October 30th is National Candy Corn Day! Coming just a day before Halloween, National Candy Corn day will get you all set and prepped for fall’s favorite holiday! While this beloved fall treat is mainly associated with Halloween, did you know the tri-colored candy has been around for more than 100 years?
George Renninger of the Wunderle Candy Company created candy form in the 1880’s! His idea was to mimic the look of a kernel of corn (bet you never noticed that one), which was an instant hit. Candy corn also goes down in the books as one of the first candies to feature three different colors all in one bite. While it can be eaten at any time of the year, candy corn is the universal sweet treat during the Halloween season. So grab a handful and celebrate!
- When the Goelitz Confectionery Company first produced candy corn, it was called "Chicken Feed." The boxes were illustrated with a colorful rooster logo and a tag line that read "Something worth crowing for."
- According to the National Confectioners Association, more than 35 million pounds (or nine billion pieces) of candy corn will be produced this year.
- Candy corn is one of the healthier candies of the Halloween season. It contains roughly 28 grams of sugar and only 140 calories per heaping handful -- and it's fat free!
- In 1950, the price of candy corn was just 25 cents per pound.
- In honor of their Goelitz roots, Jelly Belly developed a candy corn-flavor jellybean.
- Once opened, store candy corn covered and away from heat and light at room temperature; it should last approximately three to six months. If unopened, the packaged candy corn will last about nine months.
- Due to its popularity, candy corn has been altered and made for other holidays:
- Thanksgiving inspired Indian corn, which is brown, orange, and white- the brown section being chocolate flavored.
- Christmas inspired Reindeer corn, which is green, white, and red.
- Cupid’s Corn is pink, red, and white for Valentine’s Day.
- Load up on Bunny corn for Easter, which comes in a variety of pastel colors.