Help Me Find Some Giant-Sized Snacks!
November 22, 2013 5:12 PM   Subscribe

So, a few weeks ago we were in Freeport, Maine and saw a giant whoopie pie, which we knew immediately would be the perfect Chrismas gift for my youngest brother. Then, tonight, my wife found a giant Rice Krispie Treat, which she bought as a Christmas gift for my middle brother. So now we have A Theme for amusing consumables for the rest of the family. But now we need to come up with some other Abnormally Large Food Items for 5-6 other family members. Help me find them.

A few requirements: we're not interested in making anything, unless we get really desperate long about mid-December. And one of them must be 100% nut-free.

Also: we already know about giant Hershey Bars, and giant cookies from places like Mrs. Fields. Those are likely to get purchased, but I'd love to find less obvious things.
posted by briank to Food & Drink (39 answers total) 14 users marked this as a favorite
 
giant gummy bear!
posted by dawkins_7 at 5:14 PM on November 22, 2013 [10 favorites]


What about one of those giant rainbow swirly lollipops? I have seen some massive ones in candy shops.
posted by joan_holloway at 5:16 PM on November 22, 2013


If you want to go a little spendy, magnum and bigger bottles of booze are often a thing this time of year. Ask at the biggest/fanciest liquor store in town.

Alternately, they sell Tabasco by the gallon.
posted by box at 5:19 PM on November 22, 2013 [2 favorites]


Our seattle costco has been selling a GIANT nutella. $35 and I think it was 16lb of nutella. The jar is as big as your head.
posted by 58 at 5:21 PM on November 22, 2013 [17 favorites]




Giant bottle of sriricha or other chili sauce - bonus points if you can fit a pump-dispenser head on it.
posted by ninazer0 at 5:23 PM on November 22, 2013




Giant cans of tuna crack me up for some reason. YMMV.
I have seen them at most grocery stores near me, but send me a memail if you are interested and not finding.
posted by Tandem Affinity at 5:51 PM on November 22, 2013 [2 favorites]


Restaurant supply places will sell those giant jars of condiments. Almost any kind.
posted by raisingsand at 5:52 PM on November 22, 2013 [4 favorites]


Giant candy canes would go perfectly with these presents. My grocery store usually has these handmade candy canes by Hammond, in a dozen flavours, that are about an inch diameter and are basically impossible to eat.
posted by Margalo Epps at 5:57 PM on November 22, 2013


Fixed Tabasco link.
posted by box at 6:20 PM on November 22, 2013


Crumbs Colossal Cupcakes. The pictures don't do justice to how big they are!
posted by ThePinkSuperhero at 6:24 PM on November 22, 2013 [2 favorites]


You can buy giant Chupa Chups lollipops that can also probably successfully be used as a war hammer.
posted by elizardbits at 6:31 PM on November 22, 2013 [5 favorites]


There's also giant gummi worms.
posted by O9scar at 6:40 PM on November 22, 2013 [1 favorite]


There also used to be a website with photo tutorials on how to make giant candy items at home, but I can't figure out the right googly terms to find it.
posted by elizardbits at 6:47 PM on November 22, 2013


Apparently I've wasted my life, because the only thing I can think of is those giant Hershey's Kisses.
posted by easily confused at 6:59 PM on November 22, 2013


Many stores sell giant jars of various pickled items--ten pounds of dill pickles, or olives, or roasted peppers, or whatever.

Candy Warehouse has a whole page of giant candy.
posted by MeghanC at 7:04 PM on November 22, 2013 [1 favorite]


Also, consider buying someone a whole wheel of cheese. It's not necessarily huge, but a five-pound round of cheese is so different from the wedge you usually buy that it seems enormous. On the off chance that I'm part of your family, you should definitely buy me a giant round of cheese.
posted by MeghanC at 7:07 PM on November 22, 2013 [15 favorites]


I just hope you live in the proper geographical area to buy at least some of these items here.

