All the things you never wanted to know about Candy Corn but we’re going to tell you anyway. You either hate it or like it – but either way, you’ll eat a whole bag if it’s left in front of you. Read these facts and join #TeamCandyCorn:
- It has a corn shape because “nature-inspired” candy was all the rage in the 1880s. Candy chestnuts, candy pumpkins, candy turnips, and candy clover leaves were also popular at the time.
- At one time, it was called Chicken Feed. The inventor of candy corn pandered to the farmers of America with both its shape and by originally naming it chicken feed.
- Candy corn was more popular than regular corn when it was first invented. Before wartime shortages popularized the use of corn products during WWI, traditional corn was coarse and flavorless.
- Originally, the candy was made by hand. According to Atlas Obscura, laborers would take 45-pound buckets of the hot liquid candy and pour it into long rows of trays of kernel forms, making three passes, one for each color of the corn.
- The recipe is basically the same as it was in the 1880s. The recipe is, and always has been, a mix of sugar, fondant, corn syrup, vanilla, and marshmallow creme, variously colored yellow, orange, and white, and poured into kernel-shaped molds.
- It’s still, statistically, pretty popular. A 2013 National Confectioner’s Association survey found that candy corn was the second-most popular Halloween candy in the United States, second only to chocolate.