What are the Candies That Are Raining at the Oscars?
It’s no surprise that Hollywood’s biggest night is filled with fancy gowns, sharp tuxedos, powerful speeches, and heartwarming tributes...but falling candy? Unexpected, but we're into it.
We can thank this year’s host, Jimmy Kimmel, for the genius idea to shower our favorite celebrities finest in cascading movie theatre favorite sweets. While we think this decision is certainly a great one, we can’t help but wonder...what's the story behind these classic candies?
What is a Red Vine?
When it comes to delicious red candies, there are plenty that come to mind, however a Red Vine might be at the tail end of that list. Turns out these chewies are those deceiving red, twisty candies that appear to be a solid cord of licorice from a distance, but upon closer inspection, they’re actually several tiny ropes intertwined into one thick stick.
Despite their physical resemblance to licorice, they have a more sugary, less licorice-like flavor, and you can pull it apart, strand by strand, sort of like string cheese. Boasting a fat-free and preservative-free nutrition label (so #Hollywood), Red Vines have been stealing the hearts of many since 1914. It might not be our first candy choice when we’re craving a sweet treat, but if that’s what Ryan Gosling is snacking on tonight, then consider us sold on Red Vines.
What is a Lemonhead?
Another sucker headed straight from the ceiling to Emma Stone’s pearly whites is the Lemonhead. Developed by Ferrara Pan Candy Company in 1962, it was created as the company was trying to make a sour candy by the same process that they made another one of their signature sweets, Red Hots. Basically, this involves throwing a candy center into a revolving pan while adding the desired flavors, color, etc. and letting it spin until the individual candy pieces grow larger (to their standard 1-centimeter size).
What is a Junior Mint?
These candies (no, not Thin Mints) are small globules of a creamy mint filling encased by a hard chocolate outside. These fresh-to-death candies came about in 1949 in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Today, they are owned by Tootsie Roll Industries. The name is ironically a play on a collection of stories that ran in The New Yorker, and eventually made it to Broadway. It even saw some spotlight in this Seinfeld episode. And finally, it’s floating ever so elegantly into the lap of Octavia Spencer at the Oscar’s. Must be nice.
What is a Mike and Ike?
Who these two characters are, we cannot be sure (seriously, it’s current parent company Just Born doesn’t even know where the name is from), however one thing we do know about these fruity, chewy candies is that there’s plenty to love. Despite a rumored “break-up” in 2012 (happens to the best of us), we’re not here to take sides on what went down between Mike and Ike. Since 1949, this candy has seen countless flavor iterations, from Tropical Typhoon to Sweet Paradise. And in 2017, these flavors are recognized by Jimmy Kimmel and a room full of other sweet, sweet faces. Despite their differences, we think Mike and Ike have finally made it.