And hey, before this gets dismissed completely as a mere joke, you could at least get some grocery bags in which to wrap or package the gifts.
posted by Smells of Detroit at 7:07 PM on November 22, 2013 [1 favorite]


I found giant York Peppermint Patties at my Target last Christmas. They were actually right next to the giant rice krispie treats.
posted by Jacob G at 7:10 PM on November 22, 2013


Buy giant tubes of smarties. I've seen them around occasionally. You can buy them online here.
posted by Blitz at 7:23 PM on November 22, 2013


This shop product list will give you some ideas with pictures. (http://itsugar.com then go to "giant" link )
posted by stuartmm at 7:38 PM on November 22, 2013


So, to add a little clarity, it's not so much a large container of some items (although the giant jar of Nutella is a definite yes), as large versions of the items themselves, such as the giant Chupa Chups or the big-ass cupcakes that are more appealing ideas. Keep the suggestions coming, we are very pleased so far!
posted by briank at 7:46 PM on November 22, 2013


Um. Giant Toblerone, for sure! Sold definitely at Trader Joe's this time of year.
posted by amanda at 8:14 PM on November 22, 2013 [3 favorites]


Many Mom & Pop donut shops sell birthday cake sized donuts for special occasions. A quick search of Yelp will reveal the ones near you. The giant donut isn't always on the regular menu, but you can call and order a day or two ahead of pickup.
posted by Alison at 8:16 PM on November 22, 2013 [1 favorite]


In grad school for some reason, we had a random running gag of buying a Van Holten's Pickle in a Pouch which is indeed a very large pickle. I recall the "serving size" with the nutrition info was 1/9 of a pickle. We favored the Big Papa and Hot Mama pickles. Found in your local convenience store, most likely.

In searching for that product, I came across this site: Great Big Stuff which may be worth a look.
posted by amanda at 8:21 PM on November 22, 2013


I looked at GreatBigStuff.com but they had no actual food items, just plastic things.
posted by briank at 8:29 PM on November 22, 2013


Very large pumpkins are a thing, but probably don't qualify as snacks.
posted by Bruce H. at 8:36 PM on November 22, 2013 [1 favorite]


Giant Snickers Bar. That's assuming you meant lack of actual nuts, as opposed to peanuts.
posted by SquidLips at 8:52 PM on November 22, 2013


One of the gifts could be a container of miniature snacks, just to mix it up.
posted by Comet Bug at 10:00 PM on November 22, 2013 [1 favorite]


> There also used to be a website with photo tutorials on how to make giant candy items at home, but I can't figure out the right googly terms to find it.

Do you mean http://www.pimpthatsnack.com/? Where you can snackabrowse the snackabase?

Here's a huge Rolo.
posted by guybrush_threepwood at 10:42 PM on November 22, 2013 [2 favorites]


Ostrich/emu eggs, of course!

Single strand pasta (aka yi gen mian or maccheroni alla mugnaia) but not sold in stores.
posted by acidic at 11:39 PM on November 22, 2013 [1 favorite]


Googling giant candy worked well.
posted by AppleTurnover at 12:35 AM on November 23, 2013


World's largest Hershey Bar (five pounds).

Whoops, eta: You know. Reese's PB cups?
posted by MonkeyToes at 5:26 AM on November 23, 2013


Three liter bottle of Chimay is a possibility.
posted by oceanjesse at 7:41 AM on November 23, 2013


Giant Pez!
posted by duffell at 8:14 AM on November 23, 2013


Trader Joes has an enormous chocolate bar around this time of year and bonus it is delicious.
posted by RoadScholar at 8:43 AM on November 23, 2013


I have seen one-pound Hershey's (I think) products in ads this year.

My aunt's brother used to be a caterer, and for one of his daughter's birthdays (in the 1970s, a.k.a. When Dinosaurs Walked The Earth), he hand-made a Pearson's Salted Nut Roll about two feet long. It looked like a sleeping dog, and must have weighed 25 pounds. I got to bring home a big piece that took us DAYS to eat.
posted by wenestvedt at 9:48 AM on November 23, 2013


Thanks for some excellent suggestions. We ended up choosing:

- giant gummy bear
- a gallon jug of Tabasco
- 6lb jar of Nutella
- giant Chupa Chup
- 5lb wheel of cheese
- and a 40-ounce Whitman's Sampler (not suggested here)
posted by briank at 6:50 PM on November 24, 2013 [5 favorites]


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