Kale Candy Canes Now Exist & Just...Why?

Kale Candy Canes
Archie McPhee

Look, we all love candy canes. And most of us (OK, some of us) love kale. But putting the two TOGETHER? Sorry, but that just feels wrong. And yet, with the year's biggest candy-eating holidays almost upon us (helloo, Halloween and Christmas!), it seems the candy cane-makers of the world are testing our limits. That's right: Kale Candy Canes exist -- and they sure do sound ... disgusting?

  • To be fair, there have been plenty of strange candy cane flavors that have come before it.

    Who can forget those Mac and Cheese-flavored candy canes that made headlines a few years back? There have even been things like Rotisserie Chicken Candy Canes and Coal Candy Canes. (Yes -- COAL!) But these ones are certainly different.

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  • They're currently sold by the novelty company Archie McPhee, which claims the canes have "all the flavor of kale with none of the nutrition."

    (So if you were somehow hoping this would be a fun way to sneak some veggies into your kids, think again.)

    You can snag a pack at the Archie McPhee store, which is in Seattle, Washington, or buy some online, where they retail for just $6.50.

    "When it came time for us to make a [new] candy cane, we opted for the superfood kale!" David Wahl, Archie McPhee's "Director of Awesome," told Today.

  • Wahl does have one warning, though: These treats might look minty, but they're not your traditional holiday candy cane.

    Wahl describes the taste as, "Sweet, grassy ... with a bit of a bitter note."

    Mmmm ... yum?

    "We do want to warn people that the green color of the candy cane might lead someone to believe that it has a minty flavor," he clarified. "We wouldn't want anyone to be fooled into eating one accidentally." 

    Yes, they might be in for a RUDE awakening, in that case. (Though it sure would make for a good prank, wouldn't you say?)

    If kale isn't your thing, though -- or if you're looking to go even more extreme with your candy cane eating adventures, Archie McPhee will be rolling out two new flavors this year you might like. Beware, though -- they are definitely a bit on the strange side: Pizza flavored candy canes and Hamdy Canes are about to hit stores. (And yep, you guessed it -- Hamdy canes will be ham-flavored).

    Bon appétit?