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M.I.Y.O Monday: What’s Your Favorite Candy?

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The few days leading up to Halloween always gets me thinking about candy, the cheaper, chip-at-your-teeth kind.

Note: M.I.Y.O. Monday stands for Make It Your Own Monday, a question thrown out to DCF readers every Monday to jumpstart the week with lively interaction. I also welcome questions and suggestions for future MIYO Mondays. Email me.

The Halloweens of my childhood were frightfully delicious. Dressing up in a pull-out-all-the-stops costume and then rushing to classrooms (in school) and then ringing doorbells with my two sisters (when I’d get home to our flat) was such fun. When I got home, we three would dump our loot in the middle of the living room floor and dive in. On this day at least, Mom closed her eyes to the massive quantities of sugar and fake flavoring we were ingesting.

Back then, I had my favorites and I see that they’ve remained pretty much the same: what I liked then I still like (and look for) now. I grew up on Hershey’s Milk Chocolate bars and Milk Chocolate Kisses, and I’d fight with my sisters over the precious few bars of Nestle’s Crunch, which I got immense satisfaction chewing with my mouth wide open, the better to hear the crrrunch-crrrunch! . Snickers I liked too, they may have been my first introduction to enjoying nutty, sweet things. My sister, Tricia, introduced me to Whatchamacallit, which was a peanut flavored rice crispy bar layered in caramel and then dipped in chocolate. I remember biting into it and thinking it was the best thing I’d ever eaten in my young life.

In my early teens, I eschewed dressing up for Halloween although that didn’t stop me from entering my punk phase where gold hair and purple lipstick was a daily part of my wardrobe. This stage of my life was fueled by countless Mars bars. When we moved back to Manila, high school introduced me to other sweets: Butter Balls, chocolate footballs wrapped in foil that was bloody infuriatingly difficult to peel, and Bazooka Joe bubble gum.

In my adult life, I appreciate the snooty, 60+cacao percentage chocolate bars, but I’ll always have space in my stomach and fridge for KitKat Chunky (all flavors), Reeses’s Peanut Butter Cups, TimTams, and Dove Bars (milk chocolate, please). Yeah, yeah, this stuff’s candy, not chocolate, but sometimes, candy’s really what I need.

So tell me, what’s your favorite candy? And no need to keep it to just one. As you can see, I’ve mentioned almost all of my favorites, past and present.

37 Responses to “M.I.Y.O Monday: What’s Your Favorite Candy?”

  • Great topic, Lori! I grew up eating M and M’s (plain, peanut and crispy varieties), Reese’s peanut butter cups, Maltesers, and Twix candy bars. As I grew older, I became fond of Nestle’ Dark Raisinets and Van Houten Semi-sweet Almonds.

    Happy trick or treatin’ everyone!????

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  • Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups is a hands down winner in my book.

    And Jelly Belly Buttered Popcorn Jelly Beans. :)

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  • Hi, Lori! Twix is my favorite. Not to mention Cadbury’s Old Gold. Galaxy Fruit and Nuts is good, too. Meiji black takes away my blues. Lala/milo reminds me so much of childhood. Great blog, as always :)

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  • When we were kids, my sibs and I loved finding the following in our trick-or-treat bags: Butter Ball, Bazooka, Fruittella (banana was my favorite flavor), Goya chocolates, White Rabbit, and the immortal Chocnut. Also, this yummy peanut-flavored candy with a cartoon peanut on the wrapper the name of which I can’t remember.

    When I got to college, while studying for midterms and finals, my friends and I consumed countless piles of Flat Tops, Milo bars, and Nips in the deluded notion that chocolate helps boost memory functions. :p

    As I got older, I discovered the delights of pricier, fancier sweets, my top pick being Artisan du Chocolat’s Salted Caramels (http://artisanduchocolat.com/).

    But if I had to choose just one all-time favorite, it would have to be good ol’ reliable Snickers. :)

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  • reese’s tops the list. i like watchamacallit too but i barely see it nowadays. peanut butter and rice crispy m&ms, twix, maltesers, caramel kisses, milkyway, almond roca, kitkat green tea, hugs, alpine white, cadbury’s topdeck – it’s so obvious i prefer white chocolate and enjoys treats with a salty take in them for contrast of flavors. and before i forget, i love those mozart chocolate balls by mirabell.

