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The 10 Most Theoretically Delicious Sweets


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It’s getting awfully close to Halloween, and of course there’s nothing better on the holiday than tons of candy. There are some delectables, however, that we will never be able to enjoy.

Now, granted, there’s a lot of fictional candy out there that we’re happy is staying fictional. Most of the stuff from Weasleys’ Wizard Wheezes, for example. I’m fine with not having to defend myself against Canary Creams, Skiving Snackboxes, and Ton-Tongue Toffees. Lord Downey‘s possibly-not-laced-with-arsenic peppermints are also probably left safely fictional.

But there’s also a ton of stuff that we’ve been waiting most of our lives to eat, and no, I’m not just talking about Bertie Bots Every Flavor Beans. I could take those or leave them. (Although the drawstring bags they come in are a great way to store dice.)

(This Power Grid is a rerun from Geekosystem last year. We had something of a busy week and weekend.)


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  • Brittany Matheson

    Bertie Botts actually exist. Jelly Belly made them… Grass, earwax, rotten egg and vomit are among the lovely flavors.

  • http://taste-is-sweet.livejournal.com/ Taste_is_Sweet

    If you’ve never bought Turkish Delight in America, you just haven’t been to the right stores. :) And it is delicious–though nothing I’d betray my family over. (Though I always thought the stuff in the books had a spell on it?)

  • Anonymous

    I, too, asked my mother what Turkish Delight was, and she said she had no clue. And in my mind, it was a warm chocolate truffle with gooey caramel inside. Yum.

  • http://www.facebook.com/macabri Mac Beauvais

    I, too, was curious about what Turkish Delight tasted like. Then I got a chance to try some from a small candy shop in Carmel. I can’t describe them in any other way than to say that I imagine that’s what perfume made into candy would taste like. Not pleasant.

  • Anonymous

    Yes, the taste of real Turkish Delight came as a big disappointment when
    I finally tried it as an adult. Thank goodness I didn’t know as I kid -
    I’d have wondered what the heck was wrong with Edmund!

  • http://profiles.google.com/mkjonese Emma Jones

    It should also be noted that Rare Candies don’t really do much to improve your Pokemon if you just use them to level them up. The way the game works, defeating certain types of Pokemon raises a certain stat. Say, defeating a Geodude raises defense by one point when you level up (this may not be accurate, as I don’t want to bother looking it up right now). So, by using rare candies, you only raise HP and allows for new techniques (moves), I believe. This means you will have a fully grown, but retarded Pokemon if you clone Rare Candies and use that means to level up. You are actually doing yourself a disservice, as you can only increase stats a certain amount for each level, and decreasing the amount of levels you can increase your stats means the opportunity is lost.

    The strategy to train your Pokemon by defeating certain Pokemon to increase certain stats is called EV training. A way to use the Rare Candies efficiently would be to combine this sort of training with the candy. If you defeat the Pokemon you wish to, then level up with the candy, you will gain the stats you were working for. This can be quite useful later in the game when it takes longer to gain levels. Only then is it useful to use the Rare Candies.

    tl;dr Only use Rare Candies if it takes a long time to level up, and you have defeated a large number of Pokemon beforehand. Look up EV training.

  • http://twitter.com/jasonhenninger jasonhenninger

    I love Turkish Delight and I am American (if you live near a Cost Plus market, or a middle eastern market, you can find it easily). If you like rosewater, you’ll like it. If you don’t eat Applets and Cotletts (sp?) instead as it’s an American-made approximate. 

    Also, I wrote about my attempt at making chocolate frogs for tor.com. They don’t move but they were quite tasty. http://www.tor.com/blogs/2010/11/science-fiction-cuisine-the-leftovers

  • Holly Dean – Young

    No how can you say this??? I loved this as a child (I’m from UK) and still get in for christmas each year. It’s so sweet and sticky and just yum! Sorry this was meant for Brigantia!

  • Holly Dean – Young

    They sold chocolate frogs complete with wizard cards in the UK around the time the 1st movie came out but they just stopped doing them like a year later. They were lovely (but didn’t move either).

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_7G4SWUX2MCWWXLMYNN347JMIZY Frodo Baggins

    I never got those flavors, but did taste sausage, pepper, and spaghetti.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_7G4SWUX2MCWWXLMYNN347JMIZY Frodo Baggins

    “For those living under a rock that resides under a bigger, sensory deprivation rock,”

    God, if only. The greatest pleasure of becoming a teenager what that I didn’t have to pretend to like Pokemon any more.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_7G4SWUX2MCWWXLMYNN347JMIZY Frodo Baggins

    More like Turkish Dismay, amirite?

  • http://twitter.com/RobotGirlfriend Robot Girlfriend

    COMPLETELY agree. The cosmetics of the candy world.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1208921 Nikki Lincoln

    If the translation of gobstopper is jawbreaker, wouldn’t it be more accurate to relate it to those giant jawbreakers that take months to finish? I don’t think I’ve ever been able to do it.

    http://www.candywarehouse.com/giantcandyball.html
    They’re also not unreasonably expensive, especially accounting for the fact that I doubt anyone has ever finished one (prove me wrong interwebs but we all know your mom threw it away once you got halfway). 

  • http://twitter.com/Riviare Kimberly

    Out of this list, I most wanted those chocolate frosted sugar bombs. Oh dear lord, if that existed I would actually eat cereal in the morning.

    I always pictured turkish delights as sugar dusted gummies with a really really strong fruit flavor, for some reason.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_6HFWIRFPNMGLHN7WMBQGSS6UHY Anders

    I was so disappointed when I tried Turkish Delight for the first, second, and fifth times (I had to make sure it wasn’t as good as I thought it would be).

  • Ms. Sunlight

    Can’t have been very good Turkish delight – decent stuff is gorgeous!

  • Anonymous

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  • Chris Farmer

    You forgot to add Candied Island Candy from the cartoon Flapjack – it’s funny in the show because candy is analogous to alcohol (or food depending on the setting) and the bartender will serve hard candies in pint glasses.  Maple syrup is analogous to hard drink or liquor (in most settings).

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  • Anonymous

    Omg, half-baked ideas!!  I’m so glad you included the Phantom Tollbooth, it was my favorite book as a kid and I’d almost forgotten the half-baked ideas.  The scene where they go through the marketplace always made me want to make baked goods in letters and words…  And now I’m a linguist, so I guess it makes sense after all.

  • Anonymous

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  • http://twitter.com/IAmSteamgirl Steamgirl

    Oddly enough, when I was young, I somehow missed the part 
    (as I was wont to do at that age) where they described Turkish Delight as a dessert and thought it had something to do with turkey! So for the longest time, Turkish Delight for me was the most delicious turkey dish with the most delicious gravy. It was only after a second read through that I realized my mistake.