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Candy Corn, Halloween Candy, Holiday Food Ideas

Traditionally candy corn is thought of as a Halloween or Thanksgiving treat, but I think we like to eat it all year long.

Anyway, it just doesn’t seem like Halloween if a candy dish of candy corn isn’t set out. Candy Corn is one of the most popular candies for Halloween.  It can be creatively displayed, such as in this Ceramic Spider Halloween Candy Bowl and used as decorations.  Small individual servings bags of Candy Corn also make great Trick or Treat candy.

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History of Candy Corn

To me, Candy Corn was something we got out of a package, usually made by Brach’s Candy.  I was a bit surprised to learn it has a long history and was originally made by hand.

According to Wikipedia, Candy Corn was created in the 1880s by George Renninger of the Philadelphia, PA-based Wunderle Candy Company. Other companies got involved in making it and it has gone by other names such as “Chicken Feed” in an effort to market to the rural society at the turn of the 20th Century.  Rural or not, I’m surprised the candy survived.  Chicken Feed doesn’t make it sound very appetizing!

Originally the candy was made by hand. Now machines are used but the recipe is about the same.  The production method is called “corn starch modeling”

A number of color variants have been created for other holidays including Thanksgiving (one called Indian Corn), Christmas (red and green colored), Valentines Day and Easter.

According to the National Confectioners Association, more than 35 million pounds (or 9 billion pieces) of candy corn will be produced this year.

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Bowl of Halloween Candy Corn