Thursday, October 30, 2008

Candy Place Harvest Mix

Candy Place Harvest MixWhen I was a kid and we’d go to the Halloween Parade in town (Mechanicsburg, PA, if you’re curious), both folks from the floats and those watching from the sidewalks would throw corn. (Not on the cob, silly! Just dried feed corn.) I don’t know why we did it, but I kind of likened it to the harvest version of throwing rice at weddings.

This fun little remembrance has nothing to do with anything. Except that I was recently in Mechanicsburg and that it’s National Candy Corn Day and it made me think of throwing corn.

I picked up this Giant Eagle Candy Place Harvest Mix in Ohio. I believe they’re made by Mayfair. Though the colors looked rather faded in the package and the already known-quantity of the Brach’s Halloween Mix was on the shelves, too, I really wanted to try it. At 99 cents, the risk was minimal.

Candy Place Harvest Mix

The assortment was much more broad than Brach’s. First, none of the shapes were assigned a particular color/flavor. Second, there were a lot of different shapes and this mix included both candy corn and Indian corn.

The shapes I found were: owl, skull & bones, pumpkin, jack-o-lantern, cat, witch, ear of corn, bat and mellowcreme pumpkin. The colors were orange, tan, yellow and brown.

The whole bag smelled kind of like band-aids and maple syrup.

Orange mellowcremes tasted like marshmallows and honey. Soft, smooth, very little grain and an even and sweet taste.

The tan shapes had a slight maple flavor to them and were my favorite in the bunch even though they lacked the touch of honey that the orange had.

The brown had a caramel and cocoa note, but it wasn’t very pronounced and seemed much sweeter than the other flavors.

Yellow tasted just like orange, which wasn’t a bad thing overall.

The candy corn were exceptionally smooth and had that light kiss of honey ... really good stuff.

While I didn’t like them as much as the Brach’s, this particular variety had no gelatin in it (but did have egg whites) and was made in the USA so there are many reasons why folks might prefer it.

Even though the colors aren’t as vibrant and the flavors not quite as remarkable it is a quality product and certainly worth the 99 cents I paid.

Related Candies

  1. Brach’s Chocolate Candy Corn & Halloween Mix
  2. Zachary Candy Corn & Jelly Pumpkins
  3. Candy Corn Kisses
  4. Brach’s Autumn Mix
Name: Harvest Mix
  • 10 SUPERB
  • 9 YUMMY
  • 8 TASTY
  • 7 WORTH IT
  • 4 BENIGN
Brand: Candy Place (Mayfair)
Place Purchased: Giant Eagle (Liberty, OH)
Price: $.99
Size: 9 ounces
Calories per ounce: 106
Categories: Fondant, United States, Halloween

POSTED BY Cybele AT 8:22 am Tracker Pixel for Entry    

  1. I love good quality candy, and the junk too! Candy Corn rules! Can’t wait till Halloween:)

    Comment by Chocolate Nerd on 10/30/08 at 11:42 am #
  2. Sera's avatar

    They are so cute! Not a fan of the buck-toothed pumpkin tho…

    Happy Halloween Cybele. smile

    Comment by Sera on 10/31/08 at 3:19 am #
  3. man, gimme some candy that smells like band-aids and maple syrup any day!

    Comment by santos. on 11/02/08 at 7:27 pm #
  4. As to throwing feed corn, it’s an old PA Dutch/ German tradition.  In the past, people would go from house to house and throw dried corn at the doors and windows.  The rattle of it would scare away “evil spirits” and protect the house.  I used to live in Hershey and every year while Trick or Treating we would get pelted by feed corn thrown from passing cars. I never understood it then either and chalked it up to hooliganism. After learning the origin of the tradition,  it is pretty cool that it was still done, even if no one remembers why.

    Comment by cococat on 12/31/10 at 7:11 pm #
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