Show #058: Dirk Benedict’s Oatmealery

BakerThe fifty-eighthnd episode of our podcast, Paul and Storm Talk About Some Stuff for Five to Ten Minutes (On Average), is now online.

This week’s episode: Almost nothing of substance, but in a fun way; some of our favorite Sesame Street music moments; Paul runs away to take care of his dogs; favorite candy bars, and Paul’s unusual eating habits; Storm’s odd comparison of yellow Starburst candies to the taste of hair; and great food in Boulder, CO.

AUDIENCE PARTICIPATION ALERT: What is your favorite candy bar, and do you have any special/unusual eating methods? Also, for UK listeners: how do you eat your Jaffa Cakes?

Featured post-show song:  “Shake It ‘n’ Break It” by Baby Gramps

Show #058: Dirk Benedict’s Oatmealery (Some content NSFW)


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  1. Posted September 22, 2009 at 2:58 am | Permalink

    Mounds > Almond Joy.

    My favorite candy bar ever was the Willy Wonka Scrunch Bar, which doesn’t exist anymore. IIRC, it was something of a precursor to the Whatchamacallit – kinda peanut buttery and crunchy. We would get “suicides” (mixing all the soft drinks + Slurpees) from 7-Eleven and dip the Scrunch bar into the suicide, covering it in Slurpee goo. Ah, to be ten again!

    My current favorite is another retro classic, the U-NO bar (from the same folks who make Abba-Zaba). It’s like a candy bar made of chocolate mousse. So good! If I want real chocolate, though (as opposed to a “candy bar”), I go for the truly dark stuff, like, 70 – 80% cocoa.

    P.S. Storm, I’m with you on the Starburst. Almost all yellow candies taste like Lemon Pledge to me. Blech.

    P.P.S. Not candy-related, but I have a single w00tstock ticket available for the LA show on Oct 21. (After I ordered my ticket, Uncle Sam decided to send me out of state for work. :-/) Largo’s stated policy is that tickets are non-transferable, which seems kinda ridiculous. Really? They would prefer to leave that seat empty? Folks interested in the ticket can email me at colleenky AT gmail DOT com, and we’ll see if we can work something out with Largo. BTW, yes, they will eventually call back, even if it takes several days.

  2. Posted September 22, 2009 at 3:13 am | Permalink

    Favorite Sesame Street musical moments: I agree with “The Batty Dance”, and I also loved “Letter B” as a young Beatlemaniac.

    Children’s show moment that freaked me out as a youngster: Not sure how to spell it correctly, but Cyranose on Sesame Street. Whenever he’d pop on, I’d apparently run out of the room, or at least hide behind a chair or something.

    Also, you guys should pass on Sesame Street if it’s an Elmo moment since Elmo just sucks.

    This time I’m typing up my comment as I listen to the podcast, pausing whenever I’ve got something to add.

    Favorite candy bar (current): 100 Grand.
    Favorite candy bar (childhood): Not a bar per se, but Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups. If it HAS to be a bar, then it’d be Twix.

    I wish they had those blocks of Special Dark that you mentioned. Dark chocolate is the best as far as types of chocolate go!

    I’m completely on Paul’s side regarding the Lemon Starburst candies, which I like, by the way. The Orange ones are my faves of the basic four, but… yeah.

    I agree completely with your disgust regarding Mary Janes.

    The only unusual eating habit that I can think of that I still have is occasionally when we’ve got full-size corn chips in the house, I’ll take flavored Ramen noodles (almost always chicken flavor, but occasionally beef) and put ’em on the chips and eat ’em that way.

    You never posted either video, Paul!

    You guys are forgetting of course that Starbuck was originally a character in Moby Dick…

  3. Posted September 22, 2009 at 3:16 am | Permalink

    Please note that the noodles I mentioned in the above message have been boiled in water and are broth-less (I strain out most of the water, then stir in the flavor pack, plus some soy sauce).

  4. Posted September 22, 2009 at 5:25 am | Permalink

    RE: Jaffa cakes

    Munch around the orangey centre, so you’re left with a smaller circle sandwich of chocolate, orange gel and sponge, then eat that in one or two bites. You get the extra hit of orange then 🙂

  5. Posted September 22, 2009 at 5:39 am | Permalink

    @Colleen I agree that Mounds > Almond Joy. The dark chocolate makes all the difference.

    Despite it being supposedly horrid for me, I’m a fan of Twix. I tend to separate the caramel from the cookie and eat the caramel part first.

    I also eat Little Debbie Swiss Cake Rolls in a similar way. I’ll eat all the chocolate covering, and then unroll it and attempt to eat the chocolate cake without eating the cream filling. Needless to say, this usually results in utter failure.

    Re: Jaffa cakes. Similar to the previous two examples, I’ll eat the chocolate part on its own and then the orange and sponge together.

