List of candies

I made a list of 85 different candies I could find names for and then sorted them into different sections based on how I feel about them. The sorting combines how I used to feel about the candies with how I feel about them now. For instance, Skittles used to be one of the A+, number 1 candies to get on Halloween, but now I think about how if you have two different flavored Skittles in your mouth at a time, they cancel each other out and turn into a rancid muck. In making this list, I learned I’m ambivalent about a lot of different kind of candies. That was surprising to me.

Also, a special warning. If something is motivating you to give out Raisinets on Halloween, don’t. They are terrible and you are terrible for thinking about it. Just give out raisins or a toothbrush. If you’re going for it, go for it. Raisinets are an attack on Halloween, and that’s fine, just don’t try to mask your intentions. It’s disingenuous.

Top shelf

Cadbury creme eggs
M&Ms
Milky Way
Peeps
Reese’s peanut butter cup
Reese’s pieces
Snickers
Three Musketeers

I like this

Andes Mints
Baby Ruth
Good & Plenty
Heath bar
Hot Tamales
Junior Mints
Kit-Kat
Laffy Taffy
Rolo
Sprees
Take Five
Twix
York Peppermint Patties

Not bad/Not sure if I’ve had

100 GRAND Bar
5th Avenue
Atomic Fireball
Butterfinger
Chiclets Gum
Clark bar
Cow Tales
Gummi bears or worms
Hershey Bar
Jawbreakers
Jelly beans
Jolly Ranchers
Krackel chocolate bar
Lemonheads
Lifesavers
Mallobar
Mentos
Mike and Ike
Milk Duds
Mr. Goodbar
Nerds
Nik-L-Nips
Now and Later
Nutrageous
Oh Henry
Pay Day
Pez
Pixie Stix
Pocky
Pop Rocks
Skittles
Sour Patch Kids
Starburst
Sugar Daddy
Swedish Fish
Sweet Tarts
Symphony Bar
Twizzlers
Whatchamacallit
Zagnut

If I was starving

Bazooka Bubble Gum
Blow Pops
Candy Canes
Candy cigarettes
Dots
Fun Dip
Hershey’s Kiss
JuJu Bes
Necco wafers
Ring Pops
Toblerone
Tootsie Rolls/Tootsie Roll pops
Wax lips
Werther’s Original

Burn it with fire

Almond Joy
Candy corn
Chunky Singles
Circus peanuts
Mary Jane Peanut Butter Kisses
Mounds
Red Vines
Smarties
Whoppers

Worst candy in existence

Raisinets

List of candies

Free Barcelona, Spain Travel Guide

It took seven and a half months, but I’ve finally finished the review of our trip to Barcelona and Sitges, Spain in June, 2008. I started it as a review to make remembering our trip easier. As I was writing it up, I decided to make it more of a travel guide to hopefully convince you to go to Barcelona. It was an amazing trip.

There’s a lot of information in here. The guide is broken up into 10 chapters linked below with the highlights of the day for easy reference:
Day 1: Boston to Barcelona: Plaça de Catalunya
Day 2: More Walking: Santa Maria del Mar, Picasso Museum, Ciutadella, Euskal Etxea
Day 3: Gaudi and Eating: Casa Milà
Day 4: More Gaudi: Parc Guell, Sagrada Família
Day 5: Sitges and Birthdays: Barcelona Cathedral, Parrots Hotel, The Beach House
Day 6: Sitges and Beach
Day 7: Sitges and Montserrat: Montserrat
Day 8: Sitges
Day 9: Too Hot to Shop: Aparthotel Calabria, La Boqueria, Tapaç 24
Day 10: Montjuic: Montjuic

Barcelona is very beautiful. Parts are dirty and smelly, but those parts are serviced 24/7 by sanitation workers. I was struck by how most of the buildings look like they were from the 50s or 60s and wondered what makes the replacement cycle so much faster in cities like Boston. The city is eminently walkable, and the transportation system adds to the ease in getting around. If you like looking out over cities from heights, you’re in luck. There are at least 6 different tourist destinations that offer great views of the city.

Bottom line?
Where to stay: Hotel Regencia Colon – Perfectly situated and affordably priced.
Must visit landmaks: Santa Maria del Mar, La Boqueria, Sagrada Familia, Casa Milà, Montserrat, Sitges
Must eat: Tapaç 24, Euskal Etxea, Chocolateria Valor
Must shop: Kukuxumusu, Xocoa

For my mom, here’s a slideshow of our trip and a collection of videos from different points.

Also, please play around with this map I made of all the places we went to or should have gone to. I spent days before we went researching restaurants, hotels, landmarks and popping them onto this map to make it easy to figure out what to do in each neighborhood once we got there. The price of this travel guide is worth it just for this free map.

In closing, I hope you’ll go Barcelona because it’s awesome and you going will validate our decision to go. If you do go, I hope you find this Travel Guide helpful because would validate the time I put into it. Because after all, what’s a blog based Travel Guide if not an adventure in navel gazing?

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Free Barcelona, Spain Travel Guide

Fluffernutter Massachusetts’ Official State Sandwich?

The Massachusetts legislature is debating a bill to declare an official sandwich. The bill, (H-2932), submitted by Representative Kathi-Anne Reinstein (for the second time, actually) is “An Act designating the fluffernutter as the official sandwich of the commonwealth.” (Full disclosure: As a resident of Union Square, Somerville, where Fluff was invented, and a lifelong Fluff fan, I wholeheartedly support this bill.)

This got me curious about whether there are other Official State Sandwiches out there. Via FoodTimeline.org, I found that 2 states have sandwiches known as “traditional foods” (Iowa’s Loose Meat Sandwich and Nebraska’s Runza Sandwich), but this is obviously not the same thing. Even a state in Mexico has an official sandwich (Vera Cruz’s Pambazo). Someone suggested, as a joke, that the Oreo become the Official State Sandwich COOKIE of Utah (which doesn’t count because it’s a cookie and a joke), and in response to the bill being submitted in MA, a Florida radio duo began lobbying Florida to declare a official state sandwich.

Meanwhile, bloggers in Indiana and New Hampshire have previously begun movements agitating for a state sandwich of their own. Delaware’s might be the Bobby, but there wasn’t anything definitive on the nets, so send me a message if you’re in the know and I’ll add a link. As far as I can tell, though, the only “Official State Sandwich” out there is Carle’s Bratwurst, the Official State Sandwich of Ohio (recognized as such in a 2006 omnibus bill recognizing 64 other people, places and things as official symbols of Ohio).

Finally, I would be remiss if I neglected to link to the official Marshmallow Fluff Homepage, complete with history, recipes, and fun. Obviously the Fluff Festival as well.

(This post was inspired by my friends at Grand, an awesome shop in Union Square that is celebrating their one year anniversary this weekend. (No Fluff was promised to me for this plug.))

Fluffernutter Massachusetts’ Official State Sandwich?

Fluff Festival: Union Square, Somerville

Fluff was invented in Union Square, Somerville in 1917. For the last 3 years, Union Square has celebrated by holding a What the Fluff Festival. It’s a lot of fun with lots of activities for young and old alike. This year, there’s even a comic book. FYI, the What the Fluff Festival has changed it’s date from 9/27 to 9/28 from 4 PM to 7 PM. See you there!

Edited 9/27:
This post from Bostonist has more about the whats of this year and the whys of all years.

Fluff Festival: Union Square, Somerville