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Oct
26
2012

I really have been feeling some anger towards candy corn this season and I don’t like it.

Because they are delicious. And if you don’t believe my commitment to this candy, just know that I once took the time to write an entire post about them. Or maybe I just couldn’t think of anything else to write about that day. But whatever. The point is – it’s a good candy that doesn’t deserve to be mocked.

So imagine my outrage when I went to a little kids show at my public library this week and the entertainer (let’s call her Rosana Banana)) starts singing this song, “I Don’t Like Candy Corn.” Here’s a sample of it on YouTube.

Now by the time Rosana Banana finishes this song, there are a few kids who dare to wimper, “I like candy corn.”

I said nothing and I regret it. I mean, if you aren’t going to speak up and defend one of your favorite candies then when are you going to speak up?!

I think I was a little distracted because the Trader Joe’s near me just expanded and decided to get rid of their coffee samples. They used to have a little table where you could pour a dixie cup worth of coffee and add some creamer and have yourself a little tasty treat.

Now it’s gone. Just gone. With no warning or anything. I never even had time to prepare myself. Apparently, it wasn’t paying off in coffee sales. But you know what Trader Joe -  it was paying off in happiness.  That little shot glass worth of coffee made for a more delightful trip to your store and I am tempted to start some kind of letter writing campaign to bring it back.

And you know when I say, “letter writing campaign,” I mean emails or text messages or maybe just psychic vibes.

So as you can see, due to my potential community organizing efforts on the Trader Joe’s front, I missed my opportunity to defend the beauty of candy corn.

I vow to never let it happen again.

Now Dots. Such a lame candy. Make fun of them all you want.

39 Responses to candy corn anger

  • Jennifer Litz says:

    You advertise now. Your blog isn’t fun or funny anymore. Thanks for the laughs before your sellout.

    Jen @ And Two More Makes Five Reply:

    Whoa! Is this a joke? Dear God, I sure hope so. Because, if not, this is sooooo not cool. Feel how you like, stop reading the blog, maybe email some constructive criticism if you must, but don’t leave a snarky passive-aggressive comment for everyone to read.

    Did you read the crib tent post? Or the one from Chase? Holy crap. I had to read both to my husband…the man who thinks blogs are dumb…and even he was laughing so hard tears were seeping out of his eyes.

    Please, oh please, let this post be an inside joke from some close friend…because I’m losing faith in the altruism of womankind!

    Patrick Reply:

    Ms. Litz appears to have donned her witch (or something that rhymes with it) costume a bit early.

    Kelcey Reply:

    Ms. Litz – I’ve had advertising for a long time because I’m a trained writer and businesswoman, and I want to get paid for the job I do. I would think other women would support me for that, not demonize me for it.
    As for candy corns and Trader Joe’s, you know they aren’t paying me right?! Because they aren’t. I just love them. Whenever I do a sponsored post, it will be clearly marked a sponsored post. And now I’ll refer back to what I used to say in 6th grade… “it’s a free country.” So feel free to read other blogs that are a better fit for you.

    dusty earth mother Reply:

    Ms. Litz, have you never heard “if you don’t have something nice to say, don’t say anything at all”? You can have whatever opinion you want, but blasting someone for their choices publicly is self-serving and ugly. Kelcey, you are wonderful. Advertise more, MORE, I tell you! :-)

    Rhonda Sparks Reply:

    Whooo! Hoo! You go girl! I LOVE that you’re a creative, smart, amazing, hilarious BUSINESSWOMAN. Keep on going, my friend. ;-)

    Erin@MommyontheSpot Reply:

    I’m Team Kelsey! Of course I support smart, savvy women that have a talent for writing. And by support, I mean admire. And by admire, I mean I hope to grow up and be like them one day.

    You are hilarious,and I look forward to reading your posts.

    Even if I don’t share your same passion for candy corn. (I’m more of a chocolate kind of girl).

