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08-06-1999, 08:38 AM
I must admit a fondness for Gummy Bears (at least, that's how we call them here in Central Canada): you know, the "chewy" type. I'm also a chocolate nut (the dark kind, of course :D ) . Just recently, I ate an imported chocolate bar containing 70% cacao; weighed something like four ounces, cost a mint but was a pure delight the few seconds it lasted.
Aside from gummies and chocolate, what else would you "walk a mile" for (or order from the other side of the world, for that matter)? Who knows? Maybe your answers will open up a whole new world for us Epicureans...
08-06-1999, 08:48 AM
Moldy bread. NO sorry, don't do candy much but good smoked beef briskett I can't resist.
08-06-1999, 09:25 AM
Sour gum. Yuuuuuuummie!
Big Turk chocolate bar. Hard to find even in Canada now. *sigh*
08-06-1999, 09:34 AM
I love the following:
Baskin Robins Peanut Butter Chocolate Ice Cream
Tiramisu (made with a nice strong espresso
Bombay Saphire gin
fresh handmade sausage (like andouille from Seattle Links)
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08-06-1999, 10:01 AM
Mr. john: I think you confused me with my twin re: moldy bread. (I'll pass, BTW) But brisket is cool too. Where we part ways is when you equate real chocolate with candy. How DARE you!! :D
08-06-1999, 04:48 PM
I am extremely fond of "Ice Cubes". These are small square chocolates sold individually wrapped in foil. There is a slight mint flavor, and the consistancy is very smooth. Around here you can find them in clear plastic tubs near the cash registers at many convenience stores.
When I was a kid, Clarks sold ice cream flavored gum in many flavors. I loved these, but I haven't been able to find them in years. Does anyone know if these are still sold anywhere?
Oh, thanks so much, MrKnowItAll. Now I have to drop everything & go looking for Ice
Cubes. Smooth. Creamy. CHOCOLATE.
(I'd also walk a mile for a scoop of Cherry Garcia.)
BTW, check a web site called www.virtualchocolate.com (http://www.virtualchocolate.com) for some very sexy chocolate pictures.
08-06-1999, 07:06 PM
Ice cubes; See's butterscotch squares; Zero; Uno bar; and three I haven't seen in many years, Baffle Bar, Mountain Bar and malted-milk balls called "Five5Somes" (yes, it had that "5" in the name).
08-06-1999, 07:29 PM
I have become serious about The Grove. Those kiosks at Airports? In Atlanta, they sell Pralined Pecans, and Cinnamon Pecans. Now...this has become religious for me. I plan stopovers so that I can wind up at ATL with enough time to stop at The Grove. Yes, Yes, I know they are on the Web. NOT THE SAME !!! :)
08-06-1999, 07:55 PM
Kay: You've made my day with virtualchocolate
08-06-1999, 07:57 PM
Ditto on the Ice Cubes and the See's candies.
Here are mine, in no particular order:
White Castles. No cheese, please. If I ever leave the Midwest, I'd be forced to buy the frozen kind, and they're just not the same.
Boiled Peanuts. I'd have to walk at least to South Carolina to get them, because it's impossible to find raw peanuts in Ohio.
Sweet Tea that's not in a bottle or a can. Yet another thing that I'd have to walk through a few states to find.
My stepfather's Buffalo Wings. He's from Buffalo, and makes them better than any restaurant or bar, including the Anchor Bar, where they were invented.
Cheesecake Factory's Banana Creme cheesecake. Luckily, they just opened one around here, so I only have to walk 20 miles or so.
Donatos Pizza. Definitely a Columbus thing, so much so that when they expand (the chain was just bought by McDonalds, so it's a possibility), I want them to call it Columbus-style pizza. Thin crust, with the best toppings in all of Pizzadom spread out to the very edge. Expensive, but worth every cent. I have friends who moved away who still make it a point to stop by Donatos whenever they come back here. It's the smack of pizzas.
