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

Milk DudsWant 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.Dynamite stick

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

footballIt 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?

An old box of 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.)

Good & PlentyGummy worms (or bears)Jelly beansJunior MintsLifesaversM&M'sMilk Duds (My favorite!)RaisinetsTwizzlers or RedvinesReese's PiecesAny Mars candy barSno CapsSour Patch KidsStarburst

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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  1. Hi Cheesie! How are you doing? I just wanna ask (Doing the same thing that Gerogie did the first time he wrote in your 4th book!)how did you get so good at writing? also what is they made Strawberry Milk Duds?

    1. I’ve been asked thousands of questions, but you’re the first to ask me that one. Hmmm.
      I guess it’s part natural and part practice. It’s like sports or music or dance. You have to have some talent to start with, but then you really have to practice (A LOT!)

      I started writing when I was in 1st grade (my first stories are terrible!), but with practice, I got better.

      As for Strawberry Milk Duds, YUM! You should write to the Hershey Company and suggest it.
      I looked it up. Here’s the link to contact them:

  2. Also i saw a comment asking someone else if they lived in canada and if they did if you could visit their school. I live in canada and it would be awesome if you could come to my school (once i get back to school) if my principal allows me to set it up

  3. Hi Cheesie I love Your Books i think there one of the best books I’ve read!! And Whats Your Favourite candy out of the choices above

    1. Milk Duds! (But my dentist says NO-NO because they are sticky enough to pull out fillings!)

  4. Hi Cheesie! Your books are really funny. I binge-read them. One of my favorite candies is milk duds, but I can’t eat them with braces(oh no!:( ) When I was little I made up a word too. I made it up because I would be mad at my parents for spelling around me, like saying that I was T-I-R-E-D, and should probably go to S-L-E-E-P. So I made up the word pomojok, (sounds like peeohemohjayohkay), my own version of spelling around them. It means that you are doing ok.

    1. Thanks, Viren.
      Are you in Canada? I have never been to a school in Canada. Maybe I could visit yours.

  5. WHAAAAAAAT?? I thought they were called Milk Duds because they didn’t get high sales when they started out.

  6. HEY! Cheesie! I loved ur book! Iam on the fourth one! The 2nd one is my favoritee! I cant believe georgie fell in the toilet!! hahhaahhahaha! Also, pick one, light blue, green, or red?

  7. my dad loves heath bares, but the problem with toffee is that whenever you open the package, they break. 🙁

  8. I love milk duds
    I just read your book 4 it’s great
    You came to my school once and sighned my book
    How old is goon??????? Aka June

  9. Why doesn’t anyone like junior mints there the best Halloween candy in the world
    Reason one. They make your breathe smell like heaven
    Plus there just amazing

  10. She is a wizard because she made wizard things (potions,spell book,ingredients,and a map)out of paper.And now she wants people to call her wizard.

  11. I like sour patch kids. I like them because they’re so sour! I also like gummy worms/gummy bears. Because they’re so chewy.I also like jolly ranchers. Because they have a lot of flavor.

  12. Cieesie did you know I loooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooove Riesies as my favorite candy?

  13. My favorite candy is starburst it tastes sooooooooooooo good I got one big starburst pack for halloween!

  14. also there’s the new sour pach EXTREME.And thats so so so so so so so sour its not even good anymore (you cry and you just spit it out!!!

  15. Happy Birthday to you! Happy birthday to you! Happy birthday dear Cheesie. Happy birthday to you!!

  16. I love twix, BEST. CHOCOLATE. EVER. But I usually get sour patch kids or the water melon candy at the movies. in fact, I just went on Sunday to watch inside- out.
    My Rating- 5 STAR!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  17. I’m a big M&M’s fan and have even been to the store in NYC. I would like to try sno-caps as well as Cadbury chocolates. (If it hasn’t become clear by now, chocolate is my favorite type of candy!)

    1. I bet most of your friends do not agree with you. But everyone is different, so it’s your taste buds!

  18. i like milk duds because they last a long time, their made with the finest chocolate and caramel!

    1. I like ’em, too. But I’m not so sure about the “finest” chocolate. Read my post. They can’t even call them chocolate. They have to say, “chocolatey.”

  19. I love your books and i always read it every night and i don’t care if i read these books like ten times i just love them

  20. All my friends tell me that they thought your books were okay. I think that your books are awesome and they must be confusing your books with another persons books. And about June, you need to pull better pranks on her.

    1. I like Reese’s Pieces but I also like a ton of other candy so I don’t know what to pick!

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