two Martini-thumbs up for their awesome, boney taste followed by two Martini-thumbs up for their classic femur shapes. And I just can’t resist giving them two Martini-thumbs up for the goofy, smiling skeleton on the package wearing a freaking polka-dot bowtie. Oh, what the hell – two Martini-thumbs up for Brazil getting in on the Halloween candy action. Concluding HCO 2007, the Halloween Candy Oscar for Best Gummy Candy 2007 goes to Halloween Gummy Bones Candy!
Check out 2007’s Halloween Candy Oscars Part 1
Check out 2007’s Halloween Candy Oscars Part 2
Check out 2007’s Halloween Candy Oscars Part 3