What would Sammy Davis, Jr. think?
OK, he’s dead. But if he were alive, would the Candy Man agree that a Twix Bar is NOT candy? What if what the Candy Man made was licorice and was determined by the bureaucrats at the state Department of Revenue to not be candy either? What if malted milk balls were free of taxation in the state of Washington?
Talk about your childhood wishes!
The list of what is candy and what isn’t has been released (and a big box of Big Hunks to Jason Mercier for finding it). We’ve created a searchable database on which you can look up your favorite candy – or foodstuff. The list has provoked a bit of discussion in the newsroom. For instance, why is a Reese’s with peanuts taxable but Reese’s Sticks exempt? And why is the Big Hunk taxable and the Look bar not. And why is a Snickers bar taxable but a Snickers Cruncher exempt? What, exactly IS a Snickers Cruncher?
The answer appears to be flour. In the law passed by the Legislature, the definition for candy comes from the national streamlined sales tax group:
“‘Candy’ means a preparation of sugar, honey, or other natural or artificial sweeteners in combination with chocolate, fruits, nuts, or other ingredients or flavorings in the form of bars, drops, or pieces. ‘Candy’ does not include any preparation containing flour and does not require refrigeration.”
As Mercier says: “There you have it. Clear as fudge.”
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