As they struggle with budget deficits, states from New York to Washington are looking to candy and soda taxes to help bridge the gap. Now comes the hard part: Defining candy.
In Washington, a new candy tax will apply to Butterfinger candy bars, yet Kit-Kat wafers remain excise free (this because the law exempts foods with flour in them). There is also confusion in Colorado, where Kit-Kats are also untaxed, but Twix bars face levies. And after Illinois passed a candy tax last year, retailers in Chicago were unsure if Twix Bars — some of which contain flour and peanut butter — were food or candy.
--Conor Dougherty, WSJ, on poor aim