The Absolute WORST Christmas Candy, Ranked

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Nov 25, 2019 By Ben George

A season full of candy traditions, Christmas is as joyous and jolly a season as many people will know. To keep that joyous tone, do not ask someone what their least favorite candy is. Something Grinchian takes hold when people speak of their candy dislikes. They suddenly summon their innermost darkness and unleash such foulness it rivals Raphie's father dealing with the furnace.

The Definitive Ranking of Worst Christmas Holiday Candies

It’s a delicate game, asking customers about their least favorite product of yours. The negativity flows so freely and easily. Once you open the door though, it’s difficult to encourage restraint.

We sell candy and love and respect candy of all kinds. The opinions below are not ours, but of some of our customers. It’s important to note that people’s preferences about candy are their own subjective opinions.

Candy is a much bigger part of culture than most people realize. People’s likes and dislikes are shaped by a thousand different influences over their lifetime, and especially their childhood.

They often contradict metrics like sales data. Some of the biggest sellers are also mentioned below as the most hated. Their popularity only serving to enhance the vitriol from those whose opinions have been shaped the other way.

We asked customers to give a few optional words to explain their choice for the worst… and the floodgates were open. Hopefully it has helped them get out some negativity and find some relief. And if you’re reading this from your newly zen place, respondents, thank you for your replies.

That is how we came to rank the worst Christmas candy. While doing a larger survey, we tacked this on as a final question, hoping to get something out of it. Over 11,000 customers responded.

Without further ado, the top ten WORST Christmas candies.

Disclaimer: The opinions expressed in this article are the author’s only and in no way reflect the opinions of

Honorable Mention (aka #11) – Peppermint Candy Canes

We were all set to only do ten but this came in at number eleven again this year. Given the extreme (cannot be overstated!) popularity of this candy during the holiday season, we though it merited a mention. And it goes to show you that even the most popular candies have many haters.

Candy Canes are on the Worst Christmas Candy List

Initial response from our team: What are these people thinking?! This is a huge seller and adorns a large number of peoples Christmas trees not to mention the general decor of pretty much everywhere in December. It’s objectively extremely popular. Why is it hated at all?

We are not here to judge, only to convey survey results.

Ok, now the official top ten.


#10 Ribbon Candy

Ribbon Candy

Most comments about ribbon candy seem to go along with the idea that the only thing ribbon candy has going for it is its looks. And while that can be the foundation for a very good life as a human, as a candy we need more. Given the fact that it’s basically for decorative purposes only, in my mind anyway, I was surprised this wasn’t higher on the list. It’s supposed to be candy but if you actually eat it, it is horrid beyond. It’s the candy equivalent of: “but he’s got a really great personality.”

Yeah, so clearly no one enjoys the actual eating of these. But there are 9 other candies the are more reviled.


#9 Candy Canes – Non-Peppermint

Non-Peppermint Candy Canes like Rainbow Fruit

In our era of capitalism, it of course make sense that anything popular will be replicated and iterated upon to infinity. The candy cane phenomenon is no exception. The results, however, are vile. The rainbow fruit candy canes could almost pass for simply bad. But even those saw a lot of mentions in people’s top 3 worst Christmas candies. Many people are probably not even aware of such Franken-candy creations as gravy-flavored candy canes. That’s, gravy. Gravy. Run children! RUN!



#8 Old-Fashioned Hard Candy Mix

Old-Fashioned Christmas Candy Mix

These old-fashioned candies moved up the list this year from number 10 last year. Not a positive signal.

I guess can see why they made the list, but they sort of don’t even exist in a world of food to me. It’s like a bowl of marbles that have been around since your grandmother’s parents played with them in the 1920s. They look like they used to be pretty, but are kind of faded and sad and nobody really regards them much anymore. It never really occurred to me to actually pick one up and try it.

*Editor’s note: Many of these replies throughout the article are edited for language. Potty words are omitted or abbreviated for the children’s sake. People feel very strongly about this.

#7 Peppermint Bark

Peppermint Bark Christmas Candy

Peppermint Bark had the most positive movement of any candy this year. They were #3 worst last year, and now sit at #7. All that marketing must be finally paying off.

It does seem a little controversial. Peppermint bark was mentioned as one of the most popular candies in our recent state-by-state article. But it was also mentioned by a bunch of seriously passionate haters. The bark thing can be way overdone. Walk into Trader Joe’s and it’s everywhere. By the way, a Peppermint Bark smoothie is just a peppermint smoothie, ok. There’s no more bark if you puree it.

The biggest thing for me is that it should be this crispy, sharp crunchy candy like the broken up pieces of toffee, but it’s sometimes not. When it’s got no crunch, only a limp kind of give and then soft separation, then I agree.


#6 White Peppermint M&Ms

White Peppermint M&Ms Candy

Like many candies on this list, if you’ve never tried it you might think it could be good. It’s not. The minty flavor is just off, and its artificial sweetness and texture make me want to vomit. It’s like the Las Vegas architecture of Christmas Candy. Everything looks and sounds good and merry, but it is actually all made of the cheapest artificial material possible and completely falls apart under any serious evaluation of taste. And it make me feel like I need a shower.

#5 Lifesavers Story Books


Old-timey Lifesavers Storybooks moved up a spot to #5. Congrats.

These are the biggest joke. It’s not even that LifeSavers are all that bad. They’re fine. It’s the packaging here. And it is an egregious violation. eGREgious. Do not try package a bunch of lame Life Savers in a booklet Christmas story book and pass that off as something I wanna read / receive in a stocking / consume on the most specialist of special mornings of the year.

