The Singles is an electro-pop girl group comprising actress Scarlett Johansson on vocals, Este Haim on drums, plus musicians Holly Miranda, Kendra Morris and Julia Haltigan. This song finds Johansson comparing a boy to various confectionery items.
The track, along with with the rest of the band's material, is inspired by various female pop music songwriters. "The idea was to write super-pop dance music written and performed by girls," Johansson told Rolling Stone. "I love Grimes. And I love the Bangles. And I love the Go-Go's. I wanted it to be like those bands: ultra pop but also a little ironic, a little in on the joke."
The song was produced by Dave Sitek, who has worked with Johansson before. The TV on the Radio band member collaborated with the actress on her 2008 album, Anywhere I Lay My Head, which was mainly made up of Tom Waits covers. Sitek released this tune on his Federal Prism record label.
Other Scarlett Johansson musical projects have included, Break Up, a collaborative album with singer-songwriter Pete Yorn plus roles in two music videos - Bob Dylan's "When the Deal Goes Down" and Mandy Moore's 1999 single, which was coincidentally titled "Candy." (Maybe Johansson's first experience of the pop world inspired this song's title?)