Let's be clear from the beginning: I am a fan of candy. In fact, judging from the tightness of my pants, I'm probably too big a fan. However, I've been thinking about the subject of candy a lot lately since everywhere I go someone's selling huge bags on the stuff in preparation for Halloween. Because when it's Halloween, forget about the ghosts and goblins. We all know it's really all about candy.
Today, I ate an entire large box of Junior Mints when I played hooky to go see a movie (shhh, don't tell my editor). These are a long-time favorite of mine. Chocolate and mint wins me every time. I'm also a fan of anything with chocolate and peanut butter--Reese's in both cup and piece form especially. And barring access to real chocolate, i've also been known to covet Tootsie Rolls.
When Halloween rolled around, these candies mentioned above always got hoarded, along with gum and Bit-O-Honeys. But everything else? Meh.
Every now and then I'll indulge in Jolly Ranchers or Skittles, but for the most part if there's no chocolate I'll pass. Is it me or is most candy these days just plain gimmicky?. Call me a candy snob, but I want to eat candy for the taste, not because some wisenheimer decided to make something gross out of sugar. Sugar goo doesn't sound appetizing in the least. Of course, I'm also a mom, so my dislike may stem from the ritual begging that happens at every check out counter Spawn and I pass.
But recently, I found a gimmick candy I can stand behind. Not because I've tasted it. Never that. But because it's just clever and gross enough to make me respect it.
Yes, my friends, it's blood candy. Not just any blood candy, but cherry-flavored blood candy. Because when I think about the taste of blood, synthetic cherry is always what comes to mind. I love that they included both a fake blood type and a medical-grade spout. Genius!
Now that said, since I've purchased this candy, I've had to hide it in my office. Call me crazy, but the idea of Spawn hopped up on a pint of fake candy blood scares the living shit out of me. But that doesn't mean you can't enjoy the goodness that is Blood Type X candy blood.
Leave your favorite Halloween candy in comments and you could win yourself one of these bad boys.