Suggest a candy for our technology lounge
April 26, 2010 7:00 AM   Subscribe

What is the next candy in this series? Atomic Fireballs, Lemonheads...

In the communal lounge at the center of about fifteen developers, we've got a bucket that is typically full of candy. We want it to last a while; it shouldn't be something people are going to grab handfuls of. But at the same time, we're not looking for showoff candy like Warheads or the like. Suggestions?

(Candy available individually wrapped and in bulk is preferred.)
posted by Plutor to Food & Drink (41 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
 
Mary Janes
posted by robocop is bleeding at 7:06 AM on April 26, 2010


Gobstoppers? Jolly ranchers?
posted by plungerjoke at 7:06 AM on April 26, 2010


Jawbreakers?
posted by rabidsegue at 7:07 AM on April 26, 2010 [1 favorite]


Jawbreakers. I know they're called "jawbusters" now but everyone knows the correct name is Jawbreakers.

Root Beer Barrels

Tootsie Pops

Blow Pops
posted by Kangaroo at 7:10 AM on April 26, 2010


How about a 4 lb bag of Haribo Build-A-Burger?

Try this great Gummi Candy from Haribo your kids will find irresistible -Build-A-Burger! Gummi candies in this bag are in assorted shapes, including: bun with beef patty; tomato and cheese; lettuce and bun.

Also, when I was in Japan I remember buying some vegetable-themed gummy things (the carrot flavour was almost disconcertingly accurate; it had a real tuber flavour to it) but I have no idea how to get them outside of Japan.
posted by A Thousand Baited Hooks at 7:10 AM on April 26, 2010


Now and Laters?
posted by backseatpilot at 7:16 AM on April 26, 2010 [3 favorites]


Seconding Jawbreakers. Or Everlasting Gobstoppers.

Spree?
posted by sagwalla at 7:24 AM on April 26, 2010


Twizzlers come individually wrapped and are sold in bulk.

And they're yummy.

I'd suggest Starbursts, but think they might be too popular - well some of them - and you'll end up with a jar full of yellow ones.
posted by NoraCharles at 7:26 AM on April 26, 2010


Jolly Ranchers.
posted by jgirl at 7:31 AM on April 26, 2010


Those Boston Bean candies.
posted by mmmbacon at 7:31 AM on April 26, 2010 [2 favorites]


Little box of Nerds
posted by stormpooper at 7:31 AM on April 26, 2010


Red hots? Do they come individually wrapped?

Sour Patch whatevers

Blowpops (if they still make them) last a long time. I think lollipops in general are not a "grab a facefull" type of candy, and with the gum in blowpops it'll last even longer.
posted by thebazilist at 7:33 AM on April 26, 2010


What about the rest of the Ferrera Pan -head series? Appleheads, Grapeheads, Cherryheads, etc? (For us old folks, Johnny Apple Treats, Alexander the Grape, Cherry Chan).
posted by elsietheeel at 7:33 AM on April 26, 2010 [3 favorites]


Hi, Plutor!
I must speak up for Bit-O-Honey, which is just about my favorite.
Squirrel Nut Zippers are also good, though I think they are only regionally available.
posted by Dr. Wu at 7:41 AM on April 26, 2010


How about Orangeheads and Grapeheads?
posted by Junior687 at 8:05 AM on April 26, 2010


Does it just have to be candy? Bazooka bubble gum would be pretty cool. It comes with a small comic in the wrapper!
posted by Junior687 at 8:06 AM on April 26, 2010


I vote Blow Pops. So satisfying when the candy has become thin enough to crunch and you bite down and you chew it into the gum. You really feel like you've accomplished something.
posted by A Terrible Llama at 8:10 AM on April 26, 2010


Dum Dums and Strawberry Bon Bons are two of my favorites.
posted by Metroid Baby at 8:18 AM on April 26, 2010 [1 favorite]


wherther's carmel things
posted by WeekendJen at 8:24 AM on April 26, 2010


Zotz
posted by toodleydoodley at 8:45 AM on April 26, 2010


SOUR BALLS
posted by lakersfan1222 at 8:57 AM on April 26, 2010


Oh man, remember Cry Babies?
posted by nomad at 9:02 AM on April 26, 2010


Good & Plenty. They'll be there a long while.
posted by Sys Rq at 9:23 AM on April 26, 2010


