Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Happy Candy Corn Day! Candy Corn-related products!

When the Halloween candy season rolls around each fall there are two kinds of people in the world: those who love candy corn, and those who hate it. I have yet to meet anyone in between.

 In honor of National Candy Corn Day, October 30, here is some information on that delicious favorite fall confection, at least for those of us who love candy corn.

A History Lesson

Candy corn is as indigenous to the autumn season as corn bread. It has been around since 1880, when its new three-way technicolor look wowed candy consumers nationwide. At first, farmers especially loved it for its agrarian look, but it’s safe to say that most people today wouldn't relate it to the ears of wholesome corn from which it originated.

A Few Kernels of Knowledge

Did you know that one serving of candy contains only 130 calories? This year over 35 million pounds of candy corn will be produced, which is over 9 billion colorful little kernels. Everyone knows candy corn tastes traditionally sweet, but most people don’t know that the original flavor is actually honey.

There are all kinds of candy-corn flavored things out these days, including:

Jones Soda Co.'s Candy Corn soda is available at Target stores.
Hershey's has produced candy corn Kisses.

Yummy, but incredibly sweet M&Ms!

You can't eat it, but isn't this candy corn duct tape cute!

and the elusive Candy Corn oreos - which were incredibly hard to find, at least in North Texas!

These cookies are very vanilla-y flavored and very sweet, but addictive!

And, if you've always wondered how those cute little candy corns are made, here is a charming video, courtest of the Food Network, that shows each step it takes to make these yummy candies!

So grab a bag of Candy Corn and celebrate all good things Fall and Halloween!

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