Monday, October 30, 2006
Trick or treat bugapalooza with Steve Hayward
I received a press kit from the Bloodview Haunted House a few weeks ago. It came in a cool coffin shaped box. Inside, there were the predictable photos and information packet. There was also candy. But this wasn't your KitKats and Snickers and Reeses. This was a regular Fear Factor candypalooza: hard candy embedded with authentic creepies as well as a straightforward box of "bacon and cheese" flavored crickets.
The Worm Candy watermelon flavored sucker lists the following ingredients: hydrogenated starch, hydrolysate, insect larva, artificial flavoring and color. The Amber InsectNside candy lists the same ingredients, except instead of "insect larva," it says, "scorpion."
Both are manufactured by Hotlix
The other interesting thing in this photo is the manuscript upon which the candy is arranged. It is the last page of a short story by my buddy Steve Hayward. The final sentence is circled in red and there looks to be some brilliant comment by yours truly (I have since returned the critiqued piece and cannot remember what it says).
You can read this article I wrote about Hayward or better yet get your hands on a copy of his stunning novel The Secret Mitzvah of Lucio Burke. You can enjoy it while sucking dried scorpion guts out of your Hotlix yum-yum.
*My kid and her posse of 9- and 10-year-old terror mongers ate the crickets. I still have the Amber InstectNside and Worm Candy. Maybe I'll pack them into my Dearly Beloved's lunch.