#4 Peeps

Peeps Christmas Candy

As if we even need to address this one. The texture alone gives me the heeby geebies. Is anyone really under the delusion that these are actually marshmallows? It’s like swallowing rubbery styrofoam. Then there’s the fact that it’s basically just pure concentrated sugar with a coating of sugar on the outside.

So obviously the Holiday Peeps are horrendous. They dropped from #3 to #4 this year, which is an improvement – but not much of one.

The worst is the peppermint bark flavored one that is dipped in what is called chocolate but is more like brown candle wax. They’ve got a cinnamon roll flavored one now as well as a Sugar Cookie flavored one…what? If you’re thinking about giving them a try, I’d instead run the other direction as fast as you cant until you’re out of breath. Then keep running.

#3 Reindeer Corn

Reindeer Candy Corn for Christmas

Reindeer corn are still very hated, even though they dropped from the #2 spot last year.

I gotta say, I disagree on this one. I like Reindeer Corn. Maybe it’s because I’m from Michigan. But there is substance here, people. It’s tasty sugary goodness. It feels like Americana, and if you cant get behind America on this one, I don’t know what to tell you.

Reindeer corn is also a very popular Christmas candy. So this is one that is very polarizing. Hate away haters, I love this stuff.

#2 Chocolate-Covered Cherry Cordials

Cherry Cordials With Weird Liquid Inside

Cherry cordials made a big jump up the list this year. They came in at #5 last year. Whatever you guys did this past year, maybe do the opposite next year.

Sometimes a surprise in the middle is a good thing. This is not one of those times. Chocolate is good, yes. Cherries are good, of course. Why does this chocolate cherry cordial thing fail so miserably. As with many things in life, it’s all in the execution. And what in the name of all that is holy is that nasty watery sugar liquid seeping out from the inside. It’s just weird, and gooey in a way that totally creeps me out. In order to eat these without A) spilling nasty candy juice on yourself B) having to look at the inside of this vile creation and C) having anyone associate you with the nasty dripping chocolate thing you’re eating, you have to pop this whole thing in your mouth at once. Which I do not recommend.

#1 Christmas Tree Nougat – Retains Its Title

Christmas Tree Nougat Candy is the WORST

The nougat candies stayed at the top of the chart this year. It seems they are thought of by many to have a flavor that is inconsistent with expectations for a nougat candy.

First off, it looks like a poker chip that you can only cash in for sadness. The consistency at first is slightly resistant to the bite down and then accelerating into soft and gooey acceptance and then instant regret. The stick-to-your-teeth factor is suborbital. So you end up moving your jaws in as many different directions as they’ll go to try and unstick the damn thing. Then the flavor hits. Oh man. That false minty flavor that gives you a little twinge in your brain and makes you aware again that your gag reflex is still working. Wretched is a word that comes to mind. Seriously the WORST.


So that’s our list. What did you think? Agree, disagree? Comment below. Try to keep it PG, please. :)

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* Last year, the National Confectioners Association forecasted $1.93 Billion. With the National Retail Federation predicting that 2018 Holiday spending will rise 4%, that would take 2018 candy sales above $2 Billion.


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  1. J. Slacian says

    I look forward to Christmas just so I can buy the Christmas Nougat Candy. In fact, I’m enjoying one now as I write this. Also enjoy a few other on the list, like the Lifesaver book and the Old=Fashioned Hard Candy.

      • Barb says

        Me too!!! How can people hate something so good. I never thought it was nougent, I always thought Taffy, but it takes soo very GOOD and the texture is fun…. I can see that stale ones would be hard and chewy but maybe we need to stock less at stores. So I can buy them up and everyone else can say, too bad, I wanted to try them……

  2. Dormousing_it says

    I used to have a cat who liked the fruity rainbow candy canes. She would break the plastic film on the top of the box to get at them.

    Old-fashioned hard candy mix – definitely agree. My grandmother, who’s been dead for decades, had a jar of this stuff that had to have dated back to the Hoover administration.

    The Lifesavers Christmas “books” – disagree. I didn’t realize these books were still being sold.

    Ribbon candy – super nasty.

  3. Kate Strickland says

    I love the Storybook Lifesavers. I buy them and Wrigleys 5 stick gum for my class every single year. Going on 25 years. Keep them available please

  4. Damama says

    At least three of those candies I really like and a part of the old fashion candy mix is great. I guess some people have odd ideas about what is bad! Non-peppermint candy canes can be very tasty, just don’t get weird about it.

  5. Sharon Putney says

    Your list is turned around. #1 worst, hard candies, followed by ribbon, and so on… I like the peppermint nougat, I received the Lifesaver storybooks every year in my stocking — but my kids detest them. Everything else is narsty!

  6. Carla says

    Christmas Nougats are my favorites too!!! What is wrong with people? And it is the only time of year that they come out! I only by the Brach’s kind because they are always fresh in my store! I have to wait 330 days to have them every year!!

  7. william Johnston says

    I love cordial cherries. Plain, black cherry cola, coconut and french vanilla. Take a small bite out of a corner of the bottom. Extract the syrup slowly and proceed to devour the rest. No need for an oral explosion. Just smooth enjoyment.

  8. Brenda says

    I love the chocolate cherry cordials. My husband gets a box for me every year. I have never seen any like the picture so I guess you must have gotten an off brand. Queen Anne’s have a thick semi liquid middle and it is very tasty.

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