My Candy Cigarette Addiction

My Candy Cigarette Addiction

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Anyone else love candy cigarettes...err...I'm sorry...just plain Candy (they don't like to use the term cigarette next to the word candy anymore). A former Microsoftie and friend named Bill (who now works for Sagestone Consulting) was thoughtful enough to bring me a full box from a recent trip he took. I'm sure I was beaming when he walked in the door with a display box in his hands...how embarrassing.

I've received a lot of grief from people over the years about eating these things. Comments seem to center around chalk. As in, "yuck...they taste like chalk!" To which I routinely reply, "how do you know what chalk tastes like?" That argument never works, though, and I've found it difficult to get people to try them.

However, either times have changed, my persuasiveness has improved, or the people I now work around are just plain cool. More people than I thought remember these fondly, and almost everyone wants to eat a pack. I remind them to be careful of the lit end, clearly marked by the red food col...err...ember at one tip. "By the way," asked Dr. Steppe earlier today, "have you ever wondered why we chew them from the un-lit end?" Good question.

If you haven't yet kicked the habit, you can save up all your money and buy your own box of 24 for $4.49. Update: Andy points out a $0.50 cheaper source.

Anyone else remember these? How about other candies that you loved as a kid? Any of you have special "coding candy" to help you write VB.NET and C# code late into the early morning hours?

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  • Deffinetly an old favorite. They were not always the easiest things to find, but when I did, I would always put a big smile on.

    While, I don't have a favorite candy for coding and since I just recently gave up soda, I would have to say my most favorite item is a nice hot cup of tea.
  • Now & Laters was the candy I grew up with in elementary school. These days whilst coding, a pack of Grandma's Cookies gives me a nice sugar jolt. Oatmeal & raisin is my preferred flavor, but peanut butter is fine as well.
  • Wax Lips, baby! :-)
  • You have candy cigarettes in our office? And I didn't know about it? I'll stop by tomorrow! ;-) <br> <br>I remember when I was younger, it was the coolest thing to smoke them! My friends and I had a pack a day habit! <br> <br>As for candy to code to, does Mountain Dew count?
  • You have candy cigarettes in our office? And I didn't know about it? I'll stop by tomorrow! ;-)

    I remember when I was younger, it was the coolest thing to smoke them! My friends and I had a pack a day habit!

    As for candy to code to, does Mountain Dew count?
  • Hah, these are great, I used to get them all the time. Another favorite I used to get when I was a kid somehow now seems more fitting.

    Nerds
    Remember those the old 2 color boxes.


    And Eric!!! Giving up soda? That just isn't right. Well leave it to me to try to steer you down the wrong path.

    http://www.thinkgeek.com/caffeine/

    Check out the Jolt Gum, All the Caffeine from a gum that used to be in a soda.
  • So I know this isn't a chat board, but...

    Jeff, I did give up soda and pretty much haven't had any caffeine for about 6 weeks now. It just didn't seem to be effecting me anymore when I wanted to pull the all nighter, and if I wasn't driven to just do the work, then it was very hard to stay awake to get it done. So I decided to try and get off the stuff to see how it affected life. So far things have been fine and I am still staying up late.
  • Loved as a Kid? I still stop by certain gas stations I know have these ang pick up a box. I generally get a box of these every other week. Maybe it's just my sugar addiction though and candy cigarettes are the closest thing I can find to pure sugar.
  • I've been "tagged" by fellow Technical Evangelist, Brian Keller , in his recent post . And if I decide

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