More Candy Corn!

Deadly Sweet - Halloween 2011

(The plushies in the photo can be purchased through Michelle Coffee’s Deadly Sweet Etsy site. I’d have used one of my own photos, but the little green zombie candy corn was just too cute to ignore.)

Last year I tried 12 different flavors and/or brands of candy corn. If you missed that, you can catch up here. Today, I found two more brands of candy corn that I’ve never tried before, so I’m testing them out right now. The control candy corn is still Brach’s as it’s my favorite (that is until I can locate that gourmet candy corn I had once many years ago that was FABULOUS).

First up is Zachary Candy Corn mello-creme. This is as soon as I can rip the bag open… crap. Now I have to put the computer down and hunt up a pair of scissors. Hold on a sec. Oh wow, very fragrant. And somewhat odd. I can definitely taste the honey in them. And if you can imagine it, a hell of a lot more sugar than candy corn should have. I know that’s a strange thing to say about something that is almost all sugar, but most brands have enough salt in them to keep the huge amount of sugar from being too cloying. Zachary’s candy corn doesn’t seem to and they make my teeth hurt.

The second bag is Autumn Corn from Cost Plus (sold at World Market). And it tastes like Cost Plus is a distribution point for Zachary’s after a rather large markup.

Wow, now I have two more bags to dump on someone give to a lucky, lucky person.

Brach’s is $1.49 for 11 0z.

Zachary Candy Corn is $2.99 for 16 oz.

Cost Plus Autumn Corn is $3.99 for 10 oz.

Brach’s is still the winner and will soon be joining some salty cashews for me to snack on.

A Halloween Candy Corn Review

Before I begin, I just want everyone to know that I am ALMOST sick of candy corn now. Not quite sick enough to give away my stash of the winning brand, but enough to unload the 9 remaining bags on my coworkers.

I reviewed a combination of flavored candy corn (flavors other than the regular one everyone is familiar with), and the normal everyday variety of candy corn but from different manufacturers. They are not reviewed in any particular order.

