Halloween food has stiff competion, with Thanksgiving a month away, but no doubt the October holiday has a lock on candy corn.
Perhaps candy corn is at the kernel of what makes Halloween so popular.
It's been around for over a hundred years. Let's look at a few items of interest about that tri-color sweetness.
- Many sources, like Haunted Bay.com, will tell you that candy corn was invented in the 1880s, and the Wunderle Candy Company of Philadelphia was the first to produce it commercially.
- The blog, ifood.TV, has gone to the effort to psychoanalyze Halloween candy eaters. Apparently, "candy corn lovers are a deluded lot." Also "Good and Plenty fans are optimistic," and "Reese’s Peanut Buttercups lovers are a generous lot."
- Food for thought: if you slice a piece of candy corn into its three separate colors, and eat each segment separately, do they taste different? Chow.com tackled that one!
- None other than National Public Radio tells us that more than 35 million pounds of candy corn is made every year. That's about nine billion kernels.
- From Huffpost Food, a serving of candy corn has about 22 pieces and contains 140 calories, no fat.
- Holidayinsights.com tells us that October 30 is National Candy Corn Day! That seems right.
- Luvzbluez.com state that, about 5 1/2 billion pieces of candy corn is sold at Halloween. That's enough to circle the moon twice with plenty left over. And each piece only has 3.57 calories.
- Luvzblues also reports the news that according to the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, candy is no different than a slice of bread, bowl of cereal or a cracker when it comes to causing tooth decay.
Of course you'll find candy corn in Youtube! Here's a couple jems.