Pucker up 

Adventurous confectioners at the Foreign Candy Company have created the only extreme sport found in the drugstore candy aisle in the form of the Original Mega Warhead, the sourest sweet on the market. The small, individually wrapped candy packs a big puckering punch that would make Wonka himself wince.

Spin-offs include suckers, gum and some sprayable sour stuff that delivers a quick shocking jolt of flavor right to the taste buds. And Mega Warhead mascot Wally has developed an extreme Web presence to match. Wally can be found at www.warheads.com or www.megawarheads.com. The sites feature jokes, brain teasers and information about Wally’s upcoming tour. The Original Mega Warhead and other Warhead products are priced at about $1 per pack. The secret to their sourness lies in a fine powder on the outer layer, which dissolves after about a minute or two. Get the full line of Warhead candy products at many retail stores, or buy the Original Mega Warheads in bulk at www.orientaltrading.com.

Norene Cashen pays attention here every other week. E-mail [email protected]

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