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6 kinds of candy you wouldn’t believe have been banned

From fake cigarettes to snorting Smarties, these reasons might make you second-guess that lollipop you're licking.

Our beloved M&M’s are banned in Sweden after the company Mars lost the case against the Mondelez company after round two. Yes, M&m’s were created in the late 1940s but Mondelez has been using the “m” a little over fifty years for their product, Marabou, before M&m’s came to Sweden in 2009.

I know what you’re thinking: “This is so silly!” Yeah it is, but doesn’t it get you wondering? What other candies are banned? Here are six other candies that could be banned where you are.

1. Nestle Magic Ball

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After searching for a while, I found a New York Times article from 1997 when the Nestlé company first stopped the production of the popular Wonder Ball. It was due to a choking hazard for kids and it violated a federal law against toy-candy combinations made decades earlier (I know right, who knew?). The candy came back once again in 2000 with smaller candies inside instead of toys. Frankford, a private company, bought the brand in 2004 and Wonder Balls were later on discontinued once again. Apparently, a picture late February this year was posted of actual Wonder Balls, but minion themed, on Reddit and Facebook. The user claims that they brought it from Walmart. 

2. Candy Cigarettes

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Troy from Community just casually eating one right here.

No one can disagree that the name, right off the bat, is a bad idea. The fact that they made it to the shelves still doesn’t make sense to me. It was banned because people didn’t want kids to mistaken these fake cigarettes for the real thing – not because a company created fake cigarettes. If you live in Turkey, Brazil, Norway, Finland, Ireland or Saudi Arabia you won’t see these. They’re still being sold in Canada under the name “Candy Sticks” with a different look.

3. Maoam Candy

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Interesting way to attract customers . . . .

To all our readers from the United Kingdom, you and/or your parents might remember the trouble Maoam Candy caused. The characters were in“pornographic” poses on the candy’s packaging that made parents furious, but the Haribo company said it’s popular for fans of all ages and kept the packaging.

4. Smarties (aka Rockets)

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Now, this ban is based on what school you go to. For example, if you go to Scarborough Middle School in Maine, USA then you obviously not going to see them. Apart from that location, other schools over the years students have been caught snorting crushed Smarties. Yup, you read that right the first time. Snorting. Kids actually go to the back of their classrooms, crush up a couple of Smarties, and sniff them up. It’s pretty ridiculous, but in all seriousness, it has health risks like any other powder going up your nose. Asthma attacks, long-term breathing problems, and nasal maggots (that last one is rare, but it could happen).

5. Valentine’s Day Candy Hearts

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Why do people like eating these?

Personally, I always found them disgusting and the complete opposite for a sweet day due to the taste. A school in Connecticut banned these hearts from their school―not for the reason why I’d ban them.

In 2014, the school said they wanted their students to be encouraged to follow healthy practices. Lame.

6. Chinese Medicine Candy

Uh, cool.
Uh, cool.

You might’ve scratched your head at this last one. When most people talk about China and products in the same sentence, it’s about how a majority of our items are made there (from laptops to underwear). These fake pharmaceuticals for sexual inadequacy and depression were made as ‘joke’. However, the company behind this didn’t make the China Food and Drug Administration laugh. After this, customers were warned to not purchase these type of candies.