It’s National Candy Corn Day today, so what better way to celebrate than with some trivia, followed by the “Candy Corn Debate” video:
- Candy Corn was created by George Renninger of Wunderle Candy Company in the late 1800s. He created this sweet treat to represent the bright colors of corn kernels. Originally, Candy Corn was yellow, orange and white, but it has become popular in other colors as well.
- This confection was originally made by hand using corn syrup, sugar, water, marshmallows, fondant and carnauba wax (a wax made from the leaves of a palm tree), but it is now produced using machines. The original ingredients are still used in the recipe.
- The Goelitz Confectionery Company, now called Jelly Belly Candy, started making candy corn at the turn of the century, the longest run by an existing manufacturer.
- In 1950, the price of candy corn was about 25 cents per pound. Today Jelly Belly sells it for $8.99 a pound.
- About 9 billion kernels of candy corn – more than 35 million pounds – are sold annually, according to the National Confectioners Association.
- After chocolate (68 percent), candy corn, at 10 percent, is the favorite Halloween treat, according to the National Confectioners Association.
From Foodiementary: Here are today’s five things to know about Candy Corn:
One serving of candy corn contains only about 140 calories.
Candy corn has 3.57 calories per kernel.
More than 35 million pounds of candy corn will be produced this year. That equates to nearly 9 billion pieces — enough to circle the moon nearly four times if laid end-to-end.
Halloween accounts for 75% of the annual candy corn production.
A cup of candy corn has fewer calories than a cup of raisins.
And finally, from YouTube/BuzzFeedVideo, the Great Candy Corn debate: