October 30th National Candy Corn Day

Did you know that over 9 billion pieces of candy corn are eaten a year!?! Did you know that since it is made from corn syrup, honey and sugar it contains no fat? Did you know that candy corn was originally named “Chicken Feed”? Does any of this really matter to you? George Renninger created candy corn for the Wunderle Candy Company sometime in the 1880’s in Philadelphia, PA. Today Candy Corn is manufactured by the Jelly Belly Company, producing 1,200 kernels per second.

How to celebrate – Get some candy corn. Try planting your candy corn. (I bet you grow ants) Find your own candy to celebrate fall with.

October 30th National Candy Corn Day

It’s clear the holidays are upon us when we start to see candy corn in the stores and on people’s dining room tables. It is the traditional fall candy because… well, I don’t know why but that doesn’t really matter.

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It use to be that every piece of candy corn tried to look like corn, it was always yellow, orange and white. I use to always eat the white tip off first. Today it can be any color which really confuses us old timers because it doesn’t look like corn anymore.

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George Renninger and the Wunderle Candy Company first created candy corn, however it was the Goelite Candy company that first mass produced it. Today numerous companies produce candy corn and you can even produce it yourself. Here’s the recipe. However it may just be cheaper, and a lot easier, to just buy it.

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And for those you who might like to drink your candy corn, warning this is alcoholic, here’s another recipe. See, candy corn has changed a bit over the years! But, it is still a favorite whether with kids or adults.

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It’s also a favorite with Elves. As you can see it falls only under Syrup on their menu and ties with candy canes. Right there is a glowing endorsement!

How to celebrate – Start serving up the candy corn for the holidays. Always buy a little extra so there is some left over for the guests that visit. Make your own candy corn, or green beans, or broccoli, or asparagus, or…

October 30th National Candy Corn Day

The perfect candy for fall and Halloween, candy corn. It has been around since the late 1800’s, created by George Renninger in Wunderle, Germany. It is made from corn syrup, sugar, water, marshmallows, fondant, and originally carnauba wax (which comes from the leaves of palm trees). Where they came up with palm trees in Germany one can venture to guess, but today candy corn is made on machines not requiring the wax.

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Over the years candy makers have learned how to add shapes, colors, and non-traditional flavors to come up with different combinations for the candy corn lover. The original candy corn taste however has not changed since the very beginning, in fact the exact same ingredients are used (except for the palm leaves).

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They have even added little pumpkins to the mix. They obviously go for as much realism as they can in both shape and color. While the shape does not change the taste it does add to the flavor of the season.

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And I’m not exactly sure what these things are but they at least have the right colors! Back to the original yellow, orange and white, and they look a little fluffy too!

How to celebrate – Make some candy corn of your own. Make it whatever shape you like. Buy some candy corn for Halloween, it’s great for trick-or-treaters but make sure you get the prepackaged individuals sizes. Why not try for the world’s largest candy corn kernel!