The Land of the Misfit Candies

Necco Wafers, Circus Peanuts, Sno-Caps, Bit o’ Honey, Chunky - who eats this stuff?



Whenever I walk through one of the big box pharmacies, I always meander through the candy section.


Cuz I’m the Candy Ninja. Doy.

Anyway, what nearly always strikes me when I pass through those sections are: 1. Charleston Chews are freakin’ amazing and, 2. there are some candies that have been around forever, but I never know who would actually buy them.

To wit, consider the following, which I shall heretofore call the Land of Misfit Candies:

Necco Wafers - Hey, wanna know what Necco Wafers are? Thinly sliced chalk. Quick, name someone you know who eats Necco Wafers. You can’t. So how is it that they are still for sale? Well, as one Granby resident put it, she loves Necco Wafers because they are the only candy that her children won’t eat, so she gets them all to herself. That, my friends, is not a ringing endorsement. That’s an exception that proves the rule that Necco Wafers are awful.

Circus Peanuts - OK, prior to this past Saturday, I had never tried a Circus Peanut. And for good reason. They’re like the cast members from  “Jersey Shore”: big, orange, gross and you don’t know what’s in them.

Anyhoo, while covering a fundraiser in South Windsor, I happened upon a candy dish filled with Circus Peanuts. A certain South Windsor resident who shall remain unnamed - let’s call her Soo Jaxon - proclaimed her undying love for Circus Peanuts when I said how gross they looked. She insisted that they were good and proceeded to send no fewer than 854 South Windsor residents over to me to pledge their allegiance to the orange goop that had the consistency of asbestos.

It’s evidently the official candy of South Windsor. My apologies if I have offended my town, but there is no good reason to ever eat a Circus Peanut. My guess is that if you consume enough, you get some type of psychotropic effect. “I just Circused, man! Look at the colors, man!”

Sno-Caps - I feel bad for these guys getting lumped in with the rest of the Land of the Misfit Candies. Thing is that, even though they taste good, they’re covered in little white dots that I have been informed are ‘nonpareils.’

First, I don’t know what the what a nonpareil is. Worse, I don’t know how to pronounce it. So, much like nobody wanted a “Charlie in the Box” in Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, nobody wants a “Nonpareil in the Box.”

Bit o’ Honey - This and tetanus give you lockjaw. Kids, we’re in the year 2012. Chemicals have evolved to the point where we can get soft Milk Duds. Bit o’ Honey needs to catch up with the times.

Chunky - So much wrong with this one. First, it’s a full-size candy bar condensed into too small an area, hence the name Chunky. What’s more, it has raisins in it. Guys. Look. If you have fruit in your candy, it ain’t candy. It’s candy-like. But it’s not candy. Because candy isn’t any good for you. And raisins are. Quod erat demonstrandum, Chunky borders on not being candy.

Allow me to restate this bluntly: ain’t no room for fruit in candy.

Root Beer Barrels/Bottle Caps - Another group of candies that I can’t find a single person who will step up and admit that they like. If you enjoy any of these awful creations, go to the doctor, as you either a. don't have tastebuds; or b. you've got serious issues otherwise unspecified (at least according to the DSM IV).

Sheryl Mala October 02, 2012 at 03:03 PM
I thought you were be interested to know that horses love Necco wafers! Maybe that's why they are still around.
Jessie Sawyer October 02, 2012 at 04:48 PM
Ted, I have a confession to make. I love Necco Wafers and Sno-Caps because they make for excellent roof shingles and fake snow on gingerbread houses. So, as I'm eating more candy than actually makes it onto my gingerbread house every Christmas, I often eat those two types (and Twizzler Pull N' Peels, which are an awesome candy representation of Christmas lights). Also, my best friend's parents always got Necco Wafers for us when we were watching movies as kids. Other than that, can't say I've heard of the other candies.
Michelle October 02, 2012 at 05:28 PM
I definitely ate my fair share of Sno-Caps as a kid! The article made me laugh because a guy in my office LIVES on Circus Peanuts and other candy "oddities".
Nathaniel Brittingham October 03, 2012 at 12:29 AM
Nate, West Simsbury ct: First of all, I Love Chunky. just because there are raisins in it does not disqualify them as a legitimate candy any more than chocolate covered cherries or many other fruit filled or added candies that are great tasting and (as a single ingredient) healthy for you. In addition, I am also a childhood/current fan of root beer barrels and bottle caps. Incidentally, about three weeks ago I purchased the latter of the two apon the request of my 15 year old nephew. We both enjoyed them very much!
Mindy October 04, 2012 at 07:35 AM
I have always and continue to love Necco Wafers. I gave some to my 8-year-old nephew and my 6-year-old niece and they liked them, too. They both thought it was really neat when I told them how long ago Necco Wafers started being made.


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