March 16, 2011, - 1:57 pm

Detroit Candy Store Sells Kids “Candy G-Strings”

By Debbie Schlussel

Why would a candy store owner sell candy “G-string underwear” to kids?  Because the almighty buck wins out over any sense of ethics.  That’s what I saw, today, at a Detroit-area candy store.

Sweet Thing Candy Store Not So Sweet For Kids

I just returned from a critics’ movie screening of a flick that is Exhibit A of when I tell you that sitting through all this dreck ain’t a bed of roses.  The movie, whose name I can’t give you until the day the movie debuts and I post my review, was your typical Hollywood fare:  overtly anti-Christian, gratuitously violent, disgusting piece of crap.  But that’s not the story here.  The story is the new candy store I stopped into on the way out, what it was selling, and what the store owner told me.

The screening was in Birmingham, a swanky Detroit suburb, which is sort of like the winter version of Miami’s Coconut Grove.  Expensive boutiques, fancy cars, high-priced lawyers’ offices, people who think they are supermodels, and other typical accoutrements of pretension.  And on the way to my car, I popped into a new candy store, “Sweet Thing,” which I wanted to check out.  I eschew almost all sugar from my diet, but every once in a while, if there is a new store and some interesting type of candy, I will make that rare exception.

As I walked around the store–which is clearly marketed toward kids, as are almost all of its items for sale–I noticed that the store had a stack of “Candy G-Strings,” thong underwear made of little candy disks a la candy necklaces.  While I was paying for the gum and cinnamon breath spray I bought, I asked the woman who identified herself as the owner, “What happens when kids ask their parents to buy them candy G-strings?”

Candy Store Owner:  “Well, the kids don’t really see them because they are high up.”

Actually, they are very noticeable, not high up, and have a sign pointing to them.

Candy Store Owner:  “But the high school kids love them!”

Me:  “Well, if you’re in high school, you probably shouldn’t be buying edible underwear.”

Candy Store Owner:  “I know, but, well, I have to sell it to them.  I can’t not sell it to them.”

Huh?  This woman chose to offer this item for sale in a candy store marketed to kids.  She doesn’t have to sell them.   And since she chose to sell them, she can refuse to sell anything to anyone, so long as it isn’t based on race, ethnicity, or some other illegal classification.  Selling this item at a candy store is just totally inappropriate, especially when you know this is THE venue for kids.

But don’t expect people like this–with absolutely zero ethics or sense of community–to do the right thing.  They’d rather make a buck.  I can’t even imagine the struggles parents encounter trying to raise decent kids these days, when unscrupulous store owners like this will sell them anything to make a dollar.

I’m all for capitalism.  But this is what I mean when I write about the problems of capitalism without limits.  Capitalists need to make their own limits and do the right thing.  But they simply don’t anymore.  It used to be that store owners wouldn’t be caught dead selling this kind of thing to kids, and if they sold it to anyone, it would be in a brown paper bag.  But, now, hey, the high school kids just love it.

Here’s a tip:  if a high school girl is buying a candy G-string, it isn’t for the candy, or because she doesn’t have any clean underwear available.  It’s a sexual aid, plain and simple, and it’s for adults, not kids.  I know it.  You know it.  And so does the woman who owns this candy store, who sells this sex toy. . . to anyone.

Call me uptight, a prude, or whatever, but I won’t be shopping at this store again.  The stores I patronize don’t sell sex toys to kids in the guise of, “Oh, but it’s only candy.”

There’s simply nothing sweet about it.


On another note, I don’t expect this store to last, anyway.  As an MBA holder, it’s obviously a poor business model.  The candy is mostly a dollar a piece, and I don’t think there’s enough business possible to make up for the high Birmingham rent this store is paying for its prime spot.

But that’s little solace so long as the store is open and selling “eat me” underwear to kids.

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33 Responses

I guess the candy gives new meaning to the term “sweet spot,” or maybe even the phrase “sweet thing.”

As for your comments about parents, you would be surprised how many parents of teens would have no problem with the edible g strings. No, I am not talking about the ghetto mommas. I am referring to the upper middle class white parents.

