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Time Stranger
10-08-2008, 04:27 PM
I recently started a new job. One of my friends got me a candy dish as a present, and I'm having trouble deciding on the right candy for it.

Trouble in that I first filled it with my candy of choice, the peanut butter cup. I had two bags of them in it (it's a large dish) and I am not exaggerating when I say it was empty within two days. People would swarm, I'd blink, and it'd be five pieces lighter. Since it's Halloween, I've been able to get large amounts of candy cheap, so I picked up some twix minis and a bag of assorted milky way/snicker mini pieces. These lasted a little longer at three days. People were jokingly blaming me for their lack of control and showing surprise/disappointment at the empty dish. I am not really willing to spend a lot of money on this if they go through it so fast.

So, what do you put in your candy dish to treat people but not so delicious so as to keep them from eating it all? I'm guessing maybe any kind of chocolate is too tempting. Perhaps creme savers or some hard candy? Any ideas are greatly appreciated!

ZipperJJ
10-08-2008, 04:34 PM
Do people generally eat mints as fast as they eat candy? I am not fond of mints at all, so I don't eat them. But something like single-wrapped hard candy mints might keep people from snacking since they are more or less breath fresheners.

Alan Smithee
10-08-2008, 04:34 PM
Tootsie Rolls!!!

They're my favorite.

Misnomer
10-08-2008, 04:41 PM
I don't have a candy dish, but I've had a $10 M&M's dispenser (http://mymms.com/dynamic/?catID=16|17&itemID=21030) on my desk at every job since 1999-2000. It's been a big hit everywhere. I only ever fill it with plain M&M's: sometimes people will bring me bags of dark chocolate or peanut butter M&M's, and I always put them out in a separate, labeled container. I do like getting the specially-colored Halloween, Easter, Christmas, etc. M&M's, though.

M&M's are great because a lot of people like them and they're cheap, but mostly they're great because I'm not a big fan of them -- and therefore there's no danger of me eating them all myself. :) Also, the dispenser is kind of a novelty and catches people's eye.

Anne Neville
10-08-2008, 04:45 PM
I'm jealous of people who can have candy dishes and not end up eating all the candy themselves. I got some candy dishes for my wedding, but they are still in storage and probably always will be, because Mr. Neville and I are both the kind of people who have to make sure we don't sit next to the candy dish in anyone else's living room, or else we will end up eating all the candy.

norinew
10-08-2008, 04:53 PM
Werther's Originals caramels. Very buttery, rich-tasting caramels, but hard candies, so they cannot be eaten too very quickly.

I generally keep a bag or two of Werther's Originals around after I have any kind of general anesthesia, because it helps quell the nausea, and also tastes wonderful!

Little Nemo
10-08-2008, 04:58 PM
If you put in chewy candies, they'll be eaten fast. If you want to keep your dish full, go with hard candies.

And get individually wrapped candies. Nobody should have to eat candy that other people have been pawing through.

pbbth
10-08-2008, 05:02 PM
Get whatever you want to have on your desk but put a piggy bank with the words "candy fund" written on the side next to it.

Mahna Mahna
10-08-2008, 05:05 PM
I tend to stock my candy dish with toffees. On the giant scale of candy goodness, they rate higher than mints and the jam-filled hard candies, but not quite as high as a Reese's Cup or mini chocolate bars. Plus they take a while to chew, so people can't snarf them down as fast as other candies.

At the moment, it's full of various flavours of Hershey's Kisses... surprisingly enough, my coworkers seem to be leaving those alone. *shrugs* More for me.

Harmonious Discord
10-08-2008, 05:24 PM
This will last forever.

http://shop.crackerbarrel.com/online/shopping/Product.asp?cat_id=45&sku=575600

Kalhoun
10-08-2008, 05:41 PM
Put an enlarged copy of the Nutritional Information label on the desk right next to it. That'll slow 'em down.

Hazle Weatherfield
10-08-2008, 05:45 PM
I would definitely go with individually wrapped candies, or provide a spoon for serving. All of those nose-picking-no-hand-washing-coughing-sneezing coworkers reaching in for some candy with their bare hands? YEEUUCH!

sugar and spice
10-08-2008, 05:52 PM
get whatever you want to have on your desk but put a piggy bank with the words "candy fund" written on the side next to it.+1.

