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2013-03-26 09:25:07 AM
Am I missing something? Link goes to a story about how South Korea's economy has been affected by the value of the Japanese yen.
 
2013-03-26 09:26:50 AM
It worked for me. Weird that someone would actually want to import the watered down garbage that passes for candy here in the states.
 
2013-03-26 09:27:06 AM

endmile: Am I missing something? Link goes to a story about how South Korea's economy has been affected by the value of the Japanese yen.


What better metaphor than American candy to describe the economic situation?
 
2013-03-26 09:29:44 AM
How odd. British candy is far superior.
 
2013-03-26 09:31:28 AM
I Just found a store in Chicago that sells British food, including 'Love Hearts' candy. They also have Black Pudding, White Pudding, Bangers and Spotted Dick.
 
2013-03-26 09:32:19 AM

jasonvatch: I Just found a store in Chicago that sells British food, including 'Love Hearts' candy. They also have Black Pudding, White Pudding, Bangers and Spotted Dick.


The semi-fizzy love hearts? I love those.
 
2013-03-26 09:32:23 AM
Most people i know find american sweets that aren't jellybeans incredibly disgusting especially the "chocolate".
We had a CEO who went to America and came back with loads of Hershey's kisses as a gift for us all. They where inedible and actually tasted like dog chocolates ther ewas still a massive pile of them in the canteen two months later.
 
2013-03-26 09:37:29 AM
Really?
really?

/and let's not mention hersheys, the only chocolate that tastes the same going down the throat, as when it comes back up
 
2013-03-26 09:38:41 AM
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2013-03-26 09:39:40 AM
Sweets, people; they're called sweets in the UK.

/Jusy sayin!
 
2013-03-26 09:42:39 AM

goatan: Most people i know find american sweets that aren't jellybeans incredibly disgusting especially the "chocolate".
We had a CEO who went to America and came back with loads of Hershey's kisses as a gift for us all. They where inedible and actually tasted like dog chocolates ther ewas still a massive pile of them in the canteen two months later.


I'm pretty sure Hershey's syrup is basically HFCS and chocolate flavor. (Trader Joe's Midnight Moo is just as good if not better, and made with cocoa and sugar. Not to mention Pound Plus - on the whole pretty good chocolate for not a whole lot.)

American chocolate on the whole is pretty disgusting, with plenty of exceptions. There is definitely a movement in this country to improve the quality of our food, even if that food is more expensive.
 
2013-03-26 09:45:11 AM
A friend of mine sends Atkins Peanut Butter Bars to me through the post. Those candies are utterly addictive!
Swizzel Matlow do the best sweets. I haven't had a double lolly for AGES, nor parma violets... nor have I had a bag of rainbow drops for a long long time. Or even a 'Betta Bar' (seriously LUSH! and not made by Swizzels..)
And lets not forget UFO's, Space Dust and running to the shops for a quarter of spearmint pips, cola cubes or fizzy lemons...

But you win on the Atkins Peanut Butter Bars. There's nothing else like that anywhere in the UK.
 
2013-03-26 09:49:01 AM
I see what you did there subby
+1 British smile to you
 
2013-03-26 09:49:30 AM

goatan: Most people i know find american sweets that aren't jellybeans incredibly disgusting especially the "chocolate".
We had a CEO who went to America and came back with loads of Hershey's kisses as a gift for us all. They where inedible and actually tasted like dog chocolates ther ewas still a massive pile of them in the canteen two months later.


how do you know what dog chocolates taste like?

kisses are one of the few american chocolate candies i WILL eat...those, m&ms, and dove. dove is the only mass-produced american chocolate that is similar to good european chocolates

thankfully milka and kinder, as well as other european chocolates, are fairly easily available here in the dfw metroplex
 
2013-03-26 09:53:10 AM
You want a colorful sugar rush? Japanese candy is the way to go!
 
2013-03-26 09:53:32 AM

CoRrUpTeDbUdGiE: A friend of mine sends Atkins Peanut Butter Bars to me through the post. Those candies are utterly addictive!
Swizzel Matlow do the best sweets. I haven't had a double lolly for AGES, nor parma violets... nor have I had a bag of rainbow drops for a long long time. Or even a 'Betta Bar' (seriously LUSH! and not made by Swizzels..)
And lets not forget UFO's, Space Dust and running to the shops for a quarter of spearmint pips, cola cubes or fizzy lemons...

