While I was waiting in a surprisingly long line at a CVS in Silver Spring on Sunday, I had ample time to peruse the table of leftover Halloween candy which was thoughtfully placed in the middle of the aisle.
My gaze drifted lazily over the glow-in-the-dark witch-head PEZ dispenser — which I briefly considered buying, because (a) it's PEZ! and (b) it's 90% off! — and the clear plastic tube filled with candy corn — which I immediately dismissed because I hate candy corn. Then I was startled by the sight of this crime against chocolate:
I could not contain my disgust, and commented on this outrage to my fellow shoppers. The guy behind me was similarly grossed out, but the old lady in front of me was excited at the prospect, since apparently she's one of those weirdos who likes candy corn. She ended up snagging some of the standard-issue candy corn, though, and not these hideous hybrids.
Anyhow, I did some Googling when I got home, and discovered that detailed reviews with more photos — plus lengthy lists of reader comments that seem to be about 70/30 in terms of "Grody to the max!" and "Totally awesome!" sentiments — are available on Candyblog (Candy Review: Hershey’s Candy Corn Kisses) and Associated Content (Candy Corn-flavored Hershey's Kisses: Can These Actually Taste Good?) (In a word? No.)
After reading those posts and comments, I'm even more thrilled that I didn't bother wasting any time or money on buying a bag (even at 90% off) and conducting my own taste test. Sometimes you can just tell by looking that something is a bad idea .... Sarah Palin.
Now playing on iTunes: The Damnwells - Kiss Catastrophe