Candy corn is misunderstood, abused by elitist consumers


Matt San Martin

People can’t seem to come to a consensus about the Halloween treat

Candy corn, in many ways, is a misunderstood underdog that has been through the ringer in recent years. In a time where it has become increasingly convenient to “cancel” someone or something that goes against what the societal norm is, candy corn has unethically been thrown into the crossfire of what we can only call the latest in a mass purge of beliefs.

Candy corn never asked to be apart of this debate. Candy corn, for centuries upon centuries, minded it’s own business until our generation decided it wasn’t good enough to graze our refined and superior pallets. To argue against candy corn is to argue against tradition.  

Candy corn was invented in the 1800s. Upon its release they couldn’t keep it on the shelves because consumers at the time were buying them faster than the honest, hard-working candy companies could make them. Candy corn is candy for the people. It’s cheap, you can buy it in large quantities and it gets the job done. Other candies are just simply more expensive for less quantity.

It has stood the test of of time due to its unmistakable flavor. It’s simple: candy corn is basically just sugar and honey. That is all it is and all it ever will be. In a time where we are somehow okay with foods such as chocolate covered bacon and “unicorn” foods, it should be seen as hypocritical to argue that candy corn is, “too weird,” to be a candy in today’s society. In this day and age, food fusions and innovation is at its absolute peak; candy corn should serve as a calm and gentle reminder of how easy candy can be.

However, I am willing to agree that the inherit taste of candy corn is not for everyone. Much like Coca Cola, candy corn is what most call, “the hard stuff.” It is unapologetically sweet and will riddle you with cavities if you eat too much. But that shouldn’t be an argument against the candy as a whole. If you eat too much of anything your bound to run into some complications.

Additionally, candy corn is symbolic for the fall season and Halloween. What other candy can honestly say that they represent the most beloved season and holiday in the nation? Candy corporations spend thousands of dollars to market their candies in a Halloween fashion, whereas when you think of Halloween, the first candy associated with it is none other than candy corn. No other candy can wholeheartedly say that they are a symbol for a holiday.

The same generic candy companies push out the same generic candy all year long with different seasonal flavors that try to appease a longing audience. If these candy were people, they would be the kind of person who is constantly changing to gain the attention and validation of others. Whereas, candy corn has never changed and never will; they are a genuine entity that has always been there for others. Regardless of whether people like it or not, candy corn doesn’t care because candy corn is a damn good candy.