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Two types of candy dominate the sugar landscape during Halloween season.

There are the sweets that can drive trick-or-treaters to stalk their neighbors on Halloween night (here's looking at you, lady with the full-sized Snickers bars).

And then there's the candy that never disappears from the bottom of the bowl.

Here is a breakdown of four candies in the latter category - selections that can spoil a Halloween bounty.

1) Candy corn. This candy could be easily labeled as the poster child for Halloween because it only seems to appear on stores shelves once a year. Thank goodness. Candy corn stays fresh for about two days before it begins to taste like hardened candle wax. Even fans of this candy have to admit that it's hard to find a fresh batch - candy corn often ends up piled decorative Halloween bowls for the entire season.

2) Peanut butter taffy. Most people know this selection as "that candy in the orange and black wrappers." It takes at least 10 minutes to soften this blob of hard peanut butter, and that's not counting the time you will spend chewing the wad down to a digestible form.

3) Black licorice. What is black licorice supposed to taste like? It's hard to enjoy a candy if its flavor is unrecognizable.

4) Wax bottle candy. The concept is fun - candy shaped like an old-school soft drink bottle and filled with liquid. But in practice, this sweet is nothing more than colored sugar water in wax.

Photo: Flickr/emilyonasunday

Visit www.ashleeeats.com to read more from Ashlee Clark.

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