NATIONAL CANDY CORN DAY
On October 30th, the country celebrates its favorite vegetable with National Candy Corn Day.
In the late 1800s, George Renninger of Wunderle Candy Company created candy corn. His sweet treat represented the bright colors of corn kernels. Originally, candy corn was yellow, orange and white. However, it wasn’t until1889 that the Goelitz Candy Company made the candy popular. Later, other candy makers developed a variety of popular colors and flavors as well.
The original confection was made by hand using corn syrup, sugar, water, marshmallows, fondant, and carnauba wax (a wax made from the leaves of a palm tree). However, modern candy makers combine the original ingredients using machines.
These days, numerous recipes create the candy corn flavors in cakes, cookies, beverages, and more.
HOW TO OBSERVE NATIONAL CANDY CORN DAY
Candy corn inspires desserts, too. Add the candy to popcorn for a spooktacular treat. Another delicious way to celebrate the day would be to layer gelatin, pudding, or cakes with white, yellow, and orange colors and flavors. Salty and sweet always pair well together, too. Add pretzels, candy corn, and nuts to a snack mix.
Try this terrific candy corn cookie recipe.
Whether you want to go whip up a batch or go and purchase a bag, go and enjoy the day by sharing some with friends and family. Use #NationalCandyCornDay to post on social media.
NATIONAL CANDY CORN DAY HISTORY
National Day Calendar® continues researching the origins of this sweet candy holiday.
Candy Corn FAQ
Q. How many calories are in candy corn?
A. A handful of candy corn (about 19 pieces) contains 140 calories.
Q. What flavor are the pumpkins in the candy corn Autumn Mix?
A. Mixed in with traditional candy corn, the pumpkins in the Autumn Mix are mellow crème or marshmallow flavor, the same as the candy corns.
Q. Does candy corn come in different flavors?
A. Like jelly beans, Oreos, and Peeps, candy corn comes in a variety of seasonal flavors. Some flavors to choose from include:
- Reindeer Corn (Vanilla)
- Candy Cane Corn (Peppermint)
- Indian Corn (Mix of chocolate and mellow crème)
- Pumpkin spice
- Peanut Butter Cup
- Caramel Apple
- Pumpkin Pie
- Chocolate Mint