Bad candy, bad!
September 15, 2014 5:09 PM   Subscribe

I want (bad) candy. I have been tasked with setting up a Bad Candy Day at work. The goal to have people bring in some type of candy that they dislike, and we'll all sit around and try the candy and laugh at how awful it is..... What awful candies can I buy to make people hate and love Bad Candy Day?

Some examples of bad candy so far in my mind are Circus Peanuts, the unwrapped hard peppermint candies that Grandma used to keep in an open bowl, those chalky after dinner mints you can get from the hostess on the way out the door from a restaurant, spearmint jelly leaves, and the worst candy ever made, the monstrosity known as candy corn.
posted by lstanley to Food & Drink (193 answers total) 41 users marked this as a favorite
 
if you can get them, australian musk candy is truly disgusting.
posted by koroshiya at 5:10 PM on September 15, 2014 [5 favorites]


You should get some salt licorice. You either love it or hate it.
posted by bibliogrrl at 5:10 PM on September 15, 2014 [10 favorites]


Salty liquorice
posted by unknowncommand at 5:11 PM on September 15, 2014 [1 favorite]


Candy corn and wax lips!
posted by chesty_a_arthur at 5:13 PM on September 15, 2014 [5 favorites]


Horehound candy is super gross imo. Also there exists durian flavored candy. That can't be good.
posted by duckstab at 5:14 PM on September 15, 2014 [3 favorites]


It's the right season for these orange and black wrapped things. Oh, the horror.
posted by pantarei70 at 5:14 PM on September 15, 2014 [30 favorites]


Candy Corn. It's horrible enough in its basic version, but it also comes in all kinds of weird alternate flavors and color schemes. All of them are awful.

Circus peanuts. Blecch.

Some people would include Necco, though I... don't have anything against them.
posted by Naberius at 5:15 PM on September 15, 2014 [2 favorites]


I think Necco Wafers tend to be hated by many people (although I don’t find them too terribly offensive). The mauve, clove-flavored ones are certainly unusual among candy flavors currently available on the market.
posted by letourneau at 5:16 PM on September 15, 2014 [5 favorites]


Salty licorice oh my god the horror

also those vile swedish fish that destroy bridgework, families, homes, lives, the universe
posted by poffin boffin at 5:16 PM on September 15, 2014 [6 favorites]


I was recently tricked into eating a piece a durian-flavored hard candy that my friend brought back from Singapore, and it was the most horrific thing ever. Amazon seems to have some brands for sale in the US, if you're foolhardy enough to try them.
posted by bibliowench at 5:16 PM on September 15, 2014 [1 favorite]


also haw flakes might qualify as bad candy for a lot of people, they are kind of an acquired taste
posted by poffin boffin at 5:17 PM on September 15, 2014 [2 favorites]


Whatever horrible chocolate they make foil-covered candy coins out of. And the Midwestern specialty known as Twin Bings.
posted by Guess What at 5:18 PM on September 15, 2014 [3 favorites]


Look for a Dutch store, they have salted licorice and these truly horrendous little brown spherical hard candies filled with some kind of revolting powder that explodes in your mouth like a GrossBomb. I'm sorry i can't remember the name, and googling 'repulsive dutch hard candy' is not returning anything useful. Maybe someone else on here will know?
posted by torisaur at 5:19 PM on September 15, 2014 [2 favorites]


Spearmint leaves???!!!!!!?????? I Loooooooooove spearmint leaves! But try to get your hands on Sen-sen candies or Thrills gum. Taste like soap. Course, you might need your mouth washed out after trying 'em....
posted by kate4914 at 5:19 PM on September 15, 2014 [2 favorites]


Idaho Spud is one of those candies that people ate in the 1930s because it tasted better than sawdust and tragedy but that has no reason to be produced and sold today
posted by theodolite at 5:20 PM on September 15, 2014 [27 favorites]


Chick o Sticks
Good & Plenty
posted by peep at 5:20 PM on September 15, 2014 [2 favorites]


Gum drops. Ew. What a waste of space in all of my childhood easter baskets.

I think the festivities should also included the host's favorite candy because making people eat bad candy with no sweet candy payoff at the end is cruel.

(Also good & plenty is the best candy of all time!)
posted by insoluble uncertainty at 5:22 PM on September 15, 2014


Too bad they don't make candy cigarettes any more. I hate most candy but Necco is truly nasty.
posted by futz at 5:23 PM on September 15, 2014


Some might disagree, but I'd bring Buckeyes.
posted by alms at 5:23 PM on September 15, 2014


Those wax straws that have a liquid inside. SICK.

Watermelon jolly ranchers. Actually, any flavor works.

Butter popcorn flavor Jelly Bellys.
posted by joan_holloway at 5:23 PM on September 15, 2014 [3 favorites]


Circus Peanuts
posted by Sublimity at 5:24 PM on September 15, 2014 [4 favorites]


If you can get to a Korean (or a large Asian) candy shop, ginseng-flavored hard candy is pretty nasty.
posted by rogerrogerwhatsyourrvectorvicto at 5:25 PM on September 15, 2014 [4 favorites]


Thrills gum tastes so much like soap that they advertise it on the packaging. Yuck!
posted by Nightman at 5:26 PM on September 15, 2014


You can still buy candy cigarettes! My personal most hated are Peeps and hoarhound candy.
posted by GoLikeHellMachine at 5:27 PM on September 15, 2014


Second those orange packaged Halloween things that taste of failure.
posted by Yowser at 5:27 PM on September 15, 2014 [5 favorites]


Violet Crumble is an abomination to anyone who's had a real Crunchie.
The new Mike and Ikes are pretty bad.
Anything at the health food store made with carob. If I thought it would survive the trip I'd send you the carob/soy mocha a local vegan place makes. It's indescribable. Maybe you can find something similar locally?

I love salted licorice btw, send it all to me when you're done. Also the circus peanuts.
posted by fshgrl at 5:28 PM on September 15, 2014 [5 favorites]


I love (some) candy corn, but I have this weird aversion to lavender candy, especially the dusty kind in old tins. Wax lips. Candy wax bottles.
posted by jetlagaddict at 5:28 PM on September 15, 2014


Sixlets. Taste like dust.
posted by Ambrosia Voyeur at 5:29 PM on September 15, 2014 [1 favorite]


"Birthday cake" flavored m&ms are truly an abomination. And this is from someone who likes most of the candy listed above
posted by genmonster at 5:29 PM on September 15, 2014 [4 favorites]


There used to be this "candy" that was a disgusting, plastic-flavored gel.
posted by bleep at 5:30 PM on September 15, 2014 [1 favorite]


One other: a lot of Americans find Turkish Delight revolting. They''re wrong, of course but if you're in America try that.
posted by fshgrl at 5:30 PM on September 15, 2014


Came in suggest musk sticks, but see they were the first suggestion :)
posted by Youremyworld at 5:31 PM on September 15, 2014


Seconding peeps.
posted by charlemangy at 5:33 PM on September 15, 2014 [6 favorites]


Anyone remember that candy that came as little dots stuck to paper? God, that was dumb. I always got a little but of the paper. Also, candy necklaces were pretty unpleasant too.

