What's your favorite type of candy? Chances are you didn't answer "sperm gummies" or "foaming toilet pixie-sticks." Yet these are only two of the really obscure, and ingeniously grotesque, sweets you can find at specialty stores or online.
For all the tried-and-true traditional treats the world has to offer, there's a veritable confectionery smorgasbord of weird candies out there. Camel testicles, breast milk, human cremains: the strangest things can inspire a whole new snack, if they get to the desk of the right marketing visionary (and into the minds of the right Wonka innovator). Some of these bizarre treats from around the world might even be available at your local corner store - but are you brave enough to sample them?
Foaming Toilet Candy
This is exactly what it sounds like: a sweet, foaming substance you can "grow" in a whimsical, customized toilet-shaped container. According to thousands of enchanted consumers, Moko Moko Mokoletto Toilet Foam Candy is really good. But that doesn't diminish the grotesque genius of its product description:
"The kit includes stickers so you can personalize your toilet with a face and motifs. Once it's built, you can empty one of the three included powder sachets (soda, strawberry and melon soda) down the tank, then pour in some water, and wait while the toilet magically fills up with expanding foam, which you can suck out of the bowl with the included straw!"
The fun doesn't stop there, though. The candy's makers hasten to assure consumers that, once assembled, the delicious little toilets can be "re-used."
With a tagline like "The Candy You Love to Swallow," how could you pass up Spermies? These candies are more of a gag gift (no pun intended) than an item you'd expect to find in the candy aisle of your local convenience store, and there's no description of their taste and consistency ... though you could always use your imagination.
Breast Milk Ice Cream
In 2011, London sweet shop Icecreamists made headlines when they launched "Baby Gaga" ice cream, a pasteurized, luxurious indulgence made from the breast milk of medically-screened mothers. Though a controversy of sorts ensued, and the product was confiscated and inspected for safety, no issues were found.
The company has since changed hands, but it's still pumping out the dessert, which has pretty much gone to to achieve cult status, at this point. Oddly enough, the ice cream shop was almost sued by Lady Gaga over both its quirky name and its "nausea-inducing product," as the singer put it; one would assume that an avant-garde artist would be into the work of an equally avant-garde confectionery-visionary.
What's better than a burger with all the trimmings? A burger-flavored piece of candy, of course. The testers at Serious Eats seemed baffled by Sasebo Burger Drops, describing them as tasting like "the burgers they used to serve in my elementary school," "charbroiled cheese from 7-11," and "a mix of sweet and smoky-savory-meat essence that does not exist in nature."