Friday, May 29, 2009

Guest Blogger Andi: Gummi Shocked

Jeanna sent me a package of kooky candy goodies (along with a Wisconsin Badgers toothbrush so I could scrub my teeth afterward). The idea was that I would do a guest post at her blog. I'm not a candy critic, I told her, and I can't write about it as intelligently as she or some of her guest bloggers already have. She told me that was okay, to just write it up unhinged-style. Muahaha.

Gummi Lunch Bag, Brain Surge, Twilight HeartsAs soon as I saw the booty, though, I knew I had to share with my co-workers, shake 'em up a little bit, because that's just how I roll.
Game on.

The Candy Critics:
Andi (aka Unhinged)
Will try any kind of candy that doesn’t turn her stomach looking at it (which means no eyeballs, gummi bugs, or chocolate covered crickets)
Vampire batAnnabelle
Has a 5-year-old, routinely eats gummi worms, fish, and Lord knows what else
Not into candy much, but loves cake at night, even though that's the worst time to eat it
She’s the Mikey, Mikey, She’ll Eat Anything of the group
Has a sweet tooth to rival Willy Wonka and loves Coke
He's from the Philippines and likes a totally different style of sweets
TeresaWine glasses
Gets all the sugar she needs from wine, which means she had to be coaxed into eating this stuff

So we had some bushy-tailed participants, some um, okay-ers, and a few only because you’re making me-ers. Life is a grand melting pot, huh?

Sour Gummi French Fries
The big hit for everyone. The general consensus was that the candy fries were all lemony, tangy goodness. They were soft and chewy, but didn’t stick to your teeth like some kinds of gummi candy. (Plus, the crazy-funny thing about the fries is that we had McDonald’s French fries for lunch on the day we tried the candy, so it was like we were fated to love the fries.)

Trolli Brain Surge
The runner up for the great candy experience, Gummi-shaped brains, what more could we want? The brains were supposed to be a two-part candy—you have the right side of the brain and the left side of the brain, and each side was a different flavor. I have to admit that as soon as I saw that, my stomach shrank. However, most of the brain halves fell out of the bag unattached, which is much like me some of the time—only operating with half a brain.

Trolli Brain Surge
Audrea loved the brains and went back for seconds. "Is it gooey in the middle?" she asked.
"Oh, no. Oy," I replied. But yes, there is liquid inside of them. I tried not to think about it.
Annabelle ate half a brain, loved it and went for another half, then found out it was brain candy. She made a face, cupped her hand over her mouth and made like she was going to vomit. A minute later, she grabbed another handful of brains, so it's probably safe to say these babies are good if the girl had the willies at first, but couldn’t stop eating them.
Jane liked the brains, too, but preferred to take them apart and eat them separately. They last longer that way.
I finally caved and ate half a brain, then ended up taking a handful back to my desk. They were good. Maybe eating brains will help boost my intelligence.

Andi's brain on Keanu
e.frutti Gummi Pizza
Look at the cute widdle pizza! I giggled like the girl I am and debated whether or not to eat it because it was just so awful goldurn cute. But then I decided I had to break into it in the spirit of Jeanna’s candy science project. When I opened the package, the pizza was already sliced. (Ohmigaw! How friggen cute!)
Gloria had the first piece. She chewed and chewed it (which resulted in me looking at the package again to see if it was gum), finally swallowed it in a gulp and said it was good, but rubbery.
Annabelle said it tasted gummi, Teresa tried to bite one of the little slices in half, but that gummi is some strong stuff, baby, and it wouldn’t give. She said it had a weird aftertaste like plastic. She then changed her mind about five minutes later and said it tasted like (and I quote): “Petroleum.”
I thought it was chewy and fruity-weird, but it did take forever to swallow. I also thought it came with an oily aftertaste. Jane was the only one who really liked the pizza. Audrea and Ray wouldn’t touch the last slice, so Jane got the last piece.