But you win on the Atkins Peanut Butter Bars. There's nothing else like that anywhere in the UK.


American candy is much much sweeter (and addictive) than British sweets thanks to the massice amounts of HFCS. Its the same with cola made with real sugar and not HFCS. You can drink small anounts of real sugar cola and leave it while HFCS cola leaves you wanting more.

Plus American candy is differant and "cool" next to the stuff your grandparents had.
 
2013-03-26 09:54:17 AM

Interceptor1: It worked for me. Weird that someone would actually want to import the watered down garbage that passes for candy here in the states.


The problem is that they let Kraft buy Cadbury's who did their standard practices of destroying the product to cut the bottom line and then wondering why no one will buy the stuff anymore. Production was moved to Poland and they started using nasty water and ingredients, changed all the recipes etc. to cut costs.. Terrys suffered the same fate.
 
2013-03-26 09:55:42 AM

goatan: Most people i know find american sweets that aren't jellybeans incredibly disgusting especially the "chocolate".
We had a CEO who went to America and came back with loads of Hershey's kisses as a gift for us all. They where inedible and actually tasted like dog chocolates ther ewas still a massive pile of them in the canteen two months later.


What did you expect? You got the McDonald's of chocolates. There's plenty of fantastic chocolate in the US. You just need to know where to go and be willing to shell out a few more bucks.
 
2013-03-26 09:58:36 AM

limeyfellow: Interceptor1: It worked for me. Weird that someone would actually want to import the watered down garbage that passes for candy here in the states.

The problem is that they let Kraft buy Cadbury's who did their standard practices of destroying the product to cut the bottom line and then wondering why no one will buy the stuff anymore. Production was moved to Poland and they started using nasty water and ingredients, changed all the recipes etc. to cut costs.. Terrys suffered the same fate.


Sadly, this.
 
2013-03-26 10:03:58 AM

bungle_jr: goatan: Most people i know find american sweets that aren't jellybeans incredibly disgusting especially the "chocolate".
We had a CEO who went to America and came back with loads of Hershey's kisses as a gift for us all. They where inedible and actually tasted like dog chocolates ther ewas still a massive pile of them in the canteen two months later.

how do you know what dog chocolates taste like?

kisses are one of the few american chocolate candies i WILL eat...those, m&ms, and dove. dove is the only mass-produced american chocolate that is similar to good european chocolates

thankfully milka and kinder, as well as other european chocolates, are fairly easily available here in the dfw metroplex


I was a greedy child and there called chocolate aren't they? The dog bit didn't worry me at all. Biting into a Hershey kiss instantly brought back that memory of trying dog chocolates it's actually one of strongest flashbacks i have ever had. Only the smell of tobacco has ever had the same effect it instantly transports me back to the terraces at Elm Park.


\Some people have acid flashbacks it seems I have dog chocolate and tobacco flashbacks.
 
2013-03-26 10:08:15 AM
But you'll have to have them all pulled out after the savoy truffle.
 
2013-03-26 10:08:53 AM
beer
cheese
chocolate

it's not that you cant find good american versions..... it's just that the market is full of trashy examples that enough people are willing to put up with, that they dominate the market

ask for (generic) chocolate and you'll be given hershey vomit flavoured bars
ask for (generic) cheese and you'll be given something that's been processed to heck and back, possibly in a can
ask for (generic) beer and you'll be given gnat's water in a bottle

I am sure that micro-breweries, dairies and chocolatiers in the US can produce decent stuff.... but it's a premium market,and compared to the (generic) european equivalent, it's pigs swill
 
2013-03-26 10:11:19 AM

furterfan: beer
cheese
chocolate

it's not that you cant find good american versions..... it's just that the market is full of trashy examples that enough people are willing to put up with, that they dominate the market

ask for (generic) chocolate and you'll be given hershey vomit flavoured bars
ask for (generic) cheese and you'll be given something that's been processed to heck and back, possibly in a can
ask for (generic) beer and you'll be given gnat's water in a bottle

I am sure that micro-breweries, dairies and chocolatiers in the US can produce decent stuff.... but it's a premium market,and the (generic) US stuff, compared to the (generic) european equivalent, is pigs swill