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  • *deep breath* Reese’s peanut butter cups (the little ones). Gummy cola bottles that are shaped like Coke bottles but taste like Pepsi. Twix bars. Peanut butter, Crispy and Pretzel M&Ms. Kitkat (especially the Kobe milk pudding one Ian brought home!). Dark chocolate anything (like the Royce dark chocolate-covered almonds!). I’ve also discovered that Goya makes an excellent version of that. ;) Lori! You’ve opened up a can of gummy worms for me on this one :D

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  • Symphony w tofee ia the best,I also like Gold dark chocolate by Hershys and Maltesers. when my kids were young there was a candy made by Hershys named Pinky, but now its no longer available(its marsmallow and milk chocolate combined} YUM!!!! My fave when I was young till now is KRAFT caramels, I have a regular stash which I eat everyday,Thank God I inject insulin once a day hehehe or I’ll be hyperglycemic now!!!

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  • Hi, Lori! My faves are Skittles and Jelly Beans. Among local candies, I like Butterball.

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  • Chocolate with bacon bits. Eisbonn cola candy (before they messed with the formula). Candy-coated rice puffs.

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  • butterfinger!!! i love the mess it leaves on my fingers. to me that’s what i call finger-licking good!

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  • Twix, Milky Way, M and M’s, Serg’s Moonbits, KitKat, Halls menthols, and Hershey’s Kisses. :D

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  • Wow, there’s so much that just typing it makes my mouth water… M&M’s Peanut Butter, Andes Mint Choco, Reese’s Peanut Butter cups, CHOC NUT, Meiji Dark Chocolate and of course, Kit Kat!

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  • Haw-haw milk candies and butter balls. I love all those old nostalgic ones.

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  • When I was a kid, Benson’s Eclairs, Tootsie Pops and Frutella ruled my sweet tooth. During my college years, it was Star Fruit chewy candies in Cherry. I’d always buy one bag and pick out that flavor then give the rest away to everyone else. Now it’s anything with dark chocolate, caramel or those sour candy tapes at the candy stores.

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  • The different variants of chocolate treats that I can tousle with are endless! It can be as non-descript as those chocolate coins wrapped in golden colored foil to kit-kats (lovely in DQ’s Blizzards), the artisanal bars and just recently syrup moistened desiccated coconut covered in rich chocolate. The Chocolate bar which I can never refuse and have gone to crazy lengths just to acquire are the “3 Musketeers”. I still dream of how a bar gives almost no resistance to the each bite as fluffy bliss ensues! :)

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  • My all time favorites include Maltesers, Meiji Black Chocolate, Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, M&Ms, Hershey’s Kisses, Hersheys Miniatures (the one with rice crispies & Mr. Goodbar), Cadbury Crunchie and Whatchamacallit! Recent discovery is Brookside Acai Blueberry Dark Chocolate. It’s a bit pricey but so delicious!

    Of course, I love Pinoy chocolates/ candies too. Chocnut, Ricoa Flat Tops, those gold coins, White Rabbit (with the edible wrapper) and Fibisco choco mallows.

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  • chocnut
    mallows
    violet crumble
    milky way dark
    lindt cognac
    texas bubble gum
    tarzan
    those candies from the sar-sari store inside
    a straw with a flag on top

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  • ferrero rondnoir, maltesers dark, and hersheys special dark miniatures!!!

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  • toblerone white. from my dad’s pasalubong when I was a child to my husband’s gifts when he was still trying to sweep me off to marital bliss… they knew its my preferred chocolate :). Ferrero Rocher and Ritter Sport’s white whole hazelnut both comes in close second ;). As for local chocolates, i prefer big bang over cloud nine ( i guess i really prefer the nutty ones ;).

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  • Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups and Pieces, M&M’s Peanut Butter, M&M’s Pretzels, Snickers, Andes Mint Chocolate, Peppermint Patty, Hershey’s Dark Miniatures, Chocnut, Hany, Flat Tops, Ferrero Rocher. When I was a kid, I loved Rolling Stones. They were like Maltesers in an orange box. Sad that they’re not around anymore.

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  • Today’s MIYO Monday post really made me feel happy. :)

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  • when i was really young, i loved pompoms, and smarties, and serg’s chocolate.. then i progressed to violet crumble, almond roca, fry’s haxelnut and milky way. now i love, m&m’s peanut and dark, milky way pa rin, but dark, ferrero, lindt dark, meiji, mother sees, and of course, choc-nut! an occasional Royce dark doesn’t hurt too!

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  • I really love Twix Bars (all-time favorite!), Andes Mints, Alpine White, Toblerone (all variants), Mars with almonds, M&M’s with peanuts and I eat this with Coke (sugar high combination)!!! Ferrero Rocher, Lips candy (overly sweet strawberry-flavored candy that leaves a pinkish tint on the lips,mouth and even the teeth!), Tootsie Roll, Frutos (lemon flavor), Fizz Wizz, Kisses with almonds and the list just goes on and on… :)

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  • 3 Musketeers and Milky Way! When I was in Dubai, I used to ask a British manager of mine to buy some for me when he went to the States for business (it’s not readily available in the Middle East unlike the other Mars and Hershey bars), and I had to attach photos of what it looked like!

