We Tried Clam-Flavored Candy Canes So That You Don't Have To

Recently, novelty emporium Archie McPhee made headlines for their seasonal Mac & Cheese flavored candy canes. We decided we had to get some to try them for ourselves, and the taste reminded us of buttered popcorn jelly beans, if you're into those.

What we weren't expecting, though, was to get a surprise inclusion from Archie McPhee featuring one of their other bizarre candy cane flavors: Clamdy Canes.

clamdy canesPhoto: Foodbeast // Constantine Spyrou


I know, looks appetizing, right?

The candy canes consist of sugar, flavoring, and color, so there's no actual clams in here. Still, a clam candy cane is worth a taste, even if it is just once for scientific purposes.

I drew the short straw in terms of who had the first honor, and was honestly afraid of what the sweet-savory combo would be like. It took me a full day to muster up the courage to try this candy cane, but eventually, that first lick came...


...and was instantly regretted.

Photo: Constantine Spyrou // Foodbeast

The first odor to hit your nostrils is a whiff of clam juice, which confuses your brain when combined with the sweet sensations of the sugar on your taste buds. It's a combination that is not inviting in terms of sensory appeal, even if you try to stick it out and go for a few extra licks.

"Clamdy Canes" are definitely a product up Archie McPhee's alley, as the eccentric pranks and trinkets store specializes in the bizarre and outlandish. Whether they're a prank or should actually be consumed, though, is up for grabs.