Thursday, October 30, 2014

Happy National Candy Corn Day

Adele Bruno, CZT ~ In Celebration of Candy Corn
Ahh, Amaze, Patena, and Nipa  
When I mentioned candy corn in Tuesday's "It's a String Thing" 64 - click here for all of the delightful details - I did not realize that today, October 30th is National Candy Corn Day in the United States.  Oh, how I love an excuse to celebrate!

Heike from Germany sent one of the first tiles in for the challenge (check back on Monday to see all of the results!) and she mentioned in her email that she had to research candy corn since Halloween is  a relatively new celebration in Germany.

That lead to some research of my own and here are some interesting facts about candy corn as found on the
Better Homes and Gardens website ~

The Story Behind Candy Corn

Every Halloween countless party-throwers, party-goers, and trick-or-treaters hit the streets to harvest candy corn. The little yellow, orange, and white treat is an icon among the holiday candies and has a legacy that goes back more than a century.

According to oral tradition, George Renninger, a candymaker at the Wunderlee Candy Company in Philadelphia, invented the revolutionary tri-color candy in the 1880s. The Goelitz Confectionery Company brought the candy to the masses at the turn of the 20th century. The company, now called Jelly Belly Candy Co., has the longest history in the industry of making candy corn -- although the method has changed, it still uses the original recipe.

Fun Facts About Candy Corn

When the Goelitz Confectionery Company first produced candy corn, it was called "Chicken Feed."

The boxes were illustrated with a colorful rooster logo and a tag line that read "Something worth crowing for."

You don't have to wait for Halloween to indulge in the mellow creme candies -- celebrate National Candy Corn Day on October 30.

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

Candy corn is one of the healthier candies of the Halloween season. It contains roughly 28 grams of sugar and only 140 calories per heaping handful -- and it's fat free!

In 1950, the price of candy corn was just 25 cents per pound.

In honor of their Goelitz roots, Jelly Belly developed a candy corn-flavor jelly bean.

Once opened, store candy corn covered and away from heat and light at room temperature; it should last approximately three to six months. If unopened, the packaged candy corn will last about nine months.

Best of all it is delicious!  
Enjoy your celebration and have a Happy Halloween!

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