Candy corn Oreos

Oreo cookies turned 100 this year, and on their anniversary I put up a post showing the variety of Oreo flavors marketed throughout the world.  Many of these sounded great. Sadly, there’s a new one that doesn’t look so good.

If you’re one of those souls with an asbestos palate who actually likes candy corn, you might be interested in these. They’re found only at Target, and only for a limited time.

The reviews are decidedly mixed. Candy corn is like cats—you either hate them or love them. I’m in the “intense dislike” category (for the candy, not cats!): I think they taste like sweetened wax, and I always traded them (and the odious Mary Janes) to my sister for other kinds of Halloween candy at the inevitable post-trick-or-treating swap. As the video below shows, comedian Lewis Black calls candy corn “the worst thing about Halloween.”

And here’s the video review.

If you actually like candy corn, put your name on the Wall of Shame below, and if you’re tried these cookies, weigh in with a review.

43 Comments

  1. Anne
    Posted September 12, 2012 at 6:45 am | Permalink

    I love candy corn!

    • suwise3
      Posted September 12, 2012 at 7:37 am | Permalink

      I also love candy corn, but it is tied in to earliest fond childhood memories. I love Oreos, too, but I am not about to go out and BUY bag of this hybrid cookie just to be able to participate in this poll. Sorry. I must draw the line somewhere.

  2. Florian
    Posted September 12, 2012 at 7:04 am | Permalink

    Put my name on the wall of shame.

  3. Ann
    Posted September 12, 2012 at 7:15 am | Permalink

    Fun Fact: If you combine candy corn with salted peanuts, it tastes just like a Pearson’s Salted Nut Roll–made since 1933 right here in beautiful St. Paul, Minnesota.

    • yam
      Posted September 12, 2012 at 8:09 pm | Permalink

      I can stomach one or two handfuls a year of candy corn if served with peanuts. Then, they get sickening quickly.

      My wife absolutely loves them though…

  4. Posted September 12, 2012 at 7:18 am | Permalink

    I love candy corn! For others! I gave all mine away, I did not want anything in return, I just wanted them out of my trick & treat bag. I would even give away some of the really good stuff to get rid of candy corn. 🙂

  5. Sastra
    Posted September 12, 2012 at 7:19 am | Permalink

    I’ve always had a sweet spot in my heart for candy corn: it was what my pediatrician used to give me after my check ups. One single candy corn. I didn’t get much candy, so this was special.

    I would eat it slowly. First, you bite off the white tip in one tiny bite. Then it gets tricky. You have to gnaw at the orange part without touching the yellow. Once you’re left with only the yellow on the bottom — show it to your mom or little brother and tell them you still have candy. Let them admire your skill. Then gulp or nibble the rest, when you feel like it and as the situation merits.

    My pediatrician may have had some sort of deal with my dentist — though one candy corn is pretty negligible.

    • suwise3
      Posted September 12, 2012 at 7:40 am | Permalink

      Among My People, you bite off the white tip first…

    • darrelle
      Posted September 12, 2012 at 7:50 am | Permalink

      “. . . :it was what my pediatrician used to give me after my check ups. One single candy corn.”

      Stingy and cheap! Being one of those that does not like candy corn, and does not understand how any human being could, this amounts to child abuse in my book!

      • Gregory Kusnick
        Posted September 12, 2012 at 8:16 am | Permalink

        “The food is terrible!”

        “Yes, and such small portions!”

        • darrelle
          Posted September 12, 2012 at 9:24 am | Permalink

          Lucky for me it was just water that I was drinking when I read that. That reduced the recovery time to only 5 minutes.

    • Roo
      Posted September 12, 2012 at 8:56 am | Permalink

      YES!! That is exactly how candy corn is to be eaten! Amazing Sastra. I liked them for that fact alone, taste aside. They’re pretty tasteless in bites that small anyhow.

  6. eric
    Posted September 12, 2012 at 7:20 am | Permalink

    I must be one of the rare folk who are in the middle. They taste like just another typical industrial variety of sugar + filler to me. The first couple I eat taste fine (because I taste the sugar), but then my palate quickly becomes overwhelmed and I don’t like them any more.

  7. Posted September 12, 2012 at 7:23 am | Permalink

    Ugh. What’s next, licorice-flavored Oreos?