    Kelcey Reply:

    “Jennifer Litz says: Ok, so, I didn’t think my comment was that harsh, and certainly didn’t mean it the way that it *maybe* sounded. The thing is, I AM a long time follower over here, and I’ve just noticed a bummer trend of more… “ad-alicious” blogging than honest blogging. Like, sometimes I feel like the blog is coming from the paid ad rather than the amazing/funny/sad/silly/omg thing in your life. Its not that I mind the “ad”dyness of the blog, its that its seeming to become more ad than blog. If you don’t want feedback, I’ll keep mum and not say another word. If it was me, I’d want to know. I know others feel the same way, just haven’t commented. Its ok, either way. I didn’t happenstance my way over here from this post, and I’ll still check you out. My personal feedback is to YES of course, make the bucks. I don’t want you to blog for free when you’re so amazing. But be wary, and careful…. some good blogmoms have been killed by the paycheck of an ad…. I like you. So keep being awesome, and carry on.”

    Jennifer… I find it insulting that you view the opposite of honest blogging as having ads. There is nothing dishonest about my blog. I write honestly about my life as a spouse, parent and woman. When I write a sponsored post, it is clearly marked a sponsored post and you are welcome to skip it. Are you annoyed that your favorite magazine has ads? Are you annoyed that your favorite TV shows have ads or subscription fees? This is my business. I am a trained journalist and I write a blog that you are welcome to not read. I think you would do women a service by supporting their businesses, rather than cutting them down. I think it’s clear that this isn’t the right blog for you.

    Becky (Princess Mikkimoto) Reply:

    AMEN Kelcey! Brilliantly said! xoxo

  • I was at the airport an heard a CNN report that they were making candy corn Oreos for Halloween this year!!! I’ve been scouring the grocery store shelves ever since looking for them…or maybe just glancing at the Orer flavored when they’re on an end cap I pass but, still, NO candy corn Oreos like promised!

    Perhaps CNN is just very misinformed. I hope so because I heard tonight that a tie in the electoral college and a tie-breaker tie of 25-25 in the House and we end up with President Boehner! OMG. So I hope all news reports are like the candy corn Oreos that apparently never happened.

    Fight for that coffee, though. Yesterday when I was at TJ (buying wine for the kids’ teachers because they were stressed because it was conference night), they had both coffee for me and spiced apple cider for my toddler twins.

    Jesabes Reply:

    They do make candy corn oreos – but they have vanilla cookies instead of chocolate. Yuck. I like vanilla cookies and all, but they’re not Oreos.

  • Nicole says:

    OMG, do they still have food samples? I can get a whole mini-dinner there- tiny cup of almonds, little main course sample, cup of coffee. Sellout! (sorry, could not resist :) And I do love me some candy corns.

  • Angi says:

    I have never gotten the whole candy corn movement. Now, those Oreo Ice Cream flavored Oreos… I can get behind those. Except that they go right to my behind.

  • Meg D says:

    I hate Dots, too! Chewy plastic-tasting stuff that only get stuck in your teeth? Bleah!

    And as for the troll comment about ads? TOTALLY mean spirited and incorrect because you remain one of the funniest and most fun items to hit my mailbox! I mean, I use reading your blog as a reward for getting work done. Keep up the great and very funny work! (And if it is a friend messing with you, um, not funny.)

  • Kim says:

    October 30, is National Candy Corn Day ( I kid you not– google it). Candy corn has a Facebook page! Yum. Let’s give candy corn it’s due respect!!!

  • Jill Sherman says:

    Seriously…the advertising comment. I was so happy for Kelcey when I started seeing advertisements on the Mama Bird Diaries. Hard work pays off and why not make a little bit of money off of a blog that brings people enjoyment.The advertisers obviously see this blog as a viable site that enough people read that they want to tap into! We should be proud of this hard working very funny and entertaining mom! Go Kelcey! PS….I hate candy corn, but I would not write a song about it. I would fear being hit by candy corns from my angry audience members…Hope I didn’t just give you another regret!

  • hokgardner says:

    I’ve tried the candy corn oreos. Save your money. They don’t taste like candy corns or oreos. You’re better off just getting the real things.

    I love candy corns, but my kids don’t, which works well for me. But I still sing them that song all the time while eating candy corns in front of them.

  • bitsy says:

    Oh, Ms. Litz, bless your heart. I hope you feel better soon.

    Kelcey, I love me some candy corns, too!! But I mix mine with peanuts. I’m outrageous that way.

