Candy Corn: A Trick or a Treat?

Every year, children anticipate going door to door to receive delicious sweet and sour treats from the hands of friendly neighborhood strangers, but this beautiful and ever so wonderful time of year is home to one of the biggest arguments of all time. While candy corn remains a controversy every time the fall season comes around, I am here to finish the argument once and for all: candy corn is a menace to society and I am here to tell you why.

While there are many problems I have with candy corn, the disgusting taste stays at the top of the list. Candy corn has the taste of bland, gross, stale sugar that destroys the spirit of Halloween. While candy corn is seen as a symbol of autumn, it is completely overrated. A product that tastes like wax should not be celebrated or glorified in any way.

According to Stevens Point Journal, a whole 35 million pounds of candy corn is sold every year, but the main desire is just based on nostalgia. Since candy corn has been a favorite since the 1880’s, many customers only buy the snack for the appeal of the traditional symbol of Halloween. If people want to relive their youth or cater to a vintage trend, buy a Hershey’s bar, but do not waste your time and money on recycled candy just for the nostalgia.

The treat is a monstrosity to our world and has no other purpose than than to act as decorations in skull shaped bowls during Halloween or allowing elementary kids to use them to act as vampire teeth. Why would anyone want to eat candy that is molded like a vegetable? Why would consumers want to eat something that gives you a headache with its excessive amount of sugar? Besides nostalgia, candy corn has no other purpose than to act as a pretty decorations for festive bowls in suburban houses all across our communities. Candy corn isn’t cute and it isn’t pretty. Wake up America! Just use Hershey Kisses or Kit Kat bars!

Although, October is well known for it’s haunted houses and scary movies, there is another scary thing happening in Elmhurst every fall season; candy corn litters the aisles of Walmart, Target, and all of the American grocery stores, meaning that the horrendous treat can even follow citizens to the stores where they shop, where they attack them at their most vulnerable. On average, about 51 million pounds of candy corn is sold per year, meaning that all of the valuable shelf space is wasted on a glorified treat. Kit Kats? Amazing. M&Ms? Incredible. Left Twix? Phenomenal, so why on Earth does a waxy, phony candy continue? to stalk up our neighborhood stores?

In conclusion, Halloween season should not be ruined by a complete terror to the world, otherwise known as candy corn. Pack it up, Party City! Candy corn has got to go.