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History of Candy Corn

History of Candy Corn


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Candy corn has existed for more than 100 years, first being invented by a Wunderlee Candy Company employee named George Renninger in the 1880s.

The Goelitz Candy Company (now Jelly Belly Candy Company) started producing candy corn around the turn of the century and continues the tradition today. However the candy used to be known coloquially as "Chicken Feed" and was advertised with rooster logo and the tagline "something worth crowing for" (Much less appealing in our opinion). 

Typically divided into three sections with flavours based on honey, butter, and vanilla, its white, yellow and orange colour scheme was meant to represent. the fall harvest. 


When the candy corn first appeared, its tri-colour design was considered revolutionary for confectioners. However, its complicated production that was needed to make this design made making the candy difficult. A lack of automated machinery meant that the tricky candy corn was only made seasonally - production starting in late August and continuing through the fall. 

Despite advances in technology, candy corn is still seen as a seasonal confection, and has remain an unchanged Halloween favourite for more than a century. It is so popular in fact, that in 2019, 95% of Halloween shoppers in the US stocked up on the tri-colored treat. 

The candy corn is heavily associated with the US. By searching through some candy corn reddit pages (yes, they exist), the general consensus is that most Brits had only learnt about them through American TV shows and content creators. Candy corn is now available in the UK, but it is nowhere near as much of a Halloween staple as across the pond. 

Candy corn has a reputation for generating polarizing responses, with articles referring to it as "Halloween's most contentious sweet" which people either "love" or "hate."

So what do you think? Do you love the candy corn or would you prefer it to be left in Halloween's past? 


Further Reading:

History of the Candy Corn 

The History of Halloween's Candy Corn 

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