Another Halloween has come and gone, which commences one of the glorious unspoken shopping seasons: grocery isles around the nation have holiday candy on clearance. At first glance of the overflowing shelves, it can be overwhelming choosing what candy should be stored in the secret, binge-eating stash. What candy would be the best choice?
There is obviously a ginormous variety of chocolate, and there are plenty of fruit flavored candies to settle with. However, the most notorious of all fall candy should be the first to grab off the shelves: candy corn. Though the candy has strong opinions about its flavor, colors and texture, there are many reasons why this should be the first candy pulled off the shelves.
Once a bag of candy corn is opened, the way it is eaten has creative liberties. An online survey from the National Confectioners Association showed 51% of people eat a piece of candy corn whole, 33% nibble off the white point first, and 16% of people bite off the yellow end first. Even with statistics, numbers are just numbers; there is no wrong way!
Candy corn is reliable and upright. Part of the ingredients is in its name: Harvested corn is made into corn syrup, which is then one of the main ingredients in candy corn. The “candy” aspect refers to the presence of sugar, another main ingredient. Those two facts combined allow consumers to not be deceived by secret additives and chemicals that are in other Halloween candies. Another wonderful reason why candy corn is great to eat is because it isn’t a heavily addictive binge snack compared to other candies. A handful will satisfy your cravings longer, plus 14 pieces is only 100 calories. A satisfying, guilt-free snack!
Even for those who detest candy corn, the option to have it in your possession shouldn’t be pushed aside. The fall treat is able to be a great decoration for the season; pour some candy corn in a Mason jar, slap a bow on top, slide it on the table and you are in season. The candy can also be used for different arts and crafts projects. The triangular shape is a great alternative for a turkey beak around Thanksgiving or use the stubby end as teeth for a jack-o-lantern. Get creative and make an abstract statue of a campus celebrity or make fan art inspired from the corn song. If feeling bold, get the supplies to grind up the candy and make a candy corn sausage (for reference, look up Ordinary Sausage’s YouTube channel about the subject).
No matter how candy corn is viewed, one must have a stash of it. Its versatility and seasonal charm is undisputed, plus it makes for great conversation between friends. It’s time to go out, rush to the nearest grocery store and snatch a bag or two (or three) before it’s too late!