Jon Stewart is awesome, but clearly knows nothing about candy
there is a puzzling and largely-unacknowledged but severe gender bias in its guests, over 80% of whom are male (and the majority of female guests are actresses promoting a new movie).
But this morning I heard some things that really made me stop and think, "WHOA WHOA WHOA Stew-beef, walk it back!"
Paul Rudd's interview was all about candy literally from the minute he walked on stage. He brought out the candy bowl from the green room, and started tossing fistfuls of candy to the audience. By the time he got to Stewart's desk, the bowl was nearly empty, and the sugar rush was on.
And that's when it happened: Jon Stewart said that Bottle Caps were "just SweeTarts," and that the people behind Bottle Caps decided to "just change the name."
THESE LIES WILL NOT STAND, SIR. For one thing, Bottle Caps are not tangy (whereas SweeTarts are - it's right there in the name). For another thing, this overlooks the obvious, which is that Bottle Caps are made in soda flavors! There's a root beer one, orange soda, cream soda… I forget the others. The point being, there is a huge and glaring difference between Bottle Caps and SweeTarts, which Jon Stewart just glosses right over.
Paul Rudd then starts to talk about Tart 'N Tinys, which are apparently news to Jon Stewart. I guess big-time television stars are too grown up to eat candy, but luckily we have Paul Rudd on our team, because he delivers a wonderful little soliloquy regarding these tiny delicious candies.
Tart 'N Tinys began as a small sort of pelleted form of SweeTarts, in a distinctively cylindrical shape. They later were reworked by Wonka, which added a candy shell, basically turning them into miniature Sprees. But they weren't as good this way - the candy shell really overwhelmed the flavor of the Tart 'N Tiny. (Tart 'N Tinys have since been discontinued.)
Stewart then tries to keep up with Rudd by name-dropping the Sky Bar, but he gets bogged down pretty quickly. (By the way, the fillings in the Sky Bar are caramel, vanilla, peanut, and fudge.)
Paul Rudd, though, is clearly one of us - a hard-core, old school candy lover. Kudos, Mr. Rudd!