The tri-colored treat has been around for over 125 years and is celebrated today with National Candy Corn Day.
It seems only fitting that they day before Halloween is set aside to celebrate candy corn. Many of us probably have childhood memories of trying to insert our teeth into pieces of the sweet treat to make fangs. It seems like candy corn is one of those things that people either love or hate. But despite that it is a huge seller this time of year. Americans buy over 25 million pounds of candy corn every year, with 75% of it being around Halloween.
Candy corn was created in the 1880’s by George Renninger of the Wunderle Candy Company of Philadelphia. It is intended to look like a kernel of corn, but each piece is actually three times the size of the real thing.
The candy was originally only made in the popular yellow, orange and white combination, but now it’s available in other varieties. Indian corn (brown, orange and white) is made for Thanksgiving, and there is also Christmas colored corn, pastel for Easter, and a pink, red and white version for Valentine’s Day. There is even a pumpkin spice flavored candy corn available now.