I do hope you'll reward everyone with good candy afterward!
posted by AppleTurnover at 5:34 PM on September 15, 2014 [14 favorites]


Jujubes. They're the devil's work.

(Save the Necco wafers for me, please. I love 'em -- must be a New England thing.)
posted by virago at 5:36 PM on September 15, 2014 [1 favorite]


Sorghum anything candy. If you can't find a local source, Ruth Hunt has some you can order online.

(If you want some truly divine candy while you're there, get anything Cream Pulled.)
posted by The Almighty Mommy Goddess at 5:36 PM on September 15, 2014 [1 favorite]


Candy Corn. It's horrible enough in its basic version, but it also comes in all kinds of weird alternate flavors and color schemes. All of them are awful.

Circus peanuts. Blecch.


No, no. They are certainly to have both of these in heaven.

I might vote for anything though that comes with chili powder, though. They make candy like that.
posted by SpacemanStix at 5:37 PM on September 15, 2014 [1 favorite]


And salt licorice sounds like a little bit of heaven ...
posted by virago at 5:38 PM on September 15, 2014 [2 favorites]


Gum drops. Ew. What a waste of space in all of my childhood easter baskets.

I think the festivities should also included the host's favorite candy because making people eat bad candy with no sweet candy payoff at the end is cruel.


Ha. Gum drops are probably my favorite candy. Seems like you'll inevitably get some disagreement. I like the favorite/least favorite idea.
posted by three_red_balloons at 5:39 PM on September 15, 2014 [1 favorite]


Chick o Sticks
Good & Plenty


What??? No! Those are FANTASTIC!

Circus Peanuts, candy necklaces, dots you have to eat off paper, Smarties (you cheap bastard), Boston Baked Beans (my teeth!) Red Hots. Atomic Fireballs. Bottle Caps. Fizzies. Pop Rocks. Astro Pops.

And any trading card gum. Topps was especially terrible!
posted by Ruthless Bunny at 5:39 PM on September 15, 2014 [3 favorites]


I think Whoppers are gross.

Bit-O-Honey is an acquired taste.

I don't love Tootsie Rolls.
posted by Schielisque at 5:40 PM on September 15, 2014


They make durian gummies.

They also make tamarind paste chews rolled in chili powder.

This exists.

Get thee to your nearest ethnic grocery and go nuts.
posted by phunniemee at 5:40 PM on September 15, 2014 [1 favorite]


Musk sticks Australian candy.

A lot of people have very strong reactions to what I consider "proper" licorice.

If you can get hold of it Danish Original Tyrkisk Peber which is licorice with pepper among other interesting ingredients, you can get it via Amazon. Side note grind it up, put it in Vodka & let it sit for a while until the flavours blend, now there is a drink that will warm you up on a cold winters night.

Turkish Delight will also get a strong reaction.

I have tried all of the above on my US family since moving here, all of them have gone over pretty much how you want for a bad candy day.
posted by wwax at 5:40 PM on September 15, 2014 [4 favorites]


Can you get popcorn flavored jelly bellies? Those are vile.

I don't think you'll have to worry about bringing "good" candy also; inevitably everyone will find one of their favorites in the nasty pile. I love chicks o sticks! And peeps, sorry.
posted by JenMarie at 5:42 PM on September 15, 2014 [3 favorites]


I'm with you on the circus peanuts, not with you on the candy corn (and whoever said Necco wafers were bad can BITE MY NEW ENGLAND-RAISED ASS).

You may want to get to an Asian supermarket and see if you can find something suitably weird in concept. Some Japanese candy is damn good (there's a gummy candy that I bought once for its laughably-translated packaging, but then I tasted it and thought "actually, this is pretty good"), but there's some things I've seen that are like...grass flavor. And not "marijuana" grass, like "front lawn" grass. (Okay, it's probably lemongrass or something, but even there lemongrass is what they use to make citronella candles so it'd be, like, bug-repellent flavor.)
posted by EmpressCallipygos at 5:43 PM on September 15, 2014


Kaol, Japanese mints. I find them so so I think b/c I had a lot growing up, but some people find them vile. I'm having a couple now and they are weird.
posted by TheGoodBlood at 5:45 PM on September 15, 2014


One Halloween night, we had to leave the house before the end of trick-or-treating. We left the remainder of our candy in a bowl on the front porch. Came back later that night to find everything had been taken except the banana Laffy Taffy. So, banana Laffy Taffy. Even unsupervised kids on Halloween won't take it.

And if you can get to a Scandinavian, Icelandic, Dutch, products shop - unlimited possibilities. They have a cultural attachment to licorice, and will put it in things the American palate will find totally weird. Salty licorice is a good example, but also licorice inside a chocolate bar, that kind of thing.
posted by LobsterMitten at 5:47 PM on September 15, 2014 [4 favorites]


Look, if you really want to waste delicious musk lollies on Americans, Musk Lifesavers is where it's at. The mix of the familiar and the alien does the trick.

Seconding Tyrkisk Peber.

Violet Crumble is an abomination to anyone who's had a real Crunchie.

Forgive them, Father, they know not what they do.
posted by zamboni at 5:47 PM on September 15, 2014 [5 favorites]


Oriental Trading Company has all sorts of questionable candy.
posted by Ostara at 5:48 PM on September 15, 2014


There's a bunch of stuff from this place that contains bugs covered in candy.

Nthing salty licorice (i love it, most people hate it). Atomic Fireballs are things that most people aren't fond of/can't deal with. There is a ton of really sour candy that kids like, but most adults don't.