Our moral breakdown is one of the reasons the bad guys (Muslims) are winning.

Jonathan Grant on March 16, 2011 at 2:12 pm

    Jon, good point.

    Parents who are not bothered by this probably don’t know or don’t care what else their kids are up to.

    Its a parent’s job to keep them safe – and to teach them right from wrong.

    And if they’re not up to it, they shouldn’t have children in the first place.

    NormanF on March 16, 2011 at 2:17 pm

Try Doc Sweets candy in Clawson. Rochester rd just south of 14 mile.

Chris on March 16, 2011 at 2:13 pm

No there isn’t.

Some business owners don’t seem to realize that running a business has an ethical side. Its knowing that there are appropriate limits to making money in life.

Selling porn candy to kids is stepping over that limit.

NormanF on March 16, 2011 at 2:14 pm

I bet this candy is popular with cheerleaders and female college students looking for extra credit.

Jonathan Grant on March 16, 2011 at 2:18 pm

Everybody knows that your NOT supposed to sell pornographic stuff to kids, but selling candy that looks pornographic? I mean, come on now. You have a point Deb, the people who are selling “g-string” candies are doing it for the almighty dollar.

I happen to be a sexual libertarian myself, I don’t give a rats ass what the hell you and your sex partner(s) do in the privacy of your bedroom, as long you don’t exploit underage minors in the act. If godforbid something like that occurs, the government should get involved and no longer children will be sexually exploited.

“A nation is defined by it’s borders, language & culture!”

Sean R. on March 16, 2011 at 2:20 pm

Well, it is Detroit, where, other than Debbie, there aren’t 9 other good people.

Occam's Tool on March 16, 2011 at 2:42 pm

Debbie, may I suggest that you review, if possible, Gnomeo and Juliet—it’s a good kids’ film, rated G, and could use a nice review.

Occam's Tool on March 16, 2011 at 2:45 pm

I totally agree here. It is very difficult raising children these days with morals when everyone else is not doing so. I was not strict, just conscientious and wanted to know where my child was, with whom, and plans they had, and other parents thought I was strict and treated me like a freak.

OCCAM’s TOOL – I took my 4 yr old grandbaby to Gnomeo and Juliet. She loved it (it does have lots of cute graphics), however was shocked at hearing “Saturday Nights All Right for Fighting by Elton John” in it (referring to getting drunk on Sat night and all that entails). So I waited until the credits ran to see who put this in a child’s movies, guess who ELTON JOHN AND DAVID FURNISH produced. They get a D as new parents in my book for putting trash lyrics into a child’s movie. This is why it is sooooo hard to raise one now-a-days without seeming like a total prude.

CJ on March 16, 2011 at 2:56 pm

    I distinctly remember when “Saturday Night’s Alright For Fighting” was a hit during the summer of 1973. The way Elton is screaming, it’s virtually impossible to make out any of the lyrics. When the “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road” album was finally released several months later, I’ve got a feeling that many people bought it just so they could finally find out what the hell he was screaming about (all Elton John albums, beginning with his first in 1969, come with the lyrics printed on the sleeve).

    If, as a 15 year old teen, I couldn’t even make out any of the words, I guarantee you that your 4 year old grandchild can’t either.

    Irving on March 16, 2011 at 8:04 pm

Not to mention they had “butt” shots of female gnomes in the movies (for the adults I suppose)…

CJ on March 16, 2011 at 2:58 pm

Love that store!

Lulu on March 16, 2011 at 6:38 pm

It is possible they are just eating them.
Sex does not really have to be involved.

James on March 16, 2011 at 6:43 pm

Not to try to outdo your candy G-String but there was a local convenience store here in San Francisco (I know I know, I can hear it already) that had lollipops in the shape of a male organ that was being sold. Now they were in the back where the porn mags were being kept but the thing was people and kids could still see them. I asked the man running the register and he told me he was told to put them there by his boss. He told me that anyways that kids do not frequent his store, mostly adults so he did not see anything wrong. I told him that may be true during the late night/early mornings of club revelers but during the day, small children do stop in here with there parents. I agree with you Debbie, that the bottom line is what directs this trash and I am a free market person like anyone else.

Mario on March 16, 2011 at 7:52 pm

I wonder if they sell these in Salt Lake City, UT (Mormon country)?

Dr Dale on March 16, 2011 at 8:41 pm

I was watching an episode of A Thousand Ways to Die on the Spike channel when they showcased a lesbian couple enjoying this particular product when the wearer made a sudden move the diner had taken down more than she could chew and choked to death. Who knows maybe it can happen again.

Anthony on March 16, 2011 at 8:59 pm

I guess the “G” in G-string can refer to Gummy Bears, Goobers, Gumballs, and assorted other candies that begin with “G”. I guess the manufacturer could also develop a new candy named “G-Spot”. There would be only one flavor – I’ll refrain from sharing what that flavor would be.

CornCoLeo on March 16, 2011 at 9:11 pm

I live in Birmingham and personally go to Sweet Thing every weekend. I am appalled that you would even think that a nice owner who was just trying to make a business would be serious in selling that candy to high school students. Maybe it’s not what you are used to, but everyone in Metro Detroit is loving this new destination.

bhamgirl101 on March 16, 2011 at 10:13 pm


candylover321 on March 16, 2011 at 10:19 pm

Debbie I’m told a lot of Detroit Jews have moved from Bloomfield Hills to Birmingham. I’m sure there are still Jews in Coconut Grove, and they do have a Chabad, but I suspect most of the Jews left for Coral Gables, Aventura and points north. Miami/Dade is pretty much a hell hole anyway.

A1 on March 16, 2011 at 11:00 pm

Wonder how many of those candy g-strings are paid for with food stamps?

ender on March 17, 2011 at 2:42 am

It’s a pretty sad world when even going to a candy store isn’t safe for your kids!

We have a fantastic (kosher, Jewish-owned) candy store in my community. It sells every conceivable kind of candy, dried fruit, nut, and chocolate, including custom-made arrangements and table centerpieces. It makes a ton of money, and guess what? It does it without selling any edible sex aids.

It *is* possible to make plenty of money without being morally objectionable. That’s why it really irks me when people blindly cite “capitalism” — they’re being disingenuous. They could make money without selling trash, they just choose not to do so.

Faye on March 17, 2011 at 8:25 am

I heard Michelle Obama got really pissed about this…because the little kid, g-strings were made out of candy and contribute to childhood obesity.

Rumor has it she’ll hold a press conference for little kid g-strings made out of grapes, peas, brussel sprouts or any other healthier alternative. Cause it’s about the kids people.

Chris Williams on March 17, 2011 at 10:43 am

You are pathetic! You just HAD to add that little note in the end of your article about the candy store not lasting? You obviously have some jealousy issues. What is it to you how much their rent is or how much their candy is. And as far as the edible g-string, grow up! I will definitely pray for you…

Carrie Lou on March 17, 2011 at 1:32 pm

    You obviously missed the point of the article…didn’t you? Do we need sock puppets to break it down for you?

    R on March 17, 2011 at 5:47 pm

There’s been an uproar over candy cigarettes in recent years; much of that same crowd is probably OK with this, however…

Alan on March 17, 2011 at 2:23 pm

And the idiot assclown “parents” who’d buy this or approve of this are shocked that their kids are targets of pedophiles and other sexual predators. Well, when teens (under 18) are sexualized and exposed to adult novelties, then they’re no longer seen as kids. I too support capitalism, but the sale of this novelty is in poor taste and is just part of the problem of corrupt morality and all out debauchery among the younger generation. This is something I’d buy for my 35 year old girlfriend to enjoy with her, but not for a pre-teen niece or cousin for instance. The world has gone to hell.

R on March 17, 2011 at 5:45 pm

Debbie, you could put on several candy thongs and still have no success in finding someone to lick your nematode infested snatch.

Nevsky on March 18, 2011 at 2:50 am

Unlike Ms Schussel, most kids have a more or less healthy sense of humor. The candy g-strings may give the kids a laugh but I doubt that they will be lead into everlasting sin! Let the kids smile a little and, in the meantime, give our kids a lille credit.
I hope that Ms.Schussel does a better job at criticing

lizzie on March 18, 2011 at 5:28 pm

Ms. Schlussel. I respectfully disagree about your opinion of this candy store for many reasons.