 
2013-03-26 10:11:38 AM

goatan: bungle_jr: goatan: Most people i know find american sweets that aren't jellybeans incredibly disgusting especially the "chocolate".
We had a CEO who went to America and came back with loads of Hershey's kisses as a gift for us all. They where inedible and actually tasted like dog chocolates ther ewas still a massive pile of them in the canteen two months later.

how do you know what dog chocolates taste like?

kisses are one of the few american chocolate candies i WILL eat...those, m&ms, and dove. dove is the only mass-produced american chocolate that is similar to good european chocolates

thankfully milka and kinder, as well as other european chocolates, are fairly easily available here in the dfw metroplex

I was a greedy child and there called chocolate aren't they? The dog bit didn't worry me at all. Biting into a Hershey kiss instantly brought back that memory of trying dog chocolates it's actually one of strongest flashbacks i have ever had. Only the smell of tobacco has ever had the same effect it instantly transports me back to the terraces at Elm Park.


\Some people have acid flashbacks it seems I have dog chocolate and tobacco flashbacks.


ah, got ya.

i have actually tried "dog cookies" (suppose they are dog "biscuits" if you're british). at petco here in the usa they have a mix & match bulk dog snacks buffet-style table. you just fill up a little paper bag and pay by the weight.  there were some sandwich cookies (2 vanilla cookies with "creme" frosting in between). i noticed they looked and smelled EXACTLY like the cookies you can get for like $2 for a huge package at walmart...so i bit one...it WAS the exact same cookie!
 
2013-03-26 10:15:54 AM
For all the times the rest of the world ripped on British food, we did our best to retort that when it came to sweets.

From the Cadbury's Flake (and subsequent Cadbury's 99) to Curly Wurly bars, Crunchies, Smarties, Yorkie bars (which are curiously not for girls), Maltesers, Wispa, so on and so forth, getting British chocolate as a child was simply awesome. American stuff didn't stack up; the only thing to this day that kind of comes close are some of the Wonka confections. Hershey bars, for all their lore, really taste awful. A brick of wax and oil that was rubbed against a picture of chocolate for flavor.

And now Kraft's on board, and it's all slowly going to hell.

Thanks.
 
2013-03-26 10:22:01 AM
Check out the Amazon pages for the Stateside Candy Co. they mentioned. Pumpkin pie filling?
 
2013-03-26 10:23:52 AM
Don't forget the fruit gums, mum!
 
2013-03-26 10:24:11 AM
£3.4 million ($1.2 million)
Our economy really is farked...
 
2013-03-26 10:31:11 AM
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2013-03-26 10:31:35 AM
If you are looking for a good American bar of chocolate try anything by Chauo, a Californian based company. Their Potato Chip bar is my favorite. Just a perfect blend of creamy, salty, sweet and crunchy.
 
2013-03-26 10:45:38 AM

Because People in power are Stupid: [img.photobucket.com image 586x482]


media.economist.com
Source: The Economist
 
2013-03-26 10:56:14 AM

AdolfOliverPanties: But you'll have to have them all pulled out after the savoy truffle.


Done.
 
2013-03-26 11:29:46 AM
FTFA: "And, as the coalition government well knows from it's succession of the 2011 royal wedding, followed by the 2012 London Olympic Games and the Queen's Diamond Jubilee, keeping the people buzzed on cake and fizzy drinks helps compensate for otherwise grim times. "

To be fair, those were all pretty good times. I didn't need cakes and fizzy pop to get through those, just hard liquor.
 
2013-03-26 11:45:14 AM
'He reaches in the candy bowl, comes up with a black, ribbed licorice drop. It looks safe. But just as he's biting in, Darlene gives him, and it, a peculiar look, great timing this girl, sez, "Oh, I thought we got rid of all those--" a blithe, Gilbert & Sullivan ingenue's thewse--"years ago," at which point Slothrop is encountering this dribbling liquid center, which tastes like mayonnaise and orange peels.

"You've taken the last of my Marmalade Surprises!" cries Mrs. Quoad, having now with conjuror's speed produced an egg-shaped confection of pastel green, studded all over with lavender nonpareils. "Just for that I shan't let you have any of these marvelous rhubarb creams." Into her mouth it goes, the whole thing.'
 
2013-03-26 11:53:41 AM
I'm not chocolate connoisseur , but I find Dove chocolates to be good, and that's made by Mars, inc.