    • sigh
      Posted September 12, 2012 at 8:38 am | Permalink

      If that doesn’t already exist just buy some black licorice and but it between two cookies. People eat anything! Roasted dogs/cats/monkeys/rats or humans, gummy eyeballs, deep fried butter on a stick, ear wax candy, balut, zit poppers candy, pacha or smalahove, fermented salmon stink heads, bacon-flavored jellybeans, raw monkey brains, bat paste, baby mice wine, cat poo coffee, cockroach candy or deep-fried cockroaches. I’m surprised there is no turd candy. Ninja-edit: Porky pooper candy.

    • Stolen Dormouse
      Posted September 13, 2012 at 11:23 am | Permalink

      [Somewhat off-topic] Once upon a time, Baskin-Robbins used to offer licorice ice cream. When that rotated onto the list of 32 Flavors, I would go to a local B-R and order a root beer float with licorice ice cream. A bit strange, but tolerable.

      However, what I want to know is why it is very difficult to find traditional black licorice Twizzlers(R)? Strawberry and [ugh!] Tropical Fruit flavors, but not actual licorice!

      • Stolen Dormouse
        Posted September 13, 2012 at 11:29 am | Permalink

        Better than candy corn are the similar candy pumpkins, etc. But my favorite candy is licorice allsorts, which is difficult to find (except at one purveyor of household goods).

  8. Kevin
    Posted September 12, 2012 at 7:25 am | Permalink

    Haven’t tried the Oreos, but I’ll definitely trade you for the Mary Janes.

    Love ’em.

  9. ManOutOfTime
    Posted September 12, 2012 at 7:27 am | Permalink

    Love candy corn. Trying to think of a Hallowe’en candy I didn’t like as a kid and coming up empty. Must be my asbestos palate: I even liked the always stale doorstop-sized marshmallow “Circus Peanuts” … !

    • darrelle
      Posted September 12, 2012 at 7:52 am | Permalink

      My boy is the same way. But then he is perfectly happy to eat plain sugar by the spoonful too.

      • ManOutOfTime
        Posted September 12, 2012 at 9:05 am | Permalink

        Um that was me, too. And by was I mean am.

        • darrelle
          Posted September 12, 2012 at 9:31 am | Permalink

          I like sugar as just an accent. Preferably in chocolate! Dark chocolate.

          • Posted September 12, 2012 at 10:10 am | Permalink

            Something like this, perhaps?

            http://shop.scharffenberger.com/82-Cacao-Extra-Dark-Chocolate/p/SFB-CBDARK&c=ScharffenBerger@Bars

            b&

            • darrelle
              Posted September 12, 2012 at 10:50 am | Permalink

              Yes indeed! That looks delicious.

              Last week I had a truffle, made by a little chocolatier in town, composed of extra dark chocolate with a lavender honey center. The lavender was very distinct, but not overpowering, and the honey flavor very subtle and not over sweet. It was wonderful, one of the best candies I’ve had in a long time.

              That tears it. I’m gonna have to get more.

              • Posted September 12, 2012 at 11:05 am | Permalink

                That does sound wonderful.

                Each chocolate has its own distinct flavors, of course. Not that you can tell with candies that’re mostly sugar…with the real chocolates, a 75% cacao Valrhona tastes much different from a 75% Ghirardelli. The Scharffen Berger is my personal favorite….

                Cheers,

                b&

  10. pktom64
    Posted September 12, 2012 at 7:33 am | Permalink

    I never tasted it (we don’t have that around here) but Lewis Black seems to hate those

  11. Beachscriber
    Posted September 12, 2012 at 7:51 am | Permalink

    Looks to me like more fake food for the fat nation from Food Inc.

  12. MNb
    Posted September 12, 2012 at 7:57 am | Permalink

    “Candy corn is like cats—you either hate them or love them.”
    Wrong. Candy corn leaves me indifferent; I have hated some cats and loved others. Same with dogs.

  13. Marta
    Posted September 12, 2012 at 7:57 am | Permalink

    It mystifies me, really. Except for my dad, I’ve never met in real life anyone who admits to liking candy corn.

    Candy corn is the best selling candy in the US, if not the entire world. Or was, last I heard.

    • darrelle
      Posted September 12, 2012 at 9:27 am | Permalink

      “Candy corn is the best selling candy in the US, if not the entire world.”

      Alas, there truly is no hope for the human race.

  14. Posted September 12, 2012 at 8:01 am | Permalink

    I haven’t seen candy corn in probably forty years. Loved it back then.

    Wow, as I am writing this, a flood of faint but pleasant taste memories, forgotten for decades, has come welling up from somewhere deep inside. Candy corn meant watching Disney on Sundays with my grandparents, etc. I’ll trade you a regular Oreo (which I never liked) for some real candy corns next Halloween.

