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Candy-Off: Hershey's vs. Brach's Candy Corn

Candy-Off: Hershey's vs. Brach's Candy Corn

Happy National Candy Corn Day! This Halloween, grocery aisles have been stocked with two distinct types of my favorite seasonal candy: the traditional version made by Brach's, as well as a newer Hershey's rendition.

Last year, when I first tried the Hershey's candy corn, I thought it had a cloying aftertaste, and despite giving them a second chance, I still didn't care for them. Just to make sure I was giving the candy a fair assessment, I sought out some other Sugar gals for a second opinion. To see what they had to say,


  • "Candy corn is not allowed to have a wrapper!"
  • "Hershey's tastes more artificial, if that's possible."
  • "The candy corn lost something in the texture . . . just not right!"

While both are overly sweet, the Hershey's Kisses version lacks the wonderfully waxy, granulated texture that makes candy corn so addictive. Instead, it has the creaminess of white chocolate and a rich, butterscotch-y aroma. Many of us agreed that had Hershey's simply not labeled it candy corn, we would have preferred it.

The bottom line? When something is labeled as candy corn, there are expectations in taste. Candy corn may taste plastic-y, but an artificial rendition of it tastes even worse. There's one attribute, however, that both share in common: too much of either, and you'll be left with a belly ache.

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betty-kraker betty-kraker 7 years
It's Brach's all the way for me! i call it candy crack b/c once i start i cant stop eating it
aimeeb aimeeb 8 years
I hate candy corn!
Caramel-Kisses Caramel-Kisses 8 years
Ugh. Candy corn is just as awful as those chalky conversation hearts...
Angela123 Angela123 8 years
I actually liked the Hershey's kind, although I didn't see the actual bag and didn't know it was called candy corn. I thought it was white chocolate dressed up as candy corn. No joke.
Wild-Magelet Wild-Magelet 8 years
Does candy corn have the consistency of chocolate? From photographs, I always just assumed that it was a gummy lolly. If it's a harder texture, that actually makes them sound more appealing.
lil-miss-haley lil-miss-haley 8 years
What is candy corn? Im from new zealand we dont have it here
Mesayme Mesayme 8 years
Brach's candy corn please. We eat a couple bags every Halloween. There's honey in them I think! (that's my excuse anyway)
danielle854 danielle854 8 years
ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
even though i don't eat candy like this i have to say that i really like the hershey's kiss that looks like candy corn. that's something that i've never seen before so i would have to opt to try that one.
milosmommy milosmommy 8 years
I love brachs candy corn. Didn't know hersheys made it. But definitely not interested in trying it.
mudnessa mudnessa 8 years
the hersheys arent that bad but they are too big. i think if they were half the size they would be better. i still have all but a handful from the bag i bought last year, im sure they are even worse now!!! they also taste more like caramel and i am not a fan of caramel at all.
Spectra Spectra 8 years
Ugh, I can't stand candy corn. It has no flavor, just sweet. I had no idea Hershey's was making it, but it looks a lot more icky than the original. Didn't know that was even possible.
tlsgirl tlsgirl 8 years
I love candy corn, so I was excited about the Hershey's kind, but it was pretty gross.
Kelliegrl Kelliegrl 8 years
Ick! I hate candy corns.
Soniabonya Soniabonya 8 years
I'm not a big candy corn fan but will it some if available. Mother opened 2 bags this morning. One was the caramel chocolate (YUM!) and the other was the old fashioned regular style...though it had mini pumpkins in it. Candy corn is overly sweet for me, and I LOVE sweets, so i definetly can't eat too much in one sitting which is good :)
suziryder suziryder 8 years
Aw I love Brach's candy corn. We bought a bag a few weeks ago, now it's almost gone, and we can't find another bag! All we find is the store brand stuff, ugh. It's gotta be Brachs! I'd try the Hershey kisses (never heard of them before this!), but I don't know if I'd like them... I've never heard of pumpkin kisses either, they sound yummy though!
masonsmama masonsmama 8 years
I was pregnant last year this time and literally sat in the Target parking lot and ate as much candy corn as I could (which by the way, is quite a bit) - crazy cravings! By the time I got home, I was so sick on it that I think I've finally broken my long-term candy corn addiction. My husband is still on the lookout for any appearance of it in our house this year...
mlen mlen 8 years
i can only have like 2 or 3 candycorns haha but they have to be the brach ones- and NOT the pumpkin shaped things
skigurl skigurl 8 years
uhhh i have always hated this stuff...but i might like the hershey's stuff cuz its the gross texture i hate!
TrendyTurtle TrendyTurtle 8 years
Brach's wins for me. Hershey's does have a tasty pumpkin flavor kiss out now though! My cousin and his roomies have (or had by now I'm sure lol) about 3 or 4 bags and I stole a few for myself. Anyone else tried the pumpkin ones?
sonya-ina sonya-ina 8 years
Eeek! Candy corn grosses me out.
brilliance13 brilliance13 8 years
ew, I had no idea Hershey's had a candy corn! sounds gross.
pelirroja828 pelirroja828 8 years
definite bizarre aftertaste!
otaku otaku 8 years
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