Candy disguised as pills a bad, and overpriced, attempt at fun

Lisa Perry pop pills candyFor anyone who ever smoked candy cigarettes as a kid, the fun wasn't so much in eating the chalky candy, but in the attempt to look like an adult and blow out a puff of sugar, just like a real cigarette. The fake cigarettes are still around, but smoking candy and fruit flavored cigarettes has been illegal in the United States since 2009 as a way to stop teenagers from smoking.

The fun of mimicking an adult continues, with Pop! Pills Candy by Lisa Perry. Perry's fashion and other products are modeled on her love of 1960s art and fashion, and while the store looks to be aimed at women shoppers, teenage girls could be attracted to the store too and could see the fun in popping candy pills.

Even if children won't be walking into the store alone to buy the candy, the underlying message that popping pills is a fun and easy way to solve your problems is one that should go out the door.The pills come in seven flavors, each with their own prescription, including gumballs "to make you smile," as the website says, gummy bears "to ace a test," jelly beans that are "better than botox," lemon heads "for a sunny day, " and sweet tarts "to sweeten a sour mood."

They cost $20 to $25 each, which is much more than buying a packet of candy at the candy store or grocery store. And if they're meant as a joke gift to a friend, there are cheaper alternatives. For $6, with some as low as $2.50, Prank Place sells candy joke gifts such as "40th birthday blue mighty meds," "born again virgin mighty meds," and "birthday blockers."

A quick sugar fix can help get through the day, but the health effects of sugar are wide, including depressing the immune system.

Perry's new candy pills may just be an attempt at a fun way to get through the day with a few jelly beans, but marketing them as pills is over the top, even for someone who loves the 1960s.

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