Gummi Lunch Bage.frutti Gummi Cola Bottle
This, of course, went to Jane, who was bug-eyed AMAZED that it tasted JUST LIKE COKE. Teresa said those things had been around forever and that yeah, of course it tastes like Coke because they put Coke in it. Apparently they have Dr. Pepper and Root Beer, too.Steaming burger
e.frutti Gummi hamburger
Sadly, the hamburger sprouted legs and escaped. To this day, I have no idea who made off with it, but would guess it falls into the same rubbery category as the pizza.
Note: the e.frutti pizza, hamburger and fries come in what's called the Lunch Bag. Swanky.

Twilight Conversation Hearts
Jeanna, bless her werewolf-preferring heart, sent me a box of the Twilight conversation hearts to try. I was SO EXCITED to see them, too. It was like I was 12-years-old all over again. The thing about the Twilight hearts, though? They don’t live up to the hype. I think someone concocted a pastel colored witch’s brew of sugar, chalk, and different Chapstick flavors, and decided to call them conversation hearts. The text on the hearts was almost impossible to see (and I combed through the hearts looking specifically for the one that said BITE ME).

Twilight SweetheartsThe kicker that is supposed to distinguish the Twilight conversation hearts from your regular Valentine hearts is that they are supposed to sparkle like Edward Cullen does. And, um, they didn't. Woe. And oh, Great Googly-Moogly, did they taste AWFUL. The orange color was tolerable, but left a bad taste in my mouth and I was still burping orange a half hour later.
Still . . . I pressed Ray into trying one because his wife is a fan of Twilight and he said (and I quote): “These are horrible.” Jane quickly chased a heart down with her Coke, Teresa said, "Ew," and Gloria wrinkled her nose.

The Verdict:
We’re all about French fries and brains at the office. Which, when I think of it, is spot-on if you add a couple pots of coffee.

Cup of coffee
Check out Andi's most excellent blogs, Unhinged and Moonburn


  1. Ah-hah-HAH! I love the layout! And the BRAIN! The brain is just too sexy-cool. Obviously, it's totally MINE.

    Hope I did the blog proud, Jeanna. Thanks for the assignment. It was fun, and I wasn't the only one having it. We were all grinning like idiots.

    Good times, good times.

  2. Oh, hey. I also noticed that droplet of blood you have coming from the're so crazy nuts, but I wouldn't have you ANY other way.


  3. You beat me telling you your post is up.
    Hey, Andi, your post is up.
    I also wanted to tell you how much I enjoyed your writing and thank you for the laughs.
    Was going to have bats flying through the whole thing, but didn't want to go too crazy nuts.
    Mmm, crazy nuts, don't know if I'm hungry or horny.
    And I did a little brain salad surgery. I served yours with extra Keanu and a side of Edward.

  4. Hey Sweets- i'll be sending you something tomorrow. xo

  5. Whooee and the hits just keep on rollin'.
    Very cool MM, you've got Jimbo and Chrissy ahead of you, so no rush, but do send.

  6. lol--I wasn't sure where I was for a second. The whole Jeanna/Andi combo was weird in one of those "Braaaaains" kind of ways.

    I don't know if I could eat a liquid filled brain look-alike. But the french fries look like fingers. :)

  7. Lemony good fingers, Jodi.
    Are you calling us zombies? I happen to love The Zombies. Whatever happened to The Zombies?
    Off to tailgate.

  8. What the frak (yes, I am a geek) are you doing up so late, woman?

  9. Jeanna--if I weren't a geek too, I wouldn't know what frak meant. I don't sleep. I nap. Sometimes it's a long nap, but--I don't sleep. I've got things to do and places to go :)

  10. I had a feeling you might know what that meant, but how do you have time to watch TV?
    Well, cats do that, and they're okay, right?

  11. *SQUEEEEEEEEEE* That was my teenage girl scream!!! Yes, I realize I'm a 30-something year old Mom, wife and teacher, but c'mon!!! TWILIGHT candy!?!?!

    How come I've never heard of these?! Which rock have I been living under?

    I am in love with Edward Cullen (okay, Rob Pattzzzz too)! So sad when I secretly wish to be Bella.

    Andi, awesome guest post!!!

