Did you know that candy corn has been around for more than 100 years, but, has never changed its look, taste, or design? According to the National Confectioners Association, candy companies will produce nearly 35 million pounds of the corny candy this year. That's about 9 billion individual kernels of corn.
George Renninger of the Wunderle Candy Company created candy corn in the 1880s. It was made to look like a kernel of corn and became instantly popular because of its unique design. It was one of the first candies to feature three different colors.
Candy corn is considered a mellow cream, a name for a type of candy made from corn syrup and sugar and has a marshmallow-like flavor. Even with it's rich taste, candy corn is actually fat-free.
While most people are familiar with the traditional candy corn with the yellow, orange, and white, stripes, it also comes in a variety of other colors and flavors depending on the holiday: brown, orange, and white Indian corn for Thanksgiving; green, white and red reindeer corn for Christmas; pink, red and white cupid corn for Valentine's Day, and pastel-colored Bunny corn for Easter.
If the traditional candy corn treat fails to satisfy your sweet tooth, you can always go for the grown-up version, a Candy Corn Cordial. Made with candy corn infused vodka, orange liqueur, lemon juice and an egg white.
All this talk about candy corn has made me want some. How about joining me in a handful or two?