Not exactly candy, but some 95% cocoa chocolate (dole it out in tiny tiny chunks) is generally too bitter/not sweet enough for most people.
posted by el io at 5:49 PM on September 15, 2014 [1 favorite]


Werther's Originals.
posted by bessiemae at 5:50 PM on September 15, 2014 [1 favorite]


Cow Tales candy is absolutely horrid.
posted by jferg at 5:51 PM on September 15, 2014


Valentines day candy hearts! Not even romantic at all.
posted by oceanjesse at 5:51 PM on September 15, 2014 [5 favorites]


Too bad you can't buy a box of those random deflated Whoppers that make you wish you'd stopped with the one before. Disappointment cloaked in chocolate. Barring that and keeping with the movie theme, I vote for Raisinettes. Who thought it would be a good idea to ruin perfectly good chocolate with raisins? Next on the list is anything banana flavored. Those banana Runts or Abbazabbas...
posted by cecic at 5:51 PM on September 15, 2014 [6 favorites]


Sugar free gummy bears? (but you may want to warn people ahead of time. And make sure every bathroom stall is stocked with an abundance of TP. Or just give people a take-home-only sample)
posted by raztaj at 5:54 PM on September 15, 2014 [4 favorites]


Mary Jane! My teeth hurt just thinking of them.
posted by damayanti at 5:54 PM on September 15, 2014


Candy cigarettes are wrong on multiple levels.
posted by Deodand at 5:55 PM on September 15, 2014


Doesn't get much worse than Spiced Jelly Beans and Spiced Gum Drops. Except maybe for Canada Mints.
posted by Rob Rockets at 5:56 PM on September 15, 2014 [1 favorite]


oooh those wax pop bottles filled with colored sugar water. gross.
posted by munichmaiden at 5:56 PM on September 15, 2014 [4 favorites]


Seconding hitting up your local Asian grocery store. There's some awful candy to be had there. I found these disgusting, hard, "winter melon flavored" (they did not taste like melon. at all.) candies at mine. Added bonus is that they're cheap.

Fruit flavored Tootsie Rolls are pretty disgusting too. And this is coming from someone who loves the original/vanilla ones.
posted by stubbehtail at 6:01 PM on September 15, 2014


Yeah, Mary Janes and coupons good for putting your fillings back in afterwards.

Some of these are in the category of "depends on the person". I like Necco wafers, myself.

I find Jolly Rancher candy (especially watermelon) vile.

I especially hate the decepticon candies - the kind that look like they should be one thing but are instead something horrible.

Candy dots - oh bright shining colors - they taste poor on their own and let you eat a piece of paper backing as a bonus. Mmmmm.

Pez - let's take mediocre sweetened chalk and make your suffering an effort.
posted by plinth at 6:06 PM on September 15, 2014 [4 favorites]


If your workplace has more than a few international people, American chocolate in general is kinda gross in comparison to what's available elsewhere.
posted by ROU_Xenophobe at 6:09 PM on September 15, 2014 [5 favorites]


Woman I worked with was from India. They have some fish candy over there. She brought it in and I tried it. Worst thing I ever put in my mouth and I ate dirt as a kid.
posted by cjorgensen at 6:10 PM on September 15, 2014 [2 favorites]


I like gum drops except for the awful spice flavored ones. I'm also distressed at how watermelon and green apple have started to replace cherry and lime flavors in candy. Cherry, lime flavors = good. watermelon, green apple flavors = no. And Dairy Queen got rid of Orange Mr. Misty, so I can't have a dreamsicle misty float. What the hell kind of customer abuse is that?
posted by theora55 at 6:11 PM on September 15, 2014 [3 favorites]


Anyway, especially with older candies, like those caramels with the white centers, you'll find people who both love and hate them, which would be pretty interesting to me. also, candy corn.
posted by theora55 at 6:12 PM on September 15, 2014


Fun Dip, formerly known as lik 'm aid. Flavored powdered sugars with a candy tablet that you lick and dip into the sugar to make it stick.

Caramel creams (disc with the white circle in the middle and the caramel surrounding it). It looks like it will taste good, but the "cream" is some sort of unholy mixture of chemicals and oil and the caramel has a distinctly un-caramel-like texture.

Mary Janes.
posted by chickenmagazine at 6:13 PM on September 15, 2014 [2 favorites]


Candy Corn. It's horrible enough in its basic version, but it also comes in all kinds of weird alternate flavors and color schemes. All of them are awful.

Circus peanuts. Blecch.


Did you read the 'more inside' part of the question? Both of those were mentioned by the OP ;P

I never met a candy I didn't like. Except Atomic Warheads! And all candies of that ilk. Basically any candy sold at the snack bar of a little league game.
posted by the webmistress at 6:13 PM on September 15, 2014


Once for Halloween I bought Spongebob Squarepants-branded "Crabby Patty" gummy burgers. Truly favorless and appalling. Here you go.

This: those chalky after dinner mints you can get from the hostess on the way out the door from a restaurant was kind of disturbing, since I always think it is a treat to get butter mints. But this: the worst candy ever made, the monstrosity known as candy corn makes me question your sanity. But maybe you'll appreciate this.
posted by jeoc at 6:13 PM on September 15, 2014


Licorice flavored Altoids are another polarizing one. I like them, most people recoil.
posted by fshgrl at 6:22 PM on September 15, 2014 [1 favorite]


Have bean boozled jelly belly's been mentioned?

Each color has 2 different flavors... one yummy , one discusting.

Stinky Socks - Tutti Fruitti (*New Flavor)
Lawn Clipping - Lime (*New Flavor)
Rotten Egg - Buttered Popcorn
Toothpaste - Berry Blue
Barf - Peach
Canned Dog Food - Chocolat pudding
Booger - Juicy Pear
Moldy Cheese - Caramel Corn
Baby Wipes - Coconut
Skunk Spray - Licorice
posted by beccaj at 6:23 PM on September 15, 2014 [3 favorites]


liquorice allsorts are truly repulsive
posted by 5_13_23_42_69_666 at 6:23 PM on September 15, 2014


Man, I like almost all of those candies listed above. I'm not sure its technically a candy, but how about Poky from the asian grocery?
posted by SweetTeaAndABiscuit at 6:24 PM on September 15, 2014 [1 favorite]


Pocky is excellent and should be nowhere near this list.

Unless you bring Pocky for Men just for the laughs.
posted by JoeZydeco at 6:28 PM on September 15, 2014 [4 favorites]


I can't believe I misspelled it. :(
posted by SweetTeaAndABiscuit at 6:30 PM on September 15, 2014


The popcorn flavored jelly beans are truly disgusting.
posted by tamitang at 6:31 PM on September 15, 2014 [4 favorites]


C. Howard Scented Gum

This stuff tasted like poison and left an aftertaste of funeral flowers in my mouth for several hours. I think some of those 4 star reviewers must have grown up in a 19th Century French brothel or in the Flowers in the Attic house. None of my coworkers could tolerate it. In comparison : C. Howard Scented Gum < salt licorice < durian candy
posted by Gable Oak at 6:32 PM on September 15, 2014 [2 favorites]


Oh man, do they still make Warheads? Especially the blue kind. I don't even know if they're all that bad, but when you're expecting blueberry they are sour, salty, vinegary death.

