Yuck or Yum: Candy Corn

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Halloween is one of my favorite holidays. Growing up, my brother and two of our childhood friends raided the neighborhoods of the Oregon, Wisconsin countryside. We started in my neighborhood so we would not miss out on two of the best houses of the night: one handed out small chocolate milk cartons and the other king size candy bars.

We ended the night at Jake and Derek’s neighborhood, which had decent picking but also marked houses avoid: the dentist’s house with toothbrushes, the few with smarties and sweeTarts, and the row of candy corn houses. Well, I was the only one of the four that skipped these houses in attempt to avoid disappointment year after year.

At the end of the night, the four of us gathered in the living room, dumped our candy from our pillow cases (yes, a pumpkin bucket did not suffice), and sorted our candy. My piles looked like this:YUCK

Keep Pile: Butterfingers, Reese’s, Kit Kat, Twix, Milky Way, Three Musketeers, Skittles, M&Ms, Junior Mints, Gummy Lifesavers

Trade Pile: Snickers, Starburst, Hersey’s, Dots, Laffy Taffy, Whoppers, Crunch

Reject Pile: Almond Joy, Candy Corn

I think many trick-or treaters agree with me when I say Candy Corn is my least favorite candy of all time. I find the yellow, orange, and white sugary Halloween classic absolutely disgusting. It’s so bad, I can’t just pop a kernel into my mouth but have to eat it in small bites. How can I eat a single piece of candy corn in multiple bites, you might ask? It’s possible – in fact, it’s necessary to consume the smallest dosage possible so my teeth don’t experience instant pain. Tooth pains plus an awful waxy taste is a terrible combination, which is why I avoid this sugary treat like I avoid Haunted Houses on Halloween.

Pickin’ your Brain:

  • What Halloween candy is in your “reject pile”?