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15 Fun Facts You Probably Never Knew About Chocolate

If you have a stash of Hershey’s kisses in your bedside table or do thorough research on which dark chocolate is best for your heart, then you probably consider yourself a chocolate aficionado – or, at least, a super fan. But how much do you really know about the melt-in-your mouth candy we all adore or the ancient bean from whence it came? We’re about to find out. Here are 15 things you probably didn’t know about chocolate.

It’s technically a vegetable

Milk and dark chocolate come from the cacao bean, which grows on the cacao tree (Theobroma cacao), an evergreen from the family Malvaceae (other members of the family include okra and cotton). This makes the most important part of the sweet treat a veggie. Eating your daily vegetables just got a whole lot easier.

White chocolate isn’t really chocolate

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Sorry, white chocolate lovers. Since this extra-sweet variety doesn’t contain cocoa solids or chocolate liquor, it isn’t chocolate in the strict sense. However, it does contain parts of the cacao bean — mainly cocoa butter — so that counts a little bit.

Cacao was once used as currency

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The cacao bean is native to Mexico, Central America, and South America. Archeologists say the ancient inhabitants of these areas started cultivating the bean as far back as 1900 BCE and that the valuable bean was used as currency in the Aztec society. Cacao beans would be traded for luxury items like jade and ceremonial feathers, or everyday items such as food and clothes.

Most cacao beans are now grown in Africa

Despite its Central American roots, nowadays most cacao (nearly 70% of the world’s supply) comes from Africa. The Ivory Coast is the largest single producer, providing about 30 percent of all the world’s cacao.

Napoleon loved chocolate

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The French leader demanded that chocolate be made available to him and his senior advisers even during intense military campaigns. He was famously known to choose chocolate over coffee when he worked late at night, often enjoying the sweet until 2 or 3 a.m.

Milk chocolate was invented almost 4,000 years after chocolate was first cultivated

The Mayans and Aztecs were enjoying the bitter cacao bean long before the dawn of modern society, but that “chocolate” is nothing like a Hershey bar you’d go pick up at the store. The most popular chocolate in the modern world (although its darker counterpart has become extremely trendy recently) is milk chocolate – however, this wasn’t invented until 3,600 years after ancient civilizations started enjoying cacao.

Swiss chocolatier Daniel Peter created the tasty treat in 1875 after eight years of trying to make his recipe work. Condensed milk ended up being the key ingredient he was missing.

The invention of the first chocolate bar started a manufacturing empire


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In 1847, British chocolate maker Joseph Fry found a way to mix the ingredients of cocoa powder, sugar and cocoa to manufacture a paste that could then be molded into a chocolate bar unlike anything the world had seen before. Demand was immediately high, and the Fry Chocolate Factory in Bristol, England began pumping out the bars. In the following decades, over 220 innovative chocolate products were introduced to the masses, including production of the first chocolate Easter egg in UK in 1873 and the Fry’s Turkish Delight (or Fry’s Turkish bar) in 1914. In 1896, the firm became a registered private company and was run by the Fry family, with Joseph Storrs Fry II, grandson of the first Joseph Storrs Fry, as Chairman.

Hot chocolate was the first chocolate treat

But, to be fair, it wasn’t quite the frothy, delicious drink we know today. The OG hot chocolate was an Aztec invention called xocolatl, which means “bitter water.” The drink was made with cacao beans, vanilla, and chili peppers and was thought to help battle fatigue. When Columbus and his men brought cacao beans back to Europe, sugar was then added to the drink, helping it to become popular throughout modern society. Now we get to watch first hand as YouTuber wilmo55 shows us a behind-the-scenes look at how this ancient beverage was prepared centuries ago. We’re not sure how well xocolatl would go over in our AS (After Starbucks) age, but we know that we owe a lot to this ancient drink.

