Tabs Ivley is the proprietor of the Candy Carnival in the industrial city of Drake Haven. Located in the Merchant Circle, Tab took over the family business after his older sister passed away.
The Candy Carnival is a colorful, two-story building that consisting of three main candy-shopping experiences on the lower level. The upper level is Tabs' storage unit. The lower area is located on a mechanical swivel that allows the Candy Carnival to turn each day to align with the door outside. Each area has its own candy indulgences that children and adults will wait a day or two to obtain.
The whole room appears to have been made of candy. Layers of red, black, and blue licorice line the walls. The counter, though wooden, has had taffy and marshmallow attached to give an airy look. Display trees have been crafted from thick rock candy and lollipops.
Chocolate Butter Fudge
Your typical mixture of chocolate and butter formed into a mouth-watering chunk of fudge.
Decadent Orange Crisps
Paper-thin orange peels dipped in white chocolate and then coated with a drizzle of truffle oil.
Popped corn balls have dipped into chocolate and then coated with confectioner's sugar. Depending on Tabs' mood, the chocolate could be dark, milk, or white.
Cooled sugar cups filled with a mixture of honey, peach, and lavender.
On the outside, a ripe banana peel that has been artificially sealed. On the inside is a goop of banana-shaped jelly. Flavors available in banana, chocolate, vanilla, and honey.
Long ropes of blueberry, raspberry, and black licorice have been twirled, almost braided, to create this candy.
Mocha Toffee Raisins
These succulent raisins are covered in a mixture of mocha chocolate and toffee creating a symphony of flavors.
Swirlie Girlie Pops
Each week a different mold tops the colorfully swirled lollipop. Different molds include a wood nymph, a mermaid, a gorgon, a princess, and even Ilena Woodbinder the Mayor of Drake Haven.
This jelly candied eye, the size that would be belong to an ogre, is a translucent liquid gummy that has a free-floating blueberry. Kids love to shake the peeper, making the blueberry fly around the liquid gummy.
Tabs' Chocolate Taffy
One of Tabs' first candies created, his parents sold these taffies since he was a young candy-maker. This is one of his signature confections.
Hanging from the ceiling are hollowed-out hard candies shaped like fireworks while glitter covers the ceiling and floor. No formal counter, the register is located on a barrel marked, "Gunpowder."
Available in assorted flavors, this gum has a crunchy center that seems to make the gum explode in the mouth. Not quite perfected, the gum also disappears when the crunchy center "booms." Tab has not been able to allow the gum to remain, but it still remains a popular choice among the children.
These dried up husks of a cricket have been dipped in honey and then coated with coconut shreds. This tends to be favored by city nobles and during large functions, large orders are requested.
This is an enormous gloop of chocolate fudge shaped like a pile of elephant droppings. Each drop is wrapped in white paper and is often passed off as a gag gift.
Exploding Choco Melts
Made from the same material as the boom gum, the chocolate is filled with the material that explodes once the chocolate melts.
This thin, red stick is actually a tiny wax vial filled with the candy lava liquid. Once the liquid is poured into the mouth, the liquid will turn change to a gooey state with a cayenne pepper kick.
Looney Liquid Jawbreakers
This candy starts out in a small cup in a liquid form. Once shot into the mouth, this liquid will instantly turn into a hard candy that molds and sticks to the teeth and cheeks. Many parents have tried to outlaw this candy from Tabs' shop.
Sore Strawberry Taffy
Simple taffy with a strawberry flavor. However, the taffy is a mixture of gum forcing the consumer to constantly chew in order to finally swallow parts of the taffy.
Sour Power Toffee
A unique mixture of sour and toffee, Tabs put sour sugar around a piece of toffee and somehow it was a hit with really young children.
Tabs' Bone Coffin
Not really made of bone, the coffin is actually formed from edible crab cartilage and shell. The crab cartilage and shell are assembled to be coffin shaped, and inside the "coffin" are spicy gum drops.
What a Rice Surprise!
Popped rice balls, flavored with vanilla and honey, are filled with small trinkets. Although the children enjoy their surprises, Tabs has also been hired to fill these rice balls with expensive toys for special events. He's even been commissioned to fill some with engagement rings.