Time Stranger
10-08-2008, 08:04 PM
Thanks for all the ideas! I think the poster who mentioned the nutritional labels is on to something... They can eat it, but they'll feel guilty!

But yes, I think I shall seek out the hard candies next time I go to the store. I am terribly fond of Werther's myself, so that might do just fine.

Czarcasm
10-08-2008, 08:07 PM
Moving thread from IMHO to Cafe Society.

silenus
10-08-2008, 08:20 PM
The candy bowl on my desk at school is stocked with whatever cheap, hard candy Smart & Final had last weekend. What really seems to go over well is their "Piņata Mix." It also has little toys in it, which I steal and leave in other teacher's boxes.

The Speech kids know the Peanut M&Ms are in the urn marked "Ashes Of Problem Students."

levdrakon
10-08-2008, 08:23 PM
Jolly Rancher sour candies. Individually wrapped, cheap, and they make your breath temporarily interesting.

Patty O'Furniture
10-08-2008, 08:32 PM
I keep Kopiko Coffee Candy (http://justclickasia.com/kopiko-coffee-candy.html) in a bowl on my desk. They're hard and individually wrapped. Intense coffee flavor, so you have one and you're good all day. Plus the caffeine keeps my worker bees nicely buzzing about the office :D

mack
10-08-2008, 08:33 PM
My favorite: Individually wrapped big wintergreen Lifesavers.

Patty O'Furniture
10-08-2008, 08:40 PM
Ah, wintergreen. Or as the Lifesaver people call it, Wint-o-Green. Or as Procter & Gamble calls it, Pepto Bismol.

That would be a good candy to put out on April 1.

Harmonious Discord
10-08-2008, 09:11 PM
In 1982 a pallet of chocolate Easter candy sat under a stockroom heater for a couple hours. The personnel office had a candy bowl of chocolate that never ran out. It was a very popular spot for over a month.

running coach
10-08-2008, 09:44 PM
This will last forever.

http://shop.crackerbarrel.com/online/shopping/Product.asp?cat_id=45&sku=575600

Not with me around. Gone in 60 seconds.

Savannah
10-08-2008, 09:45 PM
I have a candy dish on my desk this month. Currently popular are Werther's Originals (wrapped) and some gummy ghosts I got at the grocery store. Next are the Hallowe'en jelly beans and the jelly pumpkins. The candy corn and candy pumpkins are so-so, and definitely just taste like sugar, corn syrup and food colouring. The molasses candies (wrapped) you only see at Hallowe'en? I'm the only one who's tried those.

The Smarties (Canadian Smarties) and the M & Ms didn't last long enough for a valid sample.

The overripe banana wasn't touched at all.

It's not my fault that I'm trying to quit smoking so I've got to have candies about, either.

Maybe I'll keep the candy dish up through to the New Year, though. I'll change to a different kind for November and again for December.

Muahhahahhahaha they all think they're so healthy, but they aaaaaaaallll come to my candy dish!

chacoguy
10-08-2008, 10:17 PM
http://collegehumor.com/picture:57818:D

The best part will be seeing who cums back for seconds!:eek:

levdrakon
10-08-2008, 10:22 PM
http://collegehumor.com/picture:57818:D

The best part will be seeing who cums back for seconds!:eek:You're sick!

I wanna see who takes the firsts, never mind the seconds.

running coach
10-08-2008, 10:27 PM
You're sick!

I wanna see who takes the firsts, never mind the seconds.

Would those be the sloppy type? :eek:

Geek Mecha
10-08-2008, 11:24 PM
I am the keeper of the office candy bowl.

My only purchasing guidelines is I buy stuff I don't eat myself. This keeps me from gorging myself silly.

The people here are generally good at resupplying the bowl. They know they partake and they see it as their responsibility to help keep it full. Of course, there are a couple of people who think the candy falls off a magical self-replenishing invisible tree (MSRIT), but fortunately the responsible ones outnumber those buffoons.