Chocolate inspired the invention of the microwave

The thing that heats up so many of our frozen dinners and takeout leftovers – we owe it all to a little bit of melted chocolate. About 70 years ago, Raytheon engineer Percy Spencer was testing military-grade magnetron (or really intense magnets) when legend has it the heat made the chocolate bar in his pocket melt. Fascinated, Spencer brought popcorn kernels into the office next day and put them by the same heat, creating the first ever batch of microwave popcorn. Thanks to his melted snack, the microwave oven was born. Check out this How Stuff Works video to get the whole history on our favorite appliance.

Cacao trees can live to be 200 years old

It probably sounds impressive that these ancient trees, which have been revered as “gifts from the gods,” can live to be centuries old. Seems fitting, right? Unfortunately, there is an interesting catch. Although these trees can live to be hundreds of years old, they old produce cacao beans for 25 years of that time. Talk about delicious irony.

Chocolate has a special melting point

When modern day chocolatiers were trying to find a way to market candy that wouldn’t melt in the consumer’s pocket, they discovered the trick was to make the melting point right below the human body temperature. Chocolate is the only edible substance to melt between 85-93° F, which is why it melts so easily on your tongue; it has a specially designed “mouthfeel” unlike any substance on earth, somewhere between solid and liquid. Want to learn how to melt chocolate correctly? Then you need this quick video tutorial from Everyday Food to feel like a honest-to-goodness chocolatier.

There’s now a chocolate that can withstand intense temperatures

Food scientists have been laboring for decades to come up with chocolate that won’t melt in the higher temperatures, to accommodate warmer places around the world. In 2012, Cadbury announced that they were developing a technique for formulating a bar that could withstand very high temperatures – up to 104 °F. By grinding the sugar down to a smaller particle size and reducing the fat content, Cadbury’s new chocolate can withstand much higher temperatures without liquefying. The company hopes to introduce the product in Africa and Brazil in the future.

Chocolate helped the Allies win World War II

Granted, there was a lot more that won the war than eating chocolate, but historians credit the chocolate rations Hershey provided to the troops as a source of positive morale and energy. The Hershey Chocolate company was approached in 1937 about creating a specially designed bar just for U.S. Army emergency rations. According to Hershey’s chief chemist Sam Hinkle, the U.S. government had just four requests about their new chocolate bars: they had to weigh 4 ounces, be high in energy, withstand high temperatures and “taste a little better than a boiled potato.” According to some soldiers, the taste of a boiled potato was preferred to these ration bars, but the treat had a knack for picking up the soldier’s energy and spirits.

It shares some similarities with marijuana

The cacao bean has this nifty concoction of chemicals in it, a mixture that really sets off the pleasure centers in our brain (which is why we love/crave chocolate constantly). One of the big parts of that mixture is a chemical known as anandamide, which activates dopamine receptors and consequently, makes us happy. The most closely related compound to this chemical is THC, which is the main constituent of cannabis and has a similar effect in the brain.

Switzerland consumes the most chocolate per year

According to U.S. News, Switzerland is the #1 purchaser of chocolate in the world. The people of Switzerland purchased 18.1 lbs. of chocolate (yes, per person) in 2015 and that number went up to 19.8 in 2016. On the other hand, the U.S. wasn’t in the Top 10 in 2015 and broke in at #9 last year, with Americans buying 9.5 lbs. of chocolate for themselves in 2016. Honestly? We were expecting a lot more.

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9 Stomach-Turning Things People Have Found in Their Food

When we order at the drive-thru or buy our favorite foods at the store, we probably think we know what we’re getting. ‘Think’ being the operative word there. But even if we’ve eaten our go-to menu item or late-night snack, time and time again, there’s still a chance that we’ll find a little something ~extra~ inside our meal.

Everyone has probably heard the urban legends of finding a Band-Aid in your Big Mac or a finger in your chili, right? Well, it might be easiest to push those nauseating tales deep down and enjoy your food in ignorant bliss, but these sickening stories are all too true.

Here are 9 of the weirdest things people have found in their poor, innocent food.

Mouse

Not knowing what’s in our processed bread is something that’s sparked outrage for years – but if anyone really has a right to complain, it’s Stephan Forse. This English dad picked up a loaf of Hovis bread and starting slicing into it to make his kids a sandwich for lunch, but then he noticed something unusual.

