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Worst Halloween candy

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Anything with raisins in it might as well go into the xmas stocking of the bad boys and girls instead of coal. At least the coal would help keep you warm.

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My brother would take his daughter (my niece) trick or treating and then would hide her candy when they got home. She grew up thinking the best part of the day was the experience going from door to door saying "Trick or Treat!" and showing off her costume, not realizing that it was the candy that really was the prize for the night. Surprisingly, she's not a candy-eater to this day. 


 

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1 hour ago, MelissaH said:

Anything with raisins in it might as well go into the xmas stocking of the bad boys and girls instead of coal. At least the coal would help keep you warm.

 

Even Chunky? Or Raisinettes (my all-time favorite movie theater snack)?

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"There is no sincerer love than the love of food."  -George Bernard Shaw, Man and Superman, Act 1

 

Gene Weingarten, writing in the Washington Post about online news stories and the accompanying readers' comments: "I basically like 'comments,' though they can seem a little jarring: spit-flecked rants that are appended to a product that at least tries for a measure of objectivity and dignity. It's as though when you order a sirloin steak, it comes with a side of maggots."

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I like raisins in baked goods but not in my candy.

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What about the people who give apples or toothbrushes? Like why bother? I always loathed those people. 

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54 minutes ago, MetsFan5 said:

What about the people who give apples or toothbrushes? Like why bother? I always loathed those people. 

 

Never got toothbrushes but did get apples which were promptly thrown away.

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One thing remains clear about Halloween candy: the goal for those stocking up for the big night is to buy candy that is cheap and cheaper. Which bags of candy provide the most bulk for the least money? Is there any wonder almost all of it is bad? After having given out candy for a zillion year and having a child who gathered it eagerly there is one thing I learned: kids, with some exceptions of course, like most of us, want chocolate and value those mini Baby Ruth,, Butterfingers, Mars Bars, Reese PB cups, etc. above and beyond most candies. They love volume, and they appreciate the CONCEPT of a mountain of candy, but they are no more enamored of candy corn, lifesavers, etc or most of the worst candies mentioned above than we are. In other words, whatever stuff you covet for yourself when your kids display their haul is the stuff you should be buying if you want to make anyone happy. 

 

Unfortunately many of us try to buy awful candy not only because it is cheaper, mainly because we know we are less likely to eat it up ourselves before  the 31st. That's why I never buy m&m's. It's the only mini-packaged candy I actually like. No one in their right mind gives apples or boxes of raisins or home-made anything. Those days are long gone. All candy needs to be commercially wrapped in safe packaging to save parents the extra anxiety. Sewing a costume and sending your kids out into the dark of night is more than enough stress.

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Off topic but my all time favorite as a greedy little kid was the lady who held out a huge bowl of pennies.  We were allowed one fist full and that was it.  I just knew I would scoop up enough to buy all those things I had been wishing for.  Probably was able to grap 25 cents tops.  But next year, i would get enough to buy a bike I just knew it.   Never happened.  And call me another candy corn hater.  And a raisin lover in any way, shape or form.

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Michigan is a pretty decent place to live, at least for the moment, but this is so sad. From the Detroit Free Press:

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Michigan's most popular Halloween treat is candy corn and I'm so disappointed

 

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"There is no sincerer love than the love of food."  -George Bernard Shaw, Man and Superman, Act 1

 

Gene Weingarten, writing in the Washington Post about online news stories and the accompanying readers' comments: "I basically like 'comments,' though they can seem a little jarring: spit-flecked rants that are appended to a product that at least tries for a measure of objectivity and dignity. It's as though when you order a sirloin steak, it comes with a side of maggots."

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7 hours ago, lindag said:

I like raisins in baked goods but not in my candy.

 

I'd rather find a cock-a-roach in a baked good. I really despise raisins. 

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17 hours ago, Alex said:

 

Even Chunky? Or Raisinettes (my all-time favorite movie theater snack)?

@gfweb is spot-on. Bugs would be better than raisins. Raisinettes are godawful because unless you look closely, you don't realize that they aren't chocolate-covered peanuts. Raisins are evil.

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I find this raisin thing fascinating -- and not just because I'm a psychologist. ;)  Ms. Alex will eat golden raisins without hesitation -- they're a component of one of her favorite salads to make -- but the dark ones remind her of little squishy bugs.


"There is no sincerer love than the love of food."  -George Bernard Shaw, Man and Superman, Act 1

 

Gene Weingarten, writing in the Washington Post about online news stories and the accompanying readers' comments: "I basically like 'comments,' though they can seem a little jarring: spit-flecked rants that are appended to a product that at least tries for a measure of objectivity and dignity. It's as though when you order a sirloin steak, it comes with a side of maggots."

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6 minutes ago, Alex said:

I find this raisin thing fascinating -- and not just because I'm a psychologist. ;)  Ms. Alex will eat golden raisins without hesitation -- they're a component of one of her favorite salads to make -- but the dark ones remind her of little squishy bugs.

If I find those nasty, squishy golden raisins in a 20 mile range of me I will run screaming.

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I appear to be a hybrid of raisin lover/hater.  While I prefer golden raisins to dark ones, I like them in moderation.  I detest raisin squares, because the raisins are too concentrated.  On the other hand, I love Trader Joe's cinnamon raisin bread.  And when I make butter tarts, I like a few, no more than 6, in each pastry.

 

For Halloween, the last few years we lived in the house we always gave out Orville's microwave popcorn packets.  The kids loved them.  I remember one kid excitedly saying, "Oh boy, popcorn"!   Before that, we used to give out Oh Henry and Crispy Crunch chocolate bars.  For obvious reasons.

