The 10 Worst Easter Candies, Ranked

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Easter is an exciting time of year for chocolate and candy lovers, but those sugar-fueled thrills can quickly turn into disappointment if your basket is filled to the brim with Cadbury Creme Eggs and pastel-colored candy corn.

According to CandyStore.com, Creme Eggs are the absolute worst Easter confection, followed closely by "Bunny Corn." The online candy retailer's list of the 10 most disappointing Easter treats is based on the results of a survey taken by 23,000 customers.

Creme Eggs used to be a real crowd-pleaser, but a lot of people were upset when Cadbury swapped the Cadbury Dairy Milk Chocolate shell for a "standard chocolate mix" back in 2015, following the company's acquisition by Kraft. Others complained about the goopy filling, while some pointed to the egg's poor ergonomic design.

One customer wrote, "The flavor is not horrific, though not good either, but it's just a total mess. There's no good way to hold it." Another commented, "My sister loved these as a kid. My mom made her eat them with a knife and fork because they made such a mess."

As for the Bunny Corn, well, that's pretty self-explanatory. People either love or hate candy corn, regardless of whether it's being marketed as Cupid Corn for Valentine's Day, Reindeer Corn for Christmas, or Freedom Corn for the 4th of July. "Here we go again, candy corn changes some colors and we're supposed to forget they're nasty," one customer wrote.

Marshmallow Peeps—yet another divisive sweet—are the third most hated Easter candy. (But if you're a marshmallow advocate, you can make a small charitable donation by April 8 for a chance to win a tour of the Peeps factory, as well as $250 to spend on your fill of sugary chicks and bunnies.)

Check out the 10 worst Easter candies below, and visit CandyStore.com to see more hilarious comments from customers.

  1. Cadbury Creme Eggs
  1. Bunny Corn
  1. Peeps
  1. Chicks & Rabbits
  1. Solid Chocolate Bunnies
  1. Jelly Beans (Generic)
  1. Chocolate Crosses
  1. Carrot Cake Hershey Kisses
  1. Jordan Almonds
  1. Fluffy Stuff Cotton Tails

The WORST Easter Candy by CandyStore.comSource: CandyStore.com

The Reason Why 'Doritos Breath' Stopped Being a Problem

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In the 1960s, Frito-Lay marketing executive Arch West returned from a family vacation in California singing the praises of toasted tortillas he had sampled at a roadside stop. In 1972, his discovery morphed into Doritos, a plain, crispy tortilla chip that was sprinkled with powdered gold in the form of nacho cheese flavoring.

Doritos enthusiasts were soon identifiable by the bright orange cheese coating that covered their fingers. But there was another giveaway that they had been snacking: a garlic-laden, oppressive odor emanating from their mouths. The socially stigmatizing condition became known as "Doritos breath." And while the snack still packs a potent post-mastication smell, it’s not nearly as severe as it was in the 1970s and 1980s. So what happened?

Like most consumer product companies, Frito-Lay regularly solicits the opinions of focus groups on how to improve their products. The company spent more than a decade compiling requests, which eventually boiled down to two recurring issues: Doritos fans wanted a cheesier taste, and they also wanted their breath to stop wilting flowers.

The latter complaint was not considered a pressing issue. Despite their pungent nature, Doritos were a $1.3 billion brand in the early 1990s, so clearly people were willing to risk interpersonal relationships after inhaling a bag. But in the course of formulating a cheesier taste—which the company eventually dubbed Nacho Cheesier Doritos—they found that it altered the impact of the garlic powder used in making the chip. Infused with the savory taste known as umami, the garlic powder was what gave Doritos their lingering stink. Tinkering with the garlic flavoring had the unintended—but very happy—consequence of significantly reducing the smell.

“It was not an objective at all,” Stephen Liguori, then-vice president of marketing at Frito-Lay, told the Associated Press in April 1992. “It turned out to be a pleasant side effect of the new and improved seasoning.”

Frito-Lay offered snack-sized bags of the new flavor and enlisted former heavyweight boxing champion George Foreman to promote it. Ever since, complaints of the scent of Doritos wafting from the maws of co-workers have been significantly reduced, and the Nacho Cheesier variation has remained the Doritos flavor of choice among consumers.

When Arch West died in 2011 at the age of 97, his family decided to sprinkle Doritos in his grave. They were plain. Not because of the smell, but because his daughter, Jana Hacker, believed that mourners wouldn’t want nacho cheese powder on their fingers.

Recall Alert: King Arthur Flour Sold at Aldi and Walmart Recalled Due to E. Coli Concerns

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A new item has been pulled from supermarket shelves in light of an E. coli outbreak, NBC 12 reports. This time, the product being recalled is King Arthur flour, a popular brand sold at Aldi, Walmart, Target, and other stores nationwide.

The voluntarily product recall, announced by King Arthur Flour, Inc. and the FDA on Thursday, June 13, affects roughly 114,000 bags of unbleached all-purpose flour. The flour is made from wheat from the ADM Milling Company, which has been linked to an ongoing E. coli outbreak in the U.S. Though none of the cases reported so far have been traced back to King Arthur flour, the product is being taken off the market as a precaution.

Five-pound bags of unbleached all-purpose flour from specific lot codes and use-by dates are the only King Arthur products impacted by the recall. If you find King Arthur flour in the grocery store or in your pantry at home, check for this dates and numbers below the nutrition facts to see if it's been recalled.

Best used by 12/07/19 Lot: L18A07C
Best used by 12/08/19 Lots: L18A08A, L18A08B
Best used by 12/14/19 Lots: L18A14A, L18A14B, L18A14C

E. coli contamination is always a risk with flour, which is why raw cookie dough is still unsafe to eat even if it doesn't contain eggs. The CDC warns that even allowing children to play or craft with raw dough isn't a smart idea.

[h/t NBC 12]

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