When you think of Halloween, it’s hard not to think about candy so it only makes sense that we talk about crazy facts associated with Halloween’s candy mascot, candy corn!
Whether you love them or hate them, candy corn is here to stay and has been a staple Haloween candy for literally a century. In fact, National Candy Corn day is celebrated the day before the spooky holiday!
But there is so much more to this highly debatable Halloween snack than meets the eyes! Were going to talk about some crazy facts you may have not known about the orange white and yellow candy!
Back in 1888, a man by the name of George Renninger put Wunderlee Candy Company in Philadelphia on the map as he created whats know today as candy corn.
However, it wasn’t until about 1898 that Jelly Belly began to actually mass produce this multicolored sweet treat. Along with the jelly bean producer, Brachs is another popular company that mass produces candy corn.
Candy corn hasn’t always been the name of this snack. Initially, it was called butter cream due to its buttery aftertaste, and then it was known as chicken feed. Back then, candy corn was a year around treat but it wasn’t until the 1950’s that the snack stopped being produced year-round and was only made during the Halloween season!
The recipe is quite simple, according to the National Confectioners Association, making candy corn was a process.
“Sugar, corn syrup and other ingredients were cooked into a slurry in large kettles. Fondant and marshmallow were added to give a smooth texture and bite. The 45 pounds of warm candy was poured into buckets called runners. Men dubbed stringers walked backwards pouring the candy into cornstarch trays imprinted with the kernel shape. It took three passes to make the white, yellow and orange colors.”
If you ever wondered why candy corn was shapped the way it is, its simply because if you line it up in a circle with the yellow part facing up, you can eventually get a corn on the cob look. However, that’s not the only shape or color this candy comes in.
If you shop around, you’re bound to see candy corn shaped in pumpkins, as well as different colors that include brown for chocolate.
So live it or hate it, it’s clearly here to stay!