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Are you a hard-candy cruncher?

Asked by tedibear (15818 points ) September 28th, 2010

When you have a piece of hard-candy – a mint, a jolly rancher, etc. – do you have to crunch it or are you able to let it melt in your mouth?

I am almost completely incapable of not crunching a hard-candy, a throat lozenge, a Tic-Tac, any of them! It irritates the heck out of my husband but I can’t help it! Even lollipops aren’t safe.

What about you?

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chyna's avatar

No. I broke a tooth on a boston baked bean back when I was a teenager. I had to go through two dentists to get a root canal (the first one didn’t give anesthesia and called me a big baby as he ripped out my roots and I yelled), so I will never risk that again.

daytonamisticrip's avatar

CRUNCH CRUNCH CRUNCH all day long. I don’t have the patience to let it just sit there. Unless it’s caramel.

Ultramarine_Ocean's avatar

No, mainly because I don’t feel like loosing a tooth. Well if it’s something small like a tic-tac then I’ll let it melt a bit then I’ll chew on it.

Trillian's avatar

I’m now reaching for a cinnamon tic tac. Oh allright, a few cinnamon tic tacs. And I plan to crunch them after I’ve reduced them in size to about half.

Jude's avatar

Suck, suck CRUNCH

Lick, lick CRUNCH

Yep!

lucillelucillelucille's avatar

I have no patience.Crunch.

artichowl's avatar

@chyna oh wow that must have really sucked!

chyna's avatar

Fine, you all just ruin your teeth, see if I care.

Blackberry's avatar

I wait until it’s small enough to crunch it. I get impatient waiting for it to melt.

lillycoyote's avatar

Yes. I try not to be but like the other crunchers I don’t have the patience so I can’t resist. I crunch and then I like to swirl the little pieces around in my mouth for a bit and crunch again. Specifically, I’m a Werther’s Original Butterscotch hard candy girl. Crunch, suck, swirl, suck crunch, suck, swirl until it’s gone. It usually doesn’t take long at all. Yum!

Ultramarine_Ocean's avatar

@lillycoyote oooooh I love those Butterscotch things! I just wait for it to melt then I bite it in half (well try too) then let it melt again until it’s really thin so I can chew it away!

shego's avatar

I let it melt in my mouth. For some reason I can’t just chomp down on a hard piece of candy. Maybe it has something to do with the fact that I saw my best friends tooth break from chomping down on a atomic warhead. I don’t know but I’m not going to risk it.

ANef_is_Enuf's avatar

I’m the same as you. It’s like a compulsion to just chew on it. Luckily I have never had any trouble with my teeth. I swear sometimes I think I could chew on gravel and not suffer any consequences.

lillycoyote's avatar

@Ultramarine_Ocean Yes, now because of this question I will have to study the process closer, next time I get a bag of Werther’s. I can’t usually bite them right away either, but try and then then have to wait for just the right moment.

aprilsimnel's avatar

Let’s find out!

Ah-one…

Ta-ha-hoo…

Tha-ree!

CRUNCH!

Three.

isuppose's avatar

Every time I get a piece I think to myself “okay, you want this to last a long time, whatever you do do not chew it” I get about halfway and then crunch it to pieces.

Frenchfry's avatar

I suck the crap out of it. Till it’s gone. Make it last. Oh! yeah! Now I want candy.

muppetish's avatar

I suck on candy until it is thin enough to dissolve on my tongue. I can nurse a jolly rancher for a damn long time.

lillycoyote's avatar

@Frenchfry You can do that? You don’t crunch or chew? How on earth to you manage to do that?

Frenchfry's avatar

@lillycoyote It should be enjoyed not crunched to death. I shiver at the thought of what you are doing to your teeth. LOL

Gamrz360's avatar

Yupp, I just have too.

ChocolateReigns's avatar

I can let it melt until it’s pretty small and fragile, and then I enjoy snapping it to even tinier pieces with my tongue against the roof of my mouth.

lillycoyote's avatar

@Frenchfry You and my dentist, lol. But my big problem is grinding so chewing on hard candy is only going to hasten the inevitable. I broke a tooth crunching down on a big sourdough pretzel once but the initial fracture had been caused by the grinding. The pretzel only finished things off.

Frenchfry's avatar

@lillycoyote See.. I try not to give my kid hard candy that much. I was told that it sitcks to your teeth. Especially if your a cruncher. My child and I love chocolate. It melts away.

tranquilsea's avatar

I used to chew everything: candy, ice cubes…you name it. But I have a sucky jaw now so I’ve stopped.

tedibear's avatar

Funny thing, I have broken a tooth doing this and I still don’t stop. I broke a front tooth (not the big one, the next to that. #7 or #10) biting down on a candy cane, two days before Christmas. Luckily my dentist was able to squeeze me in that afternoon to put a temporary on so I could avoid looking too stupid for Christmas dinner.

@chyna – I’m sorry that your dentist was such an ass. There was no reason for him to so that. Sadistic jerk.

chyna's avatar

@tedibear Yeah, I found out later he was an alcoholic. He was probably drunk when he was ripping out my roots.

Nullo's avatar

I used to be. Then I got a root canal, a crown, and a stern warning to not chew hard candy, and for the love of Pierre Fauchard, to avoid chewy candy.
The latter was a graver blow, since I love chewy candy.

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