While I was searching for a fun Halloweenistic recipe using Candy Corn (my experimental bark), I found out that today – October 30th is National Candy Corn Day! There’s a lot of colorful and interesting history behind this Number 1 Halloween Candy.
Candy Corn aka “Chicken Feed” was the 1880s brain child of George Rennizer of Pennsylvania’s Wunderlee Candy Co. His confection of sugar, fondant, corn syrup, vanilla, marshmallow creme, food coloring, corn starch and edible wax was an instant hit with Halloweeners.
At the turn of the 20th century, Goelitz Confection Co. took over the production of this amazing treat and produced it right up until 2001 when the Jelly Belly Candy Co. ended up with it. They were so happy to have taken it over, they created a Candy Corn jelly bean flavor in honor of Goelitz.
Because of the immense popularity of this candy in the US and Canada, it now has a showing at several major holidays: Thanksgiving, Christmas, Valentine’s Day and Easter. According to CandyUsa.com, there are over 9 billion pieces (35 million pounds) made annually.
It is actually one of the healthier, fat-free candies to be had. It can be stored at room temperature away from heat and light for about 3-6 months once it’s opened. But you can keep the unopened package for up to 9 months. Another great thing about the popularity of candy corn – you can find it all year long online.
National Candy Corn Day – are you going to celebrate?