So a stroll down Target's fine and grand candy aisle -- surely the biggest in town -- turned up all manner of nontraditional holiday candy offerings dressed in holiday finery.
Until recently, red and green M&Ms, King Leo peppermints and those multicolored ribbons of clove-flavored hard candy pretty much had the market to themselves. A few others have edged in -- I sampled red and green malted milk balls at a party this week. With the field wide open now, it's Wonka Nerds, Laffy Taffy, Blow Pops and 10 feet of other ordinary, year-round candies trying to pass for holiday candy.
Who, you might wonder, is out there thinking, "What can I put in the candy jar in December?" Or "what can I sent to school with Dylan?" Whatever the holiday gift-giving or other dilemma was, I wouldn't have thought Blow Pops were the answer.