WBEZ | candy http://www.wbez.org/tags/candy Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Halloween fantasy trick-or-treating: The best and worst candy http://www.wbez.org/blogs/louisa-chu/2012-10/halloween-fantasy-trick-or-treating-best-and-worst-candy-103547 <p><p style="text-align: center; "><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/louisachu/8141354165/"><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/mmscandycorn.jpg" style="height: 412px; width: 620px; " title="White chocolate candy corn M&amp;M's (WBEZ/Louisa Chu)" /></a></p><p>In earlier times, it was said that one could release souls from Purgatory by baking and eating &quot;<a href="http://www.wbez.org/blog/louisa-chu/2011-10-31/soul-cakes-and-cider-donuts-halloween-inspired-foods-93642">soul cakes</a>&quot; &mdash; one saved soul per cake. The ritual may have given rise to modern day trick-or-treating, which has grown into an estimated <a href="http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2012-10-28/business/ct-biz-1028-bf-halloween-candy-20121028_1_candy-corn-candy-sales-halloween-products">$2.4 billion business</a> this year.&nbsp;On this day that celebrates the dead, I offer you the best and worst candy for a fantasy night of saving souls.</p><p><a href="http://business.time.com/2012/10/05/sweet-or-scary-this-seasons-hot-flavor-is-candy-corn/">Candy corn is trending</a> this year and my pick for the worst candy is White Chocolate Candy Corn <a href="http://www.mms.com/us/">M&amp;M&#39;s</a>. Please note, you must enter your birthdate to access the M&amp;M&#39;s site, like an alcohol website. But they don&#39;t even list the candy corn version on the site, as if they&#39;ve disavowed it. I actually don&#39;t mind a candy corn kernel or two at this time of the year, but this turns a chocolatey M&amp;M into a sickly sweet, soul-less M&amp;M zombie.&nbsp;</p><div class="image-insert-image " style="text-align: center; "><div class="image-insert-image "><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/louisachu/8141068075/"><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/jellybellybeanboozled.jpg" style="height: 414px; width: 620px; " title="Jelly Belly BeanBoozled jelly beans (WBEZ/Louisa Chu)" /></a></div><div class="image-insert-image " style="text-align: left; "><a href="http://www.jellybelly.com/fun_stuff/beanboozled_flavor_guide.aspx">Jelly Belly BeanBoozled jelly beans</a> are a party game in my home. One container holds the good flavors, while another holds the look-alike bad flavors. Is that Caramel Corn or Moldy Cheese? Peach or Barf? Buttered Popcorn or Rotten Egg? Though some would say both are bad in that last pair.</div><div class="image-insert-image "><div class="image-insert-image "><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/louisachu/8141443776/"><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/lewhifchocolate.jpg" style="height: 413px; width: 620px; " title="Le Whif breathable chocolate (WBEZ/Louisa Chu)" /></a></div><div class="image-insert-image " style="text-align: left; ">For after-parties, out comes <a href="http://www.lewhif.com/index.html">Le Whif, the so-called breathable chocolate</a>. To get the same effect, accidentally suck up some cocoa powder off chocolate truffle, then cough and choke.&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><div class="image-insert-image "><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/louisachu/8141048585/"><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/mmscoconut.jpg" style="height: 412px; width: 620px; " title="Coconut M&amp;M's (WBEZ/Louisa Chu)" /></a></div><div class="image-insert-image " style="text-align: left; ">For some of the best candy, M&amp;M&#39;s redeem themselves with <a href="http://www.mms.com/us/about/products/coconut/">Coconut</a>. Green, brown, and white shells somehow encase a fresh coconut flesh flavor. I don&#39;t share this candy.</div><div class="image-insert-image "><div class="image-insert-image "><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/louisachu/8141093008/"><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/rittersportbars.jpg" style="height: 412px; width: 620px; " title="Ritter Sport full-size and mini bars (WBEZ/Louisa Chu)" /></a></div><div class="image-insert-image " style="text-align: left; ">The German chocolate company Ritter Sport has a cult following in this country. The best flavor in my opinion: <a href="http://www.ritter-sport.us/#/en_US/product/100g_cornflakes">Knusperflakes (Cornflakes)</a>. I don&#39;t share this candy either. Did you ever pour chocolate milk into your cornflakes as a kid? These bars capture that illicit childhood flavor. Someday I will visit&nbsp;<a href="http://www.ritter-sport.us/#/en_US/waldenbuch/">Waldenbuch, home of Ritter Sport</a> near Stuttgart, Germany.