    AND . . . Kelcey, your blog rocks and is better and funnier than ever and is my favorite blog by far.

    N and Em's mom Reply:

    I moved down south from MN years ago. If Ms. Litz isn’t aware, she got the “bless your heart.” Ouch! This is a southern lady warning. In my neighborhood it means the following: You are wrong bitch. Now get off my porch before I whop your a*s.

    I love peanuts with candy corn. Bitsy, use mixed nuts if you want to get fancy. And I totally agree with you about this blog. It’s well written, entertaining, and authentic. My girls are in their late teens, but reading this blog brings back all kinds of memories that I had forgotten. For that, I am very grateful. Thanks you!

    Beth Reply:

    Candy Corn and peanuts….a whole new world just opened up for me. Pure genius.

  • Wendi says:

    OMG, all of the advertising in this post is overwhelming and I just ordered $2,000 worth of candy corn on the internet and DAMN YOU KELCEY.

  • Nelly says:

    I don’t enjoy the taste of candy corn, but that doesn’t deter me from eating them. I love eating them in color specific bites…white first, then orange, and then my last bite is all yellow. That probably makes me weird. I probably shouldn’t have put that in writing. I eat candy corn in three bites. Ugh.

    On the ad front, go Kelcey! I only wish I had ads on my blog.

  • Kerri says:

    Kelcey, your blog is fun and funny! Whether or not you have advertisements hasn’t made you any less so. You are who you are & the stories you share make us laught, bring us to tears (the flooding), other times, warm our hearts. It is you that keeps us wanting to come back & read more!! It doesn’t matter to me if you advertise as long as you keep writing a great blog. You deserve to be paid for your time & effort!!! Anyone who prefers blogs that have no advertising can be intelligent enough to figure out they simply stop reading those blogs (even though they may be missing out…their loss) and only read those without advertising!!!

    I don’t like candy corn! I think I am allergic to the food colouring. Dots don’t agree with me either. I can’t eat the really chewy stuff because it triggers my TMJ. However, I do LOVE chocolate!!!!!

    GO RICK!! A supportive husband is a bonus :)!!!

  • Lanie says:

    Good thing that there are no songs about not liking Junior Mints!

    Why can’t we all be nice? No mean comments please.

    More ads & Kelcey is the best. xoxo

  • Jennifer Litz says:

    Ok, so, I didn’t think my comment was that harsh, and certainly didn’t mean it the way that it *maybe* sounded. The thing is, I AM a long time follower over here, and I’ve just noticed a bummer trend of more… “ad-alicious” blogging than honest blogging. Like, sometimes I feel like the blog is coming from the paid ad rather than the amazing/funny/sad/silly/omg thing in your life. Its not that I mind the “ad”dyness of the blog, its that its seeming to become more ad than blog. If you don’t want feedback, I’ll keep mum and not say another word. If it was me, I’d want to know. I know others feel the same way, just haven’t commented. Its ok, either way. I didn’t happenstance my way over here from this post, and I’ll still check you out. My personal feedback is to YES of course, make the bucks. I don’t want you to blog for free when you’re so amazing. But be wary, and careful…. some good blogmoms have been killed by the paycheck of an ad…. I like you. So keep being awesome, and carry on.

  • Jennifer Litz says:

    And ok, my comment was a little harsh. It was late at night, I’m stressed out, and I worded it poorly. I do like you. I do like your blog. I didn’t mean to make a bitchy comment as bitchy as it was. lol I stand by my last follow up comment, though, and I do enjoy candy corn.

  • Kim W. says:

    Hi. Trader Joes has great email customer service. Email them! I sent them an email once and they replied right away and were very nice (a real person!).

    I never liked candy corn as a kid, but like it now. In fact, I like anything with sugar in it to get me through the day. And I know the sugar doesn’t actually help me get through the day, but I like to fool myself.

  • Portia says:

    I have not been regularly reading this blog as I had in the past but I read today and feel its the same refreshingly honest and funny blog that it has always been! Keep it up Kelcey! The great thing about blogging is there are plenty of options so Ms. Litz should have no problem finding the right fit for her. Be safe during the storm!


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