Halloween 2016 Food: Gordon Ramsay on Jimmy Kimmel Live Rates His 5 Worst Halloween Candies

Halloween 2016 Food: Gordon Ramsay on Jimmy Kimmel Live Rates His 5 Worst Halloween Candies

Chef Gordon Ramsay made an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live on Oct. 25 and shared his unfiltered thoughts on Halloween candies, just in time for Halloween 2016. If you’ve seen Hell’s Kitchen, you know that Ramsay delivers nothing short of honesty when it comes to his critiques on food. He is a passionate chef and entrepreneur who is not afraid to speak his mind. Candy lovers, if you’re the sensitive type, you might want to skip reading this article. But, if you can handle the heat, keep reading.

Top 5 Worst Halloween Candies, According to Gordon Ramsay

Need some Halloween tips? Gordon Ramsay would be happy to give you some advice on what to hand out to trick-or-treaters on Oct. 31 this year. Sometimes it’s tricky to know what to give—seeing all those excited children expecting a good treat makes you want to make their Halloween a good one, am I right? Well, here is what you should not hand out according to Ramsay in a skit on Kimmel’s late night show:

  1. Smarties: I know—they’re kind of a classic. Who hasn’t received Smarties in their Halloween bag? They’re not the most exciting candy, but when you have a craving for sweets, they will do the job. Not according to Ramsay, who says they are “the perfect combination of Aspirin and Tums.” Ouch! He proceeded to spit the candy all over the floor.
  1. Circus Peanuts: Have you heard of these before? Well, whether you have or not, Gordon Ramsay thinks they are pretty pathetic, even “sad.” He explicitly calls them clown poop. Circus Peanuts are a marshmallow-like candy made from gelatin, corn syrup, sugar, pectin, soy protein, and artificial color. What do you think of them?
  1. Candy Corn: Okay, this is another Halloween classic, no doubt. Candy Corn complements all things Halloween—pumpkins, vampire fangs, and “Monster Mash.” It’s that festive candy that kind of embodies the holiday. It’s also one of those candies that you either love or hate. Well, Ramsay is not lukewarm in his opinion. He goes on to critique the candy calling it “earwax” in the form of a rotten tooth. Yuck! Well, he’s not exactly off on his judgment of this. Candy corn is made out of carnauba wax, corn syrup, sugar, and water. Many people love this treat—he is not one of them!
  1. Apples: Okay, you’d think he might be into this one since it is a whole food. But the truth is, an apple is not candy. It’s a fruit and fruit doesn’t exactly scream “Halloween.” Get into the spooky spirit people! You can eat an apple anytime. Halloween is that one time of year where you get to be naughty and eat candy. So don’t hand out apples, okay? Ramsay agrees and jokingly pokes fun “do I look like a teacher?” Proper candy is the way to go.
  1. Pennies: This is real, folks. Some people give out pennies for Halloween and I’m really not sure why. Gordon Ramsay is also puzzled by this and he does not approve.

It’s safe to say that if you avoid these top five items, you’re in the clear for acceptable Halloween food to give to trick-or-treaters. If you want to get some more ideas, just check out what the best new Halloween candy is on Google and make this Halloween one your neighbors will remember!


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