Happy Candy Corn Day! 8 Fun Facts About the Halloween Treat
With tomorrow being Halloween, you’ve probably been eating lots of candy corn the past few weeks.
October 30 is officially Candy Corn Day and what better way to celebrate (besides inhaling a bag or two) then honoring the beloved Halloween treat.
Here are 10 fun facts about candy corn:
9 billion pieces of candy corn are produced each year
Since its creation in the 1880s, candy corn has been a super popular Halloween candy. According to Time, more than 9 billion pieces are produced every year, even though it is mostly consumed only at Halloween. The National Confectioners Association also estimates that 20 million pounds of candy corn are sold a year.
There’s also Christmas and Valentine’s Day candy corn
The candy corn fun doesn’t have to end on November 1. The candy corn business has been expanded to Christmas (Reindeer Corn) and Valentine’s Day (Cupid Corn) too … the pieces are red, white, and green and red, white, and pink, respectively. Check out Jelly Belly’s Reindeer Corn:
Candy corn can be deep-fried
Candy corn has less sugar than raisins
Eating candy corn may not be as bad as you think! According to Yahoo!, one piece of the candy actually has less sugar than a raisin.
There almost was veggie-shaped corn
Can you imagine if it wasn’t actually candy corn? According to Parade.com, back in the 1880s when it was first invented, candy companies experimented with veggie-shaped candies, including turnips! Candy turnips just doesn’t have the same ring to it, does it?
Candy corn is 3 times the size of a kernel of corn
Although candy corn was originally modeled after corn kernels, the sweet is actually three times the size.
Candy corn once was made by hand
When it was first created more than 130 years ago, each piece of candy corn was initially made by hand! Of course since then, machines have taken the place of humans in order to be able to keep up with all those billions made every year. Check out this video by the History Channel to see how it all happens:
It takes 4-5 days to make one piece of candy corn
It may only take mere moments to enjoy a piece of candy corn, but lots of time and preparation go into making each one! The Food Network uncovered this fun fact during an interview with Bill Kelly, the president of Goelitz Confectionary Company and a fourth-generation candy-maker, who also revealed that candy corn is smooth thanks to marshmallow. Another secret to the candies’ sheen? Wax! Check out the cool process: