‘Eat my shorts’: Biting into the history of edible underwear

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Candypants were never originally meant to be eaten or worn. Photo courtesy of Gideon Brower.

Writer Gideon Brower reveals that edible underwear, the nostalgic gag gift, was never originally intended to be worn or eaten. The inventors admit that “Candypants” were created to be a sexual parody. The history of the edible undies was stranger than one could imagine and involves children’s theater, cutting-edge food science, disco, Tokyo Rose, and a suitcase stuffed with cash, starting in the early 1970s.