Since it's Halloween and all, I thought I'd take a moment to publicly endorse my favorite candy of all-time: Nerds.
When I was little, I dreamed of having the special Nerds cereal bowl. Unfortunately, my parents were cheapskates and wanted to keep me healthy, so I had to live with Grape Nuts (which are like fibery Nerds) and picking the dates out of my bowl of Just Right.
Nerds are tiny. Nerds are packed with flavor. They are crunchy. Nerds come in two flavors, so you can save the best for last. They are tangy and sweet. During the holidays, Nerds come in tiny shot-sized boxes you can down in one gulp.
In recent years, Willy Wonka has spun off a slew of Nerd-based products, and I've tried nearly all of them. Unfortunately, they've all been uniformly awful. Nerds Rope, Giant Chewy Nerds and Nerds Gum are digusting, nearly sacrilegious deviations. The only decent spin-off was Dweebs, which came in a three-compartment box and were pretty decent (though still not as good as Nerds themselves).
But what makes me even more angry is Willy Wonka, through all their experimentation, has refused to give me the Nerd treat I've always dreamed of: a giant, fist-sized Nerd I could gnaw on throughout the day.
To fulfill this dream, I had to improvise. Here's your recipe for Nerds Bars.
1) Buy a box of Nerds.
2) Wait until Summer.
3) Put the box of Nerds on your dashboard in the morning.
4) When the sun goes down, peel away the Nerds box. The Nerds should have melted together into a bar shape.
Let us know your favorite candy in the comments!