 

As for me, I hated getting apples.  And even worse than just apples were candied apples which I loathe to this day.  I don't remember getting raisins, but if I did, I would have eaten them one slow raisin at a time.


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3 minutes ago, ElsieD said:

I appear to be a hybrid of raisin lover/hater.  While I prefer golden raisins to dark ones, I like them in moderation.  I detest raisin squares, because the raisins are too concentrated.  On the other hand, I love Trader Joe's cinnamon raisin bread.  And when I make butter tarts, I like a few, no more than 6, in each pastry.

 

For Halloween, the last few years we lived in the house we always gave out Orville's microwave popcorn packets.  The kids loved them.  I remember one kid excitedly saying, "Oh boy, popcorn"!   Before that, we used to give out Oh Henry and Crispy Crunch chocolate bars.  For obvious reasons.

 

As for me, I hated getting apples.  And even worse than just apples were candied apples which I loathe to this day.  I don't remember getting raisins, but if I did, I would have eaten them one slow raisin at a time.

 

I never understood candied apples either.  Just awful.  One could eat the caramel off the outside but it just wasn't even worth the effort.  Toss 'em.

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Loved getting Glosettes chocolate raisins! Despised the peanut ones. Actually anything with whole peanuts. Except peanut M&Ms. Loved little boxes of raisins, too. Yeah, I was a weird kid.

 

Never got apples or popcorn balls. When I was growing up, no parent in their right mind would let their kid eat them anyway - fear of hidden razor blades or rat poison.

 

And really, unless one is a dentist, there is s special place in hell reserved just for people giving out toothbrushes!

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My parents would go through our candy when we arrived home from trick or treating.  They'd take any apples away from us. Why? Because some scum-of-the-earth demon spawn residents were putting razor blades in the apples and giving them to children on Halloween.   Some of the candy, as well. Mom would scrutinize each piece to make sure it wasn't opened first.  I had awesome parents. Always shared the chocolate with Daddy. =) 

 

@Alex  Yes, Michigan is a great place, despite the candy corn.   Loved the "...state shaped like a mitten. Or a hand reaching out for more candy corn." HAHAHA!   

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A rare Halloween treat would be when someone would pass out bubble gum. My brothers and I always preferred the Bazooka brand 364 days of the year, but at Halloween we'd get some pieces of Double Bubble gum and be in 7th heaven. The flavor of it tasted a lot like the gum you'd get in a package of baseball cards (but not as stiff!).

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Just FYI, though this is probably suited better to the "snacking while eGulleting" thread, I am eating candy corn and drinking a significantly spicy Bloody Mary. They go astoundingly well together.

 

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On ‎10‎/‎19‎/‎2017 at 7:50 AM, lindag said:

I never understood candied apples either.  Just awful.  One could eat the caramel off the outside but it just wasn't even worth the effort.  Toss 'em.

But, but, but...caramel!  And nuts and chocolate!  It includes fruit so your Mom can't take it and hide it for later because it will go bad. 

 

Although, if you are taking about the actual candied apples with the clear, hard candy coating then I agree with you.  Super gross.

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On 10/17/2017 at 10:09 PM, cakewalk said:

Ditto candy corn. Gross. I can't think of anything else that even comes close. 

My favorites (of the non-chocolate candies) are Twizzlers. Just thinking about Twizzlers makes me smile. 

When I was a kid, my favorite chocolates were Chunkies, hands down. We hardly ever saw them in our Halloween bags, but sometimes we got lucky.

Candy corn is my saving grace at Halloween. It's what I buy so that I'm not tempted in the least to eat it myself. I do like the taste of the little yellow bit at the end but to get that you have to nibble at them one by one. It's really way too much trouble to bother with. As to what I like - unfortunately, everything else. 

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I don't understand why rappers have to hunch over while they stomp around the stage hollering.  It hurts my back to watch them. On the other hand, I've been thinking that perhaps I should start a rap group here at the Old Folks' Home.  Most of us already walk like that.

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38 minutes ago, Jaymes said:

Candy corn is my saving grace at Halloween. It's what I buy so that I'm not tempted in the least to eat it myself. I do like the taste of the little yellow bit at the end but to get that you have to nibble at them one by one. It's really way too much trouble to bother with. As to what I like - unfortunately, everything else. 

 

I don't think the yellow part has a different flavor, so I'm wondering if your tongue is very sensitive to food coloring or if it's just psychological. According to this article,

 

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It takes about 24 hours to make candy corn by a method called corn starch modeling, Plumlee said. Trays containing kernel-shaped depressions are filled from the top to bottom with corn starch. First yellow coloring is added, then orange, then white. When the starch hardens, the kernels are removed, polished and bagged.

 


"There is no sincerer love than the love of food."  -George Bernard Shaw, Man and Superman, Act 1

 

Gene Weingarten, writing in the Washington Post about online news stories and the accompanying readers' comments: "I basically like 'comments,' though they can seem a little jarring: spit-flecked rants that are appended to a product that at least tries for a measure of objectivity and dignity. It's as though when you order a sirloin steak, it comes with a side of maggots."

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21 minutes ago, Alex said:

 

I don't think the yellow part has a different flavor, so I'm wondering if your tongue is very sensitive to food coloring or if it's just psychological. According to this article,

Candy corn is more than a century old?  It tastes so awful.  Who has been demanding this stuff for over 100 years now.?


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Darienne - I think its kind of like Peeps - more visual than taste appeal. There are Halloween Peeps now too....

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