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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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10 Foods From Television I Desperately Wish Were Real

There are few things in this world that are greater than food, sex and sleep, particularly in that order. Since this isn’t sexbeast or sleepbeast, I figure I can focus on the food. Just as we daydream about having threesomes with celebrities, or how we long for our beds while at work, we also have borderline sexual fantasies about food.

I’ve compiled a collection of the most desirable foods from movies and television that I would sacrifice my firstborn child to taste. In fact, you can have the follow-up children as well, they’re never as good as the first one anyways.

1. Harry Potter – Butterbeer

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Now, I know what you’re thinking. “But Sean, Butterbeer DOES exist! Look, here’s the recipe I found that some lady in Albuquerque named Ruth came up with!” Well, that’s kind of the issue. Butterbeer is described as “a little bit like less-sickly butterscotch.” On top of that, it has some alcoholic content to it, albeit a tiny amount. Still, I scoured the interwebz for a recipe that sounds as close to the description in the book as possible. Alas, they all cover the butterscotch portion but fail to bring the alcoholic factor into the equation. All I really want is to enjoy a sweet, crisp Butterbeer with my friends at the Three Broomsticks, is that so much to ask?

2. James And The Giant Peach – The Peach

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“Ew Sean, all the bugs were walking around in the peach and shitting in it and stuff, what’s wrong with you?” Yes, bugs were walking around in it. But you know what? Those bugs were as humanoid as they come, and if you’re going to have walking, talking, fashion-conscious bugs, will you really have the balls to say, “Get out of my peach“? Furthermore, I’ve seen some of you share ice cream cones with your Rottweilers and shit, you know who you are. Besides, everything is better when it’s bigger, right? Have you ever been floored by a rack of chicken ribs? No you haven’t, liar.

3. Lord Of The Rings – Lembas Bread

Nutritious, delicious, sustaining and long-lasting. What more could you ask for in a simple piece of bread? Created by the Elves of Rivendell and the Woodland Realm, this bread was made to last months without going stale, as long as it stays wrapped in the green mallorn leaves it comes in. This square-shaped pastry was the staple meal for Samwise and Frodo on their long, treacherous journey, giving them just enough strength to make it to Mordor and free humanity from the clutches of that big eyeball guy. Besides, it’s not like you’re going to find a White Castle in Middle Earth. It’s either Lembas bread or the rotting corpse of “filthy orcses.” Your call, hobbits.

4. Spongebob Squarepants – Krabby Patties

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Widely considered the greatest food in Bikini Bottom, this burger has retained its insanely large fanbase ever since sea sponges, crabs, squids and starfish began walking, talking and weightlifting. Invented in his younger days by Mr. Krabs, the money-hungry proprietor of the Krusty Krab, this burger has all the standard ingredients in a burger except for two things: the undersea cheese and the secret formula. Over the years, Spongebob and the Krusty Krab krew have come up with a wide variety of burgers, including the pretty patty, the double triple patty deluxe, the jelly patty, the monster patty and the chopper burger. The recipe for the flabby patty (a patty made to garner friendship between enemies), my personal favorite, is:

  • Four pounds of “grade A love”
  • One tablespoon of “listening”
  • Two tablespoons of “cooperation”
  • Mix ingredients
  • Hold in warm heart

5. Hook – The Lost Boys’ Feast

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I often fondly recall my time as a child, with my vivid imagination running wild and free, like a flying velociraptor that shoots fire and money out of it’s mouth, but not at the same time. In order to really enjoy this feast, you have to BELIEVE. Despite the fact that the only thing I can identify with certainty is the turkey, this scene always made me wish so badly that I could be there for this magnificent feast. I have to believe that the adventurous Christmas music playing during that scene is also part of my desire to partake in the meal, because it gets me really excited. Plus, you KNOW it’s going to turn into one of the most amazing food fights ever. Who wouldn’t want that? Barbarians and funsuckers, that’s who.