//Pretzel M&M's are the bomb.
 
2013-03-26 11:55:09 AM

I Ate Shergar: Because People in power are Stupid: [img.photobucket.com image 586x482]


www.trevostudio.com
 
2013-03-26 11:56:56 AM
I thought for sure cybercandy.co.uk would have been mentioned here somewhere. I've known about that site for years. It where I found out Britons love Jolly Rancher candies, think the Hershey's "Cookies 'n' Cream"  bars are fantastic, and can't get over how we'll put peanut butter in everything.

Oh... And also think wintergreen candies taste like Germolene.
 
2013-03-26 12:00:21 PM

take_flight: You want a colorful sugar rush? Japanese candy is the way to go!


Is it safe?

2.bp.blogspot.com
 
2013-03-26 12:09:42 PM

furterfan: Really?
really?

/and let's not mention hersheys, the only chocolate that tastes the same going down the throat, as when it comes back up


Fark you, Hershey's chocolate is awesome, especially Reese's Peanut Butter Cups.

/Yes, I'm from Central PA, what of it?
 
2013-03-26 12:09:56 PM
American candy? I thought Hershey's was hecho en Mexico.

/At least some of it is.
 
2013-03-26 12:26:51 PM

Sybarite: Check out the Amazon pages for the Stateside Candy Co. they mentioned. Pumpkin pie filling?


I saw Old Bay Seasoning in there too.
 
2013-03-26 12:30:25 PM

offmymeds: take_flight: You want a colorful sugar rush? Japanese candy is the way to go!

Is it safe?

[2.bp.blogspot.com image 320x240]


I eat it sometimes and I'm alive. Honestly, I question the safety more for American manufactured food lately.
 
2013-03-26 12:32:02 PM
I recently paid £30 for a five pound bag of Jolly Rancher on eBay.
 
2013-03-26 12:34:52 PM
If you're looking for recommendations, Britain, I like this candy bar.

americas-favorite.com

You would probably know it as the £65,690 bar.
 
2013-03-26 12:39:36 PM

take_flight: offmymeds: take_flight: You want a colorful sugar rush? Japanese candy is the way to go!

Is it safe?

[2.bp.blogspot.com image 320x240]

I eat it sometimes and I'm alive. Honestly, I question the safety more for American manufactured food lately.


www.youknow-forkids.com
 
2013-03-26 12:51:24 PM
Brit ex pat in America.

When I first moved here I couldn't eat the chocolate thought it tasted disgusting... like the Eastern European comunist era chocolate I had had as a kid.

Now I'm completely used to it. Still like the real stuff better but I can enjoy the American stuff too.


Restaurants are a lot better quality here- but produce and meat at grocery store are much lesser quality in general... but it is much cheaper and that is good.

Bacon, Cheese, Chocolate... Americans don't know what they are missing.


Everything has added sugar or hfcs in America... takes a long time to get used to everything from brown bread to spaghetti sauce tasting sweet but you do adapt.
 
2013-03-26 12:51:58 PM

offmymeds: take_flight: You want a colorful sugar rush? Japanese candy is the way to go!

Is it safe?


Is it secret?

2.bp.blogspot.com
 
2013-03-26 01:38:42 PM
img545.imageshack.us
 
2013-03-26 01:40:36 PM
The "cavities filled/rotten teeth" graph only includes people who who have actually seen a dentist
 
2013-03-26 01:43:06 PM

captjc: furterfan: Really?
really?

/and let's not mention hersheys, the only chocolate that tastes the same going down the throat, as when it comes back up

Fark you, Hershey's chocolate is awesome, especially Reese's Peanut Butter Cups.

/Yes, I'm from Central PA, what of it?


Hershey's chocolate is actually made with spoiled milk - see "The Hershey Process" - from wiki:

TheHershey Process milk chocolate used in these bars is cheaper to make than other types of chocolate as it is less sensitive to the freshness of the milk. The process was developed by and was the first mass-produced chocolate in the. As a result, the Hershey flavor is widely recognized in the United States and, but less so internationally, in particular in areas where European chocolates are more widely available. The process is a, but experts speculate that the milk is partially, producing, which stabilizes the milk from further fermentation. This compound gives the product a particular sour, "tangy" taste, to which the US public has become accustomed, to the point that other manufacturers often add butyric acid to their milk
 
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