The worst thing about Halloween is, of course, candy corn. It’s unbelievable to me. Candy corn is the only candy in the history of America that’s never been advertised. And there’s a reason. All of the candy corn that was ever made was made in 1911. And so, since nobody eats that stuff, every year there’s a ton of it left over. —Lewis Black
There, I said it. Whew. I am so very relieved to have that off my chest. Well, in this case it’s on the model’s chest, the candy corn is, and I personally think it looks quite attractive there, certainly better than it does encased in cellophane packaging on the store shelf. Have you ever noticed how poor and pathetic candy corn looks when it’s at the store? Candy corn is the Eeyore of the candy aisle. “Thank you for noticing me,” it says, never really expecting to actually leave the store.
How one actually eats candy corn is another matter. Personally, I nibble off the yellow end first and then the tiny white end, leaving the orange colored center for last. No, there is no difference in how the different colors taste; it’s all just a mix of sugar and gelatin. I just like prolonging the great as long add possible without giving myself a sugar buzz. I’ve seen people just grab a handful and drop the whole thing in their mouth. That seems wasteful and unappreciative. All that sugar at once overrides the delicate texture of the candy corn.
I’m glad we used the traditional version for this photo. The colors work well with the model’s skin tone and there’s no question what it is covering her. Although, for some reason, people still ask, “Is that candy corn?” as though they can’t quite believe their eyes. That is often quickly followed by the declaration that they don’t like candy corn, but I tend to think those people are lying. No one wants to admit to such a strange indulgence.
This may be the only time in history that candy corn has been used in quite this way. I won’t go so far as to think that is never been used in art projects because people can be very creative. Still, this is likely one of the most unique photos in our archives and gives everyone a chance to like candy corn without actually having to eat it.