Apparently Fun Dip, Pixy Stix, Kool Aid, and SweeTarts Are All the Same Thing


Around the late 1930s, a sour powdered candy named Frutola was created to contend with a similar drink mix named Kool Aid. However, the developer soon realized that kids preferred pouring the mix directly into their mouths. He repackaged the product and added a spoon, calling it Lik-m-Aid. The edible candy sticks and colored sugar would later be rebranded in the 1970s as Fun Dip.

During this time, the company Sunline Inc. also released Pixy Stix — colorful straw-shaped wrappers filled with powdered sugar. However, the non-resealable tubes led to regular complaints from parents claiming the loose candy powder was unnecessarily messy. So, by the 1960s, a solid version based  on the same recipe used to make Pixy Stix a was born and named SweeTarts.

So what did we learn here? Pixy Stix, Fun Dip and SweeTarts all have the same baby daddy: the Kool-Aid Man.

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Comparable pH Levels: Battery Acid and Sour Candy

When I was younger, my parents always told me, “Candy will rot your teeth!” Using the best deductive reasoning a precocious five-year-old could muster, I came to the conclusion that couldn’t be true. I mean, how could something that tastes so good corrode me from the inside out? Again, I was five so that logic seemed pretty sound at the time. It wasn’t until much later down the line that I learned that virtually everything that tastes good is bad for you. Apparently, that sentiment is most true when it comes to sour candies.

Your teeth’s enamel starts to wear away when you start munching on anything more acidic than a 4 on the pH scale. To give you some comparison, water has an acidity of 7 and battery acid is at a 1 on the pH scale. The acidity of your average candy of even the mildest of tangingess start around a 3 to a 2.5 of the pH scale, and I’m not talking about the really sour stuff here, I’m talking about Skittles and your typical gummy bear.

The insane thing here is that some of the heavy hitting sour candies like Wonka Fun Dip powder and Altoid Sours  measure up around a 1.8 and 1.9, respectively. WarHeads Sour Spray tops the charts with a 1.6 pH level, a mere 0.6 pH away from battery acid.

I feel like what my parents said to me all those years ago should have been amended to “(Sour) candy will rot your teeth!” At least then, the advice they gave me would have been more accurate when I chose to ignore it.

(via Gizmodo)


What Halloween Candy Is Saying About Your Personality [INFOGRAPHIC]

It’s Halloween time, and whether you know it or not, the type of candy you hand out to trick-or-treaters might be defining you as an individual. While the following infographic is one group‘s take on the matter, it does lead into an interesting discussion on candy nostalgia and what current Halloween treats say about your personality.

Do you give out toothbrushes? Maybe you’re a Fun Dip type of person. You better figure it out, because one means you’re sweet deep down, and the other might allude you’re harboring some dark secrets.

In what candy category do you fall?