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11 Giant Pieces and Boxes of Candy You Can Actually Buy

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Sometimes the standard candy bars you find in your local convenience store just aren't enough. Here are some giant portions of candy for when you want to throw health concerns to the wind and really binge.

1. GUMMY BEAR; $150

Ever wish your gummy bears were big enough to cuddle? You could definitely wrap your arms around this ginormous gelatinous bear, which clocks in at 26 pounds and comes in four flavors: blue raspberry, green apple, orange, and red cherry. The stomach is hollow, so it can double as a bowl for even more candy. If you're looking for ideas on what to do with this mammoth snack (besides eat it), Andy Milonakis can help.

Find it: Vat19

2. GUMMY SNAKE; $150

At 8 feet long and 26 pounds, this gummy is enough to feed an entire party: It's technically over 450 servings!

Find it: Amazon, eBay

3. CHUPA CHUPS LOLLIPOP; $20

Did you know that Salvador Dalí designed the Chupa Chups logo? Like the artist's famous surrealist style, these giant Chupa Chups seem other-worldly. The 2-pound lollipops are 65 times larger than the usual Chupa Chups and come with an extra thick stick that makes you feel like candy royalty wielding a sugary scepter. The sucker has a whopping 2800 calories, so don't eat it all in one sitting (even kings have to worry about cavities).

Find it: Vat19

4. PEANUT BUTTER CUP; $40

There's no wrong way to eat a Reese's, but when it comes to this colossal 2-pound peanut butter cup, slow and steady wins the race. The website implies that you should slice it like a cake and share it with friends, but we won't judge if you decide to eat the whole thing.

Find it: Candy Warehouse

5. NERDS; $39

At first glance, this giant Nerds box seems impractical, but it's actually housing 36 smaller boxes inside. We recommend this strawberry/grape box for parties or psyching out Trick-or-Treaters.

Find it: Staples, It'Sugar

6. TOBLERONE BAR; $51 - $107

We know how painful it can be when someone asks for a piece of your precious Toblerone bar. Now you can finally have a bar big enough for you and maybe one freeloading friend. This enormous bar is 2.6 feet long and weighs almost 10 pounds. Each triangle is about 10-by-10 inches, so that's a full meal right there. Just like the smaller version, each bar has milk chocolate made from Swiss milk from the Alps, along with honey and almond nougat.

Find it: Amazon, eBay

7. HELLO KITTY PEZ; $18

Pez dispensers are cool, but they'd be way cooler if they were bigger than your head. This massive, 15-inch-tall Hello Kitty Pez dispenser is exactly the thing you need for intense sugar cravings. The 1.43 pound plastic structure pops out entire rolls of Pez instead of individual pieces like the pedestrian dispensers you're used to. It comes with six rolls of Pez to start, which you can pop right in.

Find it: Amazon

8. RICE KRISPIES TREATS; $16

Sure, you can make your own Rice Krispies Treats, but why bother when you can just buy an entire 32-ounce sheet for half the effort? Best of all, it comes in the classic blue wrapper like its smaller counterparts. If you decide to share (weird) you can cut it into about 30 to 40 reasonably sized squares.

Find it: Amazon

9. POP ROCKS; $15

This giant Pop Rocks box has a similar deal to the Nerds box. Instead of a container of loose Pop Rocks, you can find eight small bags in assorted flavors. Now you just need a big bottle of soda to wash down the exploding candy.

Find it: It'Sugar

10. SWEET TARTS; $23

This hefty tube of Sweet Tarts is great for more than just satisfying a sugar craving; use it to play a game of Wiffle ball, intimidate potential muggers, knight people in the name of your candy kingdom, and more. The 24-inch tube is filled with 1.5 pounds of individually wrapped Sweet Tarts, so you'll always have access to a snack when you're done with whatever you've decided to use your giant tube for.

Find it: It'Sugar

11. HERSHEY'S CHOCOLATE BAR; $36

Bring this 5-pound bar of chocolate to a campfire and start making some substantial s'mores.