*spits*
posted by Space Kitty at 6:32 PM on September 15, 2014 [1 favorite]


Nthing musk candies, which are the worst candies of all time.
posted by Stacey at 6:34 PM on September 15, 2014


I'm not sure what they're called, but they're round and pink and chalky and look like they're made out of and taste vaguely like pepto bismol....It's a bland pink chalky mint thing. I think I see them sometimes in the cheapie stores..
posted by newpotato at 6:34 PM on September 15, 2014


Pixie stix.
posted by St. Alia of the Bunnies at 6:35 PM on September 15, 2014


Oh, and novelty shaped candies - like ones shaped like hamburgers and hot dogs, and the only reason people buy them is for the looks - are often really terrible.
posted by LobsterMitten at 6:37 PM on September 15, 2014 [3 favorites]


I guess I have low/no standards, because I love pretty much all of the mainstream candies listed above, except the orange and black halloween candies gross. bit o' honey and mary janes do not get love, either. Jordan almonds feel like they are breaking my teeth.
posted by umwhat at 6:37 PM on September 15, 2014 [2 favorites]


Rolos, eeew, just typing it makes me want to barf through my nose.

My mother also just told me about trying a Japanese jellied green tea candy of some sort, which might not be delicious to a Western palate.
posted by mibo at 6:43 PM on September 15, 2014


Charleston Chews. They may look like chocolate bars, but they're really industrial putty covered in brown.

If you can find them, Choward's violet mints - I love them, but a lot of people aren't into floral candies. (On preview, see above.)

Drugstores and grocery stores often have a bunch of cheapy grandma candies in bags in the candy aisle - spice drops, starlight mints, etc. Just about any of those will be good.

I love the orange and black peanut butter things and will take any leftovers off your hands.
posted by Metroid Baby at 6:47 PM on September 15, 2014 [1 favorite]


You want Mexican Salt & Lime Candy.
posted by Pizzarina Sbarro at 6:47 PM on September 15, 2014 [1 favorite]


Tyrkisk Peber, horehound, and black licorice Altoids are all amazing and yummy.

If you live near an Asian grocery, you can usually find some Ting Ting Jahe, which are Indonesian ginger chews. Now, by 'ginger', we mean a ginger taste that's intense both in its taste and heat. If you're a ginger lover, you'll be in heaven. If you are indifferent, or merely like it, it may be too overpowering. Personally, I can't get enough of them - and they're wonderful for motion sickness and nausea.

I've had friends say that they love ginger, I give them one of these, and they spit it out after a couple of seconds because of the heat.
posted by spinifex23 at 6:48 PM on September 15, 2014


Big Turk. It claims to be Turkish Delight but it is just raspberry jelly covered in chocolate.

Somewhat related, a friend brought over two boxes of Turkish Delight. One was the normal stuff but the other had some weird colours and flavours and may have been covered in shredded coconut. The first box was the best thing ever, and the second was just so so bad.
posted by any portmanteau in a storm at 6:50 PM on September 15, 2014


I concur about the popcorn jelly bellies. I thought there was no such thing as a jelly bean I didn't like but they are beyond nasty. They taste nothing like popcorn and are horrid and horrible and you will want to spit them out.
posted by Aranquis at 6:50 PM on September 15, 2014


Those little fake ice cream cones made of some semi-edible styrofoam are truly disgusting.

Salt-water taffy is ghastly.

Black licorice things rolled in sprinkles that were only sold in theaters were more horrifying than any of the movies except The Blob -- and for very similar reasons.

Individually wrapped root beer barrel hard candies are noisome and last forever in your mouth.

Cellophane wrapped cracker-shaped things composed of sesame seeds in a dark, salty sugar paste looked awful and were an acquired taste, but I did acquire it.

But the only thing that ever made me throw up as a kid was milk sucked through straws with little candy slats inside it that were supposed to give the milk a strawberry flavor. Urrrrrk.

Better deploy a few spitoons.
posted by jamjam at 6:54 PM on September 15, 2014 [1 favorite]


Seconding (thirding) Bit O Honey. Always what was left when I ate all my Halloween candy.
posted by jilloftrades at 6:54 PM on September 15, 2014


Oh! And these flying saucer shits.
posted by Metroid Baby at 6:59 PM on September 15, 2014 [2 favorites]


I love almost everything that has been mentioned here except for buttered popcorn jelly bellys. So terrible!
posted by insectosaurus at 7:04 PM on September 15, 2014 [6 favorites]


How about those chocolate cordial things with the liquid inside the tiny chocolate bottle? Or you could find a particularly poor chocolate sampler and make people take pieces at random.

Would you classify Gogurt as candy? That stuff is pretty vile.
posted by backseatpilot at 7:09 PM on September 15, 2014 [2 favorites]


I'm not sure what they're called, but they're round and pink and chalky and look like they're made out of and taste vaguely like pepto bismol....It's a bland pink chalky mint thing.

Wintergreen Lozenges, which, along with liquorice allsorts, I consider punishment candy, children's gulag candy.

The kind of candy set out in crystal or homemade ceramic dishes by ancient, distant relatives whom
you were obligated to visit once a year, and forced sit quietly and not fidget while the adults 'visited'.
Nothing but the torment of the antique mantle clock and those colorful, but horrid candies - often varnished with a coat of dust.
You averted your eyes in the hope you would not be offered any.
posted by Pudhoho at 7:09 PM on September 15, 2014 [6 favorites]


I love all this stuff, and I love this thread!
posted by xingcat at 7:10 PM on September 15, 2014 [9 favorites]


My favorite podcast is the Giant Bombcast. Years ago they had some Swedish developers on who brought some Swedish candy, including something called Hockey Pulver. Based on the reactions, it's awful. I found the following text on a forum thread about that:

List of Swedish candy you guys should check out:
- Tyrkisk Peber/Turkish Pepper (horrible)
- Lakrits Däck/Liquorice Tires (horrible)
- Dumle (delicious)
- Salta Katten/Salty Cats (horrible)
- Jättesalt/Really Salty (Horiible, but great)
- Daim (delicious)
- Center (delicious)
- Cheez Doodles (delicious)

You can find this on sverigeonline.se.
posted by Pacrand at 7:17 PM on September 15, 2014


Umm, butter popcorn Jelly Bellies are my favourite of all Jelly Bellies!

And musk Lifesavers are the best! You can also get musk sticks in Australia; same thing, but y'know...in stick form.

(TIL that I have reject taste in candy. :/)

Any cherry-flavoured candy, on the other hand, is vile. It tastes like dead ants.
posted by Salamander at 7:21 PM on September 15, 2014 [1 favorite]


Hershey's Kisses Pumpkin Spice Candies, super yuck
posted by just asking at 7:22 PM on September 15, 2014 [1 favorite]


Oh man, am I the only one who LOVES popcorn JellyBellies? Say it ain't so! And I like most of the mentioned candies too! Except anything licorice- or cinnamon-flavored.

