10 Unusual Easter Candies You Can Buy Online in Time for the Holiday

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You may have heard the news that Cadbury Creme Eggs, pastel-colored candy corn, and marshmallow Peeps are the most-hated Easter candies, according to the results of a recent survey. But what about zombie chocolate bunnies, sparkly "Bunny Corn," and Pancakes and Syrup Peeps? If you’re hoping to fill a basket with some alternative candies this Easter—if for no other purpose than to prank your kids or significant other—then this is the list for you. Here are 10 weird and wonderful sweets that are for sale online right now (some of them in bulk!), from macabre chocolates to oddly flavored jelly beans.

1. Bunny’s Berries

Bunny's Berries candy

FancyPants FunTime, Amazon

Mmm … bunny droppings. The Bunny's Berries package claims that there’s “a little bit of poop in every bite”—but at least they taste like tropical fruit. The speckled candies come from the same company that makes “Santa’s Surprise” and “Unicorn Poop,” all of which make great gag gifts for friends, family, or coworkers with a sense of humor.

Buy them on Amazon for $8.

2. Unicorn Barf

Unicorn Barf cotton candy

Unicornucopia, Amazon

While we’re still discussing the bodily functions of adorable animals, let us offer another treat that kids will love: Unicorn Barf. This magical tub of cotton candy lets you “retaste the rainbow.” More specifically, the colors correspond with six flavors: cherry, peach, pineapple, lime, blueberry, and grape.

Buy it on Amazon for $10.

3. Sparkling Bunny Corn

Bunny Corn
Jelly Belly, Amazon

Candy corn in all its forms tends to generate strong reactions. But even if you hate the sugary nuggets, you have to admit that these sparkly “Bunny Corn” candies would look pretty sitting in a decorative dish on your table.

Buy it from Jelly Belly for $7 on Amazon for $9 per 7.5-ounce bag.

4. Pancakes and Syrup Peeps

Pancakes and syrup-flavored Peeps

Peeps & Company, Amazon

If you love all things marshmallow, you might want to try some of the stranger Peeps varieties on offer, like the limited-edition pancakes and syrup flavor. One reviewer recommends freezing them, while another swears that they taste like the “creme brûlée of marshmallows” when roasted over an open fire. If you’re really feeling bold, you can get them in a variety pack that also comes with Peeps that taste like cotton candy, party cake, and root beer floats.

Buy them on Amazon for $5 for 20 chicks or from the Peeps online store for $2 per 10-pack.

5. Chocolate Zombie Bunnies

Zombie bunny chocolates

J&J Chocolates, Etsy

Blood-covered zombie bunnies might seem too gruesome for an Easter basket, but then again, there is a popular children’s book about a vampire rabbit (remember Bunnicula?). These hand-painted confections from J&J Chocolates come in your choice of milk, white, or dark chocolate.

Buy it on Etsy for $7.

6. Cadbury Screme Eggs

A Cadbury Screme Egg
Cadbury, Amazon

These are more of a Halloween novelty, but if you’re feeling a little ornery, you can hand them out at Easter, too. If someone bites into the egg without reading the label, they might be shocked to discover that the fondant in the center is green, not white and yellow.

Buy them on Amazon for $20 for a pack of 42.

7. Purple Rain Tiny Jelly Bird Eggs

Brach's Purple Rain jelly beans

Brach's, Amazon

Finally: An Easter candy created specifically for Prince fans who also happen to like berry-flavored jelly beans. It’s a niche product, but we’re still happy it exists. These beans come in four flavors: mixed berry, blueberry, blue raspberry, and grape.

Buy them on Amazon for $28 for three bags.

8. Sour Patch Bunnies

Sour Patch Bunnies
Sour Patch, Walmart

Sour Patch Kids were already a pretty popular candy, but you can now enjoy an Easter-themed version of these tart treats. Bunnies have replaced the original candy shape for a limited time. More bizarrely, Sour Patch Kids Marshmallows have been spotted at some Walmart stores this year, but they don’t appear to be available online at the moment.

Buy the Sour Patch Bunnies from Walmart for $1 per 3.1-ounce box or on Amazon for $11 for 12 boxes.

9. Ice Cream-Flavored Starburst Jellybeans

Starburst ice cream jellybeans
Starburst, Target

If you love Starbursts and ice cream, you’ll probably love these jelly beans. They come in strawberry, orange sherbet, red raspberry, and lemon sorbet flavors. Despite the creamy taste, they maintain the candy's classic chewy texture, according to Target.

Buy them from Target for $3 per bag or on Amazon for $6.

10. Bunny-Shaped Reese's Puffs Cereal

Reeses's Puff Bunnies

Reese's, Walmart

OK, so this one is a bit of an outlier, but it’s certainly sweet enough to pass for candy. General Mills has replaced the cereal’s eponymous puffs with chocolatey and peanut buttery bunnies just in time for the holiday. Could there be a more suitable breakfast for Easter morning?

Buy it from Walmart for $4.

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10 Frank Facts About the Wienermobile

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Business Wire

This year marks the 83rd anniversary of the Oscar Mayer Wienermobile, that effortlessly charming, street-legal marketing tool on wheels. The next time you’re in the vicinity of one—a fleet of six makes up to 1400 stops annually—take the time to reflect on the past, present, and future of history’s most famous locomoting hot dog.