Whenever I feel like people are taking advantage of the MSRIT, I just let the bowl sit empty. When people make comments about it, I tell them that if they want candy, they gotta bring it. Since I don't eat the stuff I buy, I can look them in the eye and say in complete truthfulness that I don't eat any of the stuff, so I'm under no obligation to refill it.

Misnomer
10-08-2008, 11:30 PM
And get individually wrapped candies. Nobody should have to eat candy that other people have been pawing through.I would definitely go with individually wrapped candies, or provide a spoon for serving. All of those nose-picking-no-hand-washing-coughing-sneezing coworkers reaching in for some candy with their bare hands? YEEUUCH!Yet another advantage of using a dispenser. :)

kitefox
10-09-2008, 01:21 AM
How about some sour patch kids?

mack
10-09-2008, 01:24 PM
The family went through a sour candy phase recently. Easily the most intense was sour Skittles. I don't know if they come in candy-dish size packets though.

And for Hallowe'en you must get Gummy Body Parts.

schnuckiputzi
10-09-2008, 01:47 PM
As a beneficient teacher, I have a jar with candy always, for good grades and good behavior. But I have to keep it full of stuff I would never touch, or I'm doomed. The popular thing right now is Warheads -- super sour things that send my middle schoolers into conniptions. Not very many people could handle eating more than a couple of those a day, probably. (Except my son -- he of the lead tongue -- I have to ration him.:rolleyes:)

Projammer
10-09-2008, 01:54 PM
Chocolate pudding.

Or orange peanuts.

Maybe both.

ivylass
10-09-2008, 02:25 PM
I used to fill mine with chocolate (Kisses, miniature Hershey's etc) but it would be empty by 10am.

Now, Mon-Thu, I fill it with mints or Lifesavers. Fridays are chocolate Fridays, and I fill it with chocolate. The rationining seems to work...most times I have chocolate left at the end of the day.

Catsmeow
10-09-2008, 03:08 PM
When I was a receptionist, I'd keep a candy dish filled with all sorts of hard candies. Mainly it was for visitors and guests but the coworkers got wind and started coming by 2-3 times a day.

My boss loved the idea and when the dish was empty and I was out of candy, he started a "buy more candy" fund. Put a $5 in the dish. When everyone came for a piece of candy and saw the money in there, they went back to their desks and came back with various bills.

The only exception being the person making the most money (under the CEO and CFO) in the place...he'd take the most candy (usually a handful before he left for a client and a handful when he got back) but he either left nothing or just $.02. "I don't eat much of it" he'd always say. *snort*

So, I started hiding the dish when I knew he was coming up. :D

rocking chair
10-09-2008, 07:34 PM
i have an m&m dispenser as well. it is the one where yellow m&m is in a recliner holding out the tv remote.

i would fill the m&m guy sporatically. that way it was a jackpot! kind of thing if the handle was pressed. the pres. of the company liked him so much that he would buy m&ms out of the candy machine, put them in the guy, and then take them out!


chocolate will always go quickly. your best bet is buy during sales and encourage your office mates to make you the penny bank. many people have dollars of pennies at their desks, these can be cashed in for candy.

hit the stores on halloween, or the day after and you can really clean up on small wrapped bundles of candy.

melodyharmonius
10-09-2008, 07:56 PM
I would definitely go with individually wrapped candies, or provide a spoon for serving. All of those nose-picking-no-hand-washing-coughing-sneezing coworkers reaching in for some candy with their bare hands? YEEUUCH!

I have had a candy dish on my desk for about 15 years. It's a great way to get people to do work you want. ("Hmm - if I sign that paperwork Mel is looking for and bring it by her office, I can score a krackel!!")

For a while, I had a glass dish with the M&M's and a bowl of wrapped candy. Until I worked in an office where one gentleman was the variety that Hazle is mentioning. I didn't want to take the M&M's away from the others, and I didn't want to hurt him - so I started keeping a separate bowl that I would pull out for when he came around and hide the real one. Everyone but him knew that was his bowl.

Then CVS had a really cute candy dispenser and the problem was solved.

I also added hand sanitizer to that corner of my desk.

