Everything you wanted to know about Halloween’s worst-tasting candy, but were afraid to ask:
- Candy corn was invented in the 1880’s by George Renninger, an employee of the Wunderle Candy Company in Philadelphia.
The Goelitz Confectionery Company, now called Jelly Belly Candy, started making candy corn at the turn of the 20th century. It was called “Chicken Feed.” The boxes were illustrated with a rooster logo and copy that read: “Something worth crowing for.”
- About 9 billion kernels of candy corn – more than 35 million pounds – are sold annually, according to the National Confectioners Association.
- In one eight-hour shift, Jelly Belly makes 28,000 pounds of candy corn.
- One kernel of candy corn is about 5 calories.
- October 30 is National Candy Corn Day.
Want even more Candy Corn “Facts?”
- You can fit about three up each nostril, if you really push.
- Given the choice between candy corn and a box of raisins, most Americans would eat the box. Not the raisins, just the box.