Are they hot? Sweet? Actually, they're a little of both. These Evil Hot Gummi Bears ($8) are infused with habanero chillis, but still retain a fruity flavor that complements the heat perfectly.
Sate your on-the-go hunger with some Bacon Jerky ($4). As the name suggests, this portable snack is made from hickory smoked slices of real bacon, letting you get your pork fix anywhere, anytime. A must-have for bacon-obsessed hikers and golfers everywhere. [Scouted by Shawn]
Planters' limited selection of flavors no longer doing it for you? Let Lord Nut Levington ($6/can) supply your fix. Available in six surprising flavors — including spicy bloody mary, cheddar and jalapeño, tomato, garlic, and cheese, Thai curry and lemongrass, apples, cinnamon, and vanilla, and mesquite smoke and pineapple BBQ — there's surely a selection that can satisfy your cravings.
If your sweet tooth is getting the best of you, skip the stuff you're eyeing in the candy aisle of the local 7-Eleven and splurge on some Hot Blondies Bakery Treats ($16-$45). Available from this boutique bakery are assorted cereal-based treats, blondies (obviously), brunettes (brownies), tarts, bars, and whoopies, all free from trans fats, hydrogenated oils, preservatives, and artificial colors — which is to say, a least a little bit healthier than those Skittles you were looking at.
Looking to cook up some frontier-style feats? Leave the seasoning to these California Rancher Meal Kits ($4 each). Based on recipes that date back to the Wild West, these kits are packed with flavor, and include Wild West Wings, Santa Maria Steak, Ranchero BBQ Ribs, and Trail Blazin' Burgers, each arriving with separate seasoning and sauce. All you need is meat and a fire.
Color us surprised that we'd find a great new jalapeño sauce in Hawaii, but Adoboloco Jalapeno Sauce ($8) certainly qualifies. Formulated to serve as a flavor enhancer, it's made from four simple ingredients — apple cider vinegar, jalapeño peppers, sea salt, and garlic — and offers a deliciously unique flavor with roughly the same heat as Tobasco. We'll be saying Aloha to a bloody mary infused with this stuff in the very near future.
What's the easiest way to trick someone into eating something that's ridiculously hot? Disguise it as candy, of course! These Ghost Pepper Candy Balls ($7) do exactly that, packing a heat rating of over one million SHU into an only mildly-hot looking candy ball that you really shouldn't try to pick up with your bare hands. So yeah, maybe that trick isn't such a hot idea after all.
Yes, it's from Jack in the Box. But it's also a Bacon Milkshake ($4). Made with bacon-flavored syrup — instead of the blended bacon you might have been hoping for — this gloriously thick pig-shake is totally "not revolting," according to a review. Available for a limited time only, so hit the drive-thru immediately.
Tired of paying premium prices for your favorite ghost chili-based, blow-your-taste-buds-off treats? Grow your own with some Ghost Pepper Seeds ($10-$30). Each of these packets includes 10 Bhut Jolokia (the Ghost Pepper's real name) seeds, as well as growing instructions. Skin-protecting gloves? Not included.
Worried about trying to actually bake with bacon? Wait until your cupcakes, cookies, or cakes are out of the oven and then amp them up with Bacon Frosting ($7). True to its name, this dark-red bacon-flavored frosting will add a blast of smoky sweet flavor to any culinary delight — just be careful, lest you be tempted to eat it all by itself like the weird bacon man is doing on the tube.
'Tis the season for eating stuff that you'll regret come summer, and since you're going to eat some diet un-friendly food anyway, why not gorge yourself on these Chocolate Peanut Butter Bacon Cookies ($20/6-pack). These chocolate cookies are spotted with what appear to be Reese's Pieces and chunks of bacon, giving them a rich, savory-yet-sweet flavor that you'll remember far into 2012. Oh, and if you use the coupon code HOLIDAY, you'll get 20% off your order — and a crappy Madonna song stuck in your head.
Forget the fudge — spice things up at your holiday gatherings by busting out these Chocolate Covered Jalapenos ($60-$90). Available in batches of one or two dozen, you get to choose the types of chocolate — dark, milk, white, or a few of each — to cover the outside of either sweet, spicy, or a mixture of sweet and spicy jalapenos, all of which arrive in a gift box that can be emblazoned with a seasonal message for just a few dollars more.