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11 Giant Pieces and Boxes of Candy You Can Actually Buy

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.

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.

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

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).

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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…

The Candy Man: Dean Corll and the Houston Murders

With the aid of two young accomplices, serial killer Dean Corll carried out a brutal series of murders in the early 1970s that continues to haunt Houston, Texas to this day. The man nicknamed “The Candy Man” was responsible for at least 28 killings over a 3-year span, before he met his own demise at the hands of one of his young proteges.

Dean Corll was born in 1939 into a contentious family; his parents divorced, remarried and divorced again while he was still a child. His mother remarried – to a new man, Jake West – when Dean was 16, and the whole family moved to Vidor, Texas, where Mrs. Corll and her second husband started “Pecan Prince,” a small candy company. Dean Corll and his brother Stanley both worked for the business (operating out of the family garage) while attending school. Most of the family’s business was in Houston, so Corll’s mother and stepfather relocated there and opened up a candy store. After he graduated from high school, Dean Corll relocated to Houston as well, where he continued to work for the family business.

In 1963, Corll’s mother and stepfather divorced, and his mother opened up her own candy shop called “Corll Candy Company.” Soon after opening the new business, a teenage male employee complained that Dean Corll made inappropriate sexual advances toward him. Corll’s mother fired the young man. Dean Corll spent almost a year in the U.S. Army in 1964-65, and he realized during this time that he was a homosexual. After his military service, Corll returned to Houston and resumed working at the family candy company. Corll earned the nickname “The Candy Man” because he frequently handed out free candy to young kids in the area. Corll also befriended many young boys in the area, some of whom would hang out around the candy shop.

Corll befriended a 12-year-old boy named David Brooks in 1967. The boy was from a broken home, and he initially looked up to Corll as a father figure. After a while, the friendship between the two developed into a sexual relationship, in that Corll would pay young Brooks for sexual favors. In 1968, Corll’s mother closed the family candy company and moved to Colorado, so Corll switched occupations, finding work as an electrician. In 1970, Corll and his young friend David also embarked on a new venture: murder.

With the help of Brooks, Dean Corll would lure young boys and men, mostly from the low-income neighborhood of Houston Heights, into his car with the promise of a party at his house. Once at Corll’s house, there was no escape. The young boys were supplied with drugs and alcohol, then strapped to a “torture board” that was two-and-a-half feet wide and eight-feet long. The victims…

11 Sweet Facts About Cadbury

To sugar-lovers stateside, Cadbury is best known as the maker of the cream-filled eggs that appear in stores each spring for Easter. But their full lineup of sweets includes close to 100 products that are beloved in the UK and around the world. Here are 11 decadent facts about the candy brand.

1. IT STARTED AS A DRINKING CHOCOLATE BUSINESS.

Cadbury advertisement from 1885. Image credit: Wikimedia Commons // Public Domain

Before it was an international corporation, Cadbury got its start as a humble grocery store. In 1824, John Cadbury opened a shop in Birmingham, England where he sold, among other goods, cocoa and drinking chocolate he ground by hand. The beverage was initially marketed as a health drink, and it was often served with lentils or barley mixed in. He opened up a full-fledged chocolate factory in 1841, and by the following year he was selling 11 types of cocoa and 16 varieties of drinking chocolate. Solid “eating chocolate” only came about years later as a way for the company to utilize the cocoa butter left over from the cocoa-making process.

2. CADBURY MADE CHOCOLATE FOR QUEEN VICTORIA.

The Cadbury company was just a few decades old when it was deemed fit for royalty. John Cadbury and his brother and business partner, Benjamin, received a Royal Warrant to assume the role of “manufacturers of cocoa and chocolate to Queen Victoria” in 1855. Today the company continues to hold a Royal Warrant from Queen Elizabeth II.

3. THE COMPANY INVENTED THE HEART-SHAPED CHOCOLATE BOX.

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Heart-shaped chocolate boxes are nearly as old as the commercialization of Valentine’s Day itself, and that’s thanks to Richard Cadbury. By the mid-19th century, exchanging gifts and cards with loved ones had become a popular practice around the holiday. Chocolate became part of the tradition by way of Cadbury’s romantic chocolate boxes. Richard, son of company founder John Cadbury, had the brilliant idea to package his confections in heart-shaped boxes embellished with cupids and roses in 1861. Customers could use the fancy boxes to store keepsakes long after the contents were consumed.

4. “RATION CHOCOLATE” WAS SOLD DURING WORLD WAR II.

Like many European businesses, Cadbury was forced to make sacrifices during the Second World War. When the British government banned fresh milk in 1941, the company stopped production on its Dairy Milk bars. Ration Chocolate, made from dried skim milk powder, was released as a cheap substitute.

5. THE FIRST CADBURY EGG APPEARED IN THE 19TH CENTURY.

Cadbury factory workers decorating Easter eggs in 1932. Image credit: Getty

Cadbury’s connection to chocolate…