Everyone has a candy that they hope never to receive on Halloween every year, and now a new survey has determined what candy is generally considered to be the worst.
The website CandyStore.com released a list this week of the 10 worst Halloween candies, which is a result both of a survey of 40,000 readers and of other “worst candies” lists published by websites like BuzzFeed and Mental Floss. This list determined that Circus Peanuts are the absolute worst Halloween candy of all time. This is a marshmallow, peanut-shaped candy that, weirdly, is banana flavored, not peanut flavored. They’ve been around since the 1800s and definitely aren’t quite as popular these days, mainly becoming relevant every Halloween when Circus Peanuts and Candy Corn are discussed as everyone’s least favorite Halloween candy.
“Nothing says you don’t give a crap about trick-or-treaters like handing out Circus Peanuts, the cheapest, nastiest, old-fashioned (and I mean that in the pejorative) crap confection,” The Houston Press notes. “Circus peanuts taste little like legumes and more like amorphous citrus desiccated marshmallows invented by aliens.”
Circus peanuts might be the only candy worse than candy corn. pic.twitter.com/audhyOWZXb
— TheAngrySociologist (@SankofaBrown) October 19, 2016
Speaking of Candy Corn, that’s number two on the list from CandyStore.com. Many people would consider Candy Corn to be the absolute worst Halloween candy, and it has practically become a meme to treat this snack as a blight on society. Candy Corn does have its defenders, but they are certainly in the minority, and virtually every list of the worst Halloween candies has them towards the top.
Candy corn is delicious if you hate yourself.
— michelle (@_BurnsWhenIPee) October 19, 2017
Candy corn is trash garbage candy that looks, feels and tastes like it's made from a candle.
— Lindsey Armstrong (@LindseyArmstro1) October 25, 2017
Candy Corn trash. Y’all can’t whoop me either so save your arguments.
— tarrique. (@RiqueThaRuler_) October 22, 2017
PSA: CANDY CORN IS TRASH.
— michael (@xraymission) October 25, 2017
Number three on Candy Store’s list are Wax Coke Bottles, also known as Nik-L-Nip, a bottle-shaped candy where you drink the liquid like a soda bottle and then chew on the wax. This is another fairly old-school candy, but it still pops up around Halloween these days. The fourth candy on the list are Necco Wafers, a roll of small, round wafers that come in various flavors. Next after that are Peanut Butter Kisses, which are made by Necco and are also referred to as Mary Janes; they’re those peanut butter candies that come in orange and black wrappers.
— Terry Porter (@TPorter2) December 12, 2016
The next two on the list after that are two candies that are rarely considered horrible but are just boring and unexciting: Tootsie Rolls and Smarties. You probably won’t find too many people passionate in their hate for these candies, but you won’t find many people who really love them, either. The eighth spot on the list goes to licorice, though Twizzlers are not included. Good & Plenty comes in at number nine, with this being counted separately from licorice even though it’s a licorice candy.
Finally, the last candy on the list is Mary Janes, which are similar to the Peanut Butter Kisses mentioned as the number five worst candy; these ones come in rectangular blocks of peanut butter.
A few other candies that are often disliked but that didn’t make this list include Runts, Bit-O-Honey, and Sugar Daddies, although the absolute worst things to get, of course, or things that aren’t even candy like raisins.