“To start with, I thought it was just where the dough hadn’t mixed up before it’s put in the oven,” Forse said. “But when I walked back across the kitchen and looked into the bread, I saw it had fur on it and it didn’t look anything like dough.”

As if this could get more horrific, the mouse was found with no tail, and Hovis is unsure where the tail could have gone. *Shudder.* This news clip from Sky News gives the full deets on the unfortunate find.

Band Aid

When it comes to fast, cheap, and delicious dinners, nothing beats the occasional visit to McDonald’s. With their speedy line service, you’re pretty much assured to get the same quality food every time you eat at the chain. Well, almost every time.

North Idaho mom, Crystal English, made a disgusting discovery after she picked up a quick McDonald’s dinner for her family. Her husband was finishing his burger when he noticed something strange had fallen out from between the buns. Local news KHQ6 shared a video account of the gross ordeal they went through.

“My husband got down to his last bite, he dipped it in his ranch packet – and there was a Band-Aid left in the ranch,” English told Channel KHQ6. “First thing that comes to mind is, ‘What diseases can be transferred from that?’ You never know.”

Black Widow Spider

You’ve probably heard the horror stories of people finding creepy crawlies in their produce, but what this Detroit woman found takes the cake. Ariel Jackson was washing a container of grapes she had purchased at a local Walmart Supercenter when she found a venomous black widow crawling through the fruit.

Detroit station WXYZ-TV reported in this news clip that although this scary situation might seem unlikely, there are dozens of recorded incidents of dangerous creatures like this passing through U.S. Customs on imported food.

“My nephew is one, if he had gotten bit – if it had gotten loose in the house overnight – something awful could have happened,” Jackson said. “It’s scary.”

Maggots

We’ve barely come to accept maggots in cheese, but maggots in our chicken nuggets? That’s too far, universe.

The horror happened when Denna Tracey’s daughter said she wanted chicken nuggets for dinner, so Tracey picked up a bucket of ready-to-eat chicken from Walmart. After eating a few nuggets with her kid, Tracey noticed some little white invaders that made her stomach turn.

She immediately starting filming their contaminated chicken in a video that soon after went viral. Since seeing the maggots in her meal, Tracey was unable to eat for days – which could be the most tragic part of this nasty story, tbh.

“I just don’t feel like a refund is good enough for a situation like this,” Tracey told CBS 13 News in this segment. “This isn’t like returning a pair of pants with a little tear in them, this is something my daughter and I consumed.”

Lizard Head

When you pop out of the office to get a quick lunch, you’re most likely hoping for a nice sandwich or salad or cup of soup… basically anything that doesn’t involve a beheaded lizard. But Robin Sandusky was unfortunate enough to find this unsavory topping in a salad she picked up from a deli in Hell’s Kitchen.

GeoBeats reports in this news video that the salad was from a local eatery called Guy & Gallard, which KINDLY offered Sandusky a free salad to replace her first meal. (We’re being sarcastic here, the very least you can do is give this woman a free damn salad.) The restaurant claimed there was no proof that a lizard was in the salad before Sandusky got it, but the complaint was still investigated by local health officials.

Chicken Brain

Even the most rabid fried chicken lover would admit that some things are just too gross to fry up and munch on, like the head or the claws. And while discovering either of those bits in our food would make us sick to our stomachs, English student Ibrahim Langoo’s experience is a million times worse.

Langoo had picked up some delicious fried chicken from his local KFC in Essex, when he peeled back the skin to reveal some grey, lumpy material. That’s right, he had just uncovered fried chicken brain. b/60 reports that KFC later released a statement saying the entrails could have been a kidney, not a brain – because that’s so much better, obviously.

Human Tooth

How? Literally, how?! We’re not sure how to explain a Japanese woman discovering an actual human tooth in her McDonald’s French fries and neither is the Tokyo location where the molar was found; McDonald’s Tokyo offered no explanation, but did apologize to the patron.

Scripps National News reported that executives of McDonald’s Tokyo had this to say: “We are deeply sorry for this.”

If we were that woman, we would have needed a little bit more sympathy than that, dude.

