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3 Feb

Three (?) Flavors! 0

Some folks call it the Supreme Coconut Bar. Me, I just try to call it like I see it.

Erudite.

Whatever it is, it gets a lot of points in the presentation and novelty departments. Literally, a slab of tri-colored coconut, this confection is both pretty and unpretentious. I was excited to try it since I’m a dyed in the wool coco-nut and interested to see how it would take to the good old Neopolitan treatment.

A lot to live up to

I’m sorry to say that the result isn’t as ambrosial as I’d expected. While the coconut is as moist and chewy as good coconut should be, I have to admit that I miss the contrasting textures that other coconut confections usually achieve with smooth chocolate coating. OK, not a huge concern. Unfortunately the flavors, which could have been this confection’s saving grace, are pretty unimpressive. Maybe I tried a defective bar, because the “chocolate” portion tasted like strawberry, while the “vanilla” and “strawberry” sections just tasted like coconut with hints of generic sweetener.

Rather Faceless

When I checked out maker Crown Candy Corporation’s website, I was surprised to find a wide selection of what seemed to be gourmet, hand-made coconut treats, but no trace of this bar. It seems to be quite an old product (though information is scant and just how old it is I’m not certain) and I wonder if Crown Candy inherited it from a now-defunct producer and simply continues to manufacture it without much interest in bringing it up to speed with the rest of their seemingly high-end lines. Here’s to hoping Crown Candy will give this old timer the royal treatment such a kicking  concept deserves.

“A lovely bunch of coconuts

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If Chunky were developed today, it’s a fair bet the name wouldn’t pass muster in many focus groups. Yet, for over seven decades it has remained defiantly on the shelves, proudly shouting out its incredibly apropos (and rather insinuating) name in husky red letters. My advice is not to take offense. Even if you live large, the Chunky is hardly your worst enemy.

Why?

It fills you up! That’s right, for a measly 1.4 ounce bar, the Chunky’s power to stave off hunger approaches the uncanny. The combination of milk chocolate, peanuts and raisins– long used to great effect in trail-mixes— works magic here as well. A single Chunky– while undeniably a mouthful– is neither too sweet, nor too insubstantial, which is more than can be said of most chocolate bars. You aren’t going to be gulping down aspirin or rooting in the cupboard for chips after a Chunky, is what I’m trying to say. You’re going to want to run up a mountain without stopping.

Also, its double Trapezoid shape reminds me of Optimus Prime before Michael Bay blew chunks all over him.

His gleaming torso was inspired by the Chunky

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27 Jan

Rage Against the Dying of the Zagnut 0

If you’ve never seen a Zagnut, you’re not alone. They’ve been on the International Candy Service’s list of critically endangered Sweets since 1979 and even the efforts  of HERSHEY’S, which acquired the brand from D.L. Clark Company in 1996, have not been enough to pull the bars back from the brink that they’ve been teetering on for the past 30 years. And it’s a shame too, because the Zagnut is both unusual and delicious — a unique, but rapidly vanishing part of our American Confectionery heritage. While schools of the rare and beautiful bars — which are composed of crisp, thin layers of a kind of peanut brittle (almost mica like in consistency) coated in toasted coconut– exist in spacious reserves at some of the larger online candy websites, they are essentially impossible to find in their natural habitat on the shelves of local convenience stores.

A rare photo of a Zagnut in the wild

While film and television stars such as Michael Keaton (Beetlejuice), Eddie Murphy and Nick Nolte (48 Hours), Fred Willard (SCTV), Lisa Simpson (The Simpsons) and Jason Lee (My Name is Earl) have used their celebrity status to spread awareness of Zagnut conservation, the plight of the Bars remains desperate.

Zagnuts have been seen to inspire great passion

An anonymous poet has recently sent us a bit of verse in honor of the Zagnut, with the hope that his or her words might inspire Zagnut awareness in today’s youth. Touchingly, the paen is structured as a villanelle, an archaic nineteen line form nearly as rare and irrelevant in modern poetry as is Zagnut in modern confectionery.

Probably the last guy to even care about a villanelle

Let us hope and pray that these words shall not soon serve as an epitaph.

The bar the world sang “Sighs! Wherefore such grace?”

Two nuts joined; pressed in rhomboid reverie

Stem and Root, whose fruits envy the other’s place

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Glory shrinks from those who give it chase

Abiding on the less than likely tree

Zagnut: Peanut, coconut; this is grace

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Where others clap for chocolate in the race

D.L. Clark, spitting, shouts, “It shall not be!”

“With this one I shall put them in their place!”

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But every Saint’s a sinner if you trace

The arc whose course terminates in the sea

And find among the floating wrappers, grace

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The sun sinks into rivers, swims with Dace

And schools of lesser stars sing out in glee

That they should gleam the brighter in its place

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Yet still, the learned calling for the ace

Shall not drowned out by shriller voices be

Heed the peal of Zagnut: munch it in grace

Help the lost great reclaim its rightful place

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4 Jan

As Always, This Review is a Fat-Free Food 0

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When two guys named Salvatore get cookin’, it’s a fair bet you’re in able hands. The masterminds (along with their buddy Anello) behind heavyweight candy champion Ferrara Pan, these Italian stallions proved time and time again their capacity to cold-pan straight to the heart with such oft-discussed felicities as Boston Baked Beans, Atomic Fireballs and Lemonheads—whose breakthrough 1992 LP It’s a Shame About Ray ensured front-man Evan Dando a place in the immortal pantheon of handsome, warty-larynxed men.

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But while these high-rolling perennials continue to enjoy consistent popularity with the young and young-at heart, there’s an equally dulcet, but far more demure little feller lurking in the background, just waiting for you to make the first move. The name’s Orangehead, and he says it’s nice to finally meet you.

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While his spray-tan-orange complexion, thick, truncated eyebrows, beady eyes, pointed nose and mottled skin warn “stay away,” his rakish tuft of spray-tan-orange hair, broad smile and lively yellow bow, whisper “come hither.” Fear not however, this is just the image on the packaging. When you dive into the box, you’ll be pleased to find Orangehead sweet, sour, citrus-y, satisfying and quite featureless. Like his Lemonhead cousins– and most Ferrara Candy– Orangehead is hard on the outside due to the cold panning process, but gets softer after the surficial layers have been slurped away. A confection of not-so-incongruous juxtapositions, Orangehead exemplifies the same genial dialectic that makes the best candies sing.

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Once again, Ferrara Pan hits a homerun. So what’s in the pipeline? Rumors indicate an Eraserhead candy, vaguely described by early focus groups as tasting “Kafka-esque.” Until that happens however, we recommend Orangeheads, all the fine Ferrara Pan Products, and this fine site, a friend of Candy.com’s, which we guarantee you’ll enjoy whether or not your name is Thurgood.

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