Taste Test: Candy Corn-Themed Halloween Treats

For the most part, buyer beware.
Taste Test: Candy Corn-Themed Halloween Treats
Candy corn hybrids are sprouting up everywhere this Halloween. Photograph by Andrew Propp.

If there were a Halloween zodiac, 2013 would be the Year of the Candy Corn. It seems there are more riffs on those sugary little faux-corns than ever, from limited-edition candy corn Oreos to a Starburst fruit-flavored variety. Here’s what to expect on your last-minute Halloween candy run. 

 

THE BEST

Candy Corn “Flavor Creme” Oreo ($2.99 at Target)

While these limited-edition cookies don’t reach the deliciousness level of your typical “golden” Oreo—which is high—they’re not bad. And that’s the key: they’re not bad. Candy corn is, for most humans, pretty gross after the first fistful*. Candy corn Oreos, on the other hand, are festive but don’t taste like saccharine kernels of despair. They’re sweeter, and faintly corn-y, but you can take down a stack. Sadly we’re recommending the white whale of Halloween treats, given they’re only available at Target and widely sold out.

 

THE WORST

Things go downhill pretty fast, folks. 

Brach’s S’mores Candy Corn 

The package advertises that “America’s #1 S’mores Candy Corn” is “made with real honey!” Yes, and also corn syrup, hydrogenated palm kernel oil, titanium dioxide, and the banned-in-some-countries Red 40 food dye. It’s like giving Joan Rivers credit for her eyeballs. Regardless, the kernels taste like old Power Bars and make your cabinets smell weird. No s’more, please. 

Starburst Fruit-Flavored Candy Corn 

Have you ever wished Starburst were smaller and waxier? Then this is your candy. As one taster commented: “If Starburst were commemorated at Madame Tussauds, this is what they’d taste like.” 

M&Ms White Chocolate Candy Corn 

As if white chocolate wasn’t already the albino stepchild of the cocoa world, Mars decided to marry it with the candy family’s boring middle son. Granted, the orange, white, and yellow M&Ms may be the best of the worst. They only look and kind of smell like candy corn, but taste more like sweeter-than-average white chocolate. 

*When you’re measuring Halloween candy consumption, fist-size portions are an adequate scale.

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Anna Spiegel
Food Editor

Anna Spiegel covers the dining and drinking scene in her native DC. Prior to joining Washingtonian in 2010, she attended the French Culinary Institute and Columbia University’s MFA program in New York, and held various cooking and writing positions in NYC and in St. John, US Virgin Islands.