Holiday candy: Potty humor, questionable flavors highlight lineup of new items for 2018
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Every year, a new round of candy creations enter the market just before the holiday season. And this year's new holiday candies are both crave-worthy and horrific.
Clair Robins of CandyStore.com created a list of what's in store in the world of candy for the weeks ahead. They run the gamut between tasty instant hits and dreadful things you wouldn't touch with a 10-foot pole.
We'll let you decide which ones are repulsive and which ones are all the rage. Here's the list of new holiday candies highlighted by CandyStore.com:
Reese's Trees Stuffed with Pieces
Reese's trees aren't exactly new. These chocolate-covered peanut butter delights hit the market without the Pieces stuffing in 2015. But it was their shape that caused all the controversy.
"OK, it’s a turd," Robins wrote. "People said it looked like a turd. To Reese’s credit, they polished it well."
Other candies from Reese's include:
- A Hershey Bar made with Reese's Pieces.
- Reese's Thins: Thinner versions of Reese's Peanut Butter Cups (coming March 2019).
- Reese's 2018 Advent Calendar: Enjoy Reese's sweet treats every day for the month of December.
Peeps Giant Gingerbread Men
Peeps are like cilantro. You either love them or you hate them. Either way, these 4-inch-tall gingerbread marshmallow treats join the ranks of the many holiday flavors now available.
Other flavors for the holidays include:
- Regular-sized Gingerbread Men
- Peeps Snowmen
- Peeps Hot Chocolate Chicks
- Peeps Chocolate Mousse Reindeer
- Peeps Peppermint Bark Chicks
- Peeps Christmas Cookie Chicks
- Peeps Christmas Trees
Rotisserie chicken candy canes
Yellow and brown and slightly sweet, these candy canes possess the essence of crispy chicken skin. As if this doesn't sound repulsive enough in itself, rotisserie chicken isn't the only flavor to come from Archie McPhee's candy cane factory:
- Clamdy Canes : "Your whole family will 'clamor' for them," the website reads. Yes, they are gray and they are clam-flavored.
- Krampus Candy Canes: Red and black "smoky cinnamon" canes of the German horned anti-Claus himself.
- Bacon Candy Canes: Available in regular and jumbo sizes, with a smoky bacon flavor.
- Pickle Candy Canes: Pucker up with these dill-flavored candy canes.
- Mac and Cheese Candy Canes: Yellow and white canes with the taste of instant mac and cheese.
- Coal Candy Canes: Black and gray canes also in smoky cinnamon flavor.
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Hot Cocoa Hershey's Kisses
Classic Hershey's kisses filled with marshmallow creme.
These come highly recommended by CandyStore.com.
Chocolate-covered Christmas Oreos
Made by a 100-year-old candy company — Philadelphia Candies in Hermitage, Pennsylvania — these creme-filled chocolate sandwich cookies are covered in chocolate and decorated with trees, stars and stockings.
Kinder Joy Eggs winter edition
Since Kinder Surprise candies are not available in the United States due to a choking hazard, the Ferrero company decided to make these for chocolate wafer and sweet cream-craving Americans instead. The difference is that the egg splits in half so you get the candy on one side and the toy is packaged separately on the other.
Sometimes, you just need something sweet. And Des Moines has plenty of candy and confection shops where you can satisfy your cravings for a little something on the sweet side. Take a look at this whimsical assortment of Des Moines 'sweeteries.' Brian Taylor Carlson/The Register