Corn Candy

April 10, 2006 at 1:03 AM | Food | 4 Comments

Corn CandyHey, check this out. You’ve heard of candy corn before, I’m sure, but what about corn candy? I didn’t think so!!

I came across this baby at the Vietnam Cafe, when we were there last week. For some reason or another, they were out of fortune cookies at the counter. Now, I’ve always wondered what they were doing, distributing fortune cookies at a Vietnamese restaurant, but it’s grown to become part of our weekly trips to The VC, that nobody questions it. There are also some that call it “V-Caf”, but I prefer “The VC,” for reasons that I need not disclose.

Anyways, they had to bust out with this plastic grocery bag of assorted candies, none of which bore a resemblance to any candy that I had ever seen at Halloween or any other time of the year, for that matter. I lightly sifted through the bag, trying to find the most interesting looking ones to get. Since all of them were probably foreign to me, I figured that I’d better get the wildest looking one. I would say confidently that I probably picked out the wildest one from the bag. So fascinated with this oddity, that I pocketed it immediately, with the intent of further analyzing it and giving it a proper photoshoot in the comfort of my own home.

As you can see from the photo, corn candy looks like a yellow-orangish piece of baby corn, right down to its little kernel-looking texture. It’s about the same size too. You can’t tell by looking (or maybe you can), but it’s kind of squishy… squeezing it a little with the wrapper still on, I could tell that it has a consistency comparable to that of a large gummy bear. Probably a little tougher than your average gummy bear, though. The writing on the package was all in Chinese (except for “CORN CANDY”), but is it Chinese in origin? And if so, what was it doing at Vietnam Cafe? Hmmm.

I would have written about this sooner, but I felt that I could not do this post justice without first tasting this strange candy. I opened the wrapper slowly, removed the piece of candy, which now felt a lot tougher than a gummy bear, now that I was holding onto it with my bare fingers. It had a strange smell, that smelled nothing like corn, creamed corn, candy corn, corn flakes, popcorn, or any other corn products that I have dealt with. Frankly, just the creepy texture of the thing along with its undescribable smell almost made me gag. I popped the whole thing in my mouth in one swift motion, so as to minimize my disgust with the product by avoiding having to bite pieces off. It was so chewy. And it tasted something awful. It was super sweet and tasted pretty much just like how it smelled… disgusting. And somewhere in there, I tasted a faint hint of corn.

I think I’m going to be sick.

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  1. My daughter wants some of these candies she loves them….our vietamese friends gave her some and wants more.

    Comment by Anonymous — March 30, 2008 #

  2. Since writing this post, I have spotted the corn candy that I talk about in this post at various Asian supermarkets. You can find them in the candy section–good luck!

    Comment by LloydSkoyd — March 30, 2008 #

  3. I need more Corn Candy! I bought several bags – in Hue, I think – and gave them away as gifts. Of course, they are awful! But, I had a few pieces remaining that I left laying around on a low shelf in my kitchen and an adopted chinese boy adores them! No one else who has ever tasted them can stomach the things – they taste like erasers! But Wu loves them and I’m almost out. Help!

    Comment by Vanita — January 6, 2011 #

  4. I love these i don’t know how people can hate them XD

    Comment by Brian huynh — September 10, 2017 #

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