  6. mymatedave
    Posted September 22, 2009 at 7:16 am | Permalink

    Regarding sesame street, I’m shocked and surprised that no one has mentioned the muhnumunum song. Not a huge fan of candy, but the kitkat is a fave chocolate. And when it comes to jaffa cakes I generally eat it like a biscuit or american cookie.

    Which is appropriate considering it’s neither cake nor biscuit but resides in some nether region between the two.

  7. Sujin
    Posted September 22, 2009 at 11:15 am | Permalink

    My favorite candy bar changes every day. As for eating habits, everyone knows I eat very slowly. They also enjoy making fun of me for it and trying to train me to eat faster. It hasn’t worked yet.

  8. keyye
    Posted September 22, 2009 at 11:24 am | Permalink

    Quick comment, I’d become a Twitter follower of you guys, but there’s no link to your Twitter on the main page I could easily find, and Twitter’s search engine for friends is down. Mayhaps your eating of cereal is unreasonable in that light. Perhaps there were thousands of others who were in a situation similar to myself. And didn’t post about it. Who secretly yearn to be your friend. … or they really want to see you eat cereal.

  9. Posted September 22, 2009 at 12:35 pm | Permalink

    My favorite candy bar? Pure chocolate. In bar form. Dark and with marzipan or orange is my absolute favorite. I find that the stuffing the face eating method works best.

    Has anyone tried LU Pim’s? They are constructed eerily similar to Jaffa Cakes, but IMHO, are waay better. I think it’s because the chocolate is better quality.

  10. Fred Garber
    Posted September 22, 2009 at 1:07 pm | Permalink

    Best Sesame Street Song Ever: “On the Subway” (It’s on Youtube)
    -“You could lose your purse (or you might lose someting worse) on the Subway!”

    I like Kitkats, and especially when I can eat the indivividual layers of wafer like a separate chocolate.

    The Carolla Argument for Mounds v Almond Joy was that there is no need to call the bars with almonds “Almond Joy”. They should have just named them “Mounds” and “Mounds with Almonds.”

  11. Robin
    Posted September 22, 2009 at 3:32 pm | Permalink

    My favorite Sesame Street song? That’s like asking someone to pick their favorite child. I do have the universal love for ‘Manha Manha’, of course, and the pinball disco counting-to-twelve bit. Oh, and Lionel Richie singing ‘You’ve Really Got A Hold On Me’ with a giant amorous googly-eyed letter U. My favorite SS bit of all time isn’t a song, though. It’s a kid named Maya and Grover following an arrow. “What happened, arrow?” is an expression of concern in my family to this day.

    Favorite candy bar is largely dependent on my mood, but I’ve gotten very fond of the Vosges line recently, particularly their Red Fire bar with cinnamon and cayenne pepper. For generic grocery store bars, I’m a big fan of the mini peanut butter cup and the FastBreak. As a kid I loved peanut butter Twix, but they’ve reformatted them with chocolate cookies instead of the original vanilla and they’re just not the same anymore.

    Not a Brit but an Anglophile, and I eat my Jaffa cakes like Gingerlink, from the outside in.

  12. Robin
    Posted September 22, 2009 at 3:34 pm | Permalink

    P.S. I’d totally eat at a Dirk Benedict’s Oatmealery if they existed. 😀

  13. Caroline S
    Posted September 22, 2009 at 3:40 pm | Permalink

    I couldn’t go to the Denver concert because I had other stuff to do and I wouldn’t be able to get back to Boulder that late at night (bus doesn’t run that late) but I’m glad you guys had fun.

    I love the food in Boulder, especially the restaurants on Pearl and Walnut Streets.

    You guys should do a show in Boulder. I’m sure a lot of my fellow college students will be interested.

  14. Posted September 23, 2009 at 12:03 am | Permalink

    @Fred: But it’s not just that Almond Joy has almonds. It’s also coated in milk chocolate instead of semi-sweet, which, as Manos said, makes all the difference. 😉

  15. Posted September 23, 2009 at 10:46 am | Permalink

    When I was a kid, my favorite candy bar was Three Musketeers. Now, I prefer the Israeli Elite milk chocolate bars with the strawberry cream inside – but only the ones sold in Israel. The ones in the United States have a more solid strawberry filling which isn’t anywhere near as good.

  16. Nick
    Posted September 23, 2009 at 2:06 pm | Permalink

    As a kid, I loved 3 Musketeers. But now I just don’t care for the taste of a full size bar. I don’t know why. I think it’s too sweet. I still love the small sizes, though.

    Now I’m a big fan of Kit Kats. Back when I was in college they had a giant-size Kit Kat called the Big Kat, and that was surprisingly great. The proportion of chocolate to wafer was maintained as the bar was scaled up and it ended up being so much better than it should have been.

  17. Jonothan Thrace
    Posted September 23, 2009 at 4:40 pm | Permalink

    A few years back, when they made those jumbo Kit Kats, I used to buy them and try to separate the layers and eat them one at a time.

