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.

The ChopBox Smart Cutting Board Has a Food Scale, Timer, and Knife Sharper Built Right Into It

ChopBox
ChopBox

When it comes to furnishing your kitchen with all of the appliances necessary to cook night in and night out, you’ll probably find yourself running out of counter space in a hurry. The ChopBox, which is available on Indiegogo and dubs itself “The World’s First Smart Cutting Board,” looks to fix that by cramming a bunch of kitchen necessities right into one cutting board.

In addition to giving you a knife-resistant bamboo surface to slice and dice on, the ChopBox features a built-in digital scale that weighs up to 6.6 pounds of food, a nine-hour kitchen timer, and two knife sharpeners. It also sports a groove on its surface to catch any liquid runoff that may be produced by the food and has a second pull-out cutting board that doubles as a serving tray.

There’s a 254nm UVC light featured on the board, which the company says “is guaranteed to kill 99.99% of germs and bacteria" after a minute of exposure. If you’re more of a traditionalist when it comes to cleanliness, the ChopBox is completely waterproof (but not dishwasher-safe) so you can wash and scrub to your heart’s content without worry. 

According to the company, a single one-hour charge will give you 30 days of battery life, and can be recharged through a Micro USB port.

The ChopBox reached its $10,000 crowdfunding goal just 10 minutes after launching its campaign, but you can still contribute at different tiers. Once it’s officially released, the ChopBox will retail for $200, but you can get one for $100 if you pledge now. You can purchase the ChopBox on Indiegogo here.

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This Nifty Potato Chip Bag Hack Is Amazing the Internet

Keep that crispy, crunchy freshness inside the bag—no tools needed.
Keep that crispy, crunchy freshness inside the bag—no tools needed.
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If you don’t have enough chip clips to keep your snack bags shut—or if you have a habit of misplacing them—there’s no shortage of household items you can use instead. Clothespins, binder clips, rubber bands, and ponytail holders all get the job done, and you could even use an especially durable paper clip or bobby pin in a pinch.

But, as many people on the internet just discovered, all you actually need to seal your half-eaten bag of potato chips is the bag itself. Last week, actor and host of Bravo’s Top Chef Padma Lakshmi posted a video on Twitter of her tightly closing a bag of Fritos without any makeshift chip clips.

First you fold the two sides of the bag down as far as they’ll go, so the top of the bag is shaped like a triangle—similar to how you’d wrap a present. Then, roll up the bottom of that triangle a few times until you’ve created a pocket, under which you can tuck the triangle’s point. After that, simply roll the top of the bag down a few times, and you’ve successfully sealed the bag.

At the end of the video, Lakshmi turns the bag upside down and gives it a few shakes to show everyone just how secure it is. She tweeted the hack with the caption “How am I just finding out about this now?” and, considering that the video has been viewed more than 10 million times, it’s safe to say that she’s not the only one who didn’t know about the hack.

Wondering what other life hacks you might be missing out on? Find out how to chill a soda in three minutes, remove scratches on CDs, and more here.

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