Needle

Flying is terrible all on its own. The tickets are expensive, the seating is cramped – hey, you might be violently dragged off your flight at any given moment. So, needless to say, the last thing you need is your airplane food to, well, try and kill you.

Four passengers on a 2012 Delta flight from Amsterdam to Minneapolis opened up their turkey sandwiches to find needles buried in the meat.

CNN interviewed Jim Tonjes, one of the people who discovered a one-inch needle in his club sandwich.

“I took a bite and tasted that, then I took a second bite and felt a jab at the top of my mouth,” Tonjes described. “Sometimes with club sandwiches they’ll put a toothpick in and that’s what I thought it was – but when I looked inside, I saw a one-inch needle. It looked like a sewing needle.”

Moments later, another passenger found a needle in his sandwich and a third would be discovered after all food had been confiscated.

Razor Blade

In 2011, CBS News covered the terrifying story of an East Texas woman who found a razor blade in her Great Value ice cream.

“There’s usually a layer of chocolate right here, so I got a spoon to dig into it, and something sharp got the inside of my lip,” Stephanie Granger reported to news cameras.

At first, she thought it was a piece of machinery that fell into her container, but further examination found nope, it was a straight-up razor blade. Granger stayed alarmingly calm over the potentially dangerous situation saying she, “hopes to get an appropriate response” to what she found.

Umm, if that response is tearful apologies and free ice cream for life, then yes, that’s appropriate.

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11 Of The Internet’s Most Hilarious Candy Challenges

What would the internet be without a healthy supply of amusing (and sometimes borderline stupid) viral challenges to keep us occupied for hours at a time? That wouldn’t be the 2017 we know and love. And, of course, the best kind of challenges are the ones that put the YouTubers we admire in some kind of discomfort or pain.

Few challenges accomplish that goal quite like the extreme candy challenges of the interweb. Whether it’s weird candy, sour AF candy, or candy that taste like garbage, here are 11 of the candy challenges we can’t get enough of.

Sour Candy Challenge

One of the more brutal candy challenges are the sour candy challenges, in which the willing challenger taste tests different types of super sour candy. And as you’ll see by the expression on Collin Key’s face, it really is as painful as you’re imagining. Ouch.

Gross Chocolate Bar Challenge

Chocolate bars are meant to be creamy and delicious, right? Well, not if you’re attempting the gross chocolate bar challenge, like YouTube channel MMG. Let’s just say we’re glad we’re watching this one through the safety of our screen, because pizza-flavored chocolate is the only time those two all-time foods shouldn’t be together.

Bean Boozled Challenge

If you want to be entertained Harry Potter-style, you’ll love the Bean Boozled Challenge. In this Muggle version of Bertie Bott’s Every Flavored Beans, these candy beans come in same-colored pairs. YouTuber Rosanna Pansino could either enjoy pear flavored or booger flavored – the chance is hers to take and yours to watch.

Spicy Gummy Pepper Challenge

We know what you’re thinking. “Why would anyone make a gummy, something that’s supposed to be delicious and sweet, in a spicy pepper flavor?” The answer is simple: so YouTubers like Wassabi Productions can try said spicy pepper gummies in front of a video camera. Thank God for Amazon.

Weird Candy Challenge

Candy is supposed to be sweet and indulgent – unless you’re doing a weird candy challenge. In which case, Reese’s and Twix need not apply. Watch Keion and Kianna of BFvsGF try everything from booger candy to scorpion lollipops, all from the comfort of your home.

Gummy Food vs. Real Food

One of the biggest YouTube challenges of this past year has been comparing real food with its gummy counterparts. For instance, partners each choose a platter – under one is a real cheeseburger and under the other is a gummy burger, and whatever you choose you have to eat. Let AzzyLand show you how it’s done.

Japanese Candy Challenge

Everyone knows that Japan has the coolest, most out-of-the-box varieties of, well, everything. As Collins Key and his little brother found out, that includes some of the most interesting types of candy around. We’re not sold on all of them, but some are V kawaii.

