Top 10 Most Controversial Candies (And Why We Love Them)

Candy is all about spreading happiness! 😊

But there are some polarizing treats out there... that stir up heated debates and divided opinions. From nostalgic classics to newer treats, these candies spark controversy like no other. Let's delve into the top 10 most controversial candies and unravel why, despite the debates, we just can't resist them!

1. Circus Peanuts

This marshmallow-like candy in the shape of oversized peanuts divides candy lovers into two camps: those who adore its unique texture and subtle banana flavor, and those who recoil at its artificial taste and odd chewiness. Despite the divisive opinions, circus peanuts have stood the test of time, earning a spot in the hearts of many.

2. Candy Corn

Perhaps the most iconic Halloween candy, candy corn triggers intense debates every fall. Some revel in its sugary sweetness and classic tri-color design, while others scoff at its waxy texture and overly saccharine taste. Yet, every October, candy corn emerges from its candy dish exile, inviting both love and loathing in equal measure.

3. Black Licorice

With its distinct anise flavor, black licorice is a candy that elicits strong reactions. Loved by some for its bold taste and nostalgic appeal, it's reviled by others who find its flavor overpowering and reminiscent of cough syrup. Despite its divisiveness, black licorice continues to have a dedicated fan base worldwide.

4. Peeps

These colorful marshmallow chicks and bunnies are synonymous with Easter and evoke fond childhood memories for many. However, their sugary sweetness and spongy texture are a turn-off for others, leading to debates over whether they're a delightful treat or a sugary abomination.

5. Good & Plenty

 Combining licorice-flavored candy coated in a candy shell, Good & Plenty is a divisive candy that leaves no room for neutrality. Fans appreciate its unique flavor combination, while detractors can't get past the strong licorice taste. Nevertheless, Good & Plenty has maintained its place in candy aisles for decades.

6. Necco Wafers

These chalky, disk-shaped candies have a cult following despite—or perhaps because of—their polarizing taste and texture. Some enjoy their nostalgic appeal and assortment of flavors, while others find their powdery texture and subtle flavors underwhelming. Love them or hate them, Necco Wafers continue to spark debates among candy enthusiasts.

7. Saltwater Taffy

A staple of beachside boardwalks, saltwater taffy comes in a variety of flavors and colors, eliciting mixed reactions from candy lovers. Some appreciate its chewy texture and wide array of flavors, while others find it too sticky and overly sweet. Nevertheless, saltwater taffy remains a beloved seaside treat for many.

8. Tootsie Rolls

These chewy chocolate-flavored candies have been a favorite since their introduction in the late 19th century. While some enjoy their nostalgic taste and chewy texture, others criticize their bland flavor and waxy consistency. Despite the debates, Tootsie Rolls remain a classic candy enjoyed by generations.

9. Warheads

Known for their extreme sourness, Warheads challenge even the most adventurous candy enthusiasts. While some seek out the intense sour sensation, others shy away from the puckering potency of these acidic candies. Yet, for those who dare to indulge, the sour journey is part of the thrill.

10. Lemonheads

These tangy and tart candies are a polarizing choice, with their intense lemon flavor dividing candy enthusiasts. Some enjoy the puckering sourness and citrusy kick, while others find them too acidic and mouth-puckering. Yet, for those who appreciate a burst of lemony zest, Lemonheads remain a cherished treat, showcasing the diverse range of tastes in the candy world.


  • Shaunta Dixon

    I love Candy Corn, Tootsie Rolls, and Lemonheads.

  • Elaina Allen

    Love peeps candy corn , lemon heads, tootsie rolls saltwater taffy and necco waffers thanks

  • Jay

    Love numbers 6 and 8