  1. Gummy Candy Corn (Target Gourmet brand): I don’t know why I bothered since it’s not really candy corn, but I was curious to see what it tasted like.  Not good.  It was sort of sour and not much of a candy corn flavor. It’s better than eating a gummy eyeball, but not by much.
    Gummy Candy Corn (1)
  2. Pumpkin Pie Candy Corn (Target Gourmet brand): Most of the Target Gourmet candy corn had a softer texture than the regular stuff.  It tasted less like pumpkin pie and more like candy corn with cinnamon and all the other standard pumpkin pie spices.  I didn’t care for it at all, but some of my coworkers have been contentedly munching on it.  Unlike the other flavors of this brand – it left an odd coating on the tongue.
    Pumpkin Pie Candy Corn (2)
  3. S’mores Candy Corn (Target Gourmet brand): Once the bag was opened, all I could smell was brown sugar with a hell of a lot of molasses. The first blast of flavor was ass gas… sweet, sweet ass gas.  The second wasn’t as bad, but I didn’t try for a third.
    S'mores Candy Corn (3)
    4. Chocolate Covered Green Apple Candy Corn (Target Gourmet brand): The bag had a combination of the Green Apple candy corn without chocolate, and some completely coated in chocolate. The plain candy tasted like the combination of a green apple Jolly Ranchers and candy corn. The chocolate covered version was pretty darn good. The bag currently resides in a desk drawer where I can sneak it out without having to share with my coworkers.
    Chocolate Covered Green Apple Candy Corn (4)
    5. Blood Orange Candy Corn (Target Gourmet brand): Sadly it didn’t taste anything like a blood orange. It was everyday fake-orange flavored candy. Okay for mixing with regular candy corn, but not great on its own.
    Blood Orange Candy Corn (5)
    6. Strawberry Cotton Candy Candy Corn (Target Gourmet brand): It actually tasted like cotton candy. Sadly, that only came out at the end after almost being overpowered by the mandatory artificial flavor that everyone uses when you want candy to taste like strawberries. It was also way too sweet, but then again so is cotton candy, so I’m not sure if that’s good or bad here. After trying this one – I’d like to see a regular cotton candy candy corn without the strawberry.
    Strawberry Cotton Candy Candy Corn (6)
    7. Hill Country Fare Candy Corn: Hill Country Fare is the low end house brand at the HEB grocery stores in central Texas (mid range is HEB Brand, and high end is Central Market). Do not purchase this candy corn. Please, please do not even think about purchasing this unless you hate the person you’re giving it to. It was remaniscient of plastic and cardboard soaked in bug spray. I threw this one away because I don’t hate anyone that much.
    Hill Country Fare Candy Corn (7)
    8. Brach’s Candy Corn (made with real honey): It took two bags of Brach’s Candy Corn to get this review written. The first bag was emptied before the review actually started, and the second kept me going in between some of the nastier entries. Tonight a friend introduced me to the best way to eat Brach’s candy corn – add a can of salted cashews to the bowl/bag and eat both at the same time. I will now need a third bag to make sure that I wasn’t imagining it’s salty-sweet goodness.
    Brach's Candy Corn (8)
    9. Market Pantry Candy Corn (Target house brand sold in bulk): This candy is 2/3’s the size of Brach’s, and the flavor was only about half as much. It was sorta like eating a wax copy of candy corn.
    Market Pantry Candy Corn (9)
    10. Lammes Candies Candy Corn: These looked exactly like the Market Pantry Candy Corn (and were the same size), but they tasted much better. Not quite as good as Brach’s, but close.
     Lammes Candy Corn (10)
    11. Brach’s Milk Maid Caramel Candy Corn: It tastes like cheap caramel candy. I assume they’re supposed to taste like Brach’s Milk Maid candy, but in this case, that’s not a good thing.
    Brach's Milk Maid Caramel Candy Corn (11)
    12. Brach’s Indian Corn: This tastes like candy corn with a little caramel and chocolate added. I’m not sure how I feel about that. I guess I could try a few more.
    Brach's Indian Corn Candy (12)

So far behind and so, so tired

My project at work has finally ended after five long months, and we had a stressful, yet successful release last week.  Now I’m trying to get back into the the technical support groove again and it’s actually harder than I thought it would be.  We’ve had so many changes, not only in our products, but also in our support procedures and I’m still trying to catch up with all of it.  The good news is that the Powers that Be were kind enough to thank me with a bonus, and my annual review went pretty well too (the raise wasn’t awesome, but it was still better than last year).

Hockey season has started and we’ve already attended two pre-season games over the past weekend.  I DO have photos, but I’ve been so wiped out that I haven’t finished sorting through them all yet. I promise to post them soon.  There was also a meet-and-greet with the players for all the season ticket holders earlier this week and we got to attend, or in my case, I got to pretend I wasn’t a fan girl when talking to Maxime Fortunus (I have a photo of him from Sunday’s game as the lock screen on my phone). While I feel bad that Dallas sent him down to the Texas Stars after training camp–I’m thrilled for myself and my team.

I also have two projects planned for Halloween this month.  One is how to make Jack-o-Lantern cookies that are fun and easy for kids to decorate (and I will include photos and recipes once I borrow some kids), and the other is a review of 8 different flavors/types of candy corn.  I can safely assume that I’m not the only candy corn freak out there since I was able to locate a wide variety of flavors this year.  Hopefully I won’t procrastinate too much longer because one of the bags is already half empty.

There will also be pictures of my annual Halloween cupcakes for work (last year’s cupcakes below).

Mummy Cupcakes Looking at you Wolfmen Cupcakes

I have a skull cupcake I’m testing for the fourth design this year, and there will be a few changes to the mummies, eyes, and wolfman cupcakes as well.  I haven’t yet decided if I’ll do a fifth design or not, but I will have to increase the total number because I added a whole ‘nother department to my list, thanks to the unnamed project.

Finally, we’re going to put costumes on our cats and take pictures because we don’t have kids to torture.