Archive for October, 2013

Where Do You Stand on Candy Corn?

I’ll start by saying that I love candy corn. If there was a t-shirt that proclaimed such, I might buy it. If it were a key chain or tote bag, it would definitely be mine. But even as a big fan of the tri-colored sweet stuff, I can admit that there comes a point every season where I pop a piece in my mouth and realize I don’t want it. I’m done, the bag gets closed, and I need at least a week off the corn. It’s usually at least 30 or so pieces into a candy corn eating session, but the feeling doesn’t really sneak up on me – it just hits. Piece 29 or 30 or 31 is just as delicious as the ones before it, and then, boom! I’m done. Over it. Take it away. I call it the Candy Corn Wall, and when I hit it, I hit it hard. And apparently, I’m not alone.

I came across an article today on Huffpost Taste – Explaining The Logic Behind Candy Corn Hatred. Recognizing that “candy corn is one of the most polarizing foods of all time”, they set out to find the specific reasons that candy corn’s enemies gave for hating these tiny triangles of yumminess. And they put together a Top 10 list that I, as a candy corn aficionado, can in large part understand. Well, some of them, anyway! Here’s the Top 10 reasons cited by Huffington Post and how I personally feel about them…

1.) They’re basically waxy sugar. – Nope! They’re much more than that! Not that there’s anything wrong with waxy sugar in my book.
2.) They get old quickly. – I’m on the fence about this. I wouldn’t say it happens quickly for me, but as I mentioned above, I do hit that wall eventually.
3.) We’re bred to hate it from a young age. – While I do remember some adults disliking it, and recall a song or two talking about its grossness, overall I come from a long line of candy corn fans.
4.) They can even ruin birthday parties. – I can’t judge this one. I don’t recall it ever being served at a birthday party.
5.) They’re the rejects of Trick-or-Treaters everywhere. – I’m OK with this one, but not because I don’t like candy corn. When I was a kid my mom had us toss out whatever candy wasn’t individually wrapped in case it was germy.
6.) They’re demonic. – 99% sure they aren’t. I’ve been eating it for years, and I show no signs of possession. I mean, I can spin my head completely around, but that’s just because I’m well-hydrated.
7.) It’s the dessert equivalent of eating plastic. – Ya know, it is a little plastic-y sometimes, depending on the brand. But I tend to favor Brach’s, which is always soft and honey sweet.
8.) It’s the quickest way to an uncomfortable sugar high. – Perhaps for the average candy consumer, but I can handle my sugar!
9.) Comedians even hate it. – Comedians hate a lot of things; invalid argument.
10.) They look like rotted orange teeth. – This had never occurred to me, but now that I can see it, I think of it as a spooky perk! Perhaps I’ll whip up a creepy candy head with candy corn teeth!

How about all of you? Are you a candy corn friend or foe? Do you agree with the Top 10 list in all, not at all, or in part? Let us know in the comments! 🙂

Tasty Just Got a Terrifying Twist!

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I may have mentioned this before a few times – OK, I’m sure I did – but golly gosh I sure do love Halloween! And I love all the sweet and spooky treats you can make for Halloween that are great for parties, sharing with coworkers, or enjoying with friends and family during a horror movie marathon. My imagination often outpaces my skills in the kitchen, so I’ve been digging the depths of the internet for a Halloween treat that is both impressive and possible for me to make look like the picture. These two don’t always go hand-in-hand, so when I find one, I get pretty excited! And today I found one that is adorable and do-able – and the recipe sounds awesomely appetizing as well.

There are few animals more Halloween-y than the spider, and while I don’t normally associate them with the word ‘appetizing’, Spooky Scotcheroo Spiders aren’t your average arachnid. These creepy critters are packed with peanut butter and your choice of white or semi-sweet chocolate chips. I’m a big fan of white chocolate, so I’m leaning toward that variation, but I might cut the white chocolate chips in half and add in a cup of butterscotch chips. Then again, if I do that, I might also eat all 36 of these Halloween treats myself and end up with quite the bellyache, so we’ll see!

If you want to give Spooky Scotcheroo Spiders a try, check out the recipe at the Hostess with the Mostess blog. There are tons of other spooktacular recipes and ideas as well, including everything in their Monster’s Ball Halloween Party post!

I Vant to Get a Good Price on Wax Fangs!

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Hey, everyone. I have some exciting news to share. HALLOWEEN IS COMING!!! OK, you probably knew, but in case you needed a little reminder, here it is. Halloween will be here oh-so-soon, and this lady is getting more ready by the day. The outside and inside of the house are decorated, a party invite or two has rolled in, and I’ve spent more time at my local Halloween store just taking in all the ooky, spooky wonderfulness than is probably normal. But when your favorite holiday comes around, that’s what you do, right? You hang a skeleton from the front door, put Monster Mash on repeat, and spend hours thinking of so many amazing costume ideas that choosing just one seems silly. Can I dress up every day in October, please? On a scale of 1-10, how weird would that be?

Needless to say, my Halloween preparations have also included stocking up on enough Halloween candy for my dentist to send me for an intervention. And of all the things I’ve purchased so far, I’m most looking forward to breaking out the Wax Fangs. Since these are most fun for when there’s lots of people wearing them, I’m saving them as a hostess gift of sorts for a Halloween party. And speaking of saving, here’s some places you can you can score some of your own for a price you can sink your teeth into!

Wax Fangs in Boxes of 24

Wax Fangs at CandyConceptsInc.com – $26.38
Wax Fangs at TweesCandyShop.com – $25.00
Wax Fangs at BlairCandy.com – $24.00
Wax Fangs at NostalgicCandy.com – $26.00
Wax Fangs at FavoriteRetroCandy.com – $22.99
Wax Fangs at BestPriceCandy.com – $26.00