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Candy corn, the worst Halloween candy

Khadija Sissoko
A bowl of candy corn rests on an assortment of Halloween candy on Oct. 31, 2023.

Most would agree that Halloween candy is good, whether it’s lollipops or chocolates. It never tastes bad, except of course, candy corn.

Candy corn is made from a mixture of corn syrup and fondant, and then it’s dyed into its infamous orange, yellow and white colors.

Before it’s even placed on the tongue, the nose is filled with the smell of grandpa’s house and honey cough syrup. As you chew, it breaks into little, chalky pieces and traps the tongue in overbearing sweetness. Rather than a pleasant sweetness, it’s more like the kind of sweetness one gets from a handful of sugar left in a toddler’s pocket all day. The flavor is outdated and has no place in the modern age of candy. 

The devastation that ensues in a child when they empty their Halloween bags to see candy corn, is truly heartbreaking. According to a study conducted by Nielsen IQ, candy corn has been on a steady decline in sales, roughly falling about 10% each year. Candy corn is hated by younger generations, and this is reflected by the steady decrease in sales.

It’s very rare to see a child turn down a piece of candy. Even the most mundane of candies, such as a lollipop, is always accepted. However, when it comes to candy corn, children will decline it in a heartbeat. 

If about 40% of children simply will not eat candy corn, then there is no reason to pass it out. The only reason parents hand out candy corn is because they still believe that kids will eat anything that has sugar in it. This needs to end, and more parents need to stay aware of what children like. 

If someone must pass out candy corn, provide a separate bowl. Differentiate the good candy from the bad, please.

While this may seem unnecessary, children would greatly appreciate it. At the end of the day, isn’t that what Halloween is all about? The children?

Let’s make Halloween more enjoyable for the kids. This year, pass out chocolate instead.

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About the Contributors
Aboubakr Sissoko
Aboubakr Sissoko, Video and Podcast Editor
Aboubakr Sissoko is a second-year journalist. He enjoys playing soccer, cooking and sleeping. He loves warm weather and juggling on the beach. He is motivated to expand on the video and podcast section.
Khadija Sissoko
Khadija Sissoko, Editor-in-Chief
Khadija Sissoko is a second-year journalist and Editor-in-Chief of The Current. As a middle child of six, she enjoys traveling and spending time with her family. She is the SCA Secretary, FBLA President, Latin Honor Society Editor, Founder of the Cultural Appreciation Club and a year-round athlete on the cross country and track team. Outside of school, she enjoys baking, graphic design, volunteering and spending time in nature. In the future, she hopes to become an entrepreneur.

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