  15. Posted September 12, 2012 at 8:08 am | Permalink

    Always hated it. Can’t bear to look at it, let alone imagine it inside an Oreo. I even hated that white lardy crap inside the Oreos (never understood “double-stuff”).

    Yes, I was a candy and cookie snob.

  16. davidintoronto
    Posted September 12, 2012 at 8:12 am | Permalink

    They look vaguely familiar – so I must have tried them (back in the Paleolithic). But my first thought when I read “candy corn” was some kind of Cracker Jack/popcorn concoction. Tricky to get that into an Oreo. 😉

  17. Roo
    Posted September 12, 2012 at 9:06 am | Permalink

    I must say, I strongly admire the dedication to exploring the intricacies of candy and other sugary foodstuffs on this website. Candy corn gets my vote as just ‘meh’, but fun to eat in ritualistic ways (see above). Truly the worst, in no particular order?

    Circus Peanuts. No, just NO.

    Smarties. They taste like chalk.

    Those old timey strawberry candies, that came in a wrapper that looked like a strawberry. My dear sweet uncle who I loved greatly always gave them to me, and I stiffled my gags to spare his feelings. Which resulted in more strawberries candies the next time… shudders.

    • Roo
      Posted September 12, 2012 at 9:59 am | Permalink

      Drove by Target. Halloween stuff is halfway set up, no candy corn Oreos. But… but… but…. there are Cadbury Screme Eggs! Creme eggs, the last holdout in seasonal candy variations, are now available in the fall. Excuse me while I faint or have a joygasm, or both.

  18. Strider
    Posted September 12, 2012 at 10:08 am | Permalink

    Interesting how Oreos chose to go with the “traditional” yellow, orange, and white candy corn and so shortchanged those of us who prefer the “Indian Corn” variant (or as we call it, “Candy Maize”). It seems we never run out of creative ways to slight native americans even going so far as to deny them representation in our snackfoods!

  19. Greg Esres
    Posted September 12, 2012 at 10:33 am | Permalink

    like sweetened wax

    I thought this was a joke, but it looks like that’s pretty much what candy corn is made of.

  20. Posted September 12, 2012 at 10:43 am | Permalink

    Now I feel like a jerk for commenting here. Oh well.

    Candy corn is nasty. This looks like diabetes in a box.

  21. Barbara
    Posted September 12, 2012 at 11:16 am | Permalink

    I believe there was a time when I thought candy corn was fine. Just about everything sweet was fine then. Fairly young I learned to place its bland sweetness in the “not worth eating” category. Now, to be worth eating candy has to have chocolate in it, preferably very dark chocolate.

    Seems odd that Oreo went with blonde candy corn cookies. They don’t seem like real Oreos. And it’s not like candy corn has enough flavor to conflict with the chocolate.

  22. Bob Scott Placier
    Posted September 12, 2012 at 1:45 pm | Permalink

    I don’t care for candy corn either. But it has one use for me! When I’m teaching my Dendrology field labs, I can liken the thorns on Smilax rotundifolia (a greenbrier) to candy corn. Similar shape, and the Smilax thorns are tricolored, green base, yellowish in the middle, blackish tip. So when I say they change color from base to tip, similar to candy corn, students always know what I mean.Candy corn, unpalatable, no nutritional value, but a cultural icon.

  23. Uncle Ebeneezer
    Posted September 12, 2012 at 2:52 pm | Permalink

    I loved candy corn. Not so much nowadays. But as a kid I used to put a couple in my mouth between my gums and teeth, with the tips hanging out to create Dracula fangs. Halloween and all…

    Me and my friends used to go into the woods and use Circus Peanuts as projectiles to throw at each other in a primitive, candy version of laser tag. We were in high school and could easily get real laser tag guns if we wanted them, which really raises the wtf component of the memory.

  24. Posted September 12, 2012 at 7:39 pm | Permalink

    i did like candy corn as a kid, but i don’t eat it now…however I have an odd hankering for it all of a sudden. but, i also love black jelly beans and those weird peanut butter-esque candies wrapped in plain black or orange. if you really want to talk about candies that should die a miserable death, then let’s talk about smarties,pixie stix, and those nasty dots stuck to the paper.

  25. Steve in Oakland
    Posted September 13, 2012 at 1:29 am | Permalink

    Yes, my favorite as a kid, also. Over the years I’ve had the cavities to prove it.


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