Today, we're going to start off with candy corn flavored foods. Candy corn is undoubtedly a staple candy of Halloween. Whether you love it or hate it candy corn is here to stay. It was created by George Renninger sometime in the late 1800's, thus making the confection roughly over 100 years old. Also, the National Confectioner's Association reports that 35 million pounds of candy corn are produced annually! That equates to about 9 BILLION pieces of candy corn! Talk about a sweet tooth!
These days, you can find all kinds of fun candy corn flavored goodies around Halloween. I LOVE candy corn, so of course, I've tried quite a few of these candy corn delicacies myself.
The first candy corn flavored food that I tried was the limited edition Candy Corn flavored Jones soda.
I first discovered this in October of 2006, I believe at Target. I was super excited, upon seeing the festively decorated can and even more so when I realized that the contents were candy corn flavored. Of course I bought a 4 pack of the mini cans (8oz.), brought them home and had enough will power to stick them in the fridge to chill before actually cracking one open. First impressions, it tasted like VERY strong cream soda and it was super sweet. Even though it was only 8 oz., it was rough to get through the whole can. A sip or two were good, but after that, it was just too much. I'm really not sure whether or not these are still available, because I never looked for them again... and I didn't drink the rest of my 4 pack. That being said, I only give this product 2 stars.
Hershey's has been trying a lot of new flavored Kisses over the years and candy corn was no exception. From the fun colored wrappers, to the great coloration of the actual Kiss, these earn 4 stars in my book. The flavor is delightful and extremely rich. It's easy to eat one or two in a sitting, but more than that and it's over-kill. They are packed with sickeningly sweet candy corn flavor. Again, I'm not sure if these have been produced in the last few years, but if you can find a bag, I definitely suggest giving them a try :)
M&M's, another Halloween staple and what way to make them even better, than to flavor them like Halloween's other staple candy. These have been out for about 2 years and they are certainly still available (I have a bag in my pantry right now :). Holding true to candy corn's colors, the bag is full of beautiful orange, yellow and white candies. They are white chocolate, candy corn flavored goodness! Again, these are extremely rich and sweet. I guess it's the combination of the white chocolate and the candy corn flavor that makes eating only a few satisfactory and more than that, an over-load. They are a great candy corn treat, without the gummy stick-in-your-teeth consistency of real candy corn. I give these 5 STARS! Go get a bag now! :)
Finally, we have the newest addition to candy corn flavored foods... OREOS! Just when you thought that Oreo's delicious cookies couldn't become anymore addictive, these beauties showed up. Exclusively available at Target and just released about 3 weeks ago, these are by FAR my favorite of the candy corn flavored foods. If I could give them 10 stars, I would... wait, this is my review... so I will ;) 10 STARS for Candy Corn Oreos! The packaging is gorgeous. The treat is composed of two vanilla flavored cookies with a delicious, very rich, very sweet, very vanilla-ish candy corn creamy, orange & yellow center (way too many adjectives there, but this cookie is worth it). One cookie and you're hooked, two cookies and you want a third, three cookies and you want another bag, four cookies and you cry because you notice LIMITED EDITION printed in big, red, evil letters on the package... and before you can eat the 5th cookie, you find yourself standing in Target's check-out line with a stock pile of these babies, because you just don't know if you can make it through the rest of the year without them! Seriously, these are great. Remember, if you're looking for them, only Target has them and in my experience, not every Target has them. If you don't see them, ask someone at the store for them. I haven't actually seen them on the shelves yet. The package that I acquired was given to me by a store manager who had to get them out of the stock room :) Yes, I am persistent ;) Then candy corn obsessed woman gets the cookie. In any case, I don't know if they will be located by the Halloween stuff or on the cookie isle. If anyone figures this out, let me know. I only have three left and I need more :)
So there you have it! National Candy Corn day is October 30th, so now you know what foods to celebrate with ;) If any of you try them, let me know what you think! Also, if you know of any that I've missed, let me know!
Happy October 2nd Everyone :)