Category Archives: Bars in Strange Places

Toy Toy: Making the Nestle Wonder Ball Choking Hazards Look Like … Something You Wouldn’t Choke On

IMG_3915When I was a kid, I would get up early so that I could watch Pokemon sitting in a blue microfiber recliner I called “The ComfortZone” every day before I left to go to school.

I’m assuming because of how ad space is sold for children’s programming [Ed. note: Any intel, Sara Bar?], there were only seven or eight total commercials that ever played; of course, in fast order, my siblings and I memorized every single one of them.

This prompted some pretty strange, automatic reactions from us each time one of these ads came on, as we would quickly repeat jingles and ad copy, and hold jerky re-enactments of the clip of “Don’t You … Forget About Me” by Simple Minds featured in the compilation CD commercial.

One of those strange reactions was in response to the jingle for the Nestle Magic Ball, where we would shout outlandish replacement suggestions* as to what was inside the many layers of the Magic Ball. Because the jingle would get stuck in your head so easily, we got the opportunity often, which was always very funny**.

*[Ed. note: Most common suggestions: “poop”, “pee”, “puke”]

**[Ed. note 2: Most hilarious suggestions: “poop”, “pee”, “puke”]

I never got a chance to ever eat a Nestle Magic ball, though. They were quickly pulled off the market because the toys they contained in their chocolate-encased Balls That Pop were almost all very definitely choking hazards. Continue reading

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A Passage From An Autobiography Without Any Context, Vol. 2

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… and upon circumspection of the train car, he very violently realized that he was the kinda drunk guy on the Red Line eating a candy bar he was so excited to buy at Starbucks because he hadn’t seen it before and could write about it on his candy bar blog later that his parents always warned him about.

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Bars in Strange Places: Pret’s Dark Chocolate and Sea Salt

IMG_3553[Ed. note: Bars in Strange Places will be a running feature of candy bars found in an unconventional setting. Still definitely candy bars, but not ones you would perchance find while at the grocery store with your mom.]

I stumbled upon Pret’s Dark Chocolate with Sea Salt during a quick lunch stop at, you guessed it, Pret A Manger, an seemingly successful urban lunch bistro despite having a name that people are only ever a little sure how to pronounce.

I didn’t realize restaurants make their own candy bars these days. This will be something I look out for in this little adventure, perhaps earning its own feature with a bad name. (Speaking of, anybody got a better name for this one?)

Tasting Notes

– This bar definitely has more to offer to those who are chocolate melters than those who are chocolate chewers.
– Very easy to break off a piece. Not that this is a revelation, but I was able to fracture it very accurately in terms of the size of piece I was looking to break off.
– The salt is very subtle. But it’s perfect. Really. When you hit a little pocket of it, it’s smiles all around.
– I would like them to sell these in stores. Approved.

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