The Rock eats candy for the first time in 27 years on The Tonight Show


As a person who thinks candy is a food group, this story is inconceivable to me. While promoting Central Intelligence on The Tonight show with Jimmy Fallon, Dwayne Johnson confirmed that he has not eaten candy in 27 years. After admitting he still loves his cheat days, DJ explained that candy just isn’t his thing and the last piece he had was a Twizzler while watching a movie in 1989. So Jimmy produced an assortment of treats to coax DJ to indulge after two + decades on national television. As always, DJ was happy to oblige.

Dwayne Johnson shared a very interesting fact about himself with Jimmy Fallon during a recent appearance on the Tonight Show.

The Central Intelligence star, who is known for sticking to a strict diet and workout regimen in order to maintain his impressive physique, admitted that he had not eaten candy since 1989.

That’s right! Apparently, the professional wrestler-turned-actor managed to stay away from eating candy for nearly 27 years. When he opened up about the candy-eating hiatus to Jimmy Fallon on The Tonight Show, Dwayne made it very clear that his decision did not necessarily deal with the boundaries of his strict diet. As many of The Rock’s fans and followers already know, Dwayne is a huge fan of embracing the infamous “Cheat Day” whenever the seemingly rare opportunity to do so presents itself.

“I’m just not a big ‘candy guy.’ You know, I love cheat meals. Right? I love that, but I’m just not like… a candy thing.”

“It’s crazy how I remember this kind of stuff, right? It’s like ‘Rain Main.’ Twizzlers is the last [candy] I had and we were at a movie theater watching a movie.”

Even though Dwayne did not remember the movie that he was watching while eating the Twizzler, it’s still somewhat impressive that he was able to identify the specific type of candy that was consumed. Jimmy Fallon was eager to try and “make a little history” by tempting Dwayne Johnson to eat candy during his Tonight Show appearance – bringing his 27-year hiatus to an end.

Instead of eating the entire pack of Twizzlers – or even attempting to take a bite out of the giant gummy worm – Jimmy Fallon decided to feed Dwayne the pop rocks instead.

[From Inquisitr]

There are a dozen other candies I would have gone with before Pop Rocks but I guess there is some poetry to The Rock ending his candy-fast with Pop Rocks. BTW – Hecate ParenTip: Pop Rocks will entertain your children for hours on a long car ride. They will bounce of the walls when you arrive at your destination but at least your drive will be smooth.

The whole segment is worth it just to see DJ seductively swing the giant gummy worm Jimmy had on hand to tempt him. The Rock and Giant Gummy Worm should become a meme. Speaking of memes, Jimmy and DJ did a high school prom skit, in which they morphed into the Ermahgerd character. The skit’s okay but they look fantastic.

In case you haven’t seen it already, the Moana teaser trailer, in which Dj voices Maui, dropped last week. Below is the clip of DJ and the Pop Rocks.

Like DJ said, he still loves his cheat days. His cheat day meals and puppy pics are just two more great reasons to follow him on Instagram.


Photo credit: WENN Photos and Instagram

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  1. teatimeiscoming says:

    The bit about the gummiworm just slayed me

  2. Snowflake says:

    I love me some DJ. Yay!

    • Belle Epoch says:

      Yah he seems very chill, amiable, keeps out of trouble… Is he secretly a maniac or anything? Can he be as nice as he seems?

      PS I came across some “before and after” photos of DJ. After is a big improvement!

  3. Janine says:

    Those pancakes look amazing. Maybe I’m confused about the strict definition of candy, but I always thought rice crispie treats would fall under that category? He seems to like eating those, or are they some strange, healthy version of RCTs?

    • Colette says:

      How would rice crispy treats fall under the category of candy? Based on what criteria? I can’t believe I’m acting like this is a serious topic? lol

    • woodstock_schulz says:

      Don’t marshmallows count as candy (melt them down and add rice krispies to make treats)? They’re basically sugar and gelatin…

    • Jwoolman says:

      He said it’s not a health thing. He just likes other food more than candy so he eats the other decadent stuff instead. Rice Krispie Treats are borderline, not quite candy but not quite cookies.

  4. GoodNamesAllTaken says:

    He seems so nice. I love sweets, like brownies, cakes and cookies, but I’m not that into candy, either. Every Halloween I have a candy bar but that’s about it.
    Whatever he’s doing is working for him, but I don’t really see the point of being very strict on your diet, then eating pancakes and Rice Krispie treats every four days. It seems that just eating in moderation all the time makes more sense. But he could kick my a$$ blindfolded with both arms tied behind his back, so there’s that.

    • Steph says:

      The theory behind it is that you are tricking your metabolism by switching from low carb health foods to high carbs every few days. This way your body doesn’t get in a state of homeostasis. So less plateau in fat burning/muscle building. I used to be very into diet and exercise, LOL. I need to get back on track and put this knowledge to use.

  5. lucy2 says:

    I want those pancakes. And the puppy.
    Jimmy Fallon has become so irritating to me, I can’t even watch the clip.

    • Esmom says:

      I cannot stand Fallon anymore either. I never watch but came across a clip of Obama doing thank you notes, one part was hysterical, but every time Jimmy’s turn came ( of course he upstaged the POTUS) I just cringed.

  6. Tiffany says:

    His Instgram really can be the highlight of your day. He really is just great at it.

  7. Brunswickstoval says:

    Wouldn’t the chocolate in the pancakes count as candy?

    • Esmom says:

      I don’t eat candy per se but I will eat dark chocolate in instances like that. I tend to think of it as more of an ingredient since it doesn’t have all the added stuff that most candies have.

  8. boredblond says:

    After 27 years and they didn’t give him chocolate? !!? Unforgivable. I could go that long without the crappy candies they gave him..but not 27 hours without chocolate.

  9. Miss M says:

    DJ gives a fun interview!

  10. ItDoesntReallyMatter says:

    If he doesn’t count chocolate then I haven’t had candy since the 90’s. 😉

  11. Colleen says:

    Love The Rock! My husband has been heavily working out every morning for the past few months and he has an app on his phone (I think it’s The Rock Clock) that is an alarm clock that wakes you up to Dwayne Johnson singing and talking to you. So, essentially I woke up at 6:00 a.m. this morning to hear DJ playing the ukelele and singing to “wake up sleepy head and get your candy ass out of bed.” 😂😂

    • Rachel says:

      My husband is NOT going to be happy tomorrow morning when Dwayne Johnson wakes us up with ukulele music and singing…

      Excuse me, I have to go visit the app store.

      • antipodean says:

        DJ was interviewed last week on Graham Norton, and they talked about his Rock Clock, it was hilarious! I am not a “muscles” person, but this man seems so sweet and genuine, I could be tempted. Mr Antipodean would never entertain the notion of me waking up to DJ’s dulcet tones of a morning, even though he is one buff dude (in my admiring eyes) himself, so I guess I shall just have to read about it, vicariously, here on CB. Sigh.

  12. Bohemianmartini says:

    Thank u ladies! Must have this app. And DJ is hot. (And water is wet. And people are people.) That’s all I got.

  13. Veronica says:

    I can believe it. To maintain a body like his takes discipline, and if candy isn’t something you really enjoy, why waste the calories you have in a day on it? I’m a not a huge candy or chocolate person, but I admit I’ll eat it if it’s there. My biggest weakness is cinnamon candy – I can go through a whole box of Hot Tamales on my own, regardless of how much I wind up regretting it afterwards.

  14. Tania says:

    Love this guy. I’m so getting the Rock Clock LOL