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October 30th is National Candy Corn Day!

Posted October 30, 2008 12:00 AM by Sharkles
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Love it or hate it, candy corn is a staple of most holiday celebrations – especially Halloween. The sugary snack was invented in the 1880s by George Renninger, an employee of the Wunderlee Candy Company.

When it first appeared, candy corn was popular with farmers because of its appearance. Candy corn is triangular and has three different layers of color to resemble an individual kernel of corn. Today, the National Confectioners Association estimates that candy companies produce about 35 million pounds of candy corn a year.

How It's Made: Then and Now
Candy corn is made primarily of sugar, corn syrup, and honey; carnauba wax is usually added, too. In the past, the ingredients were cooked into slurry in large kettles and stirred by hand. Fondant and marshmallow were added to smooth the texture and make the candy soft to bite. Once the mixture was complete, it was poured – still by hand – into pre-shaped molds one color at a time.

Today, the process is similar but machines do the work that was once done manually. A "corn starch molding process" creates the tiered-design. Machines fill a tray with "kernel-shaped holes" of cornstarch, which maintains the corny-shape. The holes are then filled with artificially-colored syrups; first white, then orange and yellow. Molds are left to harden for 24 hours and then emptied into a sifter to remove extra cornstarch. After some glazing, candy corn is packaged and shipped for consumption.

Other Candy Corn Facts
Did you know these facts about candy corn?

  • Despite its ingredients, a serving of candy corn only contains about 140 calories. According to the bag on my desk, one serving of candy corn is approximately 21 pieces. I don't know about everyone else, but I can only eat about 5-10 pieces before getting a stomachache.

  • Candy corn is becoming popular for holidays other than just Halloween. Other corns include Indian corn, Reindeer corn, Cupid corn, and Bunny corn.

  • As mentioned earlier, it is estimated that 35 million pounds of candy corn will be produced this year. This equals about 9 billion pieces of corn, which is supposedly enough to circle the moon 21 times if laid out end-to-end.


Do you like candy corn?


Resources:

http://www.candyusa.org/Candy/candycorn.asp

http://recipes.howstuffworks.com/candy-corn.htm

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Candy_corn

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10/30/2008 8:40 AM

Don't get that stuff in the UK, proably because Maize (corn) isn't such a staple crop over here. What we call 'corn' is wheat... yet another lingusitic pitfall for the unwary.

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10/30/2008 8:52 AM

Nice post, Sharkles. My guess is that CR4ers may enjoy TV shows like How It's Made, so this one hits a "sweet spot" (pardon the pun).

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10/30/2008 10:08 AM

After reading this, I am happy that I don't like candy corn. It seems like one of the worst kinds of candy, right next to the sugary jellybeans (I watched the "how it's made" for that one and it just made me squirmish. Seeing so much sugar going into these things just doesn't do justice to my stomach.

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10/31/2008 9:56 PM

more for the rest of us!

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10/30/2008 10:49 AM

I am proud to say that I love candy corn. I don't care how it is made or what is in it. I am so happy to know it has its own day! YAY for Candy Corn! I think I'm going to go have some right now.

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10/31/2008 8:20 PM

I agree with you Julie.

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10/30/2008 12:59 PM

Dentists must loooove this time of year.

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10/30/2008 1:54 PM

I do realize that not everyone loves candy corn (must be crazy though).

In thinking about it, I thought that it might be appropriate to post a song about another one of my Halloween time favorites - Reeses! The song is silly, but fun nonetheless.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m9_wQuNrqV4

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10/31/2008 7:07 AM

I like candy corn. I find it tastes better when stored in a covered dish with peanuts so the flavours blend together. Grab a handful of candy corn and peanuts. It tastes just like a Pay Day candy bar. This also works with the little candy pumpkins.

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10/31/2008 8:07 AM

Sounds delicious!! I think I will have to give that a try.

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10/31/2008 2:42 PM

Huge fan of candy corn and an even bigger fan of the pumpkins, you just can't beat that stuff. I don't like the indian corn ones though, it has to be the yellow, orange, white or I won't eat it. I could eat a bag of the pumpkins in one sitting but as others have said, it makes me feel sick. Trying to picture the candy corn factory that makes millions of pounds of this stuff makes me feel a little nauseous as well so I always skip the How It's Made or Modern Marvels when they deal with food.

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11/01/2008 11:48 AM

Candy Corn aka Dentist's Delight!

Make your own version of "Pay Day" candy bar.

Peanut Pralines

Creole Peanut Pralines

Have Your Cake and Eat it Too

or search the web or Foodtv.com for tasty sugary treats to rot the teeth.

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12/18/2008 12:55 AM

Very interesting, thanks!

Also, it is my birthday...

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12/18/2008 8:26 AM

Happy belated birthday!

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12/30/2008 3:52 PM

I think for 2009, all produced candy corn should be shipped to the moon, and we should do this every few years so the moon will have orange spots.

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