First of all I do believe that you are uptight. This is not a candy store that markets to “kids.” This is a store that markets to families. I disagree that the location of the this candy is visible to kids. It is in the far back of the store. The majority of the candy that kids buy is in the front entrance of the store. Even if the kids see it, it is not a big deal. When kids go to a drug store and look at a magazine area there are many subjective magazines that kids can see. Just look at CVS and you see “Maxim and sports illustrated that has scantily clad women on the covers. If young kids see the g-string candy, they will have no idea what it is. I honestly believe that if older teens see it, they will just think of it as funny and not think of it as promoting sex. Older kids today are much more aware of sex at an earlier age and a g-string candy is not going to be a main reason that they want to have sex!

I also felt that your opinion about the store not succeeding is out of line. If you really took notice of the store, you would have seen that the majority of the business is developing amazing creative candy cakes. The amount of time and creativity towards these candy cakes makes it a very marketable item, and the selling of the other candy is second. No one has been able to create candy cakes of such great quality, so this business definitely has marketability. Also I would much rather go to this store and buy candy for a dollar and bring it into a movie theater, then to buy they same box of candy at the theater for $3.50 to $4.00.

Congratulations! The business owners should be thanking you for your article. You tried to bring the business down, but what you really did was promote it. More people then ever are now going to want to see what this store is about.

DA: Since you’ve left multiple comments under different names but the same IP address, all of them about this store and with insider details of the store, it’s pretty obvious, you are the store owner or a friend put up to doing this. Have deleted your more insulting and false comments. DS

Dave A on March 19, 2011 at 11:36 am

    Ms. Schlussel,

    I was not trying to offend you! I do happen to be a friend of the owner, so I do know the layout of the store. I was not put up to writing anything. This is my own decision to simply explain to you that there are more things in that store that have very marketable qualities. I was not trying to offend you when I made the second comment.

    Your story simply says “As I walked around the store–which is clearly marketed toward kids, as are almost all of its items for sale–I noticed that the store had a stack of “Candy G-Strings,” thong underwear made of little candy disks a la candy necklaces. While I was paying for the gum and cinnamon breath spray I bought”

    I just wanted to know that if you were so offended by the g-string candy why would you continue to buy something from the store? You had the right to simply look around, be offended for them selling this item, and leave the store. I didn’t mean to hurt your feelings by making this comment, as I am sure that you didn’t mean to hurt my friends by writing the story.

    My friends will probably do the right thing and remove the items, since they are not the type of people to be confrontational. I just feel that you were so focused on one item of the store, that you really didn’t get a chance to see the amazing items that store presents. If you would of just said to the owner that you were offended at your initial conversation, then she would of probably removed the item immediately and there would of been no story.

    Dave A on March 20, 2011 at 12:38 pm

“I’m all for capitalism. But this is what I mean when I write about the problems of capitalism without limits”.

HA, Thats exactly what Michael Moore says.

Welcome to the rest of the world debbie…

James for justice on March 19, 2011 at 5:18 pm

“As an MBA holder, it’s obviously a poor business model.”

No wonder us MBAs have a poor reputation. Just because one carries an MBA, does not mean they are qualified to run a business. In fact, many MBAs DO run businesses… into the ground. Please refrain from making such assertions again; it’s embarrassing for the rest of us.

That aside, I also frequent Sweet Thing in Birmingham. Many of the people that do patronize this store are correct. The “novelty” items are in the back with a LOT of candy and other items that are not at all marketed to children, or within their reach (in terms of shelf height). Just because the store offers candy doesn’t mean it’s only intended for children. A store can be a “candy” store and be entirely marketed to adults, you know. I think the owners do a very fair job of balancing the different markets. If you observe families that come into the business, you’ll find that their shopping experience with children keeps them in the front of the store.

Furthermore, if you have problems with G-strings and teenagers, Debbie, I suggest that you take up additional arguments with Victoria Secret, who send their lingerie catalogues to young women. How is that not exponentially worse?

Kim, MBA on March 31, 2011 at 2:01 pm

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