National Candy Corn Day on October 30 is an Autumn treat for everyone. They are commonplace in store windows and at parties. We eat them like popcorn, by the handful, and so it seems only natural that we celebrate them for a day. Would you believe that technically they are a vegetable? Well, they are. Whether you grab some from your kitchen table or eat small packets, candy corn returns every year and it’s not going anywhere. So, grab a handful and join us for National Candy Corn Day.
History of National Candy Corn Day
George Renniger, who worked at Wunderlee Candy Company, created candy corn in the 1800s. Working out of Philadelphia he invented it to celebrate what he believed to be the beauty of corn juxtaposed with autumnal colors. Winter was cold, dark, and long and the bright colors of candy would last for a long time, bringing optimism and joy as well as a burst of sugar.
Specialized candy for Halloween turned out to be a winning idea with different Halloween candies becoming increasingly popular over time. Wunderlee was credited for being the first to sell candy corn commercially even though Goelitz, also known as Jelly Belly, is the most linked to commercial candy corn sales.
Candy corn began its life as food for chickens and used to be available between March and November only. It was originally a type of mellow cream known as ‘‘Butter Cream Candies.” The name was changed in the 1950s due to false advertising as it had no butter inside it.
The original method of making candy corn was to pour each color into molds separately but this was a very time-consuming process. The recipe was sugar, corn syrup, and water. Later on, marshmallow and fondant started being added, and then so was carnauba wax. Today, the recipe is pretty similar and gives us plenty of energy for trick or treating.
National Candy Corn Day timeline
The second generation of Goelitz candy makers starts a candy corn business.
Companies begin using clear cellophane bags to keep their Candy Corn fresh.
A Halloween episode of Sabrina, the Teenage Witch airs called ‘‘A River of Candy corn Runs Through it.’’
Annual production in the US is 35 million pounds.
National Candy Corn Day FAQs
Is there a candy corn day?
Yes, National Candy Corn Day is on October 30.
What holiday is candy corn for?
Traditionally candy corn is for Halloween.
Do candy corn layers taste different?
Candy Corn is all one flavor. The only difference is the food coloring.
National Candy Corn Day Activities
Make Candy Corn Cookies
Try the many great recipes online for homemade candy corn cookies. Make the usual cookie dough batter and sprinkle in candy corn instead of chocolate chips. These may turn out to be your favorite Halloween snack.
Add it to other snacks
Add candy corn to your popcorn or make a Halloween trail mix with peanuts, M&M’s or even cereal. You can also make candy corn cupcakes and try buttercream frosting on top.
Buy Candy Corn
Buy a bunch of candy corn for trick or treaters or for your friends and family. Indulge and enjoy the day by using #NationalCandyCornDay and share the photos and posts on social media.
5 Facts About National Candy Corn Day
Major name change
The snack used to be called ‘‘Chicken Feed.’’
‘‘The Goelitz Candy Company’’ was the first to mass manufacture candy corn.
Oh, so, much, candy
Annually 35 million pounds or 9 billion pieces of Candy Corn are consumed worldwide.
One serving of candy corn has 140 calories.
Candy corn is one of the top ten most popular Halloween candies.
Why We Love National Candy Corn Day
It’s a tradition
Candy corn is a staple for Halloween. The holiday is just not the same without a helping of this unique treat. They’ve been around for more than a century and deserve recognition for their longevity.
The colouful and amazing tasting corn we all know and love has no competition in our eyes. It’s a beast in its own lane with three flavors in one bite.
The versatility of Candy Corn is unreal with top chefs like Amie Liming even commenting on how many fun things you can do with it.
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