Now that October is here, I can finally share some of the great things I've found in the past weeks that I've been sitting on and waiting to post.
But today? Today I'm focusing on something we NEED to talk about:
Over at The Lair of the Dork Horde, Reis posted his Top 5 Halloween treats. What was numero uno?
This of course sparked a powder keg of debate (actually, is a handful of comments considered a powder keg? or even a debate? I'm not sure...) culminating with me leaving an ominous message that I would addressing the issue on my own blog during my October Countdown. So let's talk...
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Candy Corn, I am convinced, was set upon this earth to make stomach roil and my teeth ache. It's simultaneously waxy and gritty, and it's somehow ridiculously sweet while being otherwise flavorless.
|This was meant to be a subtle metaphor.|
What isn't gross about that, I ask you? It was supposedly invented by a man named George Renninger, horrible, horrible George Renninger, at the Wunderle Candy Company of Philadelphia, as I learned in an article from The Atlantic. From that same article I learned candy corn was also called Chicken Feed by a large number people. The name didn't stick, but there's a reason so much of the vintage packaging on Candy Corn has roosters strutting their stuff.
My feelings on the matter are hard to convey. I am conflicted, believe it or not. For instance, if you were to ask me to follow Reis's list my own favorite 5 top Halloween-Season Treats they would be as follows:
5. Smarties (This is like, the only time of year I eat them)
4. Caramel Apples
3. Wax Fangs
2. Tootsie Roll Midgees
1. Reese's Treat Size Peanut Butter Cups (The ones in folded wax paper, not foil)
But if you were to ask me what candy is so iconic it transcends it's own crappy flavor and has become a symbol of the season and the Holiday itself?
|Again with the subtle.|
Candy Corn. That crap is taking over the WORLD.
It makes me feel like Halloween is HERE. And the business industry is taking note.
With stuff like:
|Candy Corn Flavored Dots|
|Candy Corn Oreos|
|The only picture I didn't steal from the internet.|
In fact, Candy corn can be people, or bunnies, or cat toys, or anything other than candy corn, and it means one thing:
Halloween. When you see a little dish of waxy, powdery, too-sweet flavorless candy corn proudly and prominently displayed... it means Halloween is here. And I fully endorse and actively support ANYTHING that celebrates that.
So Candy Corn will go marching on, long after we are all dead... serving as a tireless, never-ending symbol for Halloween.
But that does not mean it needs to go in my mouth.
I apologize for the quality of the video.
It was the best version I could find on Youtube.