This room looks like a color explosion occurred with walls of red, green, and white strips overlaid with large orange and pink rings. The floor is primarily purple and sea-blue with yellow and white squiggles and swirls. Amidst the confusion is a short table with a toffee-encrusted register.
Dried fruit is doused in honey and then rolled in dried thyme to create this unique sweet treat. Every couple of weeks will boast a different berry: strawberry, raspberry, gooseberry, elderberry, black currant, blackberry, and occasionally the much rarer tigerberry and honeyberry.
Simply a blob of butter that has been deep-fried and coated with sugar. Though this is not really candy per se, Tabs will sometimes have this item available.
Drake-a-Lake-a Fruit Cake
Not a cake at all, this fist-sized candy has multiple layers like a cake. The whole candy is encased in butterscotch, and inside are layers of toffee, caramel, nougat, and lemon jelly.
This squishy gummy candy is filled with a sour liquid when bitten into.
Shaped like an egg, this vanilla coated marzipan has a large dollop of caramel on top.
This hard candy is filled with some of the explosive material mixed with cool mint liquid. The effect is staggering when consumed. Tabs has noticed that many seem turned off by the candy only to turn around and buy a couple more as they leave.
Ooey Gooey Phooey Chews
Shaped like a thick licorice rope, this candy has a variety of gooey vanilla and chocolate pouring out of the ropes after biting into it.
Tabs Rice Sticks
Lightly popped rice is formed into thick sticks through the use of honey. The sticks are then rolled into cinnamon, confectioners sugar, or cayenne pepper.
Square-shaped toffee bites are doused in brandy and then sprinkled with crushed ginger.
Made only one day a month, Tabs labors to make one batch of these divine treats made of dark chocolate, chopped apricot, and rose petals. These are typically sold within the hour.
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Wow...If I ate any of these I'd probably get sick. Good job, Stephie. You do a nice job describing the different types of candies. However, I would like to know how it's supposed to be used in a game. Could the players purchase some candy, and then get mugged for it? Or use it to distract guards outside of a door that they need to get into? I would suggest some "Plot Hooks" at the end, just to help all of us to better use your idea.
Yum yum, tasty.
I agree with Drackler, and I do like it... But, I was expecting this to be some sort of cover for something far more sinister, and Tabs' Insanity was a letdown. I wanted some really wacky, out there, and/or dangerous candy. However, if I ever need some candies for a game, I know where to look.
I'm getting a Willy Wonka vibe here and I like that. This piece is valuable simply for the charming touch it lends to your city of Drake Haven. Good job.
It is wonka-ish. It has wonderful visuals, but I am having problems with application of it in a game. Heck I am having issues trying to find uses for it in a Changeling like game.
I am afraid you will need to take up by the hand and lead us....
And Moon, on his contact sugar high, forgot to vote.
You should add this to the 30 as it is 30 Sweets.
I must say I quite like this! I can't see too many applications in game, but having such a thing would definitely help add depth to any setting. My one gripe is that now I crave this candy, and I know not where to buy some. Drat.
I can think of several ideas myself ;) If you cant, you should check out Etherscope (the setting) sometime, which is a Steampunk / Victorian setting system, where this would be right at home.
I really like this, but a few plot hooks would be nice (at least some personal ideas that is)
Here is an idea - One of his most famous candy recepies is stolen and its up to the PC's to find out who stole it and to retrieve it.
and because I accidentally deleted my vote :P
Not everything needs some immediate game mechanic, to help or to harm the pc's. This is an interesting setting, complete with lots of detail. As an added bonus, this are sweet details that the characters can take with them. I could easily spend an hour or two of gaming here, and play it out in real-time.
One player made something similar for Midian (http://lost-souls.co.nr/drupal/node/105), with a few having effects other than being tasty, but it is not this well fleshed-out.
Well, if used in an appropriate era, these could easily be used to replace standard potions - ala Harry Potter.
I like it quite a bit!
Is there a very developed and sophisticated sub genre of gaming that gave birth to this. Why does it also feel kind of creepy.
Anyway always nice to read something both accessable and really really different.