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Candy

  • Blogs

    October 15, 2013

    The 5 Best Candy Shops in St. Louis

    It's almost Halloween, and though most trick-or-treaters will be hoping for name-brand candies from Walmart, there's a whole world of delectable confections at adorable, old-fashioned candy shoppes all over town. Nostalgic candy, gourmet chocolate and some of the weirdest stuff you could ask for can ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 25, 2013

    5 Worst Easter Candies of All Time

    As Easter Sunday creeps closer, Gut Check dreams of baskets piled high with pastel-colored candies, chocolate shaped like baby animals and, oh sweet Jesus, Cadbury eggs. We remember well the ritual of sorting the bounty bestowed by the big, weird Easter Bunny: Would it be good stuff...or crap? Want ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 30, 2012

    21 Best Halloween Candies Of All Time

    Gut Check isn't so old that we don't remember the hierarchy of Halloween candy: i.e., good stuff and crap. While neighbors who neglect to buy the best sweets suffer at the hands of t.p.-ing teenagers, Gut Check's house remains unscathed. Stay on the good side of neighborhood ne'er do wells by dolin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 29, 2012

    21 Worst Halloween Candies Of All Time

    Gut Check isn't so old that we don't remember the hierarchy of Halloween candy: i.e., good stuff and crap. While neighbors who neglect to buy the best sweets suffer at the hands of t.p.-ing teenagers, Gut Check's house remains unscathed. Stay on the good side of neighborhood ne'er do wells by avoid ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 9, 2012

    Askinosie Chocolate Wins International Chocolate Awards, Entered In World Finals

    In June Gut Check spoke with Askinosie Chocolate founder Shawn Askinosie after the Springfield-based company won its fifth silver Sofi Award from the National Association of Specialty Food Trade for its Dark Milk Chocolate Black Licorice CollaBARation Bar. Last week Askinosie announced it won thre ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 24, 2012

    Red Vines Licorice Recalled for Lead

    So far this week we've told you about one serious recall (salmonella-tainted cantaloupes) and one, er, interesting recall ("ribs" mistakenly packaged as Salisbury "steak"). Today (via Eater) comes word of a recall that probably shades a bit closer to the "serious" category and yet, involving as it ... More >>

  • Culture

    July 26, 2012
  • Blogs

    June 25, 2012

    Kakao Chocolate Salted Caramel Bacon = Almost More Awesomeness Than We Can Handle

    First it was the lavender and Maker's Mark truffles. Then it was the white pepper bark. Then came the bacon brittle. And the pistachio oil over ice cream. All of it seemed like it wouldn't taste quite...right. And it all turned out to be insanely good. This is why Kakao Chocolate (2301 South Jeffer ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 25, 2012

    Traditional Candies at St. Louis Sweet Shop Landmark Merbs Candies

    Merbs Candies (4000 South Grand; 314-832-7117) has been a St. Louis favorite since 1921. This old-fashioned candy shop handcrafts all its chocolates, hard candies, candied apples and a variety of other specialties throughout the year. While all the delightful sweets are whipped up at the original lo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 2, 2012

    Point/Counterpoint: Best and Worst Easter Candy, Cadbury Creme Egg, Best

    As Easter Sunday creeps closer, Gut Check dreams of baskets piled high with pastel-colored candies, chocolate shaped like baby animals and, oh sweet Jesus, Cadbury eggs. We remember well the ritual of sorting the bounty bestowed by the big, weird Easter Bunny: Would it be good stuff...or crap? Want ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 28, 2012

    Best and Worst Easter Candy Countdown: Jordan Almonds, Worst

    As Easter Sunday creeps closer, Gut Check dreams of baskets piled high with pastel-colored candies, chocolate shaped like baby animals and, oh sweet Jesus, Cadbury eggs. We remember well the ritual of sorting the bounty bestowed by the big, weird Easter Bunny: Would it be good stuff...or crap? Want ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 27, 2012

    Best and Worst Easter Candy Countdown: Jolly Rancher Sour Bunnies, Worst

    As Easter Sunday creeps closer, Gut Check dreams of baskets piled high with pastel-colored candies, chocolate shaped like baby animals and, oh sweet Jesus, Cadbury eggs. We remember well the ritual of sorting the bounty bestowed by the big, weird Easter Bunny: Would it be good stuff...or crap? Want ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 20, 2011

    The St. Louis Food Lover's Gift Guide: Edible Stocking Stuffers

    With a little planning and a couple of cocktails the holidays can go down smoother than a pint of spiked egg nog. Gut Check's assembled a series of guides to help find the perfect present for the food lover in your life while maintaining sanity and investing in your community... and, okay, maybe pic ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 1, 2011