Giant Candy Challenge

Now this one doesn’t sound so bad. Rosanna Pansino and one of her friends have selflessly taken on the giant candy challenge, in which they try to guess which gigantic candy they’re about to bite into while blindfolded. None of the candies are gross or painful to eat, so that element is gone, but it’s still fun to watch and crave everything from a distance.

Kissing Candy Challenge

An excuse to eat candy and smooch your S.O.? That’s the kissing candy challenge that’s been sweeping YouTube. What it entails is that you pop a candy in your mouth, blindfold your partner, and give them a kiss! Based on the kiss, they have to guess the candy. Marissa Rachel and bae demonstrate how simultaneously hilarious and awkward this challenge can be.

Warhead Smoothie Challenge

In a nutshell, you make a smoothie out of as many Warheads products you can get your hands on and chug it. JustJordan33 brought her sister into her video challenge so they could do a double challenge: whoever can drink the most of their super sour smoothie wins. What do they win? A great deal of pain and the honor of besting a YouTube challenge.

Chocolate Bar Challenge

About three years ago, one of the more popular candy challenges was trying to finish a giant chocolate bar without vomiting. While many YouTubers failed miserably at this task, you can trust professional competitive eater Matt Stonie to conquer this 1 lb. Snickers bar challenge – in good time, too!

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10 Bizarre Foods That Pair Well With Cheese

I know I’m not alone when I say this: I am obsessed with cheese. If I had the choice, I’d probably eat cheese all day and melt cheese on all other non-cheese items. Everyone has different things they like to eat with this favorite dairy product, and tbh, some of those relationships are a little… weird.

Forget your typical grilled cheese or cream cheese on a bagel, here are 10 bizarre things people like to pair with cheese.

Pickles and Cheese

This one shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise, but pickles and cheese are all the rage. Whether you’re dunking them in beer cheese dip, fondue, or straight up wrapping them in a slice or two, the sourness of the pickle and the creaminess of the cheese complement each other perfectly.

If you really want to do this flavor combination right, try making these mozzarella-stuffed fried pickles by Richard in the Kitchen, and don’t say we never did you any favors.

Hot Cheetos and Cream Cheese

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You might have heard of people drinking milk with their Hot Cheetos. Well, this weird pairing kind of takes that notion to the next level. Maybe to help ease the burn of this spicy snack, some have taken to dunking their Flamin’ Hot Cheetos in cream cheese.

Crazier yet, people are literally making cream cheese and Cheetos sandwiches, mainly with bagels as their bread of choice.

Salsa and Cottage Cheese

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The logic behind this pairing seems to be if two things separately are great dips, then together they should make one super dip. You love dunking your chips in salsa, and fresh fruit is great with a scoop of cottage cheese, but together?! Together they make a combo that the general interweb is furious about.

Caramel and Bleu Cheese

You read that right. Apparently, spooning caramel onto bleu cheese makes for an out-of-this-world flavor combination. This is a little known fact that cheese experts swear by for a cheese-centric dessert. Truthfully, we’re having a hard time picturing what exactly this would taste like. Confusion, maybe?

Kimchi and Cheddar Grilled Cheese

Judge if you want, but this actually sounds amazing. We know it sounds weird when you first think about it, but kimchi and cheese get along better than you’d think. Cheese brightens up the intense kick that kimchi presents, and if you don’t believe us, we dare you to make your own. Or, better yet, go out and order one now.

Peanut Butter and Cottage Cheese

I may be a big proponent of cheese, but peanut butter is definitely my #2. So I’m trying to not be too salty about this one. In some alternate universe, people actually enjoy eating scoops of PB with cottage cheese. Now, I’m all for eating peanut butter straight from the jar (I did that like five minutes ago) but why do we have to add cheese to the equation?

As it turns out, this combo is a high protein snack that bodybuilders will “indulge” in for a late night snack or for breakfast. I don’t know your life, guys. Not here to judge.

Banana and Cheese

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This is an old school snack dating back to the ’70s and we kind of see why it went out of vogue. Basically, you wrap a piece of single-serving cheese around a banana and immediately eat it. No tea, no shade — that sounds downright disgusting. But if Mr. Rogers was a fan, how bad could it have honestly been?

