Thursday, September 17, 2009

Chocolate-Covered Candy Corn: Yay or Nay?

You're either gonna love this idea or hate it: chocolate-covered candy corn. I was in Target a few days ago and was excited to see their vast array of Halloween candy. This year they have a line of products called "Skelanimals." They're cute little skeleton animals (a bat, a cat, a dog and a rabbit) and they're on everything from T-shirts to candy, like candy rings, bracelets, tins, etc. Very cute.
But I was more attracted to the display of funky candy corns. In addition to the good old regular kind, they had tangerine, toffee, caramel apple, cinnamon and a bunch of other flavors. (Cybele did a review of the Toffee ones, which I haven't read yet because I didn't want it to influence my taste buds.) I decided to go for the original chocolate-covered.
As noted in a previous post, Target brand candy corn is actually made by Zachary Confections. It seems that every brand of candy corn has it's own unique little hint of flavor. To me, the Zachary brand seems to have more of a rum flavor as opposed to say Brach's, with its buttery honey popcorn flavor.
So how does candy corn taste when combined with chocolate? Not so great, in my opinion. The first couple of chews feel and almost taste like a chocolate-covered raisin, but then you get a salty, rummy taste of candy corn. They're fine, just not something I'd seek out. Maybe that's partly due to the chocolate. It wasn't very good quality. Kind of grainy and tasteless with a high waxy sheen.
The tangerine ones intrigued me, but I've got to admit, I'm candy corn purist. How about you?

9 comments:

cybele said...

My Target didn't even have the original (I don't think they were done putting up their displays last week). I think I would prefer it.

Pam Walter said...

Candy corn is my favorite autumn candy...why tamper with perfection? http://blog.sweetservices.com/sweetscandyblog/

Sandy said...

I think I should come over to your house and sample a chocolate-covered candy corn. Perhaps we could devise a martini based on this concept. It could have a chocolate liqueur base and a tad of buttered rum--what else would work in such a thing, some sort of vodka? Then I will render my opinion on said adulterated candy corn.

Candy Yum Yum said...

Good point Pam!

Candy Yum Yum said...

A chocolate liquer base? Now you're talking! Sounds like we need to make a date... once the Sugar Baby gets rid of his nasty cold.

Leslie said...

I haven't tasted one of these but they look gorgeous. What do you think Mr or Miss Candy Yum Yum, is this a perfect give away for a children's party? Would they love the taste of this? What do you recommend? Thanks!

Candy Yum Yum said...

Leslie, the Sugar Baby (who is 3) loved them, so yes, I think they'd be great for kids. They're very fun and festive, even if they aren't the best tasting candy corn I've ever had.

Nance said...

I saw these at Target as well but didn't buy them. My 7 year old LOVES candy corn. They are her favorite candy. She was even a candy corn for Halloween two years ago. I only really eat them when nothing better is around. I may have to buy these fancy chocolate covered ones especially for her.

Kelly said...

I really don't like candy corn, but the chocolate covered candy corn was so good. I could eat the whole bag.