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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