    Black Licorice Threat Explained Via Taiwanese Animation

    Robin WheelerBlack licorice whips of death and doom. ​Are your children dizzy today? Prone to fainting? Gasping for breath, clutching their chests or too weak to brush the fecal-looking smears of chocolate from their mouths? It might not be the plain ol' post-Halloween sugar crash. If your n ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 31, 2011

    Best and Worst Halloween Candy Countdown: No. 1

    It wasn't all that long ago that Gut Check was donning our finest Disney princess Star Wars character drag outfit and joining the swarms of greedy American children on the hallowed Halloween quest for candy. So we remember well the post-trick-or-treat ritual of sorting the bounty into two piles, i.e ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 27, 2011

    Best and Worst Halloween Candy Countdown: No. 3

    RFT photo​It wasn't all that long ago that Gut Check was donning our finest Disney princess Star Wars character drag outfit and joining the swarms of greedy American children on the hallowed Halloween quest for candy. So we remember well the post-trick-or-treat ritual of sorting the bounty int ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 26, 2011

    Best and Worst Halloween Candy Countdown: No. 4

    RFT photo​It wasn't all that long ago that Gut Check was donning our finest Disney princess Star Wars character drag outfit and joining the swarms of greedy American children on the hallowed Halloween quest for candy. So we remember well the post-trick-or-treat ritual of sorting the bounty int ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 24, 2011

    Best and Worst Halloween Candy Countdown: No. 6

    RFT photo​It wasn't all that long ago that Gut Check was donning our finest Disney princess Star Wars character drag outfit and joining the swarms of greedy American children on the hallowed Halloween quest for candy. So we remember well the post-trick-or-treat ritual of sorting the bounty int ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 21, 2011

    Best and Worst Halloween Candy Countdown: No. 7

    RFT Photo​It wasn't all that long ago that Gut Check was donning our finest Disney princess Star Wars character drag outfit and joining the swarms of greedy American children on the hallowed Halloween quest for candy. So we remember well the post-trick-or-treat ritual of sorting the bounty int ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 20, 2011

    Best and Worst Halloween Candy Countdown: No. 8

    RFT photo​It wasn't all that long ago that Gut Check was donning our finest Disney princess Star Wars character drag outfit and joining the swarms of greedy American children on the hallowed Halloween quest for candy. So we remember well the post-trick-or-treat ritual of sorting the bounty int ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 17, 2011

    Best and Worst Halloween Candy Countdown: No. 11

    RFT photoLeave the raisins. Take the chocolate.​It wasn't all that long ago that Gut Check was donning our finest Disney princess Star Wars character drag outfit and joining the swarms of greedy American children on the hallowed Halloween quest for candy. So we remember well the post-trick-or- ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 12, 2011

    Best and Worst Halloween Candy Countdown: No. 14

    It wasn't all that long ago that Gut Check was donning our finest Disney princess Star Wars character drag outfit and joining the swarms of greedy American children on the hallowed Halloween quest for candy. So we remember well the post-trick-or-treat ritual of sorting the bounty into two piles, i.e ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 12, 2011

    Candy Corn Redeems Itself in PayDay Treat Mix

    Robin WheelerThe only good use for candy corn -- fake PayDays! ​ We don't like candy corn. But instead of taking time to discuss what a heaping mound of corn-syrup crap each candy corn is, we're going in the other direction to prove that even one of the most abhorrent candies can be redeemed. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 11, 2011

    Best and Worst Halloween Candy Countdown: No. 15

    It wasn't all that long ago that Gut Check was donning our finest Disney princess Star Wars character drag outfit and joining the swarms of greedy American children on the hallowed Halloween quest for candy. So we remember well the post-trick-or-treat ritual of sorting the bounty into two piles, i.e ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 10, 2011

    Best and Worst Halloween Candy Countdown: No. 16

    It wasn't all that long ago that Gut Check was donning our finest Disney princess Star Wars character drag outfit and joining the swarms of greedy American children on the hallowed Halloween quest for candy. So we remember well the post-trick-or-treat ritual of sorting the bounty into two piles, i.e ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 4, 2011

    Best and Worst Halloween Candy Countdown: No. 20

    ​It wasn't all that long ago that Gut Check was donning our finest Disney princess Star Wars character drag outfit and joining the swarms of greedy American children on the hallowed Halloween quest for candy. So we remember well the post-trick-or-treat ritual of sorting the bounty into two pil ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 3, 2011

    Best and Worst Halloween Candy Countdown Debuts with No. 21

    It wasn't all that long ago that Gut Check was donning our finest Disney princess Star Wars character drag outfit and joining the swarms of greedy American children on the hallowed Halloween quest for candy. So we remember well the post-trick-or-treat ritual of sorting the bounty into two piles, i.e ... More >>

