Everyone hates candy corn. Except the people who don't hate candy corn, who people-group number one think are insane.
But you know what's even insaner? The idea that the three constituent colors of candy corn might taste different. Hey, Yellow #6 and Red #3 can't have the exact same aromatics and mouthfeel, right?
We were gonna find out, dammit. So we cut up some corn, blindfolded some eating pros -- Tasting Table Executive Editor Karen Palmer, Bon Appetit Multimedia Editor Matt Duckor, Metro Section Editor Meredith Engel, and our own NY Editor Andrew Zimmer -- and got to work. These are their stories.
Meredith Engel, Section Editor at Metro
General statement on candy corn stance: "It's something I only really eat once a year, but I've never been one to shy away from it."
Yellow (bottom section): "It tastes like the wax you wrap a Babybel cheese in. It has a slightly sweet taste, but it doesn't really identify with any kind of food, or any other kind of candy. Kinda tastes a little chalky. I think it's the bottom piece, because of the size and how flavorless it is. Why would they put the flavorless part as the biggest piece, right?"
Orange (middle section): "This is the love-it-or-hate-it candy corn piece. This is the one that elicits the strong reaction that people have to candy corn, I think. This is the part that has the quintessential taste. It tastes like candy corn. This seems like the yellow middle piece."
White (top section): "That tastes like the top part. I think it's white. It tastes a little like a campfire marshmallow that's been toasted."
Did anything taste like corn?: "No! No. Yeah, no."
Matt Duckor, Multimedia Editor at Bon Appetit
General statement on candy corn stance: "Is there anything but a wildly disgusting candy corn tasting? Also, does each section taste different? NO."
Yellow (bottom section): "These are large pieces. Is it uniform color on the candy corns? I should've researched this more. Definitely chewy; this is the base, the widest point of the candy corn. I'm trying to remember the color breakdown. It tastes white, clean, a bit chewy and soft. Tastes like processed sugar. I'm gonna overanalyze this. Oh f***."
Orange (middle section): "This is the middle portion. Yellow? It's the shaft of the candy corn. It's got a little bit of a granular quality of and a soft chewiness. That's the ideal. I think if candy corns were like this uniformly, I would be more on board. But it's not about texture -- it's about taste."
White (top section): "Distinct candy corn flavor. I do hate candy corn, but this takes me back. I hate Halloween, I hate candy corn. I'm going to go orange here. Processed granular sugar that's been sitting out for a while. Get this away from me."
Did anything taste like corn?: "IT DOES NOT TASTE LIKE CORN."