08-07-1999, 12:20 AM
Bernie: I've had a few Big Turks in my days (pre-dark chocolate era) and I must admit I haven't been especially looking around for them lately (in the Ottawa area). They were different from the rest in shape and in taste. Thanks for the memories.
08-07-1999, 12:26 AM
Cadbury's Fruit and Nut: not the Canadian-made ones, but the British imports. Magic.
Also, Marks and Spencers had a truly great turkish delight bar, but sadly, the last branch in Canada closed about 2 weeks ago.
08-07-1999, 12:35 AM
my grandmothers homemade carmels with pecans in them. FABULOUS! If you want the recipe, let me know; there's nothing low-fat about them.
Orange Julius drinks: I love these things, especially the Pina Colada one.
A really good Carmel-Cappuccino. Sweet, light and lots of carmel.
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08-07-1999, 01:11 AM
Theres this gum sold in Japan that my friend sent me that has the flavor of Santol fruits (its a native Filipino fruit). Not available here by any means :( (at least i dont think). some others are:
-In And Out burgers
-This japanese whistle gum stuff
-Caramel and Sour Apple suckers (fortunately you can find them here)
-Sour apple Jolly Ranchers :)
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08-07-1999, 02:32 AM
what else would you "walk a mile" for
Pocky. And when I say I'd walk a mile for the stuff, I pretty much mean that literally. The only store I can get it at around here is almost 20 minutes away from the nearest bus stop.
sigh I need a car....
It is worth the walk though! Mmmmmm!
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08-07-1999, 04:33 AM
This topic has strayed from its rightful place in MPSIMS, so here it is, back again!
08-07-1999, 07:19 AM
Tengu: Thanks for the link. Needs further investigation. The correct URL is:
08-07-1999, 08:53 AM
Here are some of my candy favorites:
Goetze Caramel Cremes - aka "targets"
Sesame candies that look like bricks made out of sesame seeds - don't know what they're called and nobody else I know likes them
08-07-1999, 02:58 PM
omniscientnot, thanks for fixing the link. Teach me to C&P when I should be asleep.... :P
08-07-1999, 03:10 PM
Planter's Honey Roasted peanuts
McDonald's french fries
Mackinac Island Fudge ice cream (don't recall what company makes it, but this stuff is good!). For that matter, Mackinac Island Fudge...mmmmm good!
Salt water taffy
There are others...but I must go upstairs and find something to eat now.
08-08-1999, 03:34 AM
Fries from the "O": the Original Hot Dog Shop. I know a lot of you have heard me sound off about their huge portions and unique cooking system, so I'll just say this: If you're ever in Pittsburgh, go to the "O", on the corner of Forbes and South Bouquet, in the Oakland district. One out of any three people should be able to give you directions. When you get there, it's the tacky-looking corner building with all the neon. Note: people with heart problems or a family history of same, please disregard.
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08-08-1999, 04:04 AM
"Sesame candies that look like bricks made out of sesame seeds - don't know what they're called and nobody else I know likes them"
Gilligan, I think you're talking about Halavah, though I may be spelling this wrong. It's late.
I love this stuff, too. My best friend has to ship it to me because we can't get it here. My husband and one of my 3 kids help me chow through pounds of it (and oddly enough, those two are the picky eaters of the bunch) Hardly anyone can bear the taste, but if you like it, you really really like it.
08-08-1999, 08:16 AM
Holly: don't think they're the same. Halvah, IIRC, comes in some form of paste. Gilligan was referring - I think - to thin slabs (about 2 inches long) of compressed sesame seeds and honey. They come (came?) in cellophane packs of four or five. But I may be mistaken.
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08-08-1999, 09:39 AM
Why has everyone missed the obvious?
AN ICE COLD BREWSKY! I can't resist.
I would drink one in the rain.
I would drink one on a train.
I would drink one with a fox.
I would drink one in a box...
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08-08-1999, 10:59 AM
Omniscientnot, the stuff my friend sends me (I developed an addiction to it when we were kids) is the solid bar substance you described, not paste, but the dimensions are about 1"x6", in packs of 2 with a little plastic tray and wrapped in cellophane. It comes in plain, chocolate, or marbled, with optional chocolate coating. The package is clearly marked "Halvah".
