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Kid Stuff: Movie Candy

Movie candy has traditionally been sold in those larger boxes so that theater owners could charge higher prices. Of course, another tradition is to stop at the 7-Eleven on the way to the movie, buy cheaper candy and hide it in a purse. Uploaded by couponmamainsc.wordpress.com..

I’ve placed this post under “kid stuff,” but we have to be honest here. Lots of adults prefer candy to popcorn (or nachos or any other current concession fads) as movie fare. For many of us, it allows us a (mostly) non-judgmental way to eat what we wouldn’t otherwise buy out in public.

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There’s a certain canon of concession confections we all know. Some have been bringing profits to theaters for generations. Some of the most popular candy items sold through the years as movie treats include:

  • Twizzlers
  • Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups (Great American Things, March 14, 2010)
  • Milk Duds
  • Raisinets
  • Junior Mints
  • SnoCaps
  • M&M’S (Great American Things, July 19, 2011)
  • Dots
  • Goobers
  • Good & Plenty

Of course, movie candy has always come in those large boxes, allowing theater owners to charge outlandish prices. But that’s part of the movie-going experience. Also part of the movie-going experience is stopping at the 7-Eleven on the way to the theater and hiding candy in a purse. Whoops! Did I let a secret out of the bag?

Food: M&M’S

Milk chocolate M&M'S (nee plain) were created in 1941, but because of their slow-melting nature, were only sold to the military. The world became a better place when peanut M&M'S came along in 1954. Uploaded by just-for-jack.com.

I couldn’t decide whether to make this post about plain or peanut M&M’S. I love them both. I vacillated. Plain. Peanut. So, what the heck. They’re both great.

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Named for the company’s founders (Mars and Murrie), M&M’S are made by Mars, and have been around since 1941. Back then, however, you couldn’t purchase them across the counter – because they resisted melting, they were sold only to the U.S. military. Peanut M&M’S made their debut a little later, in 1954, and were only available in tan at first. Speaking of color, there’s been a lot of mythology surrounding this candy’s colors, and they’ve changed over the years.

M&M’S can now be personalized with your own message. And they’re available in a bunch of different flavors, like peanut butter and pretzel. Yeah, yeah. Whatever. They can make them in caviar and truffles, but they won’t improve the originals. And if you’re beyond a certain age, you probably will never forget their former advertising slogan: “M&MS milk chocolate melts in your mouth, not in your hands!”

Food: Snickers

Peanuts, nougat, caramel, and chocolate in a candy bar that's sold more than any candy in history. Uploaded by donstuff.wordpress.com.

Here’s one of those rare topics where not much needs to be said. If you like candy bars, especially if you like peanuts, you love Snickers.

It’s ranked as America’s fourth-favorite candy, behind M&Ms, Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups (Great American Things, March 14, 2010), and Hershey chocolate bars. Snickers is the best-selling candy bar of all time, largely because it has been popular ever since its introduction in 1930.

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Made by Mars, Inc., Snickers was named after the Mars family’s favorite horse. And while you can now buy Snickers ice cream, Snickers dark chocolate, and dozens of other extensions, there’s nothing quite as satisfying as the thick chocolate and nougat and peanuts in the original.

One good way to enjoy Snickers is to buy an extra bag of the miniatures for Halloween. Then when the kids don’t show up, you have the bag for yourself!