As to the OP, hard candy lasts longer.

StarvingButStrong
10-09-2008, 11:21 PM
Hard candy, all the way. Most of the time I have those disk shaped red & white peppermints (Bonus! Fresher breath!) but sometimes root beer barrels and sometimes butterscotch.

The candy that lasted the longest: Atomic Fireballs. A few people loved them, most never took a second.

Chimera
10-09-2008, 11:31 PM
Chocolate pudding.

(Pictures big bowl with a glop of unpackaged chocolate pudding in it)

"What the hell is that?"

"Chocolate Pudding. Help yourself!"

:D

Max Torque
10-10-2008, 10:34 AM
Hard candy, all the way. Most of the time I have those disk shaped red & white peppermints (Bonus! Fresher breath!) but sometimes root beer barrels and sometimes butterscotch.

Butterscotch disks are my all-time favorite hard candy, so they don't last long with me. Still, those or lemon drops probably last the longest in my office candy dish.

fiddlesticks
10-10-2008, 10:49 AM
If someone in my office had a dish of Reese's Cups on their desk I'd spend my entire day "visiting" them. :D

schnuckiputzi
10-10-2008, 01:08 PM
My husband's secretary had a bowl with the little snack-size chocolate bars in it, and everyone would help themselves. Strangely, it seemed to diminish over the weekends. Then her computer caught on fire. When they took her computer apart, they found a mouse had been helping itself to candy and storing the wrappers inside her tower. The buildup had overheated the thing. She now has a candy bowl with a lid.

tarragon918
10-10-2008, 02:08 PM
I've kept candy in dishes on my desk for years now, and still have problems. I buy the candy and fill up the dishes (one open, one covered); some people bring candy in and others will give me money from time to time to cover the cost.

This usually works harmoniously, except for those people who never contribute anything but take the largest amounts! There were a few who would wait until I was away from my desk, then sneak in and take large handfulls of candy. Eventually, I had to "hide" the dish when I wasn't at my desk. Now that Halloween is near, I'll probably get leftover candy donations afterwards, so that will be good.

Right now, I've got a variety of Hershey's kisses (I love the caramel filled ones, btw) in the open dish, and the Halloween M&Ms in the covered dish. I don't provide a spoon, but the covered dish does have a post-it taped to it with instructions to POUR the candy out instead of reaching in. The loose candy goes in the covered dish, wrapped in the open one. I put out a bag on Reese's peanut butter cups miniatures yesterday morning and they were gone by the afternoon. I think I"m going to move to wrapped hard candies after Halloween; the covered dish is usually filled with M&Ms or jelly beans.

Misnomer
10-10-2008, 02:16 PM
This usually works harmoniously, except for those people who never contribute anything but take the largest amounts!I never expect anyone to give me money or buy M&M's for me. No one forced me to have candy on my desk: it was my choice.

teela brown
10-10-2008, 02:22 PM
I don't know if it fits the specific criteria, but it's a pretty cheap option: those old-fashioned sugar-coated orange slices.

Supermarkets carry them in bulk (or used to) for a ridiculously low price. You'd think that they wouldn't be as popular as say Snickers bars or toffee candy, but every time I'd set them out, almost everyone would say "These are my favorites, but you never see them anymore!" Unfortunately, they were my favorite as well, so I had to stop buying them because I'd gorge on them, too.

unwashed brain
10-10-2008, 03:28 PM
I recently bought a plentiful assortment of fun-sized candy for the office. The order they disappeared was:

Kit-Kat
Twix
M&M plain
3 Musketeers
Milky-Way
Milky-Way Midnight
Snickers

rocking chair
10-10-2008, 06:17 PM
My husband's secretary had a bowl with the little snack-size chocolate bars in it, and everyone would help themselves. Strangely, it seemed to diminish over the weekends. Then her computer caught on fire. When they took her computer apart, they found a mouse had been helping itself to candy and storing the wrappers inside her tower. The buildup had overheated the thing. She now has a candy bowl with a lid.


this is the best mouse in the office story ever! mice do enjoy chocolate. peanut butter cups are the ab. fav. for the meeces.

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