08-08-1999, 01:21 PM
Beetle?!? Sorry about that Gilligan. With all that screwing around with the threads, I couldn't access the board and thought Beetle was the culprit. To get back to the saga: come to think of it, I think I saw the product you and I are referring to in a somewhat different shape, i.e. thicker (but smaller) rectangular form and individually wrapped in medium-sized bags. It's been ages since I've eaten that delicacy : gotta get me some :)
08-08-1999, 06:18 PM
I used to be able to get the BEST butterscotch pudding at Magic Mountain, in Valencia (north of the San Fernando Valley) in Los Angeles County, California, in a buffet-style restaurant at the east end of the park. I haven't been there in a few years; I didn't see the pudding there last time.
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08-09-1999, 12:16 AM
Well, I guess we couldn't expect better from Beeruser ;)
Holly: I still we're talking two different things and would need Beetle to confirm. Halvah can indeed also have an appearance and texture resembling that of nougat; I went a bit astray describing it as a form of paste -- it's not simply that.
08-09-1999, 12:59 AM
Holly, I've had that Halvah, too, the plain kind; it's great, and available in Middle Eastern groceries around here. Omni is describing what I meant, but I've only ever seen them in bulk candy bins, not in packs of four or five. They are individually wrapped in cellophane, and are hard, not soft like halvah.
08-28-1999, 04:11 PM
The Polish Sandwich at Der Wienerschnitzel is an old favorite.
The Macho Burrito at Del Taco.
The Lemon Pie at Jack-in-the-Box.
The Gaetano sandwich at Giuliano's :)
Butterscotch Squares (See's).
Bagel and lox at Label's Table (a deli in Los Angeles, near the County Art Museum).
08-28-1999, 06:25 PM
Another favorite candy I had forgotten about - Irish potatoes. Made with coconut, sugar, and cinnamon, look like little baked potatoes. I used to be able to get these in NJ and Philadelphia area, but have never found them in Ohio. I had to get the recipe from my grandmother and make them myself, but I haven't made them in years. Now of course I'm craving them.
08-28-1999, 07:26 PM
What you call ice cubes we called Polar Cups in my youth, if I'm not mistaken. Nowadays, the shape has changed; probably the same taste, though. For you Cube afficionados, if you come across a ZERO chocolate bar (milk or dark), buy it: you won't be disappointed even if its a bit more expensive. Its Belgian chocolate and really smooth; even the dark kind is not bitter. If you really want to splurge, go for Lindt!
Chips anyone? Cape Cod (voted best chips in the U.S. several years ago); Miss Vickies (think that's sold strictly in Canada) -- chips made "the ole fashion way" (i.e. like in my youth) are those I really like!
Gibney's, made by Frito Lay several years ago using more or less the equivalent of the "kettle method", were also in that category. Probably discontinued -- at least in Ontario -- though they were far superior to your run-of-the-mill mass-produced chip. Can you still find some in the U.S.??
As an aside, when I was a kid, chips were sold in $0.05 and $0.10 bags. I swear to God you had more chips in that one $0.10 bag than you would nowadays in two $0.79 bags! Strangely enough, in those days, they didn't have to leave close to half of the bag empty to let its contents settle during transportation...Wonder how they could manage such a feat??
08-28-1999, 07:44 PM
Vietnamese-style iced coffee (though only at certain places); I frequently do walk a mile or more to get my regular fix.
08-28-1999, 07:52 PM
Fragels. For those that don't know what these are, they are cinnamon-raisin bagels, deep-fried (for just a second or two) and rolled in cinnamon & sugar. The only place I've ever seen them is at the Bagel Factory in Ann Arbor.
Omniscientnot: The only Zero bars I've ever seen are nougat with tiny pieces of almond, covered in white chocolate. Are these the same ones you're referring to? Or is there yet another heavenly chocolate confection that I'm missing out on?
