The closer to the actual day Halloween falls the sooner we can celebrate a fun and sweet candy holiday celebration. Today, October 30, and every year on this date is a special holiday called “National Candy Corn Day”.
The candy was designed to resemble a kernel of corn even though it is roughly three times the size of a real corn kernel. This candy dates back over 100 years ago and to date remains the same in taste, texture, size and coloring. In the 1880’s a man named George Renninger from the Wundale Candy Company created these candies and was delighted with his innovative design as so many over the years has proven him right.
During the Halloween season approximately 20-35 million pounds of candy corn are sold annually. That comes to approximately 9 billion individual colorful little candy corn kernel candies weighing well over 10 tons.
That’s a lot of candy corn!
Candy corn has a unique taste as it does its look. It is also a taste that many either take it or leave it. Those who indulge in its unusual sweetness made from sugar, corn syrup wax, binding ingredients and artificial coloring can’t seem to stop.
A single serving of candy corn contains about 130 calories.
Today candy makers have put their hand in the mix and have changed things up a bit. There is a variety of other flavors that have made it a little more unique to their companies. Some of the flavors of candy corn now on the market include: caramel apple, caramel, chocolate caramel, green apple, strawberry cotton candy, orange mango, s’more flavoring, fruit flavors and honey.
Overall, the majority of people who purchase candy corn agree that the original version or recipe is the best tasting and will always be the traditional candy for Halloween time.
Happy Halloween and enjoy National Candy Corn Day!
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