CONFECTIONS: Only a Kid Can Love It

Only a Kid Can Love It

If you thought Garbage Can Kids were disgusting, get ready to gag again. One of the hottest new novelty candies is Boogers, a gummy-type, fruit-flavored candy shaped like -- you guessed it -- the blobs that obstruct nasal passages. Since its introduction last year, the gross-out confection has grossed $2 million in sales (cost: 40 cents a pack). "It's the most successful introduction we've ever had," says John Sullivan of Confex, in Shrewsbury, N.J., which distributes Boogers. "It's quite a good candy," he unapologetically insists.

The sick idea came to inventor Tom Berquist three years ago during a discussion of why...

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