Celebrate the Holidays With Candy Canes That Taste Like Pickles, Gravy, Wasabi, and Bacon

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Candy canes are a classic seasonal snack that you can pluck right off the tree. Some might argue that the traditionally red-and-white candies are perfect the way they are, but some holiday deviants disagree. If you're sick of peppermint, perhaps we could tempt you with a candy cane that tastes like a pickle?

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Believe it or not, Amazon has a whole slew of questionable candy cane flavors for purchase: You can try intriguing flavors like bacon, wasabi, gravy, coffee, and, of course, pickles.

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The unusual flavors are perfect for anyone with daring taste buds—or a wicked sense of humor. The pickle ones are decorated in bright green, so they look festive enough for even the most traditional tree. 

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If you're looking for something equally quirky but not necessarily disgusting, there are also flavors inspired by different sodas and sour Warheads.

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Was Frosty the Snowman Actually an Evil Demon? One Fan Theory Says Yes

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In the eyes of conspiracy theorists, innocent holiday movies can take on darker meanings. Fans have argued that Home Alone's (1990) Kevin McCallister grows up to be a serial killer, and that the elves in The Santa Clause (1994) are actually cannibals. Not even the lovable Frosty the Snowman is immune from a cynical interpretation of his classic song and television special.

In the video below, Emily Carson of Channel Frederator lays out the theory that this jolly, happy soul is actually an evil demon. The crux of the argument lies in the lyrics to Jack Rollins and Steve Nelson's song "Frosty the Snowman." The holiday hit describes the snowman as having "two eyes made out of coal" and mentions that "the sun was hot" the day the children brought him to life. In Carson's interpretation, the warm weather suggests the events of the song take place after Christmas. She also has an explanation for why a group of kids would be carrying around coal this time of year: They were on the naughty list.

When assuming the children who brought Frosty to life were naughty, the story becomes a lot less wholesome. Maybe the magic spell that imbued the snowman with a soul was actually a satanic ritual. As Carson says, "I've never known anyone that's gotten coal for Christmas, so these kids are clearly bad news."

Horace Jeffery Hodges, a professor at Ewha Womans University in South Korea, backs up this interpretation of the song in a blog post, giving a full break-down of the lyrics and finding sinister double-meanings in each stanza:

Oh, Frosty the snowman
was alive as he could be,
and the children say he could laugh
and play just the same as you and me.

"See how this insidious song brings 'you and me' into its spellbinding realm? Now, think about that line 'alive as he could be.' Does it not imply that this 'snowman' is not entirely alive? That it might need to feed on the life of others? That it might need 'you and me'?"

Whether or not a case can be made for Frosty's demonic qualities, that likely wasn't the songwriters' intention. Here are some facts about the original holiday tune.