Artwork by Ella Benitone
Some people love it. Some people think it is an abominable curse to the holiday season.
There are some topics you do not bring up in a conversation unless you want a debate: politics, when to put up your Christmas tree or any judgment of Minecraft. All these topics inspire strong opinions; people believe their side is infallibly right. However, I never expected one of the most beloved autumn treats, candy corn, to be met with such a level of controversy that even collective spooky spirit can’t fix it.
Emmy La (12) said, “Candy corn looks good but tastes appalling.” Immediately Emma Feinstone (12), one of La’s close friends, responded, “Candy corn haters don’t have rights.”
This is only one example of a friendship torn apart by candy corn. Candy corn supporters see candy corn as any other candy: full of sugar and no nutritional value. The festive fall colors –– white, yellow, and orange –– also invoke feelings of nostalgia, visions of crunchy leaves and anticipation of upcoming holidays — a childhood’s worth of Halloween memories in each kernel. No other candy has the great power of a singular candy corn. Plus, it tastes like vanilla and fairy dreams.
The problem for most lies in the texture. Many describe it as chalky, chewy or similar to eating a candle. Though a slightly strange texture prevents some people from eating candy corn, other popular candies have arguably similar strange textures. For example, many eat York Peppermint Patties, which are often comparable to toothpaste, and others say Pixie Sticks are similar to eating sand.
Candy corn must still have a large fanbase, because stores never go a year without selling it. Buzzkills will not stop true candy lovers from indulging. Candy corn will always be there, and the sweet aftertaste will stay with us for years to come.
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