&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><div class="image-insert-image "><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/louisachu/8141431358/"><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/almondrocadark.jpg" style="height: 413px; width: 620px; " title="Almond Roca dark chocolate Dark Roca (WBEZ/Louisa Chu)" /></a></div><div class="image-insert-image " style="text-align: left; ">I only share Dark Roca, the newest addition to the <a href="https://www.brown-haley.com/almondproduct.php">Almond Roca</a> line, with my mother, though she prefers the classic best &mdash; buttery, crunchy and now enrobed in dark chocolate.</div><div class="image-insert-image " style="text-align: left; ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image " style="text-align: left; ">I limited my best candy to those found in this country, otherwise I&#39;d include the Edamame <a href="http://www.kitkat.com/">KitKit</a>, a specialty of the Sendai, Japan region, which <a href="https://twitter.com/louisachu/statuses/165209871296372736">I tasted</a> on <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blog/louisa-chu/2012-02-02/field-dreams-and-swans-sendai-japan-96073">my visit earlier this year</a>. Zunda mochi &mdash; sweet, mashed edamame with mochi &mdash; inspired this flavor. The candy itself is surprisingly nuanced, capturing the essence of the original ingredients &mdash; and without a doubt in my mind on this Halloween, saving souls with every bar.</div><div class="image-insert-image "><div class="image-insert-image "><a href="https://twitter.com/louisachu/statuses/165209871296372736"><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/kitkatedamame.jpg" style="height: 463px; width: 620px; " title="Edamame KitKat in Sendai, Japan (WBEZ/Louisa Chu)" /></a></div></div></div></div></div></div></div><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Wed, 31 Oct 2012 10:30:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/louisa-chu/2012-10/halloween-fantasy-trick-or-treating-best-and-worst-candy-103547 New exhibition explores Chicago candy history http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/new-exhibition-explores-chicago-candy-history <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2010-October/2010-10-20/candy large.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>You may have noticed that the candy aisles are spilling over with Halloween goodies. But Chicagoans don&rsquo;t need tricks to get excited about the treats. The city has long been home to some of the world&rsquo;s finest candy makers, from Wrigley&rsquo;s to Brach&rsquo;s. A new exhibition at the&nbsp;University of Chicago&rsquo;s&nbsp;<a target="_blank" href="http://www.lib.uchicago.edu/e/crerar/index.html">John Crerar Library</a> explores our city&rsquo;s deep connection to candy. Beth Kimmerle is a candy historian and curator of <a target="_blank" href="http://www.lib.uchicago.edu/e/crerar/exhibits/sweethomechicago.html"><em>Sweet Home Chicago: Chocolate and Confectionery Production and Technology in the Windy C</em>ity</a>. We talked with Kimmerle earlier this year about how the industry has shaped Chicago.&nbsp;She says Chicago was already becoming a noted candy capital even before the Great Chicago Fire.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <object height="265" width="400"> <param name="allowfullscreen" value="true" /> <param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always" /> <param name="movie" value="http://vimeo.com/moogaloop.swf?clip_id=9376950&amp;server=vimeo.com&amp;show_title=0&amp;show_byline=0&amp;show_portrait=1&amp;color=&amp;fullscreen=1&amp;autoplay=0&amp;loop=0" /><embed height="265" width="400" src="http://vimeo.com/moogaloop.swf?clip_id=9376950&amp;server=vimeo.com&amp;show_title=0&amp;show_byline=0&amp;show_portrait=1&amp;color=&amp;fullscreen=1&amp;autoplay=0&amp;loop=0" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowfullscreen="true" allowscriptaccess="always"></embed></object> <p><a href="http://vimeo.com/9376950"><br /> </a></p></p> Tue, 19 Oct 2010 16:56:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/new-exhibition-explores-chicago-candy-history