Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Happy National Candy Corn Day!

candy corn candy
How many of you knew that October 30th was National Candy Corn Day?  Candy Corn is one of those delectable delights that you either love or hate!  I happen to be one of the many that LOVE the little corn shaped popular Halloween Candies.  Candy Corn is one of the things that I can say has been around a lot longer than I have!  That can't be said for a lot of other things in our fast changing world out there. 

popular Halloween candies
Candy Corn one of the most
popular Halloween candies.
Did you know that candy corn resulted from the works of a mastermind with a sweet tooth named George Renninger.  He worked for the Wunderlee Candy Company out of Philadelphia in the 1880's, when he concocted this little sweetness.  It was made to look like a kernel of corn to entice the farmers to buy them.  Guess he was a pretty smart guy as they haven't changed shape since then.  In 1900, The Goelitz Candy Company (now Jelly Belly Co) started mass producing the candy but due to lack of machinery, it became a seasonal treat, available from March to November.  Now you will find the candies at Christmas time and Easter with a varying flavor so we can indulge just about year round! 

Today, Brach's Candy Co. is the top producer of the infamous best Halloween candy.  Brach's sells enough candy corn candy each year to circle the earth 4.25 times if placed end on end, kernel by kernel!  Now if that isn't a great trivia question that you can stump your friends on I don't know what is.

Little Kernels of Information

  • Candy Corn is primarily made from sugar, corn syrup and artificial coloring.  Some makers of this tiny little treat use binding agents in their recipe.
  • In the Brach's Candy Co. version you can eat 20 pieces and take in 150 calories.  There are 0 grams of fat in candy corn.
  • There are 9 billion (yes billion) kernels produced each and every year AND it is the top searched for candy on Google!

Here is a common recipe for trail mix that you can mix up and treat your company to during the Halloween season. I added cranberries, nuts and chocolate chips, but you can use just about anything in this!

Goblin Gorp ~

Popular Halloween candies
Goblin Gorp. photo by JanuaryBride.

2 cups peanuts and 1 cup pretzels
1/2 cup Gold Fish Crackers
1 cup chocolate chips (or M&Ms)
1/2 cup dried cranberries (or raisins)
1 cup Candy Corn candy

This is a great treat for the kids with less sugar!


Halloween Party Activities!


Candy Corn Fun Activity! 

Rather than go for the typical Trick or Treat night have a Halloween get together for the neighborhood children and make your own safe, fun evening for children of all ages!  Here is just one suggestion for a game that is lots of fun!

Candy Corn Hunts


Children delight in hunting games. Hide ten candy corns in an area – beneath the table, behind the door, on the planter. You may have to throw out a couple "getting warmer/colder" hints to aid in the effort. If you leave them uncovered, even the youngest children will be able to find their bright colors.

If you want to spice up the game, put the candy in little cellophane bags and tie with decorative ribbon. Hide them all around - either inside or out - for a new spin on the Easter egg hunt.

Create a trail of candy corn for children to follow. Lead them through the lawn, or a maze - or through a cluttered house. Depending on the cleanliness of their bedrooms, you might use this game to help your kids find their beds! If you stick a toothpick into the wide end of the candy, you instantly have an arrow. Use the arrows for hints in your hunt.

So make sure you shop early to get a good supply of this popular Halloween Candy.  You will want to make sure you have some on hand for those ghosts and goblins! So I leave you with this little thought from Candy Corn Wonderland:

Halloween is almost here
goblins and ghosts, oh the fear!
Pumpkins, black cats and witches too,
Bobbing for apples and witches brew.
So jump for joy and sound the horn,
relax and have some candy corn!


Cindy Foley

Contributing Writer  

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