The Drop: Why Reese’s Peanut Butter cups should replace candy corn as the Halloween icon

On this edition of “The Drop,” Justin Mack nominates Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups to force out the candy corn incumbent.
Stephen J. Beard, stephen.beard@indystar.comIt’s been a good run, candy corn. Wait, no it hasn’t.(Photo: Sian Cox / EyeEm, Getty Images/EyeEm)Candy corn is trash. We all know it’s true, so it’s time to finally put any nostalgia you feel when confronted with the waxy treats to the side and start thinking rationally. Halloween is all about the candy. We claim to be open to tricks, but we only put on those cumbersome costumes in pursuit of treats. And if you ask me, candy corn being presented as something to look forward to each year is the biggest trick of all.That’s why it’s time we elected a new candy to represent Halloween. And this year, I am throwing my full support behind Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups.Here’s why I hope you’ll join the campaign on Oct. 31. No one knows what candy corn is supposed to beSeriously, what is it? The colors don’t correspond to any kind of flavors at all, and you can never tell if your candy corn is good or bad.That’s a lie: It’s always bad. Why? Because no matter if it’s from this year or from 20 years ago, its the same level of stale. That’s a red flag.It was created in Cincinnati, but even Ohioans hate itIf your home state doesn’t love you, why should everyone else? As the Cincinnati Enquirer reports, a study of geotagged Twitter posts shows that most of the discussion around candy corn in the Buckeye state is negative.The study found only 240 positive mentions of candy corn in Ohio compared to more than 1,000 negative mentions. Cleveland dislikes it the most, while Cincinnati was the most favorable.The same study shows that Indiana hates it too.The staff at The Daring Kitchen tracked 100,000 geotagged tweets about “candy corn” during October. (Photo: Provided)The Enquirer also reports that candy corn was first commercially manufactured in Cincinnati beginning 120 years ago, back when it was known as “chicken feed.” Are humans are even supposed to be eating this stuff?And I don’t know how an incumbent with 120 years of bad poll numbers hangs onto its seat, but here were are, folks. If you ask me, candy corn is manipulating the system, and we can’t stand by and let this go on any longer.Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups dress the part all year roundYou know what the Halloween colors are? Orange and black. You know what colors you will always find on a Reese’s package? Orange and black.Case closed.And, they’re deliciousAsk yourself, have you ever willingly passed on a Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup on offer? I doubt it.Beyond that, peanut butter cups manage to show up in all sorts of desserts to take them to new levels of deliciousness. Pies, cookies, brownies, cake. You can find peanut butter cup varieties of all of them, and they’re all fantastic.But a slice of candy corn cake? Hard pass.Candy corn wants to hurt youI mean, just look at this gif!The proof is right in front of your eyes, folks. Wake up.Support peanut butter cups this Halloween.Justin L. Mack wishes everyone a fun and safe Halloween. Call him at 317-444-6138 to donate your Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups to the newsroom. Follow Justin on Twitter: @justinlmackRead or Share this story:
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