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With the series finale of Breaking Bad approaching in summer 2013, fans can find solace in a doughnut shop and candy store based in Albuquerque, New Mexico that sell crystal meth look-alike treats inspired by the critically acclaimed TV show.
Breaking Bad follows the story of Walter White, a chemistry teacher played by Bryan Cranston, who is best known for his role as Hal on Malcolm in the Middle. White was diagnosed with terminal lung cancer and began making and selling methamphetamines to ensure his family’s financial stability once he died.
The Rebel Donut, a store that is based in the same real-life city as the fictional show, debuted a cake batter doughnut last year with white icing and electric-blue rock candy sprinkles that look like crystal meth. Shop owner Mettling believes that her “Breaking Bad Blue Sky” doughnuts are a smart and harmless business venture that capitalizes on the show’s fame. She told KOAT 7 News, “People who know the show know what it is, but it's equally popular among people that don't know what the show is,” including children.
Rebel Donut is not the only store in Albuquerque selling meth look-alike treats. In 2012, Debbie Hall, the owner of The Candy Lady, began selling what she calls “meth candy,” which is merely a bag full of chipped blue-dyed rock candy resembling the illegal drugs seen on Breaking Bad. Huffington Post reported that Hall got the idea for her new product after seeing Cranston pull out a bag of blue candy when he appeared on Late Show with David Letterman.
State officials have since voiced their concerns over the growing popularity of these referential sweet treats that appear to be making light of a very real issue. According to the Huffington Post article, the New Mexico Human Service Department stated, “We need to all be aware of the drug epidemic in this state. This is a serious problem we are facing.”
Hall responded by saying that she does not condone drug abuse, but from a business perspective, “Everyone needs to remember this is television. We’re just playing on a television show.”