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Is It In My Head Candy Corn 3 Different Flavors?

I swear I taste a subtle difference between the 3 layers in a candy corn. To experiment I sliced a few into 3rds, orange, yellow and white. At a bunch of each color at once, and each had a different taste, akin to being more buttery in flavor. Is it my imagination?

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  1. Nope, three different flavors merged together in a delicate blend to enhance the candy corn experience.

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    1. re: Motosport

      Thank you for letting me know I am not crazy.

      1. re: Motosport

        I still stand by my original statement. When they get stale the bottom section is much chewier than the middle and top. I like them stale.

        1. re: Motosport

          I like them stale too. And I totally agree with you. These were Brach's. The bottom yellow was definately more buttery in taste as compared to the waxy white, and vanilla orange middle. The website says they use real honey for flavor.

          1. re: michele cindy

            YESSSS!! Candy corn and marshmallow peeps are best after they "mature".

            1. re: Motosport

              Absolutely! What about Red Vines? I love when they're really dried out! So good, tough and chewy! :)

      2. To the best of my knowledge, the flavor is vanilla - color is just for show,

        1. The only way to know is to blindfold yourself, then let someone else dissect your candy corn (several pieces), smashing each piece into a uniform ball (so you can't tell by the shape which part it is) and then feeding them to you piece by piece. I may try this experiment myself.

          They must be Brach's, though. My last bag was some vile other brand and it was totally lacking that delicious taste.

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          1. re: Isolda

            It's all the same base with different coloring. There is no flavor variation. As for which is best, here's a recent comparison:


          2. This is interesting, I was talking to mrbushy about this yesterday. His birthday is the 31st, I usually decorate his cake with candy corn, or something Halloweenish, but I really don't like the stuff. That's ok, it's his birthday, anyway.

            I remember as a very young kid, maybe five or six, biting the candy corn into sections, thinking that each colored section should have a different flavor, but was greatly disappointed to find that it's not true. It's all vanilla, and too sweet at that. I was heartbroken, because I wanted and really thought it would be better to have a variety of flavors in one, orange, lemon, caramel, who knows what, but different flavors.

            Since that disappointment I've never been able to enjoy candy corn to it's fullest.

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            1. re: bushwickgirl

              "Since that disappointment I've never been able to enjoy candy corn to it's fullest."

              I always feel guilty eating candy corn to this day (I'm 50) because when I was a kid my mother told me if I ate it my teeth would eventually wind up looking like candy corn! And you know what? There were a bunch of kids on my block (1960s Jersey City, NJ) who had rotten teeth from poor eating habits and their (pointy rotten) teeth did look like candy corn to this little kid. So I never ate it and still do not. lol

              1. re: bushwickgirl

                You aren't eating the good stuff then. There are definitely three different flavors.

                1. re: FitMom4Life

                  There aren't three flavors. The traditional 100+ year-old recipe is vanilla.


                  1. re: ferret

                    That's is not the kind that I eat. The "truly" traditional stuff is absolutely THREE different flavors.

                  2. re: FitMom4Life

                    Thank you, ferret.

                    Nooooo, candy corn has but one flavor, and I've had all the candy corn brands on the market. Just vanilla for flavoring, and not much of that either.

                    I wonder if the individual colors affects how you "taste" the layers.

                    1. re: bushwickgirl

                      I'm sure it's a textural thing because the little end can be a little denser So you get a different mouth feel.

                      1. re: ferret

                        Mouth feel, sure, but I tend to equate flavor with color, as in yellow=lemon, orange=orange, etc. I've not found this true with candy corn, however.

                2. Well of course they are different. :-) I've known that ever since I first became addicted. I eat them layer by layer.

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                  1. re: FitMom4Life

                    To me, the white top tasts "thinner" than the fuller flavored yellow base...could be a textural thing. But I can detect a slight difference between the outer ring of a carrot medallion and its center, though again, I don't have better words than "thinner" and "fuller".

                  2. Absolutely. The ones with the "chocolate" bottom taste totally different. They're trashy and just so delicious and irresistible. I have to discipline myself to buy a small amount from bulk, but secretly I want the whole bag. And the pumpkins and harvest vegs taste different, too... in a good way.

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                    1. re: berkleybabe

                      I think the candy corn with the chocolate layer is traditionally called "indian corn" and is indeed chocolate flavored. The Halloween corn is supposed to be the same flavor in all 3 layers but I wonder if the food coloring actually imparts just enough flavor to make the 3 layers taste different...Kind of like Smarties -- some Smartie colors taste definitely different than others IMHO and I can distinguish which ones those are with my eyes closed.

                      1. re: freia

                        It's probably "Native American" corn now. ;P

                    2. I'm very happy in my long held belief that each layer tastes different! Plus it's more fun eating them layer by layer. I'm also with the slightly stale group.

                      1. Now you've caused a craving, and I'm going to have to search some out and test this for the sake of science. Surely somebody in my office is hiding a bag in their office this time of year.

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                        1. re: arashall

                          Please do, be the taste tester for us. ;-) I just can't stand the stuff.

                          1. re: linguafood

                            LOLOLOL thanks linguafood! I needed this today...

                            1. http://www.seriouseats.com/2011/10/se...

                              marshmallow is one of the secret ingredients in candy corn.

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                              1. re: HillJ

                                "Halloween's most iconic and divisive candies."


                                Aside from that, thanks for the enlightening link.

                                1. re: HillJ

                                  And surprisingly there is corn in candy corn...corn syrup.

                                  1. re: HillJ

                                    And surprisingly there is corn in candy corn...albeit in the form of corn syrup.

                                  2. These odd candy corn flavors are not layered, just one flavor per kernel, and although some of them sound delectable, apparently they're not:


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                                    1. re: bushwickgirl

                                      I emailed Brach's (Farley Candy). I am waiting for their reply. As soon as they do, I'll let everyone know.

                                    2. I don't want to be confuse by facts. I have already made up my mind that there are three distinct flavors in candy corn.
                                      Next thing I hear is that "peeps" are all the same flavor. I know that the chicks taste different than the bunnies. Blue, yellow and pink are all different.
                                      Putting my hands over my ears now, "LA LA LA LA LA LA LA LA LA LA, I can't hear you!!!"

                                      1. I have to dig around to find it but I indeed came across a graphic that listed the different flavorings in each color layer. I have the feeling that the care to do it has been dropped by most manufacturers but hopefully someone out there still takes the time?!

                                        1. From a document I found online - there have been some flavor differences in the layers. The yellow bottom layer has raw & brown sugars with a touch of corn syrup & honey. The orange adds lavender, fennel & orange flavorings. The white tips contain refined sugar, vanilla & a touch of anise. :-)

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                                          1. Internet reveals the secret ingredients...