This weekend at the ART-oberfest the vendor across from me had this little canvas bag with a smiling piece of candy corn made of felt or something sewn on the front and all day long it was looking over at me…and I at it. It was totally adorable and made me grin every time I looked, but it got me thinking about how deceptive candy corn is and (I suspect) controversial.
I myself am not a fan. My boyfriend doesn’t care for it. The mere sight of it nauseates another friend. My mom, however, will eat the stuff. Come to think of it, she is the only person I can think of who likes it. But, this is a woman who will eat jelly directly out of the jar and pushes the cake aside to attack the icing. Basically if there is sugar involved, she’s all over it. Okay, so based on the rest of my friends and family, candy corn is not very well-liked. I assume this is the case in general but if so, who the heck is buying the gazillions of bags being sold every year? Maybe it’s just one of those things people feel like they have to have for the sake of tradition? Perhaps people buy it assuming other people like it and are just trying to be nice?
Candy corn is does remind me of my favorite season: Autumn, Halloween, etc. Those brown and orange ones are so pretty I occasionally convince myself that they must taste as good and might even be chocolatey what with the brown and all… and then I try one and i’m reminded it’s just a hunk of colorful solidified corn syrup…bleh. Jim says as a kid he would eat the different sections of color one at a time trying to place the flavor and assuming each color tasted different, he’d struggle to distinguish the difference with his tiny taste buds. Poor kid. The colors all taste the same but wouldn’t be convinced of that until he had a sick belly filled with undigested candy corn and resentment.
On the positive side, candy corn are cute and fun to stick on your teeth for make-believe fangs or rotten zombie teeth, so yay for that. Although sticking them in your mouth means you’ll probably end up tasting them so that’s not so great afterall. They do look pretty in a bowl and will last quite a long time (especially since no one really eats them) before becoming a sludgy mess. I don’t really know what else is good about them. Maybe they give us something to hate together?
After writing this much on the subject, I got curious and just bounced around google to learn what the heck candy corn is made of. Here’s an excerpt from TLC Cooking that adds to the “Ew!” factor for me:
“Manufacturers use the “corn starch molding process” to create the signature design. A machine fills a tray of little kernel-shaped holes with cornstarch, which holds the candy corn in shape. Each hole fills partway with sweet white syrup colored with artificial food coloring. Next comes the orange syrup, and finally, the yellow syrup. Then the mold cools and the mixture sits for about 24 hours until it hardens. A machine empties the trays, and the kernels fall into chutes. Any excess cornstarch shakes loose in a big sifter. Then the candy corn gets a glaze to make it shine, and workers package it for shipment to stores. “
New Stuff of Mine…
Here’s just a few of the latest releases in my illustrated jewelry line available here. Each piece is hand formed, hand illustrated in pen and ink and acrylic paint and double varnished for a bit of shine and extra protection. No two are ever exactly alike!
Voodoo Zombie Love Doll:
Sneering Bride of Frankenstein Ring:
Who Cares? Maybe Owl Does! Then Again…
everything is better with a mustache! (like this skeleton tie clip / lapel pin)
I wanted to plug some awesome fashion designs I’ve recently come across, but it will have to wait until next week. I’ve already taken up too much of your time with my candy corn ponderings and self-promotion! Thanks for reading, please feel free to express your love / hate for candy corn in haiku form in the comments section below.
Haiku= 3 Lines made up of 17 Syllables – 5,7,5 respectively. Still not sure? Just browse through the archives to read other haiku comics or reader’s haiku replies and you’ll get the hang of it.
This site is all about teh funz and not the lah-dee-dahs, so don’t ever be afraid to try.
<3 Calan P.S. Guess who stopped by my booth and said thanks for the blahg-ing? Artist Daniel Mrgan – that bad ass wood burning guy I told you about. Getting to meet him and tell him how much I loved his recent solo show was the highlight of my day. He was super nice too! 😀