The 10 Worst Holiday Candies

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If you’re planning to put out a dish of sugary treats for your guests this holiday season, you’d do well to avoid nougats, peppermint bark, and old-fashioned hard candies. CandyStore.com, a bulk candy retailer, surveyed more than 13,000 people about their personal tastes, and unsurprisingly, all sorts of “grandma candies” are likely to go untouched across America this year.

Christmas nougat candies—like Brach’s peppermint candies with the Christmas tree in the center—were rated the worst of the worst. CandyStore.com solicited comments from customers, and they did not hold anything back. “It’s always stale and so, so gross,” one person wrote. “Hard and stale, and the flavor is unholy,” wrote another.

Reindeer corn, the Christmassy cousin of candy corn, comes in second. (And if you really want to disappoint your friends and family year-round, you can also find pastel candy corn for Easter, harvest corn for Thanksgiving, and Fourth of July candy corn.)

Candy canes, on the other hand, are a reliable choice around the holidays. They've been around since at least the 17th century, and it appears they still have a pretty loyal fan base. However, if you’re going to buy a bag of the hook-shaped treats, stick to traditional peppermint. Other flavors of candy cane have been named the eighth-worst holiday treat. “Rainbow candy canes are a disgusting trick to lure you in,” one survey respondent wrote. They're less awkward to eat than ribbon candy, at least.

Check out the graphic below to see the other unpopular candies that topped the list.

Worst Christmas CandySource: CandyStore.com

So what candies should you buy for your Christmas Eve party? CandyStore.com also tracked the most popular holiday candies by state, and you can see those results here.

Amazon's Under-the-Radar Coupon Page Features Deals on Home Goods, Electronics, and Groceries

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Now that Prime Day is over, and with Black Friday and Cyber Monday still a few weeks away, online deals may seem harder to come by. And while it can be a hassle to scour the internet for promo codes, buy-one-get-one deals, and flash sales, Amazon actually has an extensive coupon page you might not know about that features deals to look through every day.

As pointed out by People, the coupon page breaks deals down by categories, like electronics, home & kitchen, and groceries (the coupons even work with SNAP benefits). Since most of the deals revolve around the essentials, it's easy to stock up on items like Cottonelle toilet paper, Tide Pods, Cascade dishwasher detergent, and a 50 pack of surgical masks whenever you're running low.

But the low prices don't just stop at necessities. If you’re looking for the best deal on headphones, all you have to do is go to the electronics coupon page and it will bring up a deal on these COWIN E7 PRO noise-canceling headphones, which are now $80, thanks to a $10 coupon you could have missed.

Alternatively, if you are looking for deals on specific brands, you can search for their coupons from the page. So if you've had your eye on the Homall S-Racer gaming chair, you’ll find there's currently a coupon that saves you 5 percent, thanks to a simple search.

To discover all the deals you have been missing out on, head over to the Amazon Coupons page.

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McBroken: This Website Saves You a Trip to McDonald's By Telling You If Their Ice Cream Machine Is Down

McDonald's ice cream remains an elusive treat.
McDonald's ice cream remains an elusive treat.
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Fast food is about indulgence, and there are few menu items that promote cravings more than the soft-serve ice cream cones and McFlurry treats at McDonald’s. These pseudo-dairy desserts have an ardent fan base despite the fact that the machines dispensing them are frequently out of service for maintenance or cleaning.

Now, a new website can inform customers when a McDonald’s ice cream machine may be down. It’s called McBroken, and The Verge reports it was created by 24-year-old software engineer Rashiq Zahid. The site maintains a map that displays in real time which restaurants are able to offer ice cream and which aren't.

How does Zahid gather this information? A program attempts to place a McSundae order at every McDonald’s location in the United States via their app. If it’s added to his cart, the location gets a green dot and is prepared to dispense ice cream. If not, a red dot indicates there will be no ice cream forthcoming.

McBroken also keeps a running tally of the percentage of all restaurants without a working machine. At last glance, it was at 10.93 percent.

According to The Verge, Zahid was inspired to create McBroken after failing to retrieve a McSundae while in Berlin, Germany, over the summer. His program, or bot, originally attempted to order a McSundae every minute, but the McDonald’s app declared the activity suspicious. Now, he has set it to attempt an order every 30 minutes. The system works, Zahid said, because he verified the results against locations he visited in Berlin in person.