Candy Corn Conundrum

So I love candy corn.

And it’s everywhere right now, and oh so cheap. When I eat it, I smile, thinking of my dad, who could (proudly) literally eat a bag in one sitting.

Like those Reese’s commercials that talk about “there’s no wrong way to eat a Reese’s,” I’ve decided to liken that to candy corn consumption.

I buy the Autumn Mix (Brach’s, only) and I chew off the top part (the brown or yellow) and toss the rest of the corn points. I am not sure which I like more: Indian corn, or regular old-fashioned candy corn.

(The new versions — like caramel corn and candy apple or chocolate caramel corn — are GROSS).

Then when it comes to the pumpkins, I bite off the green “stem” and leave the rest.

Often I’ll call my dad to tell him I’m eating his favorite treat and I can “hear” him smiling and then saying, “I can eat a whole bag!” as though it’s a badge of honor or something (our dentists hate us!).

I’ve been buying a little bag almost every day … taking the tops off some of the pieces and chucking the bag after a serving (or two) since the bag serves 6 and I fear eating 6 servings!

I realize these are wasted, empty calories. And I also realize I eat them one month a year. (Like jellybeans!)

But it occured to me today that I’m better off just not buying them; I need to be “over” candy corn. It’s pure sugar!!!

Hence, the conundrum. I love candy corn and don’t eat it any other time of year … but I’m abusing it. So I need to stop buying it.

I’ll vow here to make today Day One sans candy corn … the treat is certainly not helping my weight loss efforts any!

How about you? Do you like candy corn? Is there another seasonal food you love?

24 thoughts on “Candy Corn Conundrum

  1. I like candy corn, but if I don’t buy it I won’t eat it. In fact, it wasn’t until today that I realized that October was more than half over and I’d yet to eat any… Unfortunately, the house I nanny at purchased candy corn over the weekend and I had a few handfuls today. No good.

    I saw on the bag that the amount of candy corn eaten (purchased?) by Americans would wrap around the earth 4.26 times! That disgusted me and I didn’t eat anymore after that…

    Seasonal treat I can’t resist? Conversation hearts at Valentine’s Day…

  2. Oh yum. I haven’t had candy corn in so long! Probably years. And I love it!

    I have a REALLY hard time passing by those big Reese’s Peanut Butter Eggs at Easter time. I think one of those eggs is sadly something like 6 WW points for one egg! But they’re so yummy.

  3. I, too, love the corn and am pretty damn thankful that it’s around all year BUT hard to find.

    I eat it now (uh, actually QUITE LITERALLY NOW :)) and then not all 11 other months.

  4. I think I’m one of the weird freaks that can’t stand candy corn!! I don’t know why… I just don’t love it. Now, I have a thing for “fun sized” candy. I like chocolate but I LOVE tiny candy bars. A mini 3 Musketeers is so much better than a big one!

  5. LOOOVE my candy corn. 🙂 I like the pumpkins the best, but the original is pretty good, too. I was just thinking and I’ve only had it one time so far this year, at my sister’s. I guess I’ve been trying not to be around it, because I have horrible self-control! I’m definitely planning on buying a bag before Halloween…

    Hmmm…seasonal treats I can’t live without? I’d go with conversation hearts, and the Starburst jelly beans (although they might sell them year-round now?).

  6. Sisters By –that might be a good enough reason for me to stay away from it — that fact, alone! 🙂

    Pamela, at Easter time I love Cadbury eggs. 4 pts and I can have 1 or 2 a year. Jellybeans I used to LOVE (speckled) but now I don’t really dig them.

    Mara, consider yourself lucky!

    Holly, I had a conversation hearts addiction a few years ago but I think I ODed on them!

  7. MizFit — good point, it’s pretty impossible to find any other time of year and it’s not fresh in those bags anyway like it is around Halloween 🙂

  8. i LOVE candy corn…it’s one of those things that when you eat one, you have to just keep going cuz it leaves that yucky sugary aftertaste in your mouth and the only way to get rid of it is to EAT MORE CANDY CORN!!

    my general plan of attack for Halloween candy is to not eat any until Oct 31, and even then, i don’t buy any…i usually go to my parents’ house to help them hand out candy, so only eating it in someone else’s presence helps me too.

  9. It is my favorite also!!! I’m such a visual person so if I have an addition to something (mostly sugar stuff!) I look at the ingredients and visualize eating them seperate (corny, no pun intended). Then it doesn’t seem as good – sometimes it works sometimes it doesn’t. I’m a vegan and don’t drink cows milk (kind of grosses me out), yet it doesn’t gross me out enough to not eat milk chocolate!

    Candy Corn Ingredients
    Corn Syrup,
    Confectioner’s Glaze,
    Natural and Artificial Flavors,
    Artificial Colors, (FDC Yellow 6 Lake, Red #40, Red 40 Lake, Yellow #5, Yellow #6, Blue 1 Lake, Blue #1, Yellow 5 Lake),
    Egg Whites,
    Honey Glycerin,
    Mineral Oil,
    Carnauba Wax

  10. I love it too, but I usually just eat it when it presents itself (in the office or whatever) rather than buying it. Do you have to completely ban it? You already gave up Diet Coke! Maybe they make single-serving kinds and you could limit yourself to one a day? Just an idea. 🙂

  11. LOL Auntie!!

    Ginette, that makes it UNAPPEALING … but still appealing 🙂

    Emily, I had one Diet Coke today 🙂 (first since last Thurs.) I think if I don’t have the candy corn around I won’t eat it … and I tend to eat it anxiously … ripping the tops off each piece!! So the single servings don’t do it for me b/c they are too much effort 😉 I think I’m better off just not buying it, or only once every other day or something vs an every day thing where I’m chucking decapitated candy corns 😉

  12. I also do the “should I buy or NOT buy” candy corn every October. It has gotten me into trouble many times (even physically sick) yet there is something so alluring about them.

