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Candy actually has ancient history that can be traced back to Egyptians who combined honey with nuts and fruit. It also can be found by the Greeks who candied fruits and flowers.

Modern day candy came around in the 16th century and since has come a long way being mass produced for commercial holidays like Halloween or Valentine's Day.

Some of that candy is not very good. It's made with cheap ingredients and ends up not being worth the sugar and calories. So we went to Ask Reddit to find out the absolute worst candies out there.


Redditor Radiant_Dimension_73 asked:

"What’s a candy you never have been able to get on board with?"

This might start a great debate.

Hollow chocolate figures.

"Those cheap hollow chocolate figurines of Santa, the Easter bunny, etc, that you get on holidays. They're usually made from the worst quality chocolate, so thin that it just crumbles into itself when you bite into it or break a piece off, and there isn't even that much chocolate since it's hollow."

- user deleted

"F*cking Palmer's. Everyone in my family knows that there will be hell to pay if they ever get me or my child Palmer's."

"We're a Lindt family only."

- draculaspectacularx

"The Lindt kinds are pretty good though."

- PM_ME_YOUR_MONTRALS

"I once bought several on sale, injected them full of mustard, and gave them to people I worked with on April 1st. Everyone went from joy to disgust to curiosity and, finally, realization of what had just happened. One of the best pranks I ever pulled."

- SirDrAaron

Wack-o-wax

"WAX LIPS. THEY TASTE LIKE WAX."

- G0OSEHOWERD

"I thought wax lips ended in like 1992, I remember getting them as a kid and being like 'this sh*t isn't candy...'"

- Genghis_Chong

"I literally didn’t know they were candy till now. I got a pair in my stocking when I was like 5. I had no idea you’re supposed to actually eat them??? I’m 28 lol."

- AmbystomaMexicanum

Mary Janes peanut butter taffy.

"Those sh*t a** generic things from trick or treat bags of yesteryear. I never knew what they were because the orange or black wax paper wrappers were blank. They were hard-chewy and dense, not in a good way. And most of the time when you unwrapped them, the candy had fused to part of the wrapper so you were eating some wax paper as you chewed up this unsatisfying nugget of dental filling thievery."

"Each year you'd get down to the dregs of your bag and all that was left were these and plain mini Hershey's, and when even the plain mini Hershey's were gone you still didn't want these. But you'd try one anyway like it had gotten better since last year but it hadn't. And one was all it took and you threw out the rest of them and wished you could remember which old-person neighbor house gave these crap things out so you could skip them next year. Garbage candy!"

- turkeypants

"I am baffled. I am stunned. I am thoroughly dismayed that we didn’t know each other as kids. Those orange & black 'sh*t a** generic' abominations? Those were Mary Janes peanut butter taffy with a little blop of peanut butter directly in the middle. They stopped making them then altered the recipe to completely bastardize it & put it back on the market as some completely repugnant thing, but Mary Janes back when they were the taffy you describe were my favorite Halloween candy. I could only find Mary Janes around Halloween, & just the thought of them made me excited for the holiday."

"Like most kids, I’d separate & trade candies I didn’t like with other kids. Other than Necco wafers & candy corn, I pretty much like all candy - but they were all dispensable if Mary Janes were in the picture. Luckily, people like you undervalued PB taffy when dealing with pretty much a Mary Jane addict, so I only had to give up a few Snickers or something for a couple handfuls of MJs."

"I’d trade anything in my bag for MJs, didn’t matter what it was. You’d remember & skip houses that gave out Mary Janes - those were the houses I looked forward to. I can’t believe you just threw them away. That’s so upsetting to me, especially since the recipe is now different, & no one will experience a real, original Mary Jane ever again. I wish we’d known each other as kids. One person’s trash is another person’s treasure, & I would have gladly taken all those off your hands."

- RandomRexiness

This may have struck a chord for some people.

Sugar free gummies.

"I've read some horror stories about sugar-free gummy bears, so I naturally avoid them at all costs. Their demeanor is inviting, but beware!"

- AmbivalentEnthusiast

"The secret is to eat the entire 5lb bag. Helps train your body's digestive system to properly handle them."

- MasterKongQiu

"Let me explain why sugar free gummy bears are basically a laxative."

"They need to replace the sugar with something else that will still give that sweet taste. Xylitol or sorbitol are two from a small list that can be added to 'sugar free' food. These are known as sugar alcohols and while they do present some upsides, the major downside are the digestive issues they cause. 10-20 grams is all that it takes for it cause major diarrhea or other digestive issues."

- SurealGod

Candy Buttons.

"Those dot candies on the parchment paper. I inadvertently end up eating mostly the parchment paper."

- bapboopbeep

"The trick is to moisten the back of the paper with a wet paper towel. Then the dots slide off after 30 seconds or so."

- ladylurkedalot

"Way too much work for sh*tty candy that you can get in a million other forms (sugar + corn starch + food coloring)."

"Dot Candy is one of those legacy candies that only still exists because everyone’s grandparents kept them barely in business for the last 100 years off of nostalgia. The stuff is nasty."

- angrytreestump

Circus peanuts.

"F*cking circus peanuts. What the hell is wrong with people."

- Jerdubyas

"Marshmallow textured (kinda). Peanut shaped, orange colored, banana flavored."

"Fun fact: Lucky Charms were invented when someone cut up circus peanuts and added them to cheerios."

- hO97366e6

"I never knew they were banana flavored, I just thought they tasted like a gross version of type 2 diabetes."

- Percipience_8

Heart candies.

"The candy hearts that you get around Valentine’s Day."

"Sugar flavored chalk, I’m out."

- Actuaryba

"I’m pretty sure they’re made of ground up bones."

- sheezy520

Grandma's ribbon candy.

"That ribbon candy in grandma's dish with an inch of dust on it."

- bytenob

"Your grandma doesn't dust her ribbon candy? Has she no shame?"

- wunderduck

"Those are interesting because they’re all over the place."

"Visually appealing, wild flavor variances, some minty, some fruity, no way to be sure until you’re eating it because they all smell the same from being in the box together."

- abarrelofmankeys

This might have brought back some childhood memories of your favorite and least favorite sweet treats.

Hopefully your favorite wasn't absolutely trashed by these Redditors.

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