Christmas, a season of joy, love, and indulgence, also brings with it an array of traditional treats. From puddings to pies, chocolates to candies, there’s a vast selection to satisfy even the most discerning sweet tooth. Yet, amidst the piles of sugar and spice, there are certain candies that evoke strong reactions — and not always the good kind. While one person’s trash may be another’s treasure, there are some Christmas candy gifts that consistently appear on the “least favorite” lists. Let’s delve into these festive polarizers:
Christmas Tree Nougat
This candy immediately conjures up Christmas visuals with its design: a green Christmas tree set against a white nougat backdrop, often with a red or green border. However, for all its holiday cheer in appearance, its taste and texture are divisive. The chewy consistency can sometimes verge on the side of sticky, a challenge for those who prefer their treats to not cling to their teeth. The overly sweet taste can also be overpowering, making it less of a holiday favorite and more of an occasional nibble for many.
Classic peppermint candy canes are synonymous with Christmas, but not everyone is a fan of the strong, sharp peppermint taste that this candy provides. These candies also never come with a proper wrap, so once you start eating a candy cane, they can get super sticky which can be off-putting. Also, due to its texture, candy canes can break into sharp pieces which is pretty dangerous especially for children.
Wax Bottles (Nik-L-Nips)
A trip down memory lane for some, these wax bottles filled with a sugary liquid elicit mixed feelings. The idea of biting into wax to access the sweet inside isn’t universally loved. For those who remember them fondly, it’s a nostalgia trip; for others, it’s a peculiar and not particularly pleasant candy experience. The wax is, of course, non-edible, leading to the odd experience of chewing on wax only to spit it out later.
Visually stunning, ribbon candy is often more appreciated for its aesthetics than its taste or texture. It’s undeniably beautiful in a candy dish, looking like delicate, colorful glass. However, its brittle nature means it can easily shatter, and its often-subtle flavor can be underwhelming. Some find the candy hard to eat without breaking it into smaller, more manageable pieces, which somewhat diminishes its visual appeal.
Peeps Christmas Edition
Peeps, those marshmallow birds associated with Easter, also have a Christmas edition, usually shaped like trees or snowmen. While the Easter version has its dedicated fan base, the Christmas edition gets mixed reviews. The sugary exterior combined with the soft marshmallow inside is either a delightful treat or a textural nightmare, depending on who you ask. Plus, their overly sweet taste can be a turn-off for those who prefer more nuanced confections.
Hard Candy Mix
This is the candy equivalent of a box of chocolates: you never know what you’re going to get. Often found in festive bowls at grandparent’s homes, these assorted candies come in various shapes, colors, and flavors. While some may enjoy the variety, others lament the often-stale texture and generic flavors that don’t quite hit the mark. Fishing out a favorite flavor can be a challenge, and you might end up with a handful of discarded half-sucked candies.
Though not particularly despised, Lifesaver Storybooks often get a nod on the “underwhelming” list. A book-like package that opens to reveal rolls of Lifesavers may sound appealing, but compared to other festive offerings, they’re quite basic. They’re reminiscent of everyday candies, making them a less exciting holiday treat.
With a minty exterior and often a buttery interior, mint humbugs can be a puzzling experience for the palate. While mint is a popular flavor during the festive season, the combination in humbugs isn’t to everyone’s liking. For some, the buttery undertones feel out of place with the sharp mint, leading to a discordant taste experience.
The world of Christmas candy gifts is vast and varied. While the aforementioned candies have their critics, they also have their fans. Tastes are subjective, and one person’s least favorite candy could be another’s festive treat. It’s all part of the rich tapestry of holiday traditions. So whether you’re a lover of ribbon candy or a Peeps enthusiast, remember: the season is all about indulgence, joy, and sharing — even if it means passing along that candy cane of questionable flavor to a willing relative!