It seems that this is a real candy available for sale in China:
These coconut-flavored (a bizarre choice in itself considering the available alternatives in Afghanistan: cardamom, raisin, almond, yak… ) balls are sold in purple boxes (not to be confused with Purple Heart boxes) and feature Bin Laden’s bearded mug preaching peace and enlightenment among tanks, warplanes and cruise missiles. Delicious, and now available for the Olympics, too. Get them while stocks last.
I don't personally go in for coconuts, but tastes differ.
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Matthew Yglesias is a former writer and editor at The Atlantic.