Tuesday, October 11, 2011

tis the season

©2011, Monika Roe

Stores started stocking their shelves weeks ago with bags and bags of candy corn. The original kind, the weird and strangely addicting chocolate kind and the "harvest mix" which has all of the above plus those little candy corn pumpkins.

I usually buy a bag and put it in a pretty acorn embossed glass candy dish I found at a thrift store. It's pretty to look at, but to eat... eh... not so much!

In my garage, in the box marked HALLOWEEN I have Ziploc bags full of candy corn that I've used year after year to decorate with when this time of year rolls around. That stuff still looks great and could possibly outlast us all!

Whenever candy corn is mentioned a hot debate follows. People either love it or hate it!

Personally it reminds me of my friend Michelle who loved candy corn in high school. We would go to the local Food 4 Less when we were bored and dig into their bulk candy bins, filling a bag with candy corn to snack on as we were driving around in her Citation. Great memories!

Nowadays I find candy corn too sweet. What happened as I got older? I never dreamed anything would be "too sweet". But, alas, candy corn is in my category of "too sweet" that seems to be growing. I suspect food manufacturers are currently pushing the limit on how much sugary sweetness they can put in food. "More sweet" doesn't always equal "more tasty"! Some things are not even palatable because of all the added sugar. An example of this is the coffee house pumpkin muffin. I used to enjoy these as a once a year treat but yesterday when I bought one I found it sickeningly sweet. So that once in a year tradition went down in flames for me. Just yuck!

Anyway, I digress. Candy corn, love it or hate it???

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