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What Is The Most Hated Halloween "Treat"

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1. CANDY CORN
Sure, Candy Corn is a Hal­loween sta­ple, but those lit­tle tri-colored pieces are very con­tro­ver­sial. Hands down the most polar­iz­ing con­fec­tion, here’s a sam­pling of what pro­tes­tors had to say: “Who the heck wants candy mod­eled after a veg­etable?!?” “I’d rather eat a crayon.” “Can’t under­stand why it even exists.” “It’s been the same Candy Corn for decades and decades… it just gets recy­cled for next year.” And last but not least: “Screw you, Candy Corn.” Whether it’s the clas­sic corn, chocolate-flavored or even pumpkin-shaped… buyer beware! Lots of peo­ple are NOT fans of the waxy prod­uct in any way, shape or form. “BLECH.”

22. MARY JANES
Remem­ber these? Another exam­ple of a fes­tive treat that’s much bet­ter in the­ory than in prac­tice… The orange and black wrap­pers may scream Hal­loween, but the fun stops when you put one in your mouth! Many haters didn’t even know the name of the “mys­tery chews from old peo­ple,” but those lit­tle peanut butter/molasses fla­vored can­dies are called Mary Janes (though read­ers mostly just called them “nasty.”) They date back to 1914 (which explains why those of a cer­tain age are the key dis­trib­u­tors) and are made by NECCO (whose famous wafers also turn off mod­ern sweet tooths)… So maybe it’s a gen­er­a­tional thing? Or not.

SOURCE Washington Post Studio DATE: October 17, 2007 PHOTO:3. BIT-O-HONEY
What could be so wrong with honey-flavored taffy embed­ded with almond bits? Bit-O-Honey sounds like it would be deli­cious, but the “long-chewing candy” takes far too long to devour (not to men­tion gets majorly stuck in your teeth)! “Those were thrown out imme­di­ately” sums up the gen­eral sen­ti­ment about this vin­tage treat that orig­i­nated in 1924. Kids today don’t have time for it!

44. TOOTSIE ROLLS
“What­ever it is I think I see, becomes a Toot­sie Roll to me.” This candy has a super catchy jin­gle, but the prob­lem is that a lot of peo­ple would rather see some­thing else in their Trick-or-Treat bag. Blame the con­testable wax-like con­sis­tency once again, but at least this hard chew does seem to have some his­tory: in 1896 Toot­sie founder Leo Hirschfeld allegedly wanted to cre­ate a prod­uct that would not melt eas­ily in the heat as an eco­nomic alter­na­tive to tra­di­tional choco­late. The cocoa-flavored sweet sold for a penny a piece, so you get what you pay for? Real choco­late please!

55. GOOD & PLENTY
The cute pink and white cap­sules might fool you at first — because the lit­tle treats have a dark soul! All it takes is one bite to know if the black licorice hid­ing inside is your thing. It’s strong, it’s intense, and for that rea­son, plenty of peo­ple have noth­ing good to say about Good & Plenty. As the old­est branded candy in Amer­ica (since 1893!), some­one is clearly keep­ing them in busi­ness… if you must buy them, just do so for yourself!

TO GO WITH AFP STORY BY VIRGINIE MONTET

6. SMARTIES
Can you say sugar? These uber-sweet (and slightly sour) tablets in six fruity fla­vors are sim­ply too much for some taste­buds. But the biggest com­plaint over­all is their “gross” chalky tex­ture. The retro rolls get their name from the verb “to smart” — when one’s face invol­un­tar­ily puck­ers. “#DoNotWant”

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7. WHOPPERS
It’d be a real whop­per to say too many pos­i­tive things about malted milk balls coated in choco­late. The insides are down­right dry and oddly crumbly. “Nobody wants Whop­pers,” wrote one reader, but this might be the best response of #WorstCan­dyEver right here: “We had a party and a candy jar full of Whop­pers on Sat­ur­day. Folks stole our toi­let paper, but not our Whop­pers.” ‘Nuff said. If you’re aim­ing to please, pick some­thing else!

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8. THINGS THAT AREN’T CANDY
Hal­loween is a hol­i­day that cel­e­brates candy… you’re sup­posed to splurge, so by all means don’t suck the joy out of it! Enough with healthy snacks like apples and raisins. And for­get about home­made treats, too. That means no pop­corn balls, baked goods, and noth­ing unwrapped what­so­ever. Since you can’t trust any­one these days, par­ents will toss it all the trash faster than the kid­dos can say “Trick-or-Treat.” Man­u­fac­tured, store-bought C-A-N-D-Y is magic (sans razors)!

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9. THINGS THAT AREN’T EVEN EDIBLE
See #8. It’s great to be cre­ative when it comes to your cos­tume, but when it comes to treats, don’t play around. The absolute most-hated stuff isn’t candy at all. No, it’s “tricks” like coins, pen­cils, reli­gious pam­phlets (not the time to preach) and of course tooth­brushes (where is your Hal­loween spirit, seri­ously?!). “Who wants to be reminded of tooth decay dig­ging through a pile of candy?”

 

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