    Funny, I also bite off the stems on the pumpkins or the bottom layer on the corn and throw the rest away. I was told by my therapist that is a sign of disordered eating. Same as picking out “clusters” of things in foods (like the cookie dough in the ice cream) or chocolate chips out of cookies (which I do!) Normal eaters eat the whole candy corn, ice cream, cookie, etc. Wonder what it is with us “disordered” eaters that makes us pick things apart like that…

  13. LOL Lara — I bite off the top part, the biggest part. 🙂

    And I LOVE digging for clusters in ice cream or chocolate chips from a cookie. Same as icing from cake. I don’t like the cake, or the ice cream, or the cookie. But I love what’s inside, hiding!

    My therapist says that is really more anxious behavior, not disordered eating — funny how they differ in opinion! I respect both and could see how both could be true.

  14. Ha! Cake is just the vehicle for the icing. I used to work with a woman that scraped off all the icing and I was more than happy to take it 🙂

    I could see where it could also be anxious behavior. But with regards to candy corn (where the whole thing tastes the same) why would that cause one to eat part of something and not the rest of it? The things in life that make you go hmmm…I

    I am dealing with a bad phase of disordered eating now (and the resulting 20 lb weight gain over 6 months) and do think anxiety is a big part of it even though I am not feeling particularly anxious about things in general per se. But I think it is there behind the surface. One day at a time.

  15. honestly, if it’s in front of me I’ll eat it. but I just haven’t even considered buying it so it’s not a problem.

    I think it’s just one of those things. if you want to deal with trying to fight the urge to want it, then go ahead and buy it. it would be really hard for me to not nibble and pick at them if they were in front of me, or if I made a special trip to buy them.

    you say you eat them anxiously? what about trying to eat them NOT anxiously? they are meant as a treat. try going a few days without them and then have a proper serving. even if it’s 4 or 5 pts. give yourself a proper serving of candy corn. I think you’ll find you are satiated and done with them for at least the next few days. they really are VERY sweet! I find if I only tease my sense with something without giving it enough, it’ll just keep craving it.

  16. Wow, being from Australia, until I saw the photo in this post I always imagined candy corn as just caramelly-popcorn like you can get here. What the hell IS candy corn, then?! The pic looks straaaange.

    Oh, I’m kind of a lurker btw. I think your blog came up in my google reader “recommended feeds” once and I added it 🙂

  17. LOL Lara — a vehicle for the icing. I wish I didn’t like frosting, but I’ve always liked it. I remember as a kid loving batter and frosting — the baked cake/cupcakes didn’t thrill me. Lara, from what I’m understanding in therapy, anxiety isn’t a state so much as a character-trait. And it manifests in different ways. Like it makes us good students/employees b/c we’re diligent to a T and afraid of failure … but we can’t let up or relax when we need to.

    Cathy, I guess what I mean is, I like to chew the tops off and do it repeatedly. I know it sounds weird. I eat the tops of 40 and then it’s 1 serving. (3 pts). And to me, they’re sweet but not too sweet — I’m in Auntie’s camp of not being able to get rid of the taste so I want more! But I haven’t had any today and will treat myself to a nonanxious serving, maybe on Friday. Good idea!

    Hi Amy!! So glad you “found me” — Google reader is awesome, huh?! 🙂 Candy corn are like the most evil thing on earth. Be lucky it doesn’t exist in Australia!!

  18. PS–Lurkers welcome. I have a LOT of lurkers — and that makes me feel good. Sometimes when there’s no comments I wonder if what I wrote wasn’t compelling, but then I’ll see 90 page views and feel better.

  19. Lissa, anxiety is definitely a character trait of mine. I have dealt with many anxiety related issues throughout life- and agree it is a character trait. For me it has manifested as phobias, panic attacks, generalized anxiety to the point of needing meds, anorexia, and bouts of compulsive eating. Definitely have a fear of failure and exist in a state of always thinking I am not good enough, thin enough, smart enough, pretty enough, etc. Hard to shake but I am trying.

  20. Lara, it’s good to know we’re not alone! I’ve never experienced panic attacks (though I’m prone to them) — but usually it’s my stomach that reacts — in the form of IBS. 😦 So it’s a panic attack of the stomach. Very scary stuff. It’s good you’re trying to shake it — you’re perfect as you are 🙂

  21. OMG Palmer’s make’s a candy kind of like Reese’s but it comes in their bag of mixed chocolates. The milk chocolate, crispy chocolate and peanut butter chocolate. You can only find the bags of Palmer candies at the holidays — for Halloween they have bags of chocolates shaped as body parts like lips and eyeballs. The peanut butter chocolates are SOOOO GOOD! The peanut butter I think tastes more natural than the Reeses peanut butter.
    Also I LOVE Cadbury Eggs!

  22. OOOh I love Reese’s Sheena … mmmm!! I never liked the Palmer’s chocolates but I’ll take your word for it 🙂

  23. Candy corn in layers only, please.

    The Pumpkins, not so hot. You have to buy those huge bags of candy corn, though, so I avoid totally.

    Jelly beans are another story. I’ll eat them all year long.

  24. Yes, in layers but I only like the top layer.

    I wish I’d avoided …!! And jellybeans … I like to suck the outside and toss the gelatin part. Weird, I know!

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