Candy on the big screen
We've been thinking a lot about candy lately (ok, that's not true, we think about candy all the time!), and how candy has managed to make a name for itself on the big (and little) screen. Imagine what the film Charlie and the Chocolate Factory would be like without the Wonka bar! The multitude of plot holes aside, it would be unfocussed and fail to really capture that feeling you had as a child with that wrapped bar in your hands. That sense of promise and delight separated from you by a thin cellophane wrapper. Both the 1971 and 2005 films gave candy a friendly pat on the back and now Nestle makes the Wonka Bar, just to keep that feeling alive (chocolate with graham cracker crisps - if you haven't tried one, we highly recommend a movie night with Mr. Wonka - Wilder or Depp, we don't play favourites - and his bar!).
But Golden tickets aren't the only game in town. Seinfeld fans will remember the episode entitled "The Opposite" where Elaine's love of Jujyfruits causes a series of unfortunate events for her (we'll leave the Junior Mints for another day!). Robert De Niro's character in Taxi Driver also loved Jujyfruits - he requests them at the theatre.
While we're on the subject of small screen candy stars, the British among us might recall that in Blackadder's Christmas Carol Ebenezer Blackadder offers Mr. Baldrick a humbug from his bag of sweets. In fact, the British have quite a soft spot for the sweet stuff - Tom Baker, the fourth Doctor in the Doctor Who series always came well armed with a pocket full of Jelly Babies to diffuse any stressful or uncomfortable situations (unfortunately Daleks are the only creature immune to the force of Jelly Babies).
Sharing both the large and small screen in the classic Narnia tale, The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe, Edmund Pevensie falls prey to the delights of Turkish Delight! Thankfully Fry's Turkish Delight will not cause a good vs evil battle for supremacy in Westboro...but it might cause quarrels if you're sharing - best to get two!
And no review of candy on film would be complete without an appearance by Razzles as featured in 13 Going on 30. The repopularized candy-then-gum causes gasps and excitement on a near daily basis when it is recognized in The Candy Store, so it only seems fair to let them have the final word.
Have we missed any on-screen candy moments that should be included here? If you know of one that we haven't covered, send it along to us in the comments or in an email and we'll compile a Candy In Film list of all the sweetest (literally!) cinematic moments!
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