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You've heard about the governor's proposal to start taxing candy in order to help solve the state's $2.8 billion budget shortfall. But here's a question: where does the definition of candy begin and end in the state's eyes?

Why, it turns out there's a very clear answer. And that answer involves flour:

"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.

Mike Gowrylow, spokesman for state department of revenue, says it will be up to retailers to determine which candies have flour in them—and are therefore tax free. "I don’t know how much confusion it will cause,” he says.

Um. Lots?

I mean, hooray for the Kit-Kat and Twix and Butterfinger Stixx loophole. But the question of Twizzlers alone is going to confuse the hell out of people. And anyway, isn't this all a bit unfair to Almond Joy and Reese's and the entire Cadbury egg clan?

"Yeah, we've heard that," Gowrylow replied.

But thems the rules. (And not just in our state.)

Sorry, Hershey Bar. Sucks to be you.

And hello, Nestle Crunch Crisp!