1. The Wienermobile started as a kind of land sub. 


Oscar Mayer

In 1936, Carl Mayer, nephew of hot dog scion Oscar Mayer, suggested a marketing idea to his uncle: build a 13-foot-long mobile hot dog and cruise around the Chicago area handing out his “German wieners” to stunned pedestrians. Crafted from a metal chassis, the vehicle was operated by Carl, who could usually be seen with his torso sticking out from the cockpit.

2. The Wienermobile was once driven by "Little Oscar."

Throughout the 1930s, ‘40s, and ‘50s, Oscar Mayer enlisted various little people to portray “Little Oscar,” a company mascot sporting a chef’s hat. Little Oscar soon assumed piloting duties for the Wienermobile, waving to crowds and dispensing wiener whistles that kids could use to alert other children to the presence of the car in their neighborhood. Performer George Malchan portrayed the character from 1951 to 1987.

3. The Wienermobile disappeared for decades.

While novelty automobiles were all the rage circa World War II, Oscar Mayer saw interest wane in the 1960s and 1970s, as kitsch gave way to more contemporary advertising campaigns. But when the company put a Wiener back on the road for its 50th anniversary in 1986, they discovered a whole generation of consumers who were nostalgic for the car. The company ordered six new models in 1988.

4. Wienermobile drivers train at Hot Dog High.

Since resurrecting the marketing campaign, Oscar Mayer has trained aspiring Wienermobile drivers at Hot Dog High in Madison, Wisconsin. The company receives 1000 to 1500 applications for the 12 available positions annually, typically from college graduates looking for a road trip experience. Those selected for duty are given 40 hours of instruction and assigned a different region of the country. The company tracks their routes with a GPS.

5. Wienermobile passengers ride "shotbun."

Oscar Mayer Wienermobile
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Wienermobile motorists—a.k.a. Hotdoggers—typically ride in pairs, with the driver keeping an eye on the road and the passenger acknowledging and waving to passersby who want to interact with the vehicle. This is known as riding “shotbun,” and the greetings are mandatory. Some occupants have reported that even after going off-duty, they’ll keep waving to other drivers out of habit.

6. The Wienermobile interior is just as delicious.

Wienermobile fans who are invited to board—and promise to fasten their “meat belts” before rolling—are treated to a rare peek inside the vehicle’s interior. Ketchup- and mustard-colored upholstery surround the six seats, with condiment "stains" dotting the floor; for parades, occupants can wave from the “bunroof.” Two accent hot dogs are parked on the dashboard.

7. The Wienermobile once crashed into a house.

Though it can be challenging to pilot an enormous hot dog, most Wienermobiles log mileage without incident. A rare exception: a 2009 accident near Milwaukee, Wisconsin, when a driver attempted to back the vehicle out of a residential driveway, thought she was in reverse, but shot forward and bored into an unoccupied home.

8. Al Unser Jr. drove the Wienermobile for laps at the Indy 500.

While one might expect the Wienermobile to have the handling of a tube-shaped camper, some models were surprisingly nimble. Race car driver Al Unser Jr. took to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in 1988 and drove it for laps. The dog reached an impressive 110 miles per hour.

9. There's a version of the Wienermobile called a "Wienie-Bago."

Oscar Mayer Wienermobile WIENIE-BAGO
Oscar Mayer

Super Bowl attendees who couldn’t snag a hotel room in San Francisco for the 2016 showdown between the Carolina Panthers and Denver Broncos had a pork-based solution: Oscar Mayer auctioned off two nights in their Wienie-Bago, an RV that sleeps four. Missed it? If you're in Chicago, you can rent a Wienermobile that sleeps two for $136 a night. A bed, outdoor dining area, and a fridge stocked with hot dogs are all included.

10. You can buy a miniature Wienermobile.

For the 2015 gift-giving season, Oscar Mayer issued a limited-edition, remote-controlled version of the Wienermobile. The 22.5-inch-long mini-dog sent collectors scrambling on Cyber Monday, when the company released just 20 for purchase at a time. The Rover is able to hold two hot dogs for transport across picnic tables. You can still find them on eBay.

Autumnal Dessert Spices and Cubed Meat Collide: Pumpkin Spice SPAM Now Exists

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David McNew/Getty Images

Does sipping on a pumpkin spice latte ever make you think: “Man, I wish this were cubed meat”? Soon, it will be. According to NBC News, Hormel will start selling Pumpkin Spice SPAM on September 23.

It all started back in October of 2017, when Hormel announced via its Facebook page that pumpkin spice SPAM was coming—as a joke. The post clearly stated that it wasn’t real, but that didn’t stop scores of people from making comments about how it would probably taste delicious and asking where they could purchase a can.

Now, a Hormel publicist has confirmed to NBC News that the limited-edition, fall-themed flavor will soon be available to order online from Walmart or Spam.com.

"True to the brand’s roots, SPAM Pumpkin Spice combines deliciousness with creativity, allowing the latest variety to be incorporated into a number of dishes, from on-trend brunch recipes to an easy, pick-me-up snack,” Hormel told NBC News.

While Pumpkin Spice SPAM might not yet be accepted into pumpkin spice canon alongside lattes and muffins, it’s far from the strangest product that has been imbued with the mysterious, cinnamon-y spice blend to date; we’ll leave automotive exhaust spray and light bulbs to duke it out for that designation. And the Facebook commenters might have actually been onto something when they dared to suggest that Pumpkin Spice SPAM had palatal potential. After all, ham recipes often include sweet ingredients like maple syrup, brown sugar, and honey. And, according to TIME, the word spam was invented as a portmanteau of spiced ham.

Wondering what other SPAM innovations you might be missing out on? Check out these recipes from around the world.

[h/t NBC News]

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