October 30th – National Candy Corn Day with Stephanie Kuo

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Today’s guest is Stephanie Kuo, a host of the Racist Sandwich podcast.

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Hey. This is Paul Kondo. This is the Podcast Gumbo podcast and I’ve got a rhetorical question for ya.

Are you like me and find those things we call National Days, like Cheeseball Day or worse, Moldy Cheese Day, amusing? Yeah, me too. So each week, I’ll have one of my podcast friends challenge me to find an episode related to one of those days and I’ll be releasing it on the actual day it occurs. 

So, let’s get to it. What is today’s National Day?

Hey Paul, it’s Stephanie. I love this time of year because I love spooky things but I also really love it because candy corn is about to go on sale. I don’t have much of a sweet tooth so it’s really rare that I eat candy at all but I will eat candy corn. I know, it’s weird. It’s a controversial opinion or so I’m told. When I first started dating my fiancé, I did make a huge mistake. I told him I loved candy corn and a few days later, he sent me a five pound bag of it on Amazon. Five pounds. It took me four years to finish. 

Stephanie, I guess my first reaction is if your fiancé ever ate any of it or if he made you eat it all. 

In the United States right now, we are so divided. We have been preparing for a big day coming up in the next few days that always creates tension. No, not Election Day. We’re talking Halloween. But it’s not actually Halloween that causes problems. It’s today. October 30th is National Candy Corn Day. 

Candy corn is the most divisive candy on the planet. Hell, even I don’t know what I think of candy corn. When it starts to show up on shelves, I simultaneously want to buy a big plastic container of it with the knowledge that after my second handful of that colored sugar, I will want to throw it away. I’m less than a week away and somehow I’ve been able to ward off a purchase this year. 

For my first recommendation, I found an episode called The Scorn of Candy corn from the Savor podcast. We learn that candy corn has been around for well over 100 years. Who knew? We also learn how it’s made and a whole bunch of other stuff. 

If you’re a fan of candy corn, post a pic on social media using the National Candy Corn Day hashtag. If you aren’t a fan, track down an old UNICEF box and post a photo of that. 

Today’s guest is Stephanie Kuo. Stephanie is a host of The Racist Sandwich podcast which gives you a perspective on food, race, class and gender.

In this episode of The Racist Sandwich, we hear from Noah Cho who talks about kimchi. In fact, he writes a column entitled, Bad Kimchi, so I think he knows what he’s talking about. Noah talks about the crime of getting kimchi wrong. But it opens up questions of his own authenticity. And I can completely relate as they spoke about the term, mother’s hands. 

For our third recommendation, Stephanie recommends On Something’s, “Neal & Paola: A Love Story.” Now, just a warning. Even though it has the words, ‘love story’ in the episode title, don’t be fooled. Sure, it’s a love story but not one in the traditional sense. 

For today’s Extra Hot Sauce, I’ll just say that since we’re talking about divisive food, I’m going to admit that in my first job, I sat near a person who would bring in Korean food for lunch sometimes. Let’s just say a lot of people did not like Merrill when he brought in kimchi. 

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