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Weapon in Alleged Subway Assault: Snickers Bar

Attacker randomly shoved candy in stranger's mouth, punched him: cops

(Newser) - "It was so out of the blue," the alleged victim of a very strange assault tells the Gothamist . "All of a sudden he shoved it into my face, and in my mouth. It was kind of a face punch of sorts, but with a candy bar."... More »

Man Busted With $250K of Meth in Fake Snickers: Feds

He's nabbed at LA airport heading to Japan

(Newser) - A California man was nabbed aiming to smuggle $250,000 worth of methamphetamine into Japan in packages that looked like Snickers bars, say authorities. Rogelio Mauricio Harris, 41, of Long Beach, was busted as he was about to board a plane in Los Angeles. Federal agents discovered what looked like... More »

Mars Slims Down Candy

Snickers, Twix, M&Ms to top out at 250 calories

(Newser) - Kiss your king-size Snickers goodbye. Mars Inc., the maker of Snickers, Twix, and M&Ms, among other confections, has announced that it will stop selling chocolate products containing more than 250 calories by the end of next year. A spokesman for the Virginia-based company says the switch is part of... More »

Betty White Will Host SNL

Date still TBA for 88-year-old riding wave of new popularity

(Newser) - In high demand after her popular Snickers Super Bowl ad, Betty White confirmed today that she’s signed on to host Saturday Night Live. No date’s been set yet for the 88-year-old Golden Girls star, who tells People of the renewed interest that includes a 500,000-strong Facebook fan... More »

Nostalgia Rules in Super Bowl Ads

From Betty White to Stevie Wonder, these ads bank on the familiar

(Newser) - Yes, there were still the requisite ads using slapstick violence to get a laugh, or objectifying women—but the reigning theme of this year's Super Bowl commercials was nostalgia. Thanks to the economy, many advertisers used familiar faces to pitch products, writes Stuart Elliott in the New York Times . A... More »

Soaring Candy Sales Sweeten Hard Times

Confectioners' profits rise as people seek comfort

(Newser) - Tough times don’t seem to be trickling down to inexpensive candy shops, where adult customers are flocking for a sugar-coated escape from their troubles, the New York Times reports. “People may indulge themselves a little bit more when times are tough,” says an analyst. And indulge they... More »

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