Candy Canes For The Friend Who “Doesn’t Eat Sweets”

When you indulge in a holiday treat, there are certain things you expect: chocolate, peppermint, peanut butter, and other sweet flavors. You don’t usually choose to eat a cookie or piece of candy that tastes like comfort food.

A company in Seattle is betting that consumers will enjoy sucking on candy canes flavored with macaroni and cheese. They believe the seasonal treats will be “a particular favorite of picky eaters.”

The yellow and white-striped candy canes are 5 ¼ inches long.

“These candy canes taste like your childhood favorite — mac and cheese,” the website, Archie McPhee, explains in the product description. “It’s like comfort food-flavored comfort food! Macaroni and cheese has become a holiday family tradition in many parts of the country, so why not let our holiday candy reflect that?”

Oh, but there’s more. The company is also selling gray and white clam-flavored candy canes. If it sounds rather gross, it is. Seafood-flavored candy sounds downright disgusting. And what would your breath smell like after eating it?

“We all celebrate holidays in our own way and if your holiday tastes like the sea, this is for you,” the website boasts. “Add a little sand for extra clam realness. If anyone complains, just tell them to clam up.”


The specialty flavored candy canes cost US$5.95 for a box of six.

To be clear, Archie McPhee is known for its weird products. They offer “impractical items that make life better.” If you’re looking for other strange gift items, check out their inflatable unicorn horn for cats, the world’s largest underpants, a yodeling pickle, lunch meat notebooks, and Jesus bandages.

If there’s someone on your gift list who’s particularly difficult to buy for or is a bit of a foodie, consider getting them some bizarre flavored candy canes. Better yet, trick them with the treat and have them guess the flavor. Hopefully, they don’t have a gag reflex.


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