#2-Milk Duds

Vote for Your Favorite Movie Candy…and Why Are They Called Milk Duds?

Want to vote for your favorite movie-eating candy? I’m doing a poll. You can vote below.

My favorite? Milk Duds.

Dud is a great word. It means something that fails to work properly or is otherwise unsatisfactory or worthless.

“The firecracker was a dud. It didn’t explode or anything.”

It can also refer to a person.

“Our quarterback is such a dud. He can barely throw a pass.”

Since the word is so negative, why would a candy maker name its product Milk Duds?

This is what the box looked like when Granpa was a kid

I looked it up, and it’s because back in the 1920s the company that invented them wanted perfectly round caramels coated with milk chocolate…and no matter how hard they tried, they couldn’t make them look like that. So they called them Milk (chocolate) Duds.

Granpa ate Milk Duds at the movies when he was a kid. The package was different then because they were made by a different company. I wondered if today’s Milk Duds were the same as in the olden days, so I gave him one of mine to taste. Here is his review:

“Not like I remember. The caramel’s the same, but I don’t know…the chocolate tastes different.”

So Granpa and I did some research and found out that Hershey’s doesn’t use cocoa butter (that’s the oily part of the cocoa bean) anymore. Now they use vegetable oil. Without cocoa butter—the government says—chocolate isn’t really chocolate. So Hershey’s is not allowed to say Milk Duds are covered with chocolate. All they can say (look at the box at the top) is “chocolatey covered.”

Granpa says that proves they really are duds.


(Voting is below the images.)

goodandplentygummywormsjelly bean


milk dudsraisinetstwizzlers

reesescandy barsno caps

sour patchstartburst

Here’s my movie-eating candy poll. The choices are in alphabetical order. Pick one!

But if you or anyone else in your house has already voted, you don’t get to vote again (all the voting choices will disappear…cool, huh?). You can come back to look at the poll results as many times as you want.

What is your favorite movie-eating candy?

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Comments from my Readers & Friends

  1. I say other because i like a lot of candy so i will tell you like this. My favorite candies are: cookie dough bites, junior mints, m&ms, popcorn[but i cant eat it because i have braces]:[. I also love some other candy that i cant think of at the moment but i will think of them later.

  2. wow i didn’t know Georgie could post. I’m in love with your books, Cheesie. BTW: I saw the picture of Georgie on page 35, he IS alot taller than you!

    • Georgie doesn’t post much, but sometimes… And, duh, he is WAAAAY taller
      than I am. He is second tallest in our school.

  3. The reason that they call milk duds,milk duds in my opinion is because they are duds. I just don’t like them for some reason.

  4. I love chocolate covered raisins. Does that count as the “raisins” on the voting thingy?

  5. I looove movie candy. By the way, I like the drawings of Georgie and Cheesie in the book. If Cheesie (or Georgie…) drew them, then he is a GREAT artist!!

  6. I chose sour patch kids but i like the sourpatch watermelons better, but they both taste really good!

  7. cheesie can you tell this to Goon.i just wanted to say that goon is really nasty,really ugly?,and rreeaeaaalllllllllllllllyyyyyyyyykjunfjhwbfjkgujhfbvkhudyfhgvbhligkfsbvjb.tnx cheesie

    • You are right she is nasty to me. But she is not ugly. My sister is actually very pretty. I would never say that to her, but it’s kind of true.