Top Ten Tuesday! The Ten Worst Candies Ever Made


10. Zit Poppers: I don’t know if they taste good or bad, but I’m pretty sure I’m not going to eat them.


9. Ear Wax Candy: This seems like a great way to teach kids to eat things that come out of their own bodies. A parent’s nightmare.


8. White Chocolate Maggots: I love white chocolate. The only thing that would stop me from eating these is the fact that you need a can opener to get them.

7. Black Licorice and jelly beans: I don’t know who you nuts are that eat this, but who wants candy that tastes like Ouzo.


6. Mary Jane candy: Every year I went trick or treating for Halloween at least one of these ended up in my bag. Now I have kids, and every year they went trick or treating one of these is in their bag. Where do they come from? They look like they were made in the 1920’s. Who is handing these out? I’m pretty sure it’s Satan.

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5. Sugar Daddy’s: This is a great candy if you like to pull out teeth and/or fillings.

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4.  Necco Wafers: Guess what? I love these but I included them because I realize that the rest of the world hates them.


3. Good & Plenty: Ugh.

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2. Circus Peanuts: Another one I love that everyone else hates. I think these should be their own food group.


1. Swinkles Salsaghetti: This comes from a Spanish speaking country so maybe it’s normal there. Trust me, there was one far worse than this that I chose not to include because it was in such poor taste that even my blog rejected it.

So are there any on the list you think shouldn’t be? Are there candies you know of that should be on the list but aren’t?

Have a great Tuesday! ~Phil


45 responses to “Top Ten Tuesday! The Ten Worst Candies Ever Made

  1. Candy corn is my least favorite food-like substance ever. It’s waxy, crumbly texture would have been first on my list.

    But….a lot of people like it;)

    • I love candy corn, but it gives me heartburn. It seems that taste in candy isn’t universal. Like I said, I think I might be the only person that likes Necco wafers and circus peanuts. I don’t know how those companies stay in business.

  2. Of the candies I recognize here, I agree. Except for black licorice which I grew to really like as an adult. But I do like ouzo so there you go. Do you like Sweet Tarts? That’s one of the non-chocolate things you’d find in the Halloween bag that I actually liked as a kid.

  3. #7 and #3 … mmmmm – licorice!!!

    I can’t say I recognized any of those candies with the exception of the Good and Plenty although I don’t think I’ve ever seen them in Canada.

    Licorice is probably my #1 favourite candy – although to be precise, Licorice Allsorts. It even ranks a tad higher than chocolate. I think they put crack in it – one piece will send me into an uncontrolled eating frenzy 🙂

  4. Are the circus peanuts the same as sweet peanuts? I wrote about them in a post a while back and have been trying to track them down ever since. As for the zit poppers, erm, gross!

  5. I love licorice, so I’ll take the Good n’ Plenty and you can have my Neccos 🙂
    I’m not much for candy. I don’t like candy corn at all. I don’t like Peeps. The worst things have got to be vomit jelly beans and the like, along with viciously sour candies, the names of which escape me now, but I buy them for my kids now and again. I make them eat them in another room, I can’t even take the smell!

  6. Circus peanuts…used to love them until my stomach very rudely rejected them after a major OD of eating them LOL And I agree with the Candy Corn….worthless. (I can’t imagine what your search history looks like lol )

  7. All of these would have made my list
    If it’s not chocolate it probably shouldn’t exist.

    Fun facts:
    Hey Phil, you know when I first saw this blog, I thought it said candles instead of candies…there’s a challenge for your next top 10.
    Also, there’s an episode of The Goldbergs where the mother does a whole rant on circus peanuts and then calls herself the circus peanut of mothers. It’s really funny. I tried to find it on Youtube to add the link but no such luck!

  8. circus peanuts ew they’re nasty looking at it makes me want to throw up. Almond joys are also nastyy, coconut is gross!

  9. We’re candy compatible! I love Necco Wafers *and* Circus Peanuts! 😀 (And I think that black licorice is an evil force in a world of sugary happiness…it should be banished from the land…promptly.) 😉

  10. Phil, where did you find some of these? Funny… yet disgusting. 🙂 I like Neccos too — but I’m not sure why — they’re like candy communion wafers. I always assumed the Mary Janes on Halloween came from neighbors who secretly hated children. And, I always thought the circus peanuts tasted like artificial banana, but I grew to love them because my mom did, and I thought it was mandatory. ha!

  11. Gack! I see two others DO like Necco wafers! If I hadn’t seen the proof with my own eyes, I wouldn’t have believed it.

    I loved Circus Peanuts as a kid, still remember the taste, and would still like it, if I still craved candy. I don’t, other than chocolate.

    Loved licorice, Good & Plenty and licorice jelly beans included–Yum!! But despise ouzo–YUCK!!–
    as well as anise flavoring in any baked goods. Blech!

    Thought Mary Janes, Sugar Daddy’s, Sugar Mama’s, and Sugar Babies were all wonderful. Still do. Love caramel in any form, brown sugar, molasses, all that. Drowning in drool while typing.

  12. I almost stopped scrolling after the ear wax out of pure disgust but I’m glad I didn’t.
    “Ugh” is how I would also describe Good n’ Plenty.
    And I feel like Circus Peanuts would make incredible ear plugs.
    For some reason I’m writing a lot about ears…

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