  • News

    July 28, 2011
  • Blogs

    May 4, 2011

    Jelly Underbelly: Q&A with Jelly Belly Creator David Klein

    Lies! Buyouts! Blackmail! Jelly beans! Katie Moulton​ In 1976, lifelong candy enthusiast David Klein had an idea: to take the lowly jelly bean, that reject runt of the Easter basket, and turn it into gold. Jelly Belly, the world's premiere gourmet jelly bean, was born, and the rest was histo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 20, 2011

    Battle Gourmet Jelly Beans: Jelly Belly vs. Gimbal's

    ​With Easter fast approaching, candy companies are vying for consumers' bunny bucks. Some, like Gimbal's Gourmet Jelly Beans, appeal to our paranoia about childhood allergens, while others, like Jelly Belly, forgo gimmicks and bank on name recognition to strike it rich in the hunt for consumer ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 20, 2011

    UPDATE! Nuclear Sludge and Toxic Waste STILL Unsafe to Eat!

    FDALead has prompted a recall of Toxic Sludge Short Circuits Gum!​Back in January Gut Check warned you of the potential dangers of consuming Toxic Waste, when we reported on the voluntary recall of Candy Dynamics brand Toxic Waste chewy Nuclear Sludge Bars. Elevated levels of lead in the candy ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 12, 2011

    What Dangers Lurk Within...Jelly Beans?

    www.icanhascheezburger.comNo word on whether the cat was allergic to shellfish.​Gimbal's Fine Candies is on a mission to make Easter baskets safe for kiddos. How does the venerable sweets maker propose to protect children from unseen dangers hidden in the candy cornucopia? With allergen-free ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 26, 2010

    Ten Lamest Halloween Candies

    It's that time of year again. On Sunday evening millions of pint-size Iron Men and Hermiones will fill the streets and ring our doorbells, visions of tooth decay Skittles, Snickers and Hershey's full-size milk chocolate bars dancing in their heads. Yes, folks, it's Halloween, and our collective pl ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 18, 2010

    The Morning Brew: 6.18

    CNN reports that 15 million pounds of Spaghetti-O's with Meatballs have been recalled. Campbell's Soup Co. issued the recall because the product might have been "under-processed". Thanks to Aimee Levitt for picking this story. Slashfood reports/warns that The Ice Cream Store in Rehoboth Beach, De ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 28, 2010

    Top Five Music Festival-Inspired Flavors for Ben & Jerry's Consideration.

    Every spring, when the music festivals are unveiling their line-ups, Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream also reveals their new flavors. This year, the two have collided with Ben & Jerry's Bonnaroo BUZZ. Ian McCulloch: You know what would go great with that wine? Ice cream.​ The company's website descri ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 2, 2010

    Butterfinger Bar Insurance: Nestle Giving Away 100,000 Candy Bars

    What's better than free candy? Nothing. Free candy. You'll have to pay for the floss and toothpicks.​With that in mind, candy-maker Nestle has devised this marketing strategy in an effort to drum up sales of the Butterfinger bar: "Butterfinger Insurance." It launched yesterday and the company ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 14, 2008
  • Blogs

    December 18, 2007

    The Top Ten Dishes of 2007: #9

    This week I'm counting down my ten favorite dishes of 2007 -- and the absolute worst thing I ate all year. #9. Cupcakes at The Cupcakery The cake, whether vanilla, yellow or chocolate, is perfect: moist and flavorful. The frosting is terrific, its simplicity a virtue. My favorite of the regular cu ... More >>

  • Dining

    October 31, 2007

    Battle Cupcake!

    Ian binges on cupcakes from Jilly's and the Cupcakery -- and lives to write about it.

  • Dining

    August 9, 2006

    Taste of Nature Sour Patch Cotton Candy

    $1.89
    Blockbuster
    4177 Lindell Boulevard

  • Music

    March 1, 2006

    Dem Franchize Boyz

    On Top of Our Game (Virgin)

  • Dining

    November 10, 2004

    The Chocolate Bar Signature Martini

    Bailey's Chocolate Bar, 1915 Park Avenue, 314-421-8100

  • Dining

    October 6, 2004

    Lemongrass Mojito

    Mirasol, 6144 Delmar Boulevard, 314-721-6909

  • Calendar

    May 12, 2004

    Almond's Joy

    Author Steve Almond is a true candyfreak

  • Best of St. Louis

    September 24, 2003
  • Dining

    February 27, 2002

    Sweet Relief

    Innovative restaurateur Blake Brokaw provides just desserts at his newest establishment

  • Best of St. Louis

    September 26, 2001

    Best Beets

    Clayton Farmers' Market

  • Calendar

    December 6, 2000

    Playing House

    Local youngsters create dreamy domiciles from sweet edibles

  • Best of St. Louis

    September 27, 2000

    Best Toy Store

    Spicer's 5 & 10

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