    Also love Cadbury, and being overseas up until early this year, I discovered the egg Cadbury’s filled with cream or caramel!

    All the M&Ms flavors! Maltesers, Galaxy (which is Dove here)

    The orange jelly candy usually hawked inside buses. Lala Chocolate (made in Bulacan). Cry Baby (sour candies famous in the 90s)

    Galler Chocolate & Lindt Chocolate

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  • My favorite candies

    Youth
    Ferrero Rocher is an old friend. I look at it at the grocery aisle and feel a connection beyond what I feel for the other candies. Hi Ferrero, it’s me again, how are you doing?

    Ferrero and I, we have a history, you see. When I was younger, I dreamt of receiving these lovely chocolate spheres wrapped in gold wrappers, as if wearing jewelry. And my dreams were specific. I wanted these not just in threes, not in fives, not in rectangular plastic boxes, not in bells. No. To make it really special, it must be in the heart-shaped box. To me it made all the difference.

    And the one who loved me enough to buy me my favorite chocolates in my favorite packaging? Of course. It was mom.

    Youth (others)
    The nutty Snickers, the colorful M&Ms, the crispy Crunch, the salty Butterfinger, and Hershey’s Nuggets (which I liked much better than the bars and Kisses!) Also a big part of childhood are chocolate in baked goods, like Keebler Chips Deluxe, Hello Panda, Yan Yan, Pocky.

    Adulthood
    The list is simple now, and it’s becoming simpler. I like dark chocolate. As specific as I was in childhood, I need it to be plain, without much anything else, without nuts or raisins. You can turn a sad day happy with Lindt, 70% or mint.

    But of course, old friends are not forgotten :)

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    anotherwise Reply:

    Reading my comment back again I see I may have forgotten the cheaper candies significantly more abundant in my life, now and before. It’s not the case of not enough love, though, but the case of a having too many to list… :)

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  • I’ll stick to what I ate as a child til in my teens, otherwise this list will be too long.

    Local – Flat top, curly tops, Serg’s, Goya, and those colorful sprinkle-looking ones (but round) that were sold in straws with a plastic pinwheel on one end, Big Bang over Cloud 9

    Imported – Hersheys (kisses, chocolate bar), Twix, Kitkat, Nestle Crunch, Violet Crumble (but not the skinny bar with a big chunk of the honey comb. The wider kind, with crushed honey comb), Cadbury (but never the fruit and nuts kind).

    And then I don’t know if it’s local or not, but that chewy orange candy shaped like a sliced orange.

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    Tracee Reply:

    Those are called Orange Swits! It’s made locally. I love them too. :D

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  • Snickers! my all time favorite, which I tried making cheesecake with it. Fail. :(
    I also love Ferrero Rocher so I make the Ferrero Buchi which is a hit with my friends. Next would be Nestle Crunch, Hershey’s Milk Choc, Lindt Lindor (imagining the choc sauce in the center… heaven!) and Ghirardelli Milk Choc with Caramel. I never ran out of these in my fridge. :)

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  • Anything sour and gummy that’s why i love sour skittles, sour patch and TROLLI SOUR BRITE CRAWLERS <3
    My favorite is the blue-red one (strawberry-blueberry, i think)

    Whenever i go to candy corner in malls, i pick out only the blue-red ones. One time I bought a whole bag and the guy beside me picked only those as well, I thought I found my soulmate haha ;-)

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  • Hershey’s bar (both plain and with almonds)
    Chocnut
    I’m loving the Meiji Black Chocolate bars and the chocolate covered almonds.
    Maltesers
    Violet Crumble (giving away my age)

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  • Tootsie Roll!!

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  • in no particular order:
    Pods (Snickers or Twix variety) – available in Oz & NZ
    Whittaker’s White Chocolate & Raspberry
    Snickers
    Toffifee
    gummy bears
    Cadbury Jelly Popping Candy Beanies

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  • I’ll stick to local childhood favorites that were not mentioned yet :

    1.Storck Durchbeisser
    2.milk nougat candy in white wrapper with blue Chinese characters on it
    3. Haw flakes

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  • .Violet Crumble
    .M&M’s Crispy
    .Raisinets/Goya’s Dark Chocolate with Raisins
    .any chocolate with Mint flavor
    .KitKat Dark Chocolate

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  • The candies of my youth:

    Local: Chocnut- hands down! Tootsie Roll, Tira-tira, Milk Nougat, Boston

    Imported: Pompoms, Kraft caramel candy, Snickers, Royce champagne chocolates

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  • whittaker’s bittersweet dark chunks ^^

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