Hot Chocolate and Cheese

Also known as Colombian hot chocolate, this cup of cocoa has a little surprise inside. Spoiler alert: it’s cheese. After making this frothy drink on the stove, Colombians will usually add some kind of white cheese, like queso compasigna, queso blanco, panela, halloumi, or mozzarella. You can use a spoon for dunking or you can put the cheese in the bottom of your mug and pour the cocoa on top. We’re definitely intrigued.

Coffee and Cream Cheese

Putting cheese in coffee is very much a thing around the world. In places like Korea, Switzerland, and Panama (where queso blanco is the general coffee cheese of choice) putting cheese in your coffee is a pretty standard thing. Fans of the pairing have said that when cheese is mixed with espresso, it supposedly tastes something like tiramisu. That might be one mystery we could do without solving ourselves. We’ll take your word for it.

Cereal and Cheese

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Potentially the most jarring pairing on this list: cereal and cheese. We’d like to believe this is something only broke college students do when they run out of ramen, but it’s a thing that actually happens. Photos of people putting shredded cheese on more bland cereals, like Cheerios, have surfaced on the internet recently, and a lot of people have been coming to their aid against haters, claiming this combination is actually delicious.

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8 Chocolate-Covered Foods We’re Not Sure How To Feel About

We don’t think it’s an understatement to say that chocolate is literally a religion for some people, most of the Foodbeast staff included. That being said, it’s understandable that we can get a little shifty when it comes to pairing chocolate with other, “non-dessert” things.

But, as chocolate has proved time and time again, it can be paired with just about anything. Most of the time, this sweetest substance can make anything better – but we’re not sure how true that is for these eight bizarre chocolate-dipped items. Can even something as amazing as chocolate pull off these straight-up strange combos? Possibly.

Seaweed

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This snack is more commonly found in Asian grocery stores than it is in American shops, and its popularity makes us think that it can’t be all that bad. I mean, seaweed is crunchy and salty, so it’s kind of like dipping fries into chocolate ice cream! Kind of?

Insects

Yeah, this is real life. You can pretty much find everything from grubs, beetles, crickets (that’s a common one), and even scorpions dipped in chocolate and sold in some stores. Hey, if you’re going to bite into a bug, it might as well be dipped in chocolate.

Pickles

At first, this might sound like an unsettling combination – it gets even stranger when you consider that condiment giant Heinz used to make and sell chocolate dipped pickles. But when you get past your initial reaction, they really don’t sound half bad; like seaweed, this odd treat is an interesting mixture of salty and sweet that we might be on board for.

Bacon

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Real talk, we’ve kind of become desensitized to bacon in “weird” recipes. Bacon cupcakes? Check. Bacon fudge? Double check. So chocolate-covered bacon doesn’t seem that strange in 2017.

But just because we’ve become used to the idea of chocolate and bacon as a pairing doesn’t make the thought any less weird. Think back to when the bacon-in-sweets trend was just starting – everyone thought it was weird, because it kind of is. It’s delicious, sure, but that doesn’t make it any less strange.

Onions

We wish we were kidding. These little beauties are from Reading Terminal Market in Philadelphia; yes, they are actually raw onions dipped in chocolate, and yes, people actually bite into these full onions on sticks. What do they even taste like? Not a candy apple, that’s for sure.

Jalapenos

Like it hot? Then these chocolate-dipped jalapenos are for you. These are from Sparky’s in Universal Studios City Walk in Hollywood, CA, and they look as spicy as they do delicious. As weird as it is that these peppers are dipped in chocolate, the chocolate seems like the only thing separating this treat from pain. Why else would you bite straight into a jalapeno if not to get a mouthful of chocolate, too.

Chickpeas

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Before you think, “Oh, that’s not too weird,” just imagine chocolate-covered hummus. That’s essentially what we’re dealing with here, folks. Unbeknownst to us, dipping these beans in chocolate is a thing, and people often enjoy them raw or toasted. We don’t know about you, but chickpeas just seem too healthy to be associated with chocolate. Although, chocolate is totally healthy, too, so this all makes perfect sense.

