Dear bag of organic, gluten free, non-GMO, nut-free, naturally flavored, naturally colored candy corn,
The fact that you exist is a great indicator of the wild and wacky times in which we live!
I commend your makers for finding a way to create disturbingly orange and yellow-colored food without artificial dyes. Nice job on that feat!
However, there is a vast difference between food that is good for us, and junk food made with slightly less terrible ingredients. I hope that you are not confusing--or worse, purposely misleading--shoppers between those two points.
The term "Organic" on our food labels can create a "health halo." That is, consumers see that term and automatically assume a food is healthy. Certified organic foods are grown without synthetic fertilizers or synthetic pesticides. They may not be genetically engineered, and any animal products--including the egg whites in your candy corn--must come from animals untreated with hormones who eat organically grown feed. While there are certainly benefits to organic food, let's be clear: Organic does not mean healthy.
A serving of traditional corn has the equivalent 7 teaspoons of sugar per serving, and your same-sized serving contains about 6-1/2. I appreciate that you've chosen organic cane sugar, organic brown rice syrup, shellac and honey to sweeten your candy, but our bodies process those sweeteners pretty well the same as the sugar, corn syrup, dextrose and confectioner's glaze in the traditional stuff. So...no points on that front.
As for the gluten free claim, I'm glad that folks with Celiac disease (about 1% of the population) have more safe choices these days, as do gluten sensitive individuals (another 6% of the population, estimated). But I hope this claim is not misleading for the other 93% of the population, since for the rest of us, "gluten free" does not indicate healthfulness.
As a little aside here, I would also like to state for the record that candy corn is garbage food. It's like eating sweetened ear wax. I cannot for the life of me understand why any trick-or-treater would be excited to receive candy corn over chocolate. It befuddles me.
There is certainly room for treats in a healthy diet, though, and it appears there are otherwise sane individuals who actually enjoy (shudder, shudder) candy corn. I hope they will not be misled into thinking they've found a healthy choice and over-do it with you.
Thanks for hearing me out, and happy Halloween,