THIS IS A BIT HARSH. SOMETIMES CANDY IS USED FOR … WELL … KIND OF … THE WRONG REASON

Members of the South Korea National Soccer Team Stand Amid Thrown Toffee (photo credit: KoreAm)

It is a South Korean thing – apparently.  

Hilliards House of Candy – the leading candy and chocolate maker in Greater Boston – is in the practice of not only crafting in our kitchen the tastiest, most scrumptious, and most delicious confections. 

For, you see, we also like to study the history of candy and chocolate … and its place in different societies and cultures. And in this space we like to share what we learn and find. 

This brings us to what would call the strange case of toffee throwing.  

As we learned just today, in South Korea, throwing at someone a form of toffee called “yut” is a physical exercise of the sharp spoken insult of “Go eat toffee!” … which can also be translated into “Get lost!” … or something even a bit harsher. 

Perhaps, then – even if we in the states find throwing toffee strange – members of the South Korean World Cup soccer team were probably not surprised, nor found it unusual, when they were pelted with toffee, thrown by a few angry fans, soon after arriving at Incheon International Airport, outside of Seoul, early this morning.  

Yes, it might have been expected in that the team was arriving from Brazil on a … to put it mildly … bit of disgraced state after finishing last in their group at the World Cup, with a record of one win and two losses.  

Most soccer experts had not predicted anything major from the South Korean team – but fans back home obviously did.

Please click here to read a story about – and view a video of – the toffee throwing incident at Orange

To be clear: Hilliards House of Candy maintains that if candy is thrown, it should only be thrown with happiness and joy.