I personally hate sour plums. You can find them in Asian stores. They might be called sour dates or whatever. My mom loves them, I just... ugh.

Also, there are candy-corn M&Ms now. You might have to do some searching.

(on preview: high-five, @Salamander!)
posted by curagea at 7:27 PM on September 15, 2014 [3 favorites]


Peanut butter flavored taffy. It turns up around Halloween in orange and black wrappers. It's truly awful.
posted by Gneisskate at 7:32 PM on September 15, 2014


the chocolate covered oranges. those do NOT belong together.
posted by Ms Vegetable at 7:33 PM on September 15, 2014


Can't get them now but Peeps are nasty, IMHO.
posted by harrietthespy at 7:35 PM on September 15, 2014


Chocolate covered cherries. They just...it's too much stuff.
posted by amanda at 7:41 PM on September 15, 2014


For whatever reason, Reese's Feces Pieces make me want to retch even though I like the peanut butter cups.
posted by Gotanda at 7:43 PM on September 15, 2014 [1 favorite]


Buttered Popcorn flavored Dum Dum's, much worse then the Jellybeans.
posted by Confess, Fletch at 7:50 PM on September 15, 2014


Oh, those waxy soda bottles - which to my horror I now learn are called Nik-L-Nips.
posted by LobsterMitten at 7:50 PM on September 15, 2014 [4 favorites]


Peanut chews are very close to the taffy Gneisskate mentioned, but... even worse?
posted by deludingmyself at 7:51 PM on September 15, 2014


Banana-flavored Now 'n Later. Smells like bowling alley wax, and it'll pull your fillings right out.
posted by wryly at 7:52 PM on September 15, 2014 [4 favorites]


It makes me sad that so many people here have such wrong feelings about candy.

That said, banana-flavored anything is an abomination and should be destroyed.
posted by MeghanC at 7:54 PM on September 15, 2014 [7 favorites]


I actually really like the chilli-covered mango lollipops, but I could see how many people wouldn't. There's a lot of chilli; you really have to put in some effort to get to the sweet mango hard candy underneath.

Dulces Vero makes other neat stuff. (Yes, that is a mug of beer.) I'm going to have to look for the corn.
posted by hydrophonic at 7:55 PM on September 15, 2014 [1 favorite]


Wow, so many memories of nasty, nasty lollies that I haven't had since Halloween in the US. Those peanut butter orange and black things... woah, they were always the last ones left in our house! I am amazed by how many things I used to love as a kid are now horrible. Hershey's chocolate is an abomination and can easily rank on any bad candy list.

But I thought given I now live in Australia, I'd treat you to some horrible Australian lollies. YM obviously MV. Honeycomb, which tastes like sweet and has a texture that makes you think your teeth are breaking. Blackcurrant lollies, a world of nastiness that may possibly have something to do with me having gotten terribly, sickeningly drunk on blackcurrant vodka once. Banana lollies, the most nauseating fake banana flavour ever and a texture like eating chalk. Chocolate bullets, all the nastiness of bad chocolate and teeth-breaking liquorice in one bullet-shaped package. Cadbury Creme eggs are pretty nauseating and entirely disgusting in concept, though they are unaccountably popular. I remember liking them in the US because Cadbury's chocolate was so much nicer than Hershey's. I am leaving out musk lollies because others have given them plenty of mentions, but they are pretty awful.

And finally, a guest star from New Zealand which I actually quite like but others look at me with horror when I confess this: Cadbury chocolate-covered marshmallow egg complete with suspicious orange centre.
posted by Athanassiel at 7:58 PM on September 15, 2014


Oh yeah, and marzipan, which is not Australian but is perhaps one of the nastiest-tasting nice-looking sweets ever.
posted by Athanassiel at 7:59 PM on September 15, 2014


Lifesavers Fruit Pastilles and Fruit Tingles are dreadful. As a bonus they've often gone stale/chewy in the humidity.
posted by jrobin276 at 8:07 PM on September 15, 2014


Smarties are awesome, they don't belong on the list. But cinnamon gum? Cinnamon gum is so gross, why would you ever want hot nasty burny gum in your mouth?
posted by never.was.and.never.will.be. at 8:12 PM on September 15, 2014 [2 favorites]


Urinal mints.

More seriously, Swedish fish or anything weirdly gummy. The texture is unsettling.
posted by Trifling at 8:14 PM on September 15, 2014


Marzipan, Werther's Originals, Pez, Rolos - come to mummy, little ones, don't listen to these nasty people!
posted by Dragonness at 8:21 PM on September 15, 2014 [4 favorites]


Laffy Taffy is THE WORST candy OF ALL. It leaves this weird oil slick in your throat and makes you feel like you're developing asthma.
posted by threeants at 8:39 PM on September 15, 2014


I feed Swedish salt licorice to people often. Most of the time, they spit them out instantly - generally on the floor. Tyrkisk Peber is the best for this - oooh the faces they'll make! (I just found a local German deli that sells it, and I'm ecstatic about it. No more shipping and customs issues! Soo yummy to me!)

Generally, any candy that you can find in a dollar store is pretty vile. Those cow caramel things, for example. EWWW. And Asian grocery stores is great for this too - it's such different flavors, it's hard to get used to.
posted by gemmy at 8:41 PM on September 15, 2014 [1 favorite]


The only candy I don't like: sour plums, mango chili suckers (the watermelon ones are OK), Smarties (the chalk ones, not the chocolate ones) and chicken bones. I guess I just have trash taste? :(
posted by blnkfrnk at 8:48 PM on September 15, 2014


Oh, oh! And Palmer fake-ass "chocolate flavored confection" hollow chocolate disappointment bunnies. They can burn in candy hell.
posted by blnkfrnk at 8:50 PM on September 15, 2014 [14 favorites]


Seriously, 118 comments and no one has mentioned those easter egg candies that are colored on the outside, white on the inside, made of pure sugar and chemicals? I think they were individually wrapped and the dye would come off on your hands. Yuk.
posted by rabbitrabbit at 8:51 PM on September 15, 2014 [2 favorites]


Soap candy!

Soap.
Candy.

Soap candy.