Squid

Not only is chocolate-dipped squid a thing, but it’s packaged and sold in stores AS A CANDY. It’s called Hawaiian Da-Kines Chocolate Dipped Ika (a.k.a. squid) and it’s produced by Big Island Candies. This novelty is a popular treat on the islands of Hawaii, and thousands (if not hundreds of thousands) of people genuinely love it. Who’s up for a taste test?!

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Here Is How You Can Get a Free Maple Pecan Coffee at Dunkin’ Donuts Today

If you live near a Maple Street, Road, or Avenue, you might want to check the block for a Dunkin’ Donuts — because something special is brewing.

Dunkin’ Donuts’ autumn menu officially arrives today August 28, and the brand is celebrating by treating people to a taste of its newest fall flavor, Maple Pecan. Starting on Monday, August 28, 15 Dunkin’ Donuts shops located on Maple Streets, Maple Roads, and Maple Avenues throughout the country will offer 500 guests at each location a free medium-sized cup of its new hot or iced Maple Pecan Flavored Coffee. Guests will also have the chance during the day to sample Dunkin’s new Maple Sugar Bacon Breakfast Sandwich.

Let’s be real, we’re all going to need a win after the Game of Thrones finale Sunday night, so why not set your alarm for a little earlier and treat yo’ self with a free coffee? We literally cannot think of a better way to brace for fall.

Check the chart here for the full list of participating Dunkin’ locations!

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10 Throwback Facts About Pixy Styx Candy

The term “sugar rush” is essentially synonymous with two words: Pixy Stix. What were candy companies thinking, selling little paper tubes filled with colorful sugar to kids? It’s so simple, but so brilliant. Those evil geniuses. But how were Pixy Stix created? Who came up with this diabolical idea that would be the bane of parents and dentists for decades to come? To better understand the sweet treat responsible for most of our cavities, here are 10 interesting facts about Pixy Stix.

Pixy Stix started off as a drink mix.

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In the 1930s, a candy company called the Fruzola Company of St. Louis was looking for a way to make water more fun for kids. Their solution? Sticks of colorful sugar that could be added to water to add some pizazz, which they called Frutola. Sound familiar? But when creator J. Fish Smith realized that kids were far more interested in eating the tart sugar straight from the paper tube, they pivoted the product, framing it as a kids’ candy and renaming it Lik-m-Aid.

These original Pixy Sticks came with a spoon…

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…so you could conveniently shovel the pure sugar more efficiently into your mouth! Honestly, though, can you imagine a world where the Pixy Stix powder doesn’t get stuck in the paper tube as you’re trying to eat it? It just falls right out into this nifty spoon? That’s some delicious innovation.

Pixy Stix didn’t really become popular until 1952.

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In 1952, Sunline, Inc. (formerly known as the Fruzola Company) began to manufacture and sell Lik-m-Aid worldwide. In 1959, the company instituted the modern design of the candy sticks that we recognize today and renamed the candy again, this time calling them Pixy Stix. From this wide scale marketing effort, Pixy Stix began to truly capture the attention of children nationwide.

Lik-m-Aid also turned into another popular candy.


Having picked up on the big secret that kids like to eat straight sugar, Sunline morphed Lik-m-Aid into another very popular candy: Fun Dip. For those of us who lived under a rock from ages 5 through 18, Fun Dip has the same colorful sugar powder as Pixy Stix, but it comes in a pouch and with a flavorless candy stick, which you lick and stick into the sugary powder. Essentially, it’s the edible candy version of the spoon that came with the original Pixy Stix.

Ally Sheedy invented her sugary sandwich in the iconic Breakfast Club scene.


Actress Ally Sheedy, who played the slightly psychotic recluse in the iconic 1980s film, The Breakfast Club, created her infamous Pixy Stix sandwich on a whim during filming. The sandwich consisted of butter, Captain Crunch cereal, gummy lizards, and a couple Pixy Stix. Sheedy chose to add the Pixy Stix last minute, because she thought it would make it extra weird. She had to eat three of those sandwiches during filming.

