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Ah candy, a little treat that makes you smile on a long day or evokes special memories of childhood glee. Something about the combination of sweet, fat, and flavor makes those little receptors in our brains do a happy dance. Most of the time…


Any young former Potter fan will remember the release of the “Bertie Botts Every Flavor Beans". Boy weren't the good flavors yummy, but the bad ones were out of this world specific. Like who studied what ear wax tasted like and how did they actually make a jelly bean that made your mouth feel like that? Also… How do I scrub that new found knowledge from my mind? Some things we just weren't meant to know.

Redditor enigmazweb24 wanted to hear opinions on the worst of the worst candies out there. They asked:

What is the worst candy ever made?"

Just give it to people you don’t like…

“That ribbon candy stuff at Xmas.” NebulaTig

I'll concede that the commercial stuff is unpleasant, but If you're ever offered a batch of homemade ribbon candy, please take it. Fresh, homemade, ribbon candy is a true delicacy.TaAvgaKaiKalathia

Why change a good thing?

​“When they changed the Crunch Bar recipe. That was a crime against humanity.” Jak_n_Dax

“Omg is THAT what happened!? I just got one the other day and was so let down. Childhood gone forever.” sweetdeepkiss

The wrapper always sticks too…

“The unidentifiable orange a black wrapped candies that somehow are only found on halloween given out by little old ladies. Tastes like it's been stored in the basement since the Great Depression.” mydottedowl

Chewing wax is not your friend…

“Wax lips, fangs and fingers." millerb55

“And those wax soda bottles with like the tiniest amount of flavored liquid inside. What was the f**king point of those?" bacon-pancaaake

Well this took an unexpected turn…

​“The flavored lube that I mistook for candy as a child.” sirius_gray

“It's like the R rated version of when the dentist offers you all these wonderful flavors of toothpaste and fluoride and they're all just the worst.” PoorCorrelation

Nothing like thinking it’s peach flavor when it’s actually vomit.

​“Those Bean Boozled jelly beans from Jelly Belly. I know that they serve a purpose as a game but that game was a one and done for me, folks. The Jelly Belly company is too good at getting flavors right and the dog food one literally made me vomit. Nope. Never again.” slasherflick2243

“Dis is nutsen!" -Jar Jar

“Back when Star Wars Episode I came out, they sold plastic Jar Jar Binx heads with a sucker inside shaped like a tongue. In order to lick it, you opened his mouth and went to town. There was a whole generation of kids whose first trip to first base was with a comedy relief space lizard." FeculentUtopia

jar jar binks GIF Giphy

What? Ewwww…

​“Hose Nose It's a fake squish nose filled with candy that you strap to your face and squeeze it to drip the candy snot onto your tongue.” imnotacrazyperson

“I prepared to see the worst most realistic snot I had ever seen and yet this is somehow worse.” Tikitooki42

That candy is older than Betty White…

​“Not sure what it is, but there is a whole f**kin bowl at my grammas house.” resistanceisfutile99

Yeah same here, only it was sometimes a pleasant surprise. There would be something I either loved or hated. One time I went over and the dish was filled with these bigger pastel colored Hershey kisses shaped things with tiny white specks on the bottoms.”

“Those were gross. Other times there would be these red, wrapped candies that resemble strawberries and you'd bite into it and pure heaven would fill your mouth. The worst though was the old fashioned hard candy.”

“I took one out of the dish that was a little bit longer and thicker than a piece of chiclet gum, white with green stripes. I thought, ‘oh, this must be wintergreen flavor and I love that!’ Approximately three and a half seconds later I was puking up my lunch and couldn't get the taste of that candy out of my mouth for at least a week! Never had I had anything so horrendous!” OlliverClozzoff

It tastes like someone yelled the word chocolate at some talc…

“The off brand walgreens brand chocolate you get around Easter. It tastes chalky and like it was sweetened with splenda." angiezieglerstye

All candy is not created equal. Some certainly would not be worthy for more than your enemies. We think we’ll stick to our tried and true favorites for now.

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