Gallery: SE Staff Picks: Least Favorite Halloween Candy

Candy corn
Candy corn
It's always tasted to me like a cross between wax and pure corn syrup. I don't mind most sweet things but there's something sickly-sweet about the flavor I hate. Like buttered popcorn jelly beans. It makes my skin crawl. Carey Jones
SweeTarts
SweeTarts
SweeTarts As I mentioned in my ode to Nestle Crunch, I'm not a fan of SweeTarts. And, thanks to Wikipedia, I just learned why. Apparently SweeTarts are just a solid version of Pixie Sticks, made when parents asked for a "less messy candy." Well. Pixie Sticks are nothing without the novelty of knowing you're dumping straight, slightly sandy sugar into your mouth. That's why the flavor of SweeTarts is super artificial yet annoyingly bland. They're not sour enough to give you a good mouth pucker, yet they have a slightly off flavor of citric acid. Moreover, while not as bad as Necco Wafers, the texture of these disks is definitely chalky and crumbly. I'd take a gummy or even a plain old strawberry hard candy any time. Carrie Vasios
Sugar Daddy
Sugar Daddy
They're stabbingly sweet and nothing else. They stick to your teeth but just aren't good enough to warrant that kind of hassle. Ed Levine
Good & Plenty
Good & Plenty
I completely agree with Carey on candy corn. I just dumped a bowl of them found in my house (sorry dear roommate if you were planning to eat those). More on my anti stance here. Another candy that makes me gag: Good and Plenty. They were always in the reject Halloween candy pile, ready to be donated to some older relative. One day I'll grow up big and tall and develop a taste for them, I thought. Not the case. At least so far. I don't love licorice (except the Panda brand!), so there's that. But I'm pretty convinced that even if I did, I'd stay far away from these little pellets. —Erin Zimmer

[Photograph: Amazon]

Any hot cinnamon candy
Any hot cinnamon candy
I like cinnamon and I'm generally a fan of spicy things, but combine the two into a candy and I hate it. Finding out that 15 million Atomic Fireballs are eaten per week makes my brain feel woozy. Robyn Lee

[Photograph: Alice Gao]

Mary Janes
Mary Janes
Um... I think I already went over this in my Candy a Day post about Mary Janes. I stand by my convictions. The little molasses and peanut butter flavored bars of moist cardboard are utterly worthless as a foodstuff, much less a Halloween treat. Kenji Lopez-Alt
Gum
Gum
Bubblegum holds absolutely no appeal for me—it just reminds me of getting fluoride treatment at the dentist. Yuck! Maggie Hoffman

[Photograph: Gee311 on Flickr]

Necco Wafers
Necco Wafers
I guess people who like eating chalk like these crumbly, flavorless discs. The name is about as dry as the candy: New England Confectionery Company Wafers. Is it possible to make a candy name that is any less fun than that? I once lived in the shadow of the original NECCO factory and felt like I should give em another go. They're still as awful as you remember. Just look at the list of original flavors: orange, lemon, chocolate, clove, cinnamon, wintergreen and licorice! I think they are just manufacturing chocolate and licorice flavored antacids and repackaging them as candy. Blech. Meredith Smith
Smarties
Smarties
Although I typically prefer sour over chocolate, just because it's a non-chocolate candy doesn't mean I like it. My least favorite prize from the piano grab bag of my childhood was always the pill-shaped roll of Smarties. I just don't understand what people see in their chalky crunch. (A part of it might stem from their resemblance to the daily vitamins I "took" as a child.) Jessica Leibowitz
Hershey's Kisses
Hershey's Kisses
To be honest, I don't know if there was a Halloween candy I didn't like. I don't specifically remember rejecting anything. I really wasn't picky AT ALL actually. The only thing I can think of is either Hershey's kisses because, gross, they taste like sour milk or like those gross fruit rolls that looked like Tootsie Rolls but were fruit-flavored. Those frightened me. Leandra Palermo