Find it: Amazon

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Let Alexa Help You Brine a Turkey This Thanksgiving
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There’s a reason most of us only cook turkey once a year: The bird is notoriously easy to overcook. You could rely on gravy and cranberry sauce to salvage your dried-out turkey this Thanksgiving, or you could follow cooking advice from the experts.

Brining a turkey is the best way to guarantee it retains its moisture after hours in the oven. The process is also time-consuming, so do yourself a favor this year and let Alexa be your sous chef.

“Morton Brine Time” is a new skill from the cloud-based home assistant. If you own an Amazon Echo you can download it for free by going online or by asking Alexa to enable it. Once it’s set up, start asking Alexa for brining tips and step-by-step recipes customized to the size of your turkey. Two recipes were developed by Richard Blais, the celebrity chef and restaurateur best known for his Top Chef win and Food Network appearances.

Whether you go for a wet brine (soaking your turkey in water, salt, sugar, and spices) or a dry one (just salt and spices), the process isn’t as intimidating as it sounds. And the knowledge that your bird will come out succulent and juicy will definitely take some stress out of the holiday.

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Why Do the Lions and Cowboys Always Play on Thanksgiving?
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Because it's tradition! But how did this tradition begin?

Every year since 1934, the Detroit Lions have taken the field for a Thanksgiving game, no matter how bad their record has been. It all goes back to when the Lions were still a fairly young franchise. The team started in 1929 in Portsmouth, Ohio, as the Spartans. Portsmouth, while surely a lovely town, wasn't quite big enough to support a pro team in the young NFL. Detroit radio station owner George A. Richards bought the Spartans and moved the team to Detroit in 1934.

Although Richards's new squad was a solid team, they were playing second fiddle in Detroit to the Hank Greenberg-led Tigers, who had gone 101-53 to win the 1934 American League Pennant. In the early weeks of the 1934 season, the biggest crowd the Lions could draw for a game was a relatively paltry 15,000. Desperate for a marketing trick to get Detroit excited about its fledgling football franchise, Richards hit on the idea of playing a game on Thanksgiving. Since Richards's WJR was one of the bigger radio stations in the country, he had considerable clout with his network and convinced NBC to broadcast a Thanksgiving game on 94 stations nationwide.

The move worked brilliantly. The undefeated Chicago Bears rolled into town as defending NFL champions, and since the Lions had only one loss, the winner of the first Thanksgiving game would take the NFL's Western Division. The Lions not only sold out their 26,000-seat stadium, they also had to turn fans away at the gate. Even though the juggernaut Bears won that game, the tradition took hold, and the Lions have been playing on Thanksgiving ever since.

This year, the Lions host the Minnesota Vikings.

HOW 'BOUT THEM COWBOYS?


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The Cowboys, too, jumped on the opportunity to play on Thanksgiving as an extra little bump for their popularity. When the chance to take the field on Thanksgiving arose in 1966, it might not have been a huge benefit for the Cowboys. Sure, the Lions had filled their stadium for their Thanksgiving games, but that was no assurance that Texans would warm to holiday football so quickly.

Cowboys general manager Tex Schramm, though, was something of a marketing genius; among his other achievements was the creation of the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders.

Schramm saw the Thanksgiving Day game as a great way to get the team some national publicity even as it struggled under young head coach Tom Landry. Schramm signed the Cowboys up for the game even though the NFL was worried that the fans might just not show up—the league guaranteed the team a certain gate revenue in case nobody bought tickets. But the fans showed up in droves, and the team broke its attendance record as 80,259 crammed into the Cotton Bowl. The Cowboys beat the Cleveland Browns 26-14 that day, and a second Thanksgiving pigskin tradition caught hold. Since 1966, the Cowboys have missed having Thanksgiving games only twice.

Dallas will take on the Los Angeles Chargers on Thursday.

WHAT'S WITH THE NIGHT GAME?


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In 2006, because 6-plus hours of holiday football was not sufficient, the NFL added a third game to the Thanksgiving lineup. This game is not assigned to a specific franchise—this year, the Washington Redskins will welcome the New York Giants.

Re-running this 2008 article a few days before the games is our Thanksgiving tradition.

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