July 19, 2009
Nice 1970's Mallo Cup Wrapper
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April 10, 2009
Boyer Candy Continues to Redeem "Play Money" for Over 73 Years
It's a proud day today - Boyer Candy put out a press release today celebrating 73 years of Boyer Candy "Play Money." This is my grandfather's invention, and it has been a successful program for almost 3/4 of a century. He'd be happy to see this release.
The legacy of the Boyer Candy Company, Inc. "Play Money" lives on and continues to be redeemed for a variety of prizes. The "Play Money", which acts as the tray for the creamy, marshmallow-coconut filled Mallo Cup, can be found in each count goods candy bar. Not only are consumers getting their candy, but they're also receiving a little extra bonus.
Continue reading: "Boyer Candy Continues to Redeem "Play Money" for Over 73 Years"
December 23, 2008
Boyer Candy Factory Tour Video
We came across a video tour of the Boyer Candy factory. It is from a couple years ago, from a PA-based cable channel. But not much has changed - Boyer Candy makes the famous Mallo Cup, and also make their own version of a peanut-butter cup called the Smoothie. Lastly you'll see the creation of their chocolate and peanut-butter covered pretzels (although that's not too exciting).
Check it out at PCN
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April 1, 2008
Review: Doscher's Famous French Chew Taffy
We've been looking forward to reviewing some chews and taffies, so here we go with a long time favorite of many people - Doscher's Famous French Chew Taffy. The wrapper sticks pretty badly to the candy, and being thin cellophane, it can get a little tricky getting it all off. But I suppose that's to be expected with taffy bars. The bar itself is a creamy yellow, the natural color you'd expect for French vanilla, not some funky yellow.
What started out as a tough bite turned into a very nice chew. The taffy is sweet, but not too sweet. And it has a very nice, very natural French vanilla flavor. Creamy, sweet and chewy without ripping your fillings out. And with only one gram of fat per bar, I guess one shouldn't feel quite as guilty about eating the whole thing (which I did).
We like this taffy a lot and will definitely pick it up next time we see it.
Check out Doscher's Chews here.
March 28, 2008
Dennis Miller cites Mallo Cup Money on Radio Show
While driving to pick up a pizza this evening, I'm listening to the Dennis Miller Radio Show, and Dennis is interviewing Tony Snow, the former White House Press Secretary and anchor at Fox News. The conversation turns to Tony's departure from his post at the White House, to which he mentioned that while he loved the job, White House staffers don't have the highest salaries, so one of the reasons he left was to make more money.
Being the good Pittsburgh boy that he is, Dennis Miller adds, "Yeah, the wife doesn't like it when you have to pay for groceries with Mallo Cup Money..."
I may not have the quote 100% correct, but that's pretty much it. Very cool, I couldn't wait to get home to tell my family.
Check out the Dennis Miller Show.
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March 19, 2008
Boyer Candy Co. gets new leaders
Mallo Cup fans of the world, Boyer Candy has yet another new set of leaders, this time those from a drawn out legal battle.
To give you a little history, my grandfather and uncle sold the company in the 70s to their corn syrup supplier, American Maize. They sold it to Anthony Forgione in 1984. Forgione's time at Boyer was marked with near bankruptcies, quality downturns, labor disputes, and a colossal failure trying to build a theme park. Forgione died a few years ago and a big legal brouhaha has been taking place between Forgione's ex-wife and his kids, whom the company was left to. The trust put Ray Mollomo in charge and he's been running the company for a few years until recently. I can't comment on whether the plant is or is not running well, or whether the company is or is not thriving/surviving. What I can say since Mollomo took over, the quality of the candy, specifically Mallo Cups, went up. Best of luck to the new leadership, I'm sure a vending machine exec will get it all fixed...
But, on the upside, it looks like one of the sons is engaging, which I suppose is a good thing. "Forgione vows that the company's business will become a lasting legacy to his father." I can only say this...if you love Mallo Cups, if you love Smoothies, if you love Peanut Butter Cups...the legacy that is a positive one is that of Boyer, not Forgione. No offense. But how soon people forget back in Altoona, PA.
In fact, you'll note at the top of the article the following:
Editor's note: An earlier version of this story posted on the Web and published in Wednesday's Mirror incorrectly said Anthony Forgione was the founder of Boyer Candy Co. He was a previous owner. The company was founded in the 1930s by William E. and Robert Boyer, who started making fudge in the kitchen of their mother, Emily A. Boyer, according to Mirror files. The mistake was an editing error.
Read the full article in that bastion of journalism, The Altoona Mirror.
Buy Mallo Cups here.
March 6, 2008
Mallo Cups vs. Valomilk
Valomilk or Mallo Cup? This age old question finally has the opportunity to be answered...sort of. The "You Decide Variety Pack" includes 10 of The Original Flowing Center Valomilk and 10 of The Legendary Mallo Cups. We love them both, but obviously have a soft spot for Mallo Cups. But we'd love to know which one you all prefer. $19.99 at flavorsof.com
March 1, 2008
Review: Zero Candy Bar
We typically try not to choose regular, every day candy bars at Candy Snob - you won't see a review of a Reese's Peanut Butter Cup or a Hershey's Bar. Why? Because we all know about those candies. Its just not as interesting. What we will do, however, is look for venerable brands who (1) have made some change, or (2) are classic, retro brands that aren't as well known.
So we picked up a Zero bar today and we're sure glad we did. The candy started way back in 1931, and after changing hands a couple times is now a part of Hershey.
The name "Zero" is believed to come from the bar being originally marketed as a cool, tasty treat; or as cool as Zero degrees. Some people still enjoy Zero candy bars frozen - we're looking forward to trying this ourselves.
It is the unique combo of ingredients makes this bar so interesting and good. Caramel, peanut and almond nougat (which is a much darker nougat than you're used to seeing in a 3 Musketeers or MilkyWay), covered in white fudge. I minor distinction between white chocolate and white fudge, but you could definitely taste the softer flavor of the fudge. Plus, the nougat isn't completely smooth - there is a spattering of peanut and almond nuggets.
Overall, the texture is awesome, nice bite and chew, and a very unique and multi-layered flavor. Warning, this bar is very sweet. If you're not a white chocolate fan, or don't like your candy that sweet, this might not be for you.
Buy Zero bars for only $.58 each.
Name info from Hershey's corporate site.
February 24, 2008
Review: Atkinson's Chick-O-Sticks
I had never seen this treat until I moved to Arizona, I don't think they are available back East, but I could be wrong. Chick-o-Sticks are made by Atkinson Candy Company, located in Lufkin, TX. The company has been family-owned since 1932. Candy Snob loves family-owned, vintage candies.
So initially we picked this piece up wondering what the heck it was. What we found was an absolutely addicting, super crunchy, peanut butter and toasted coconut candy. Atkinson roasts Texas Grade A Jumbo peanuts, sprinkles them with salt while they're still warm, grinds them with pure granulated sugar, and finally dusts them with lightly toasted coconut. The texture is not completely unlike a Butterfinger inside, flaky but more dense and harder. Its the unique flavor combination of peanut butter and coconut that completely puts it over the top. This has become a Candy Snob check-out counter favorite.
But what's with the name? "Chick-o-Stick" sounds like a fast food chain, not a candy. Well, we looked around, and according to nicely noted, it gets the name because it looks like a chicken leg. Hard to tell if this is fact or a theory, but sounds logical to us so we'll go with it. Of course, I don't know of any chicken that's the distinctive orange color of Chick-o-Stix, but what the heck.
Chick-o-Sticks are available at Amazon here.
February 22, 2008