08-28-1999, 09:10 PM
Cristi: Could be there are other types of ZERO chocolate bars I've never heard of. The ones I am thinking of are strictly (milk/dark) chocolate. As I said, they are imported from Belgium.
Are those Zero bars the ones in silver or gold wrap, with the amazingly creamy filling? If so, they are great!
And so are the sesame things. Damn, I'll have to go buy some in the morning so I can post the name.
And of course marshmallow bananas, same sort of substance as Circus Peanuts. See:
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08-29-1999, 01:03 AM
Sassy Sour Jelly Bellys. And does anyone remember Gator Gum (flavored like Gatorade)? My brother and I were addicted to it! Also there was a burger joint where I grew up called "Penguin Point" that had the BEST crinkle cut fries. You could get a "family size" box (like KFC chicken comes in) and an accomplice and myself would often split an entire box for lunch. Also, in my haste to get through the drive-thru for some, I once crumpled the side of my car to the tune of $600, IIRC. Worth it! Damn! Wish I had some now!
08-29-1999, 01:05 AM
- Chewy Runts
- Cinnamon Beers
- Cherry Cheese Cake (mine)
- Chinese eggrolls smashed into white rice with tons of teriyaki sauce.
- Rice bowls from Edos
- Shock Tarts
- Buffalo jerky (from the buffalo at Antelope Island on the Great Salt Lake)
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08-29-1999, 01:08 AM
Make that Cinnamon BEARS, but it did remind me of another favorite.
A microbrew raspberry beer from Squatters.
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08-29-1999, 08:44 AM
rjk: Yep. Silver and gold wrappings. Those are the ones. As for the sesame things, I think I remember them as being called Sesame Snaps or Sesame Snacks (at least where I come from). And marshmallow bananas: classics.
Diane: Your cinnamon bears, are they the gummy/chewy type? And micro-brewed raspberry beer... even though I hate the stuff (my apologies to Beeruser), the combination somewhat sounds appealing. As for Chewy Runts, I have no idea whatsoever.
08-29-1999, 10:40 AM
Diane: Your cinnamon bears, are they the gummy/chewy type? And
micro-brewed raspberry beer... even though I hate the stuff (my
apologies to Beeruser), the combination somewhat sounds appealing. As
for Chewy Runts, I have no idea whatsoever
Definitely chewy, so chewy they stick in your teeth. Also extra hot. Mmmmmmm
The raspberry beer is GOOOOOOOOOOOOO-OOD! It is a light beer with just a tiny bit of raspberry flavor - not too much - just mostly a nice aftertaste. Perfect for backyard BBQs, ice cold with salad and steak.
The Chewy Runts are the Chewy version of Willy-Wonka's Runts. Fruit flavored candy shaped like . . . . well. . . fruit and really good. Strawberry is the best.
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08-29-1999, 11:33 AM
Lindt - Dark Chocolate
Chocolate Raspberry Truffle Ice Cream
(Baskin robbins use to make it)
Moosetracks Ice Cream - from the local dairy farm.
Double Chocolate chip -from the local dairy farm
Cadbury's with rum in it. do they still make it? (it was from Canada)
Oh yes, and Pringles
08-30-1999, 12:09 AM
Godiva makes an awesome chocolate raspberry truffle ice cream. It's kinda pricey, but worth it.
08-30-1999, 12:42 AM
Shirley: Lindt dark chocolate and Cadbury's (the epitome of sweet - notice I didn't say sweets) in the same list: how could you?? Although, you did redeem yourself somewhat by including Gummies on your list :D
Drain: Godiva, kind of pricey? I'm positively shocked! Probably doesn't taste half bad, though :)
08-30-1999, 02:35 PM
A chili dog, onion rings and a Frosted Orange from the Varsity (for the unwashed, it's the worlds biggest drive in, located in Atlanta, GA, right beside Ga. Tech. www.thevarsity.com (http://www.thevarsity.com) ).
Hot glazed Krispy Kreme doughnuts.
My grandmother's biscuits and home made jelly.
Peanut butter pie.
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