Together at last!
posted by St. Peepsburg at 8:54 PM on September 15, 2014 [1 favorite]


Musk and Fruit Tingles are the BEST Lifesaver flavours, idiots.
posted by Wantok at 8:55 PM on September 15, 2014


I don't know if these count as candy, but any of the li hing mui on that page are an acquired taste; I acquired it as a child, and perhaps that explains why I love stuff like salty licorice.
posted by rtha at 8:57 PM on September 15, 2014


Archie McPhee Bad Candy

Featuring Gravy Candy, Onion Ring Mints, and Foie Gras Bubblegum
posted by Chocolate Pickle at 8:57 PM on September 15, 2014


Nothing worse than pesto Life Savers.
posted by Pudhoho at 8:59 PM on September 15, 2014


If you are after the odd Japanese lollies, have a look at this. Features promising combinations like salt grain pineapple and lemon as well as many of the sour plum, green tea etc combos previously mentioned.
posted by Athanassiel at 9:00 PM on September 15, 2014




I love these myself, but a lot of people don't... Gin Gins! You can get them at your local World Market or sometimes even your local mega mart.
posted by patheral at 9:06 PM on September 15, 2014 [1 favorite]


I used to love Zagnuts, but I feel like they're probably hateable. Stiff crispy peanut butter covered in toasted coconut.
posted by clavicle at 9:06 PM on September 15, 2014


If you can find a retailer of weird Japanese candy, the "cheese" flavoured kit-kats were terrible. They smell like B.O. when you open the packet.
posted by trialex at 9:13 PM on September 15, 2014


Teach them about good chocolate, and then you can bring in basically anything they currently think of as being made from the same stuff.
posted by teremala at 9:17 PM on September 15, 2014


Mexican candy in general, but specifically Saladitos.
posted by carsonb at 9:22 PM on September 15, 2014


Can verify that the past like five generation of Australians will, with one voice, answer this question with MUSK STICKS

They are not just blech, they are vomitorious
posted by dontjumplarry at 9:41 PM on September 15, 2014


I don't think I saw Greek (or Turkish) mastic flavored candy. I always ask my Greek boss to bring something back when he visits. I'm the only one in the lab who likes it. Look for the stuff that comes in a tin and is basically small chunks of pine tree sap dusted with powdered sugar.
posted by sevenless at 10:07 PM on September 15, 2014 [2 favorites]


I can't believe no one has mentioned Brandy Beans, the most disgusting christmas chocolate of all time.

A rock hard, waxy as all hell, bitter and awful bean shaped dark chocolate shell filled with horrible cheap liquid brandy that is terrible. UGH I just said ugh out loud thinking of them ruining my christmas cheer.

I love SO MUCH of the candy in this thread though! Rockets (or smarties to you yanks) are my favourite candy, and I eat dutch triple salted liquorice and think carob is delicious. Different strokes, eh!

I love marshmallow bananas, but some people have informed me that those are super gross.

I'm glad that all of meta is in a agreement that buttered popcorn jelly bellies are a worthless waste of precious candy bean resources.

I have also always hated these tooth pullers.
posted by euphoria066 at 10:08 PM on September 15, 2014


Crows.

Circus peanuts.
posted by persona au gratin at 11:03 PM on September 15, 2014


Sour Plooms (not the same as curagea's sour plums above, as these ones are Scottish rather than Asian and boiled sweets rather than actual fruit).

They're coated in a layer of acid-type stuff that makes your mouth feel like you've thrown up a bit if you eat one, and makes your tongue feel like you've burnt a hole in it if you eat two. Our CEO bought a big case of them for his 40th birthday and still likes to make unsuspecting new people try one.
posted by terretu at 12:29 AM on September 16, 2014


Have bean boozled jelly belly's been mentioned?

Each color has 2 different flavors... one yummy , one discusting.

Stinky Socks - Tutti Fruitti (*New Flavor)
Lawn Clipping - Lime (*New Flavor)
Rotten Egg - Buttered Popcorn
Toothpaste - Berry Blue
Barf - Peach
Canned Dog Food - Chocolat pudding
Booger - Juicy Pear
Moldy Cheese - Caramel Corn
Baby Wipes - Coconut
Skunk Spray - Licorice


Was going to mention these also. Warning: may result in actual wretching/vomit.
posted by EndsOfInvention at 12:41 AM on September 16, 2014


I double dog dare you try eating these horrific beer flavored jelly bellys.

But I'll eat your bag of buttered popcorn jelly bellys.
The trick is to not eat them with any other kind. Then they're kinda tolerable.
posted by artdrectr at 12:47 AM on September 16, 2014 [1 favorite]


Aniseed Balls! I gave some to my students to try yesterday... one of them left the room to spit his out.

I love them!
posted by Wrinkled Stumpskin at 1:11 AM on September 16, 2014


Rotten egg and vomit-flavored jelly beans? From Harry Potter!
posted by AnOrigamiLife at 1:49 AM on September 16, 2014 [1 favorite]


Who would ever eat more of Eat more. Second worst thing ever in Canada.

My dad swears the chewed tree sap for gum when he was a kid, so that's my second Canadian gross candy tip.

Third, and some will disagree, I know... Bridge Mixture. Waxy chocolate wrapped around tired raisins.

(And if you are very lucky you might get your hands on a stash of punk rock fave green gorgo! So bad its good! Ah, memories.)
posted by chapps at 2:25 AM on September 16, 2014


Now I love Tyrkisk Peber, but even this Dane draws the line at Heksehyl. Salty licorice with caramel & salmiak. Wrong. Skolekridt is also foul: salmiak & salty licorice coated with sugar.
posted by kariebookish at 3:48 AM on September 16, 2014


Those green apple caramel sucker. Yuck. I once ate like a dozen of those and was sick for two days.

If you extend it to soda, bring everyone some Moxie, which you'll have to order from NE judging by your profile. It's bad enough to be worth it.
posted by dismas at 4:19 AM on September 16, 2014


Not linking to it, because it shouldn't be rewarded, but Sorbee makes sugar-free hard candy that I remember being pretty nasty. Modern artificial sweeteners may have improved them slightly, but when you're a little kid on a car ride and you reject candy, you know it must be bad.
posted by Huffy Puffy at 5:20 AM on September 16, 2014


Lowney Cherry Blossoms. They're like sugar with sugar and sugar syrup and a bit of chocolate and maraschino cherry. Their psychedelic 1970s TV commercial was the subject of an earlier MeFi post.
posted by Multicellular Exothermic at 5:48 AM on September 16, 2014 [1 favorite]


(hides her stash of Eatmore)
posted by St. Peepsburg at 6:04 AM on September 16, 2014 [1 favorite]


Horehound candy, available at your local historical re-enactment type place.

Clove, Beeman's, Blackjack gum.
posted by Ham Snadwich at 6:21 AM on September 16, 2014 [1 favorite]


It's telling that the tagline on this description of horehound candy is

Old-time horehound drops: a vintage candy or throat lozenge? We’re sure you’ll decide they’re both..
posted by Ham Snadwich at 6:23 AM on September 16, 2014


Since this thread is turning into an encyclopedic compendium of candies, most of which somebody hates but somebody else loves (I'm in favor of salt licorice, myself, as any Dutchman would be), it would not be complete without a citation of the passage in Thomas Pynchon's Gravity's Rainbow in which Slothrop runs into an old girlfriend, Darlene, who drags him to the home of her landlady, Mrs. Quoad, for tea, and together they ply him with horrid candies of all kinds, described in great detail.

