I am the target audience for Sugar Needle. Do I like candy? Yes. Growing up, we weren’t allowed to eat candy (we used honey instead of refined sugar and carob instead of chocolate). I didn’t have my first taste of chocolate until I was in school. So, I grew up doing what any reasonable kid would do: save my allowance and ride my bike the ten miles to a store that sold penny candy, and spend every last cent. And that’s stuck with me. I eat candy until I get a bellyache (and then I usually eat a bit more). I’m prone to try pretty much anything if it’s found in the confection aisle. Sugar Needle has that same obsessive quality. They’ve tried all the candies you’re used to, and they’ve moved beyond that. They have the need to explore, to hunt down rare candies.
In this issue, there is a long feature on Kit Kats, which (as they are owned by Hershey in the U.S., but by Nestle in Canada and Japan) release different styles or flavors regionally. This is relatively common. Japan is known to have seasonal, and even gender-specific, variations (look at those delicious stick treats, Pocky) to please the palette. I live in walking distance of Little Tokyo, so I try to scout some of these Japanese-released flavors from time to time. The article on Kit Kats mentions flavors like banana, red wine, strawberry, and maple syrup. Oh, we poor Americans with our boring, standard flavors!
There are other features on imaginary candy and imaginary candy games, an interview with Amy Sedaris (from Strangers with Candy), and reviews of candy this fiend has never even seen. As sweet as its subject matter. –Megan (PO Box 66835, Portland, OR 97290)