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Dum Dums Pays Tribute to 48-Year Employee

Al Braun retired from the company he joined in 1969 on Friday

(Newser) - Al Braun started what was to be a 90-day temporary gig at a Bryan, Ohio, candy factory in 1969. It turned into something with a little more staying power. On Friday, Braun ended his 48-year career with the Spangler Candy Company, maker of Dum Dums and other popular candies. His... More »

Starburst Finally Releases the Pack We All Really Want

All-pink packs are coming soon

(Newser) - No more picking just the pink Starbursts out of your bag of the chewy candy: "IT’S TRUE! All pink packs are real, and they’re fabulous," Starburst tweeted Tuesday. A rep for the candy company tells Mashable the company became aware of the popularity of pink Starbursts... More »

Skittles Still Getting to Bottom of Candy-Coated Highway

Parent company Mars now blames a 'miscommunication'

(Newser) - Mars says a miscommunication with a subcontractor led to a defective batch of its Skittles, reportedly on their way to becoming cattle feed, ending up scattered across a highway, the AP reports. The spill captured widespread attention after a Facebook post by a Wisconsin sheriff showed a road covered in... More »

As US Freaks Out Over Election, UK Freaks Out Over Chocolate

People are calling Toblerone's changed shape 'stupid,' 'wrong'

(Newser) - Because apparently chocolate simply tastes better when the gap between a candy bar's triangles is shorter, UK candy fans are not taking a new modification by Toblerone well, calling a recent shape change "stupid" and "wrong," the BBC reports. As explained on its Toblerone Facebook page... More »

In Pizzeria's 25-Cent Toy Machine, Kid Finds ... Pills?

Police are investigating how prescription meds ended up in the machine

(Newser) - A mother's alarming Facebook post about a 25-cent vending machine dispensing medication instead of toys to her 7-year-old daughter has gone viral in the days before Halloween. Courtney Jones allowed her mother to give her youngest daughter, Allyson, three quarters at the Rochester House of Pizza in New Hampshire... More »

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 PhillyVoice.com , 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 Change.org 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 »

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