6. Friends – Chandler And Rachel’s Cheesecake

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It’s fairly common knowledge that New York Cheesecake is one of the best types of cheesecake you can find, and many would argue that it is in fact the best. So how is one supposed to act when one finds the best New York Cheesecake IN New York!? Like a pair of bloodthirsty savages, of course. That’s how Chandler Bing and Rachel Green acted when the most amazing cheesecake they’ve ever had appeared on their doorstep. After eating the entire thing, the Gods looked down upon them favorably and sent them another cheesecake! They decided to split this one evenly, only both of their pieces ended up on the floor. The reason this cheesecake makes the list is because it was so good that they continued to eat the cheesecake…off the floor. Of course, who else shows up with a fork in hand, ready to join in on the ground grub, other than Joey Tribbiani? This time, Joey DOES share food.

7. Dr. Seuss – Green Eggs And Ham

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“You know what, man? Keep following me around and shit, see what happens. I’m serious, Sam. I will knock your bitchass out right here, right now, fo’ real. I don’t want your green eggs and ham, fuckin’ weirdo. Shit is wack.”

That’s what the exchange in the beloved children’s book Green Eggs and Ham would sound like if it was modernized and dropped the rhyming scheme. Still, this meal (despite its questionable color) has made many a mouth water over the years. What kind of lonely shut-in would say no to sharing a meal with a fox in a box? I’ll tell you one thing, Sam, I would definitely eat them in a house with a mouse. By the end of the book, the guy who hates on them the whole time ends up loving them.

Wait, what? The green eggs and ham are actually green eggs and green ham? I thought they were a metaphor for acid? No? Oh. Ok, never mind, not so into them anymore.

8. Willy Wonka And The Chocolate Factory – Everything

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This movie, perhaps above all else, is likely the sole reason for at least 80% of children’s cavities in the last 45 years. It was virtually impossible to watch this movie and not crave some sort of candy or chocolate. From the Chocolate River to the Fizzy Lifting Drinks to the Everlasting Gobstopper, the infinite number of things to put in your mouth in this fairy tale factory are overwhelming. In one room in particular, you can eat everything, and I mean everything, from the plants to the rocks to the river. Of course, all of the children suffered gruesome and horrific fates, whether it was drowning, blowing up, shrinking down or being burned alive in a furnace. Still, totes worth it.

9. Popeye The Sailor – Spinach

Considering the number of junk foods that have made it on this list already, it’s understandable that I feel the need to throw in some greenery. Even so, I wouldn’t do y’all dirty like that. Yes, it’s spinach, but not just any spinach. This spinach boasts the ability to make consumers so strong that their muscles begin growing within seconds of ingestion. Popeye’s love for the leafy green vegetable increased profitability in the spinach market (yes, that’s a thing) so much so that four different statues of the animated character were erected around the Unites States. FOUR. That’s five more Popeye statues than there should ever be. Still, if spinach gave people super strength, who WOULDN’T be eating that shit every day?

10. Family Guy – Pawtucket Patriot Ale

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I’m a red-blooded American, and every red-blooded American likes a nice frosty beer every once in a while. Of course, if you’re Peter Griffin, you like a nice frosty Pawtucket Patriot Ale every 20 seconds. The fictional ale, made to look similar to Samuel Adams’ Boston Lager, has been the staple beverage on the show for the last 14 seasons. Peter’s love for the drink is so great, he even begins working at the brewery just to get his fair share of free brews. Some of the wild and adventurous shenanigans that Peter, Brian, Quagmire, Joe and Cleveland get into after polishing off a couple of pitchers of the hoppy nectar make me think that the beer has something to do with it. Either that, or Stewie has been lacing their drinks with LSD. Yeah, that’s a thing.

 

 

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FUNSIES: Willy Wonka’s New Peel Popsicles Look Like Purple Candy Bananas

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Willy Wonka, maker of purple-packaged candies and chocolates that are sadly less demented than their movie counterparts, introduced a brand new “peel-able” popsicle today, perfect for beating the heat while also enjoying the miracle of opposable thumbs.

Available in two flavors, Vanilla Banana and Vanilla Grape, Wonka’s new Peel-A-Pops seem to feature a vanilla ice cream tube core encased in an AirHead-like shell, though it’s hard to tell from the press release. “Like two desserts in one,” the release reads, “Peel-a-Pop frozen treats are as fun to peel as they are to eat. Whether enjoyed peel-first or all at once, there’s no wrong way to enjoy the imaginative dessert.”

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There’s also gonna be a three day Peel-A-Pop pop-up in New York this weekend with free giveaways and Oompa Loompas, though, whether they’ll be the fun ’70s ones or the mildly creepy 2005 ones remains to be seen.