  18. Posted September 24, 2009 at 4:42 am | Permalink

    Oh man when I was a kid I totally used to run out of the room like Storm’s sister, except it was during the show “Today’s Special” when Jeff’s magic hat fell off and he was transformed back into a mannequin until someone found him, put the hat back on and said the magic words (hocus pocus alimgocious, BTW). I just felt SO bad for the guy: living at the whim of your freakin’ hat! Plus, he could never leave the department store! How cruel! Even back then I knew it was a pretty messed up story-line but damn I loved that show.

    Used to love Caramellos but haven’t seen them in forever. I agree w/ the Twix and KitKats lovers: eat the chocolate sides off first then disassemble and eat each part. Wow, we’re an odd bunch of folks around here…

  19. Don Atkinson
    Posted September 24, 2009 at 5:10 pm | Permalink

    I read that Jim Henson did the voice of the baker, but some other guy took the fall(s). I remember feeling very sorry for him and would almost cry. Now I laugh when people fall down stairs.

    Candy bar: Atkinson’s Chick-O-Stick, but then again I am biased.

  20. Posted September 24, 2009 at 6:42 pm | Permalink

    I’ve never been big into candy bars, but my favorite candies are peanut butter m&ms. And, um, I have to eat them in threes, by color. Until I have the same number of groups of three for each color. And then the remaining groups of three get eaten in ROYGBIV order. Yeah.

  21. JadeSnake
    Posted September 24, 2009 at 7:42 pm | Permalink

    My favorite Sesame Street music moment is a bit of a cheat. In the Bay Area we used to have this great muppets cover band called The Dead Hensons, and there are very few moments to rival the fun I had dancing with a couple hundred other geeks while they played “The First Day Of School”, “L-Y”, and “Subway”.

    As for candy bars, I’ve always been really fond of Abba-Zabas, but they have to be frozen. I really hate how sticky and chewy they are at room temperature. Plus there’s nothing quite like stabbing the roof of your mouth with little shards of frozen nougat.

  22. Posted September 24, 2009 at 8:22 pm | Permalink

    I’ve recently (as in 2 days ago) discovered the joy of Toblerone. I’m not sure why it took me this long, I’m now a fan.

  23. John McCoy
    Posted September 25, 2009 at 3:01 pm | Permalink

    I love Joe Raposo as well, but “Ladybug’s Picnic” was one of a series of pieces by Bud Luckey, who animated and wrote the songs for these number-themed shorts, which included “Aligator King” and “That’s About the Size,” both sung by Mr. Luckey. Bud is still alive and kicking and working for Pixar, designing characters and doing voices–he designed, directed, and sung the short “Boundin’.” Check out his Wiki page, he’s probably responsible for more of your childhoods than you know.

  24. John McCoy
    Posted September 25, 2009 at 3:12 pm | Permalink

    My personal favorite musical Sesame Street musical bits were the jazzy puppet (but not muppet) bits Henson did like “King of Eight” ( and the crazy “Ape Escape” ( which was sung by David (Northern Calloway).

  25. Andy
    Posted September 25, 2009 at 11:42 pm | Permalink

    I know this is the wrong podcast to comment on, but given your love of Cosmos, I thought you might like this video.

  26. manstraw
    Posted September 29, 2009 at 9:56 am | Permalink

    Storm might be what’s called a Supertaster. I don’t know enough about his mouth to say, having never spent time there. But when a feller says something tastes weird when most don’t agree, a supertaster he may be.

    And as someone mentioned, Henson did the voice of the baker, but a stuntman did the fall. Not enough facial hair for Henson. 🙂 Stuntman’s name was Alex Stevens.

  27. manstraw
    Posted September 29, 2009 at 10:00 am | Permalink

    shoot, forgot to mention my favourite sesame street song. It was the one with the cartoon monks who sang the song about the Capital I they lived in. They tried it again with lower case n, but it lacked.

    If you ever discuss grammar rock, I have a lot more to say.

  28. max
    Posted October 3, 2009 at 1:49 am | Permalink

    m&ms all the way. plain preferred, but i won’t turn any of them down.

    i ate so many during high school and college that i was actually able to taste the colors. eyes closed, i could tell you the color – and did repeatedly to prove it.

    many years later i developed a habit of flipping them vertically between my teeth, cracking them, and peeling them (entirely in my mouth). thereby eating the candy before the chocolate.

    otherwise, just chocolate bars (of all brown shades), hard candies and japanese smarties. i don’t eat many candy bars – but do have a low level craving for Abba Zabbas mostly because they’re hard to get around here.

  29. J.
    Posted October 18, 2009 at 8:42 pm | Permalink

    The Zero Bar, hands down.

  30. Sideways album cover guy,
    Posted February 26, 2010 at 4:53 pm | Permalink

    I eat my jaffa cakes whole and fast, my record is a packet of 36 in under 2 minutes,

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