Giant Pixy Stix have been officially discontinued.


While regular Pixy Stix are 6 inches of pure sugar, who can forget the sugar rush to end all sugar rushes that were Giant Pixy Stix? At lengths that varied from 15 inches to two feet long, Giant Pixy Stix were downright gargantuan. Apparently, modern day consumers thought they were a little too gargantuan. They were discontinued a few years ago… and I think it’s safe to say no one misses them too much.

There are four constant Pixy Stix flavors.

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Those four old reliable flavors are grape, orange, cherry, and Maui punch (which, for the uninformed like myself, is the official name of the blue Pixy Stix.) On the flip side, there are a few flavors that tend to come and go, including lime, strawberry, and Shelly Belly. What is Shelly Belly, you ask? Great question.

Pixy Stix have a darker history associated with Halloween.

Nowadays, we’re all very used to proceeding with caution on Halloween. Parents are much more apt to monitor and check the candy their kids receive before letting their children chow down. This nervousness can be blamed on a medley of sad incidences, but the most infamous is “The Man Who Killed Halloween”, also known as Robert Clark O’Bryan. Texas native O’Bryan was convicted of murdering his son on Halloween night in 1974 by feeding him a cyanide-laced Pixy Stix. Needless to say, Halloween became a nervous time for years to follow, and Pixy Stix sales briefly dropped for a time.

Snorting Pixy Stix has become a weird pseudo-drug trend in recent years.

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In the past decade or so, it’s become a popular new trend (especially among middle school and high school students) to snort lines of Pixy Stix sugar as if it were a drug. There are no immediate effects, either positive or negative, from snorting a Pixy Stix. However, one school system did have to send out widespread PSA warning against snorting Pixy Stix when several students discovered maggots in their nostrils, most likely left by the flies attracted to the lingering sugar in their noses. Doesn’t seem so cool now, does it, kids? Don’t do fake drugs, stay in school.

Pixy Stix are the most popular Halloween candy in one state.

And that sugar-fueled state is… Georgia! After more than 60 years, Pixy Stix have fallen down the candy totem pole in favor of candy bars like Snickers and Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups. Except in Georgia, where the pure sugar of the Pixie Stix still rules Halloween. Hats off to Georgia, ladies and gentlemen.

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Dunkin’ Donuts Just Released Its Fall Lineup

Whether you’re already buying fall sweaters or still going to the beach every day in protest, it’s becoming undeniable: Fall is coming. And as the seasons change, so does the menu of coffee mecca Dunkin’ Donuts. Even if you’re dreading the return of chilly weather, you’re going to be pretty amped by the autumnal goodies Dunks has in store for all of us.

Dunkin’ Donuts will be bringing back its eagerly anticipated pumpkin coffees, donuts, munchkins, muffins, and a new Pumpkin Cream Cheese Spread (made with real pumpkin) that we can’t wait to try on everything – but the most exciting news is undoubtedly the new lineup of maple products.

Here are the sweet new items we can all look forward to:

Maple Pecan flavored coffees and lattes: Serving a sweet and nutty taste for an exciting new way to stay energized around the changing of the seasons. Maple Pecan flavor is available in the brand’s full coffee lineup, including hot or iced coffee, espresso beverages, Frozen Dunkin’ Coffee, and Cold Brew coffee.

Maple Sugar Bacon Breakfast Sandwich: The newest DD sandwich features a double portion of sweet caramelized maple sugar cherrywood smoked bacon served on a freshly-baked croissant with egg and cheese.

Festive Fall Donut: The newest donut darling you’ll be seeing all over your Instagram feed is the Festive Fall Donut, which features an array of colors celebrating the autumn season, including red icing and chocolate and orange sprinkles.

These new fall items will arrive at participating Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants no later than August 28 and will be available for a limited time through the season.

Yeah, we’re pretty excited to fall so hard with all the goodies Dunkin’ Donuts is about to bring into our lives. But are we as excited as this Dancing Pumpkin Man? Probably not.