Not all Christmas candy is good Christmas candy—there, we said it.
We shared our Ultimate Christmas Gift Guide for Candy Lovers recently, and as we were writing it, we realized just how many Christmas confections are out there. From chocolate to hard candy, peppermint to Christmas combo boxes, there’s so much to choose from this time of year.
There is tons, I mean tons, of holiday candy out there that will tickle your taste buds and have you feeling giddy about the festivities, but there are a few we need to kick off as contenders on the Christmas candy list.
We’re talking about that Christmas candy that people tend to avoid—the stuff that gets handed out at Santa buffets and the mall, the sweets that get stuffed into stockings never to be consumed by children. We’re not saying these candies should be cast into the abyss never to be tasted again, but they definitely need to be taken off the guest list at your next Christmas party.
While Christmas is usually the time for highlighting the sweetest things of the season, we thought it would be fun to venture down a different path and see what some people (we like to call Scrooges) have to say about which Christmas treats are the worst of all time.
Here’s what we found…
There’s just something inherently strange about eating a marshmallow covered in glittery sugar. All my life, Peeps were reserved for the Easter season and stored secretly away for the rest of the year. Then all of the sudden, Candy Cane, Snowmen, even Gingerbread men start popping up all over the place!
While these little sugary snacks might look the part of Christmas candy, their delivery is a little lacking considering it's just fluffy sugar in the shape of a bird. Nonetheless, it’s hard to find these in stock anywhere this time of year which means there are some who love them.
The name alone should steer you the other way, but in case it doesn’t, you’ll be reminded why Reindeer Corn no longer needs to be served at your holiday gathering. First, it’s a direct steal from Halloween—all they did was swap the white, orange, and yellow for red, white, and green. Second, it’s just like any other candy corn, the flavors can only do so much when they’re all the same.
While there is definitely some nostalgia tied to this candy, as most Midwesterners still see this stuff on store shelves, this treat might be best left in Christmas past.
Christmas Cotton Candy
When I first came across this concoction, I was puzzled. It read Christmas Cotton Candy with sparkles of red, white, and green scattered across the cloud of candy contained inside the packaging. Was this meant to be eaten, or used as some type of colored decor around your Christmas tree? The only time I’ve ever seen cotton candy at a gathering is the circus, so this was new to me.
There’s just something about snacking on cotton candy while watching a Christmas movie that just sounds a little weird, but maybe that’s just because Buddy the Elf doesn’t include cotton candy in his four main food group lists. Nonetheless, we hopped on the bandwagon and start stocking up on cotton candy snowballs ourselves, so you can grab them right here and try for yourself.
The classic Christmas nougat is one of those items you can’t say no to when Aunt May comes by with the same kind she’s been serving up since you were 7. Sure, it’s got your favorite Christmas candy in it, but it’s lost amongst the sea of sweet cream and white chocolate that you can’t even get a taste of it.
This treat sticks out on the dessert table every single year, and people wonder why it’s always the last thing to be taken. Though it holds a special place in our nostalgic hearts, the Christmas Nougat has made the naughty list for us this year.
The major quarrel with this Christmas confection is that it’s having an identity crisis—one minute it wants to be ribbons for wrapping, the next it wants to be a sugary sweet served up to all kids around Christmas. The problem with trying to do both is that it actually ends up doing neither—tell me the last time you saw a gift wrapped with ribbon candy around it? In the same vein, what about the last time you saw someone truly, I mean truly, enjoy indulging in a candy ribbon?
Now that being said, these things continue to fly off the shelves every single year so maybe Santa is the one who’s grabbing all these sweets for himself in the offseason.
Chocolate Cherries & Oranges
You probably remember these little sweets from your grandma’s stash of Christmas candy tucked over by her rocking chair next to the tree. Usually, she saved these for a pre-Christmas eve dinner snack, telling you not to spoil you meal with this strange collab between fruit and chocolate.
A throwback to older days, these two candies have been around since the mid 1800s and earned massive popularity in the mid 1900’s. Sure, they’ve earned their spot as a valid tasty treat for candy lovers, but covering some everyday fruits in chocolate and calling it Christmas candy is not going to cut it here.