#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 read your first book it was a good book. My favorite candy at the movies are Kit Kat you should really add it t your list

  2. I love sour patches! hey,i was wondering if you could come too my school.the address is 2425 pine street dallas TX 75215.flat stanleys aurthor came and he was aweome.my favorite book is cheesie mack is not a genius or anything.thanks if you do.youre the best!!!!

  3. Hey! I read the books and they are awesome! You got any more good ideas for books?
    Sincerely,cxt P.S. Update me on point battle scores. Hope you wun!

  4. I know a way to vote even though the choices are gone! Just use your comments! My favorite candy is YumEarth Candy Lolipops.

  5. I’m sure I’m not as old as your grandpa but I stumbled on your site while searching to see if anyone else misses chocolate covered Milk Duds. I was trying to describe them to my son…they were more like chocolate covered peanuts. Kind of messy but soo much better. It’s a shame that an iconic chocolate maker like Hershey had to go the cheap route. And then cover them with confectioner’s glaze to boot! They used to be a favorite but now they’re just Duds.

    • They call milk duds milk duds because milk candy is usually crunchy. They are DUDS.
      Plz answer

      ARE you cool or a jerk

  6. i’m not sure what to vote for. milk duds or starburst. I really like the pink starburst, so i’m going to go with that.

  7. This is a tough one. It’s really between Milk Duds and Sour Patch Kids. I usualy eat Milk Duds so I’m gonna go with that

  8. Why do so many people like Sour Patch Kids? I don’t get it StarBurst’s are awesome and flavorful and just taste so good!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      THEY AWESOME!!!!(not as good as reeses tho)