Have you ever read I am baker’s blog? Her coverage of confections is unsurpassed. I love her passion for baked goods, as well as her dislike of imposters. So, with this October 1st it’s only fitting to showcase her latest post which celebrates the candy of this fall season.
Yes, I am talking about Candy Corn.
I am baker’s blogpost on Candy Corn cake is not to be missed. Will you make and bake a candy corn cake?
With white cake, buttercream, and gel food coloring, any baker can bake this beautiful cake.
You can read about the recipe here on her blog.
So what’s the story on candy corn? This Halloween favorite was created by a candymaker, George Renninger, at the Wunderlee Candy Company in Philadephia in the 1880s. This revolutionary tri-color candy was brought to the masses at the turn of the 20th century by The Goelitz Confectionary Company. (Here’s a tidbit: that company is now called the Jelly Belly Candy Co. and has the longest history of making candy corn!)
Candy corn starts as a mixture of sugar, fondant, corn syrup, vanilla flavor, and marshmallow creme. This mixture is melted into liquid candy, called a slurry, and is colored and run through a cornstarch molding process to create each kernel. Wooden trays filled with cornstarch are imprinted with rows of candy corn molds where the layers are individually deposited from bottom to top.
The mixture cools in the tray, which seals the three layers together. The kernels of candy corn are sifted from the trays and polished in large drum pans with edible wax and glaze to create its irresistible – and distinctive – look.
Candy corns have gotten so wildly popular that they are now available, not just for Halloween, but throughout the year and for other holidays. Some examples to look out for beyond the month of October and Halloween:
- For Thanksgiving, serve Indian corn, which is brown, orange, and white -- the brown section is chocolate-flavored.
- For Christmas, serve Reindeer corn, which is green, white, and red.
- For Valentine’s Day, Cupid corn, which is pink, red, and white.
- For Easter, Bunny corn, which comes in a variety of pastel colors to celebrate the spring season.