It's no secret that a lot of people don't like candy corn, including myself. But there are some people who like it, which is why nine billion kernels, and more than 35 million pounds of Candy Corn are produced annually. If I had to give directions on how to eat it, they would go like this:
Step 1: Open the Bag
Step 2: Open the garbage can
Step 3: Pour candy corn in
Step 4: Close garbage can lid
If you need another reason why candy corn is terrible, it's made with bugs! You think I'm joking? Nope, I am for real! The "confectioners' glaze" that coats the colorful treat contains "lac-resin," is a goo that a tropical bug called the lac bug secretes to protect itself, according to USA Today. So yes there are bugs in candy corn, workers will scrape the secretions from plants, and yes some of the bugs are gathered in the process. EWWWW!
If you think candy corn is gross now, there is also shellac used in paints, the coating on pharmaceutical pills, cosmetics and plenty of other products. So anytime you see the name "confectioner's glaze" or "pure food glaze," listed in the ingredients... it's bugs!