    Jeanna, I had no idea you were a werewolf lover?! Little One has a "Team Edward" sticker that I ironed on one of her onesies. Yeah, so sad.

  12. Jeanna, so curious and anxious to read Jimbo's post!

  13. The rock which knows better than to eat candy from Blockbuster, C.
    I think Bella is kind of a twat (hoping Andi doesn't see that).
    Hell yes, I'll take the warm fur over the stone cold skin, and they can fix cars. Bet those Quillete boys can throw a mean Frisbee too.
    No way, did you take a photo? Have got to see her in that.
    Ya know, C., I found one of those "Are You a Vampire or a Werewolf" quizzes, think I'll put it up for you.
    I think Jimmy's is pretty funny. Short, but obscene, you know, about what you'd expect.

  14. Oh, I saw it, Jeanna, I saw it. The "Bella is a twat" part.

    In the books, yes, she's a wing-wang. Always so insecure and sure she's utterly plain, klutzy, shy but smart, and able to attract a drop-dead (pun!) vampire? And the name drove me nuts at first, but I have since gotten used to it.

    The Bella I write in my fan fiction is a stronger Bella and IMHO, more worthy of Edward.

    And where IS that quiz, by the way? I clicked on the link to bring me to it and it said Page Not Found.

  15. Oh, and thanks, C!!!!

    Us Edward Cullen lovers gotta unite.

  16. lol--I "like" the name Bella. I was going to name my Arabella (yes, I'm a reformed historical regency writer)and call her Bella for short, but my husband liked Layla and we settled on Catherine.

    I rarely watch TV, Jeanna. (except for some reason--Dinner Impossible), but my youngest son has all the Battlestar Galactica episodes and Starbuck is cool. :) I think...I listen to TV more than watch it. It's always going in our house.

  17. I kept switching them out because it was one lame ass quiz after another, so I made one up.
    Thought I could embed it, but of course not, not the way this day went, so link away, UH.

  18. Or Arabella (Carey) as in All My Children... I watch way too much TV, but almost nothing but DVDs from April to September.
    I really got into BG and then someone rented Disc 2 Season 2 and kept it, so I've contented myself with watching Weeds again and it's still not back so now I'm watching Weeds with commentary. One of the actresses said some very insightful stuff about the depth of the writing.
    So your kids are smart too, eh.
    Yes, she's a good character, a little too pouty now and again, but fun.

  19. and yet they took away gummi ROAD KILL because of peta? jack@$. I mean... anyway, cool, brains. We will have to keep a lookout, our assorted kidlings we know would love them. I still think gummi road kill is MUCH cooler. I made road kill cupcakes one time with oreos for the tires... he he well at least I thought it was awesome!

  20. I think I would like the sweethearts but my kids would love the gooey brains!

  21. Yeah, I'd love some Trolli Road Kill right about now, Jill. Although Gummy Fangs have tempted me more than once.
    Oreos for tires, great idea.
    Walgreen's should have the Brains.

  22. I don't know if you would like them, Lisa, they sound pretty bad. I'd stay away from the Blockbuster candy aisle as a rule.

  23. Jeanna,
    Oh no, you diin't!! LOL! Just kidding. I have to admit that in the first and second (especially the second) books, Bella really annoyed me. You know, the type of fictional character whose neck you wish you could wring if you could? That's how I felt during the whole Edward-Jacob-Edward-Jacob-Edward saga.

    I'm going to have to post a pic of my 7 month old daughter wearing her Team Edward onesie for you and Jeanna. Yeah, I ironed on a Team Edward sticker on my 7 month old's onesie. Pretty darn sad, eh? LOL!

  24. Can't wait to see that onesie, C.
    I had to put the series down somewhere toward the middle of the third book, and have to keep remembering how young she is.
    Starbuck is much cooler.

  25. Gah! Just left a comment for you on my blog before I saw this!

    I think I'll be headed to the Chocolate Works anon. Want me to pick anything up for you? ;)

  26. Oh no, C. I gained seven pounds since last summer so it's back to fruit and seltzer for me.


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