Wednesday, March 7, 2018

The trouble with candy corn

I was surprised to discover some American idiosyncrasies that were so ingrained, I didn’t even know they were in there.

Take candy corn.

Around Halloween, I typically make sugar cookies shaped like candy corn. While Halloween isn’t a big deal in the Netherlands, it is acknowledged. So when I went to a late October coffee morning at a friend’s home, I brought my cute little cookies.

The ladies were polite and said my colorful, triangle-shaped confections tasted nice.

It wasn’t until later that I realized everyone else at the get-together was European, and not one of my friends knew what the cookies were supposed to represent -- they’d never seen candy corn in their lives!

Apparently, candy corn hasn’t made it across the Atlantic. Who knew?

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