Friday, February 12, 2016

How Stereotypical Is This Irish Candy?

Since I've been trafficking in mildly offensive -- and, I think, pretty funny -- stereotypes on this blog lately, I figured I'd share a story about my neighborhood. I live in a Bronx area called Woodlawn, one of the last true Irish hamlets in New York City. Woodlawn's Wikipedia page boasts "a large variety of Irish and non-Irish restaurants and diners, two Irish gift shops, The Aisling Irish Community Center, an Irish Butcher Shop..." And, of course, "many Irish pubs."

Anyways, I was walking by the neighborhood candy store on McLean Avenue and the sign in the window caught my eye:

Do you see the headliner on that sign? Above "Hot Cocoa," "Valentine's Gifts & Cards," and "Gourment Cupcakes," we have "Irish Potato Candy":

Irish Potato Candy? I can't think of a less appetizing sweet treat. (Well, except maybe "Sugar Free Candy," which is also advertised on that sign. Worst candy marketing ever at the Woodlawn Sweet Shop...) I'm envisioning a bland-looking round hard candy that leaves a bunch of grit in your teeth when you're finished.

Maybe I'm wrong and potato candy is delicious. Maybe it tastes like a brilliant mixture of sugar and French fries or something. Still, I'm reminded of Homer Simpson's first reaction when the street vendor offers him a Mountain Dew and he responds, "Ugh, I'll take a crab juice!"

Last time I checked, Little Italy doesn't feature meatball-flavored gumballs and Chinatown's shops don't advertise pork-fried lollipops. Lose the potato candy, Irish people. At least change its name so the stereotypes aren't so easy.

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