For example, the Mills Bomb: "luscious pepsin-flavored nougat, chock-full of tangy candied cubeb berries, and a chewy camphor-gum center"; and "that least believable of English coughdrops, the Meggezone...The Meggezone is like being belted in the head with a Swiss Alp. Menthol icicles immediately begin to grow from the roof of Slothrop's mouth. Polar bears seek toenail-holds up the freezing frosty-grape alveolar clusters in his lungs. It hurts his teeth too much to breathe, even through his nose, even, necktie loosened, with his nose down inside the neck of his olive-drab T-shirt. Benzoin vapors seep into his brain. His head floats in a halo of ice."

The culmination of this passage, known as the Disgusting English Candy Drill, is this:
The one candy he did not get to taste, one Mrs. Quoad withheld—was the Fire of Paradise, that famous confection of high price and protean taste—"salted plum" to one, "artificial cherry" to another... "sugared violets"... "Worcestershire sauce"... "spiced treacle"... any number of like descriptions, positive, terse—never exceeding two words in length—resembling the descriptions of poison and debilitating gases found in training manuals, "sweet-and-sour eggplant" being perhaps the lengthiest to date.
posted by beagle at 6:24 AM on September 16, 2014 [4 favorites]


I'm here to defend Marzipan of any sort other than that manufactured in the US. That stuff IS nasty but marzipan from any place else (German/Swiss) is the best. So Marzipan - nasty yes if made in the US! (and painted all kinds of strange colors to look like apples or something, bonus points if it's reaaaaaalllly old)
posted by bluesky43 at 6:30 AM on September 16, 2014 [1 favorite]


The list:
  • Bit O' Honey
  • circus peanuts
  • those peanut butter-y orange-and-black things that I always made my dad eat at Halloween (and so now will abide in Purgatory for endless centuries in quiet repayment)
  • cheap Red Hots

posted by wenestvedt at 6:30 AM on September 16, 2014 [1 favorite]


also durian anything. Someone brought me some durian candy from viet nam, and ohmygod, that stuff is indescribably the nastiest stuff I have ever ever had.
posted by bluesky43 at 6:32 AM on September 16, 2014


Candy corn and salted peanuts, eaten from the hand, are my sad substitue for Pearson's Salted Nut Rolls when I have been away from Minnesota for too long.

Which reminds me how region-specific a lot of these are because the preferences were formed in childhood: one person's nasty mouth torture (from another region) is another person's beloved hometown treat.
posted by wenestvedt at 6:37 AM on September 16, 2014


As evident from some of the answers above, chocolate + orange/citrus or chili or bacon is likely to set off some people's "WTF" alarms.

There's also chocolate-covered or candied lemon or orange peel.

When chocolate-covered cherries are bad, they're really bad, but I've got no idea how to find guaranteed bad ones besides maybe going to a dollar store and finding a no-name box. Although I swear we had a discussion around here (MetaFilter) fairly recently where multiple people were claiming that some of the cheap drugstore chocolate-covered cherries were Teh Awesome, so I dunno, I guess you'll have to taste-test whatever box you buy to make sure they're actually horrible. Hey, we've all gotta make sacrifices.
posted by soundguy99 at 7:00 AM on September 16, 2014


I agree with so many of these, but some of you philistines need to mail me your yummy candy.

Israeli chocolate is generally pretty awful, but there's something special about the Elite chocolate bars with pop rocks inside. Because when you're eating bad chocolate, what you really want is the feeling that your teeth are exploding.
posted by Mchelly at 7:31 AM on September 16, 2014 [3 favorites]


The salted licorice variety you want is marked "DZ" for "Dubble Zout" ... double-salted licorice.
posted by user92371 at 7:35 AM on September 16, 2014


Ribbon Candy.
Invariably found at my grandmothers house, I would force myself to eat it because, well, it was candy and I was a kid. Why I did this to myself every single time, I will never understand.
posted by k8oglyph at 7:42 AM on September 16, 2014 [4 favorites]


I am shocked nobody has mentioned Whitman's Chocolate Sampler, surely the foulest stuff there is trying to pass for chocolate at the drugstore.
posted by Dragonness at 7:47 AM on September 16, 2014 [1 favorite]


Dragonness, I beg to differ. I have been much more disappointed by Palmer chocolates and Elmers chocolates. And, don't forget, Brachs Means Bad Chocolate (TM).
posted by Midnight Skulker at 8:10 AM on September 16, 2014 [1 favorite]


We're all the way this far down the responses and somehow nobody has mentioned the recent rash of bacon candy out there? Bacon hard candy? Bacon Pop Rocks? It's out there, I've tried them all due to my son's bacon obsession, and they are universally the foulest garbage my tongue has ever met. My son agrees, yet he keeps trying new ones.
posted by BlackPebble at 8:19 AM on September 16, 2014


Chick o Sticks
Good & Plenty
posted by peep at 8:20 PM on September 15 [2 favorites +] [!]


1. You shut your mouth about Chick-o-Sticks.
2. Eponysterical!
posted by emelenjr at 8:52 AM on September 16, 2014 [2 favorites]


My votes are anything ginger flavored and cherry cordials.

But, then, everyone else's suggestions are basically a list of my favorite foods so ymmv
posted by likeatoaster at 8:58 AM on September 16, 2014 [1 favorite]


Okay, this is totally the advanced-level foodie-snob brown-nosing approach, but -

if you have access to an ice cream maker and an overachieving attitude, you could try making ambergris flavor ice cream. This was totally a thing - ambergris flavored things were really big in, like, the 1800's. And a modern food blogger tried it and discusses the attempt here - and makes no bones about the fact that ambergris is basically whale puke.
posted by EmpressCallipygos at 9:15 AM on September 16, 2014


I love salty licorice. Mmmmmmmmm, salty licorice. Salty licorice good. Good good good. Please send me all yours.

