Funny ad on Halloween candy goes viral - WFLA News Channel 8

Funny ad on Halloween candy goes viral

Posted: Updated:
NEW YORK -

Halloween without candy may be a horrifying concept for kids, but it makes for a pretty funny viral ad.

A new commercial for Crest toothpaste and Oral-B toothbrushes shows what happens when precocious children expecting to devour delicious sweets while dressed up in cute costumes are presented with "healthy Halloween treats" instead.

The new menu includes "veggie fruit chews" — with flavors such as asparagus and beet, the man who hands out the treats cheerfully announces.

The children's reactions are priceless.

"This is the most worst I ever tasted," one boy says.

"Mine tastes like broccoli, yuck!" another exclaims.

A girl tries to be polite, but ultimately can't hide her disappointment.

"It's kind of good, kind of bad," she says bravely until the man asks her to be honest. "It's bad," she concedes.

The same girl actually throws up when she tries an "artichoke buttercup." The kids also can't hide their disgust when presented with "tofu ghost mellows" and "healthy cupcakes."

Then, there's the black "nori pop," which looks like a lollipop in the sense that it features a round substance on top of a stick, but the similarities end there. "It has a fibrous quality, which is going to get your colon going in the morning," the man helpfully explains to the bewildered kids. "They're disgusting," one of the children proclaims.

The message of the ad? "Nothing is more horrifying than Halloween without candy."

The commercial, titled "Halloween Treats Gone Wrong," was filmed in a focus group room with a one-way mirror, said Rishi Dhingra, North America oral care marketing director for Procter & Gamble, the parent company of Crest and Oral-B. The kids were only told that they would be the first ones to try brand-new Halloween treats.

The "treats" were made with little or no sugar, or contained only vegetables, and were designed to look appealing, but taste nothing like candy, he added.

"The children's reactions were absolutely natural and unscripted," Dhingra told TODAY Moms. "We did not give the children any food items to sample with the intention of making them ill or causing any other adverse reactions. … Participation was voluntary and all of the children were free to leave at any point if they wanted."

Dhingra described the girl throwing up as "a candid moment," but one the company decided to keep in the video "as she was totally nonchalant about it," he said.

All of the kids stayed for the duration of the filming and were given their Halloween costumes at the end of the day, Dhingra said.

The short and long versions of the ad have had more than 3 million views on YouTube since the video was posted earlier this month.

 

  • U.S.More>>

  • Friend convicted of impeding Boston Marathon probe

    Friend convicted of impeding Boston Marathon probe

    Monday, July 21 2014 5:40 PM EDT2014-07-21 21:40:28 GMT
    Jurors in the trial of a friend of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev (joh-HAHR' tsahr-NEYE'-ehv) have resumed deliberations in his obstruction of justice trial.
    A college friend was convicted Monday of trying to protect Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev by agreeing with another friend to get rid of a backpack and disabled fireworks they took from his dorm room...
  • Obama calls for immediate access to crash site

    Obama calls for immediate access to crash site

    Monday, July 21 2014 12:00 PM EDT2014-07-21 16:00:27 GMT
    President Barack Obama is calling for international investigators to have "immediate and full access" to the site in eastern Ukraine, where a passenger jet was shot down last week.
    President Barack Obama is calling for international investigators to have "immediate and full access" to the site in eastern Ukraine, where a passenger jet was shot down last week.
  • Body of missing 11-year-old drowning victim found

    Body of missing 11-year-old drowning victim found

    Monday, July 21 2014 9:27 AM EDT2014-07-21 13:27:51 GMT
    MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) – Saturday night the Coast Guard was called in to help locate an 11 year old boy who went missing in the ocean.  The 11 year old boy reportedly went missing in the ocean near 2001
     The body of an 11-year-old drowning victim who went missing in the ocean Saturday was located Monday morning.
  • Trending StoriesTrending StoriesMore>>

  • Parts of Durham once again flood as business owner looks for relief

    Parts of Durham once again flood as business owner looks for relief

    Monday, July 21 2014 10:20 PM EDT2014-07-22 02:20:30 GMT
    Several inches of rain created flooding in parts of Durham on Monday.
    Several inches of rain created flooding in parts of Durham on Monday.
  • Largest companies by revenue in each state

    Largest companies by revenue in each state

    Thursday, July 10 2014 8:01 PM EDT2014-07-11 00:01:10 GMT
    Broadview Networks recently decided to find out the biggest -- by revenue -- company in each state in the US.The company used the Fortune 500 list to start with, but needed data by state, so it turned to Hoover's.With data from that company, they were able to search through each state's list of companies and then find the largest -- by revenue.Just flip through the list above and see who is the biggest in each state, what town they are based and their revenue.
    Broadview Networks recently decided to find out the biggest -- by revenue -- company in each state in the US.The company used the Fortune 500 list to start with, but needed data by state, so it turned to Hoover's.With data from that company, they were able to search through each state's list of companies and then find the largest -- by revenue.Just flip through the list above and see who is the biggest in each state, what town they are based and their revenue.
  • Durham worker says he was let go after receiving back pay

    Durham worker says he was let go after receiving back pay

    Monday, July 21 2014 10:32 PM EDT2014-07-22 02:32:25 GMT
    Michael David said Dayeco Construction owed him a paycheck for more than six weeks of work.Michael David said Dayeco Construction owed him a paycheck for more than six weeks of work.
    A Durham man said he was let go by his employer after finally getting a paycheck that he'd waited six weeks to receive.
    A Durham man said he was let go by his employer after finally getting a paycheck that he'd waited six weeks to receive.
Powered by WorldNow

200 South Parker Street, Tampa, FL 33606

Telephone: 813.228.8888
Fax: 813.225.2770
Email: news@wfla.com

Can’t find something?
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Media General Communications Holdings, LLC. A Media General Company.