When reached via email this week, a spokesperson for Jelly Belly provided the official description of what candy corn is supposed to taste like (emphasis added):
"Candy Corn was modeled after corn in shape, but not taste. The actual flavor of Jelly Belly’s (formerly known by the family name, Goelitz) Candy Corn is a wonderful blend of creamy fondant, rich marshmallow and warm vanilla notes. When combined, these flavors create the distinct Candy Corn flavor. The texture is as important as the flavor. Our Candy Corn is creamy and smooth; never coarse. It should be like biting into butter."
Pretty simple, right? Candy corn is supposed to have marshmallow, vanilla, and buttery caramel-like flavor notes, which combine to form that crazy sweet, unique, and often polarizing candy corn flavor. The reason why it's called candy corn is also incredibly simple: it's modeled after the shape of a corn kernel, according to the spokesperson. Really makes you want to eat some candy corn now, doesn't it? OK, OK, maybe not.