Nthing Ferrara Pan. The answer to your opening question is probably Boston Baked Beans.
posted by BeerFilter at 10:00 AM on April 26, 2010 [1 favorite]


Seconding Blow Pops.
posted by bettafish at 10:12 AM on April 26, 2010


Smarties! (I happen to have a pocketful at the moment)
posted by in the methow at 10:18 AM on April 26, 2010


Laffy Taffy
posted by spilon at 10:41 AM on April 26, 2010


I am not going to recommend anything specific, but when I buy candy for the developers, I just go to the candy store, and grab anything that is individually wrapped including: ginger candy, butterscotch, peppermints, now and laters, laffy taffy, hershey kisses, etc. etc.

My only problem is that I am going through $10-20 dollars worth of candy a week.
posted by jasondigitized at 10:55 AM on April 26, 2010


I have a strong association between all the Ferrara Pan candy and Hot Dog Gum. However, I can't find the non-cinnamon kind we used to buy. Boo!
posted by peep at 11:07 AM on April 26, 2010


Your goal is to offer candies that you work on for a while, but that won't sate your hunger. Our office candy-purchaser seems to have discovered the perfect combo of candies that are good, but not great. We have Dum-Dum pops, Goetze's caramel cremes, Werther's butterscotch, individually-wrapped Lifesavers, and Dubble Bubble. Every once in a while some mini boxes of Nerds show up, and that is a happy time.
posted by chowflap at 11:18 AM on April 26, 2010


Riesen. Dark chocolate and caramel... mmm.

What NoraCharles meant to say was leftover PINK Starburst. Yellow is delicious.
posted by emelenjr at 11:54 AM on April 26, 2010


Redhots, definitely.
posted by 8dot3 at 12:41 PM on April 26, 2010


leftover PINK Starburst.

Send 'em to me. I've never heard of such a thing! They are the rarest of all the Starburst colors!
posted by peep at 1:41 PM on April 26, 2010


Could you clarify if you're looking for something specifically difficult to eat in some way? A lot of the suggestions here are precisely the sort of thing that people can eat quickly and will take handfuls of (Jolly Ranchers and Now and Laters and Starburst and whatever), but I'm not sure if you want stuff that's spicy, or just takes a long time to eat, or what.
posted by Nattie at 3:38 PM on April 26, 2010


Lollipops of almost any description - Dum Dums, Tootsie Pops, Blow Pops, Life Saver Lollipops - do they still make Chupa Chups? I like those.
posted by ersatzkat at 7:33 PM on April 26, 2010


brach's strawberry bon bons candy....this is The One you seek....
posted by lakersfan1222 at 8:27 PM on April 26, 2010


How about some peppermints, or peppermint Lifesavers? Or sugarfree gum. Everybody likes fresh breath.
posted by theora55 at 8:48 PM on April 26, 2010


Nattie: "Could you clarify if you're looking for something specifically difficult to eat in some way? A lot of the suggestions here are precisely the sort of thing that people can eat quickly and will take handfuls of (Jolly Ranchers and Now and Laters and Starburst and whatever), but I'm not sure if you want stuff that's spicy, or just takes a long time to eat, or what."

Both of those are sort of the way we want to go. (Which is why I've marked jawbreakers and blow-pops as 'best answers'. Another thing about the Jolly Ranchers and such is that they are pretty typical "jar of candy" choices in my experience. Bazooka gum and Zotz are particularly great counter-examples.
posted by Plutor at 6:29 AM on April 27, 2010


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posted by Plutor at 6:29 AM on April 27, 2010


i don't know if this is too pricey for you, but i loooove laura secord butterscotch lolly pops. and they last a pretty long time.
posted by janepanic at 6:33 PM on April 27, 2010


Now & Laters
posted by jgirl at 12:59 PM on April 28, 2010


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