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M&M's Have Harnessed Caramel Technology

'Soft and chewy' M&M's are coming next May

(Newser) - “After years of development, M&M’s now has the proprietary technology to enter the soft and chewy category," Mars executive Hank Izzo tells Fortune . Thanks to our nation's hardest-working candy scientists*, M&M's with caramel centers will hit store shelves next May. After years of... More »

Why Your Next Easter Basket May Be Light on Peeps

Just Born confectionary workers have gone on strike during busy holiday push

(Newser) - Valentine's Day and Easter may feel ages away, but for workers on the Peeps assembly line, those celebrations are right around the corner—and that's why the strike they started Wednesday comes at an especially inconvenient time, CNBC reports. Per , about 400 workers from the Just... More »

Accused Candy Shoplifter Faces Life in Prison

It was his 5th offense

(Newser) - A 34-year-old Louisiana man could spend the rest of his life in prison over his alleged shoplifting of $31 of candy, reports the Advocate . Jacobia Grimes is accused of trying to steal candy bars from a Dollar General, and his big problem is that he has five prior theft convictions... More »

Kid Bites Into Halloween Candy, Finds Razor Blade

Police say it was hidden inside a Snickers bar

(Newser) - It's not just an urban legend: Someone apparently does hide razor blades in Halloween candy, as a child in Ohio can now attest. A group of trick-or-treaters were splitting up their haul after a night out in Reynoldsburg on Thursday when a child bit into a bite-sized Snickers, police... More »

Court: KitKat Can't Trademark Its 4 'Fingers'

Nestle's lost this round in long legal battle with Cadbury ... for now

(Newser) - It started with a candy wrapper and ended (for now) in a courtroom. Nestle's attempts to trademark the shape of its "four-fingered" KitKat have been rejected by the European Court of Justice, which ruled that shape alone isn't enough to recognize it as a KitKat, the BBC... More »

Here's How Many Licks Get You to Tootsie Pop's Center

Scientists learn the answer while investigating action of water

(Newser) - In the classic commercial asking how many licks it takes "to get to the Tootsie Roll center of a Tootsie Pop," the conclusion was: "The world may never know." Turns out that was wrong—scientists have figured out how many licks are required, though the figure... More »

Putting a Price on Our Love for Our Pets: $5.28

Survey finds that's what pet owners plan to spend this Valentine's Day

(Newser) - Showering our pets with affection no longer cuts it. A new National Retail Federation survey finds that a "record" 21.2% of Americans plan to buy their pet a Valentine's Day gift. The individual estimated spend isn't huge at an average of $5.28. But all told,... More »

There's a Senator in Charge of Stocking a Candy Desk

Pat Toomey hopes his Mars bars and Peeps will keep bipartisan battles at bay

(Newser) - It's said you can catch more flies with honey—or, in Capitol Hill's case, with a desk full of Twizzlers, Three Musketeers, and Milky Ways. Sen. Pat Toomey is the latest honcho to take the helm of the "Candy Desk," currently located in the back row... More »

Woman Loses Wedding Ring in Halloween Candy

Some trick-or-treater made off with a bit more than a Snickers bar

(Newser) - An Arizona woman is searching for her wedding ring after she says she accidentally gave it away with Halloween candy. KNXV-TV reports that Mesa resident Brooklin Yazzie says she mistakenly handed out the ring Friday during a mix-up. Yazzie says she placed her wedding ring in a candy jar while... More »

Cops Arrest 3, Mistake Jolly Ranchers for Meth

New York City now paying $33K to the trio in a settlement

(Newser) - Three Brooklyn men left a candy store in Coney Island last year with Jolly Rancher candies in their pockets. Two police officers who claimed to have been tipped by an undercover cop promptly handcuffed the men, saying they'd been seen selling crystal meth. A later NYPD lab test determined... More »

Ukrainians Drive Off Rebels and Their 'Blood Candy'

Sweets come from president-elect's company

(Newser) - You can't go wrong with free candy, right? Wrong, at least in divided eastern Ukraine. Yesterday, separatists held a rally for kids in Donetsk against the "bloodthirsty Kiev junta." Militants offered families big boxes of sweets which had, they said, been stolen from a warehouse. At first,... More »

Petitioners to M&Ms: Ditch Those Artificial Dyes

They're linked to hyperactivity, says group

(Newser) - Just in time for Halloween: a petition calling for M&Ms to get rid of its artificial dyes—especially the yellow and red ones—in favor of natural coloring, reports the International Business Times . The group behind the petition, the Center for Science in the Public Interest, says... More »

Man Who Made Gummi Bears Famous Dead at 90

Hans Riegel of Germany took dad's concoction to new heights

(Newser) - He was the world's first and surely last "gummi bear magnate," as the headline in Der Spiegel puts it. Hans Riegel, who ran Germany's Haribo candy company and made the chewy little bears a worldwide phenomenon, has died at age 90. The bears were a concoction... More »

FDA's New Target: Caffeine Lurking in Your Chips, Gum

Officials fear effects on kids

(Newser) - Gum, jelly beans, trail mix, and potato chips: Added caffeine is popping up everywhere these days, "beyond anything FDA envisioned," says an official, who adds that the FDA only once offered specific consent for added caffeine in a food—for colas in the 1950s. Now, the agency has... More »

Scientists Lighten Up Chocolate Using ... Diet Cola

...and fruit juice, and vitamin C water

(Newser) - Finally, a way to gorge on chocolate without feeling totally guilty: Chemists say they have successfully replaced as much as half the fat normally found in chocolate via a liquid infusion—and said liquid can be fruit juice, vitamin C water, or even diet soda, LiveScience reports. If your instinct... More »

9 Crazy Things Sweethearts Candy Used to Say

Including gems like 'You Are Gay' and 'Hep Cat'

(Newser) - Sweethearts are a venerable, traditional Valentine's Day candy that every American alive has at some point pretended to enjoy eating. But while the powdery little hearts themselves haven't changed much over the years, the pithy statements adorning them sure have. To keep up with the times, NECCO continually... More »

Boy Blows Parents' Life Savings on Candy

Sticky-fingered thief spent nearly $4K

(Newser) - A 9-year-old Ukrainian boy caused a big headache for his parents (and maybe a stomachache for himself) by spending their entire life savings on sweets, reports Russia's Ria Novosti . During a school vacation, the boy took nearly $4,000 from his parents' stash of euros and dollars, which was... More »

Mars Inc: We Do Not Endorse Fried Mars Bars

Because they're too ... unhealthy

(Newser) - The next time you bite into a deep-fried Mars bar, you should know that the Mars candy company does not endorse the unhealthy lifestyle choice you are making. That's right, Mars actually wrote to the Scottish pub that says it was the first to fry the candy bar, in... More »

Sharapova's New Move: Her Own Line of ... Candy

Tennis star launches 'Sugarpova'

(Newser) - Maria Sharapova is taking the logical next step for a star athlete: Launch a line of … candy. She introduced Sugarpova this week, Bloomberg reports; the line of sweet and sour gummy candies has flavor names like Sporty, Cheeky, and Flirty. Sharapova, 25, has long been endorsing products for other... More »

Veil of Secrecy Hangs Over Tootsie Roll Industries

Elderly CEO won't hint at succession plans

(Newser) - What's going on at Tootsie Roll Industries? The world may never know, at least if the company's elderly executives have their way. Tootsie Roll refuses to talk to journalists, won't hold quarterly earnings calls, and sends out poorly-scanned PDFs as earnings releases, the Wall Street Journal observes.... More »

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