Candy – not Candy

So you thought that maybe candy was just a sweet, tasty, confectionary treat, desert and briber of small children?  Wrong! Candy, perhaps because of the allusion to the sweet confectionary treats we all love, has been the favored name of everything from cars to cologne. Candy in literature, film and music has been used in titles and lyrics perhaps more than any other item that comes to mind. Consider for instance the number of books and novels called candy:

Candy (novel), a 1958 novel by Terry Southern and Mason Hoffenberg

Candy (Kevin Brooks novel), a 2005 novel by Kevin Brooks

Candy: A Novel of Love and Addiction, a 1998 novel by Australian writer Luke Davies

Candy Candy, a Japanese shojo manga and anime

Candy (manga), a Japanese yaoi manga

Candy (magazine), a Filipino periodical

Or the bands:

Candy (band), mid-1980′s American power-pop band

Candy (Malaysian band), a Malaysian all-female rock band

Candy 66, a Venezuelan alternative metal band

The Candy Band, an American punk-rock group for children

Candies (group), a Japanese vocal group

Candi & The Backbeat, a Canadian pop band

Songs by far outweigh any other kind of candy name use, apart from confectionary candy of course! Check out this impressive list.

“Candy” (1944 song), popularized by Johnny Mercer and Jo Stafford

“Candy” (Aggro Santos song), featuring ex-Pussycat Doll Kimberly Wyatt

“Candy” (Ash song)

“Candy” (Cameo song)

“Candy” (H.O.T. song)

“Candy” (Iggy Pop song), with Kate Pierson; covered by Killer Barbies

“Candy” (Ken Hirai song)

“Candy” (Koda Kumi song)

“Candy” (LL Cool J song)

“Candy” (Mandy Moore song)

“Candy” (Paolo Nutini song)

“Candy (Drippin’ Like Water)”, by Snoop Dogg

“Candy”/”Molly’s Lips”, a split single by The Fluid and Nirvana

“Candy”, by Bikini Kill from Revolution Girl Style Now!

“Candy”, by Enon from Hocus Pocus

“Candy”, by Foxy Brown from Broken Silence

“Candy”, by Luv Unlimited, featured on DDRMAX Dance Dance Revolution 6thMix and 7thMIX

“Candy”, by Morphine from Cure for Pain

“Candy”, by The Presidents of the United States of America from The Presidents of the United States of America

“Candy”, by Will Smith from Big Willie Style

“Candy-O” (song), by The Cars

“CANDY”, by Riyu Kosaka from begin

“Hard Candy” by Madonna

Candy characters also abound in the world of entertainment which include such notables as DJ Candy, a character in the video game MySims; Candy (Dave The Barbarian), a fictional character in the American animated television series titled, Dave The Barbarian; Candy Smiles, a character from Cory in the House and finally, Candy, a character from Of Mice and Men.

And speaking of film, let us not forget the great candy movies like Candy (1968), a film based on the Southern and Hoffenberg novel and Candy (2006), a film based on the Davies novel of the same name. Candy Lane created in 2003 is a short film made in New Zealand that is filled with candy color and candy names. The world of books and entertainment is full of candy named media and characters and that’s because candy is a universal symbol of fun, flavor and frivolity.

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