As for the bad stuff, I think no one has mentioned Les Anis de Flavigny. They look like teeny moth balls and taste like anise. I kinda love them, but most people look at me like, "What are you, some sort of sicko?" They also come in fabulous rose and violet flavors.
posted by holborne at 9:27 AM on September 16, 2014 [2 favorites]


Box of Sucrets. Good times.
posted by artdrectr at 9:43 AM on September 16, 2014 [3 favorites]


Another vote for salty licorice (salmiak). The problem, for those who haven't tasted it, is that the salty taste doesn't come from regular old sodium chloride, but rather ammonium chloride. The first and only time I tasted it, I was excited, because I love salty things, including salt on candy. But the blast of Windex mixed with salt mixed with sweet/licorice, I just couldn't handle. There are very very few flavors that I find completely objectionable (I can't even think of one right now, other than salmiak; I even like durian, to a certain extent) but the taste of salty ammonia in food just doesn't seem right.
posted by odin53 at 9:54 AM on September 16, 2014


wenesvendt - ah Pearson's Salted Nut Roll when will the rest of the world catch on. My sister knows were to get them in Florida, some farm outlet type store.
posted by pandabearjohnson at 10:08 AM on September 16, 2014 [1 favorite]


Per this post on the Blue, sugarless Haribo gummies! Or I guess any other candy made with some form of appalling sugar substitute. I suppose it varies by person, but pretty much all fake sugars taste vile and poisonous to me, so laying in a stock of sugarfree "candies" seems like a good bet.

This may be too cruel a stunt to pull though, given that they may see gummy bears and fall upon them as a welcome respite from the other awful candies you've visited upon them and then.... well, I suppose I should ask, do you like your coworkers and/or job? Anyway, this comment is in no way meant to be an endorsement of this course of action, and I wash my hands of any consequences that may follow should you choose to offer these to your poor coworkers.
posted by yasaman at 10:43 AM on September 16, 2014 [1 favorite]


I can't believe how many of you hate Bit O' Honey! BLASPHEMY!
posted by Falwless at 10:48 AM on September 16, 2014 [4 favorites]


Oh - a horror from childhood - carob. Anything carob! Carob bars instead of chocolate were a cruel, cruel joke. Same with carob chip cookies.

This is what happens when you grow up with hippie parents.
posted by spinifex23 at 10:59 AM on September 16, 2014 [6 favorites]


Parma violets. Taste like old lady's dusty living room.

Ah, carob - carob buds were 1c each when I got $1 for tuckshop - ergo, 100 carob buds. My belly still shudders at the thought.
posted by goo at 11:54 AM on September 16, 2014 [2 favorites]




Fisherman's Friends *shudders*
posted by freya_lamb at 1:11 PM on September 16, 2014 [1 favorite]


theodolite wrote:

"Idaho Spud is one of those candies that people ate in the 1930s because it tasted better than sawdust and tragedy but that has no reason to be produced and sold today"

In this same spirit, I give you: Valomilk.
posted by joseph conrad is fully awesome at 2:08 PM on September 16, 2014 [1 favorite]


Again in the same spirit, I'd like to offer up another KC area...classic?

Cherry Mash
posted by angelchrys at 3:01 PM on September 16, 2014


When I lived in Korea, there was such a thing as kimchi flavored chocolate. With like 12 different types of kimchi. Actually it was just the spices sandwiched between chocolate like those mint chocolate type things.

One flavor was good. The rest were vile.
posted by kathrynm at 3:52 PM on September 16, 2014


Those bumpy ass French Burnt Peanuts. Barf.

and whoppers are awesome
posted by yoga at 4:45 PM on September 16, 2014 [1 favorite]


OMG how could I forget those beer flavored Jelly Bellies. Imagine the scent of a garbage can behind a bar, and then make that a FLAVOR.

I've also heard them described as the very finest Frat House Keg. *gags*
posted by bibliogrrl at 5:06 PM on September 16, 2014


Barley sugar lollipops. When I was little my elderly neighbors used to give these to me, and they look like delicious candy so I expected delicious candy, but actually they taste like sadness and despair.

But not as much as the Halloween peanut butter taffy monstrosities already mentioned several times in this thread.

Also, I've always been secretly convinced that Tootsie Rolls are a conspiracy--everyone pretends to like them, but no one actually does, because who could possibly be happy with that nasty chewy fake chocolate?
posted by rhiannonstone at 5:26 PM on September 16, 2014 [1 favorite]


Freya_lamb, Fisherman's Friend is a cough drop, not a candy! WTH, who told you otherwise?
posted by wenestvedt at 5:42 PM on September 16, 2014 [4 favorites]


My dad used to but a bowl of red and green jelly beans on his desk at Christmas except instead of being Christmasy flavored they were jalapeño and cinnamon. Foul-tasting deception.
posted by bendy at 6:16 PM on September 16, 2014 [3 favorites]


Twizzlers are the worst candy. Like bundles of frayed Red 40-flavored coaxial cable.
posted by aws17576 at 6:17 PM on September 16, 2014 [1 favorite]


The only things left in my Halloween bag by Election Day were the infernal BB Bats. All four flavors are terrible; banana is the worst. Exactly the texture of tile caulk.
posted by apparently at 3:28 AM on September 17, 2014


Fisherman's Friend is a cough drop, not a candy!

So are Sucrets. I wonder if there isn't some confusion about the aim of this contest.
posted by EmpressCallipygos at 6:03 AM on September 17, 2014 [1 favorite]


Grandmother gave me sucrets and fisherman's friend in the same breath she'd give candy, they count.
posted by The Whelk at 7:33 AM on September 17, 2014 [1 favorite]


Whelk, your grammy done you a disservice.
posted by wenestvedt at 9:31 AM on September 17, 2014 [1 favorite]


Grammy's of the world unite - Fishermen's Friends probably WERE candy during the war...(and grateful for 'em too!)

But if they don't count for the purposes of this question I'll scratch that and put in a second for Aniseed Balls. Yuck.
posted by freya_lamb at 12:46 PM on September 17, 2014 [1 favorite]


Seconding Twizzlers. Just, why?

I've not really been a big candy eater since childhood (with the exception of Gummy Sweetarts), but I remember building up a dislike for both those wax tubes with colored liquid in them and circus peanuts.

I had a piece of Japanese seaweed candy some years ago. Puh peh pluh peh take that taste out of my mouth.
posted by JHarris at 1:00 PM on September 17, 2014


And, the Whelk, the thought of someone saying unprompted "Mmmm, Sucrets!" is laugh-out-loud funny to me right now.
posted by JHarris at 1:04 PM on September 17, 2014


What Twizzlers are delicious. Red Vines, on the other hand, are tasteless and disgusting.

Everybody knows the only cough drop deserving of the honorific "candy" is Luden's.
posted by rabbitrabbit at 1:08 PM on September 17, 2014 [3 favorites]


It might be too late to chime in, but the other day I had some ginseng hard candy that a coworker brought back from China, and it was BAD. It tasted like mildew smells, and the aftertaste (and smell!) lingered for hours even after I ate and drank other things to get rid of the taste. Yuck.
posted by never.was.and.never.will.be. at 8:00 PM on September 19, 2014


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