What Do the Ms on M&M’s Stand For, and How Do They Get Them on There?

This article is pretty interesting… if you’re a massive fan of M&Ms it’s worth a read…


“In the early 1900s, Forrest Mars, Sr., the son of Chicago candy maker and Snickers bar creator Franklin Clarence Mars, worked his way through Europe learning the ins and outs of the candy business. He worked for Nestle. He worked for Tobler. He started his own little factory in England. He sold some of his father’s brands. Most importantly, he found inspiration. According to confectionery lore, Mars was in Spain during the Spanish Civil War and noticed treats frequently placed in soldiers’ rations. They were chocolate pellets coated with a hard candy shell that kept them from melting (these might have been, or been inspired by, the “chocolate beans” made by Rowntrees of York, England since 1882).” read more

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Terry’s Orange Explosion


“Don’t tap it, Whack it!”

A unique orange shaped chocolate confection perfection.
Launched in 1931 by Terry’s of York, these little balls are always found in stockings everywhere during Christmas. In 2005 production was moved to Poland from York due to the factory closing, however Terry’s Chocolate Orange cannot be purchased from any Polish shops. Now manufactured by Mondelēz International.

Chocolate Oranges are made from real chocolate with added orange oil, divided into 20 segments or pieces, similar to real oranges. They are wrapped in orange coloured skin pattern foil. Due to the way a chocolate orange is manufactured the segments are firmly stuck together. The best way or traditional way to separate each piece, is to whack the orange shaped chocolate on a hard surface before unwrapping it.

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Chocolate Covered Maraschino Cherries

These look delicious *licks lips*

Things I Eat

This is one of my all-time favorite chocolates, but you can only get them at Christmas-time and also only in Canada. I think. I could be wrong about this, but I think this is a fairly uniquely canadian Christmas treat. I once started a new job in Seoul right before Christmas and as I was to be arriving from Canada, I thought I’d bring some Christmas chocolates to share with my new colleagues. The Koreans, understandably, had not ever seen these before, but I was surprised to discover that even my american colleagues had never seen chocolate covered maraschino cherries before.


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Twix White

A year or so ago, at Candy Crash Test we reviewed the original version of Twix. Would be nice to review these too. They look really appetising to the eye 🙂

Things I Eat

I’ve seen this in both Dubai and Kuwait, but I’ve never seen it in Canada or Asia, so I think it’s about special enough to share here.

Actually, though, while the concept is special, I think the traditional Twix enrobed in milk chocolate tastes much better.




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Dweebs candy

I also did a little news article on these little “Dweebs” https://candycrashtest.wordpress.com/2014/05/29/retro-candy-from-yesteryear-part-two/ It’s a shame Nerds were the popular ones. These were a childhood favourite of mine…

Walk Memory Lane

Dweebs (Willy Wonka Company, 90s)

Dweebs were a “cousin” of the candy Nerds. Dweebs were larger, softer and chewier than Nerds. Dweebs came in boxes with three compartments and three different flavors than Nerds’ two. Dweebs flavors were punch,
cherry and strawberry.

They were introduced in the early 90s and disappeared after a few years. Despite the different texture and appearance, Dweebs didn’t establish enough of a separate identity from Nerds. That was its downfall.

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Chow Time: Skittles Dark Side Review

I love the different flavours Skittles comes out. Taste the rainbow and more…

The Clem Report


I can’t lie, the marketing department at Skittles suckered me in with their Darkside flavors.  If you want to be a bad boy, you have to eat Darkside Skittles.  There is just no two ways about it.  Anyway, here are the flavor reviews:


Rating: 3.8/10.  If Skittles came out with cough medicine, this flavor would fit right in.  But alas, it doesn’t.  Also, I hate how everyone says they love pomegranate just because it is a trendy fruit.  If Pomegranate was always grown in the good ol’ US of A instead of “exotic” China, we wouldn’t even feed it to our pets.  Just a terrible fruit.

Midnight Lime

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Santa’s Village Muddy Reindeer

Some Christmas inspired chocolate here, from the same creators of Muddy Bears,
see our review here … I don’t think I was impressed by the bears… https://candycrashtest.wordpress.com/wp-admin/post.php?post=1967&action=edit



I’ve been familiar with Muddy Bears with a few years but yesterday was the first time I’ve ever noticed Muddy Reindeer. They’re made by the same company: CandyASAP. The same people that make other junk food candy like Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Bites, Fudge Brownie Bites and Care Bears Gummi Bears. CandyASAP is owned by Taste of Nature, Inc. and that brand has a huge line of organic nut-filled snack bars.

Not sure why they added “Santa’s Village” to the name. I guess to make up for the very un-seasonal box art. I swear they swiped an image of the Rankin Bass version of Rudolph and recolored him in red, green and yellow.

20141203_205754Side note, I created my own version of “Muddy Bears” long before I ever heard of the CandayASAP’s chocolate-covered gummy bear version. My take on it was gummy bears + vanilla ice cream + crushed Oreos (though I…

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A few drops of rainbow


Recently in the lab the Candy Crash Test team have been taking a summer break, however after seeing a square box of candy come through after my birthday it’s time to whip the blog back into shape and start getting some reviews out there for the candy loving public.

Swizzels Matlow has been on Candy Crash Test before on numerous occasions:-

A marmite experience with Swizzel Matlow, however these “Rainbow Drops” are surely one of the best creations from the British manufacturer so far…
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