The Great Candy Corn Debate

This time of year a confectionary staple appears magically by the ton on store shelves: candy corn. It’s been around since the 1880’s and for some people is a treat not to be missed. For others, though, the very mention of those two little words “candy” and “corn” said together as a single entity sends chills down their spines and a wave of queasiness through their insides. It also tends to spark the Great Candy Corn Debate.

Nothing says Autumn like candy corn — or does it? (Photo source: A.C. Cargill, all rights reserved)
Nothing says Autumn like candy corn — or does it? (Photo source: A.C. Cargill, all rights reserved)

As with many debates, a lot of emotions are stirred, with each side declaring the other to be scallywags, blackguards, and downright knaves for holding their views in such complete opposition.

Those who hate candy corn seem to do so with such gusto and a great passionate revulsion, just as many would react to something truly horrid such as an oversteeped Chun Mee green tea or milk in their cup of hot Silver Needle tea. They say things like this (actual comments made by real anti-candy cornists):

  • “Dentists have made a lot of money off candy corn cavities.”
  • “candy corn is awful. i have always hated it. i would rather eat chalk.”
  • “As children, my older sister loved candy corn and I could never figure out the appeal.”
  • “I don’t like candy corn either. I never thought there was much to it just sugary wax.”
  • “It makes an excellent projectile…”
  • “I question the origin of people who eat it. I feel like they might just be from outer space. Seriously.”

Those who love candy corn often got hooked on it as kids and say that they eagerly look forward to this treat reappearing in stores when October rolls around once more. They also say things like this (actual comments made by real pro-candy cornists):

  • “Well, its a tradition. I only feel like eating candy corn in the month of October… it just makes me feel in place.”
  • “…candy corn is a Halloween tradition or I should say institution!”
  • “I admit, I do like candy corn, but only this time of year. Yes, it is sickly sweet, but for me it is like a comforting, return-to-my-childhood Halloween custom.”
  • “I like candy corn but, like anything, in moderation.”

The moderation thing was a common theme, as was the claim that, like fruit cakes, all candy corn was made decades ago and keeps getting passed around, growing increasingly stale. Not true for either item, as those of us who like fruit cakes and/or candy corn can attest. Of course, such stories make great fodder for stand-up comedians like Lewis Black.

Being in the “like” camp, I just had to buy a bag, but went for the mix that includes candy pumpkins in addition to the corn. Time to steep up some tea, grab a cuppa and that bag of sweet treats, and find a nice quiet corner with plenty of solitude.

Oh, to those of you who don’t like candy corn I say, “Thanks! More for me!”

See also:
Tea and Candy Corn

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