One of the signature signs of fall’s arrival is the appearance of candy corn. Did you know that candy corn has been around for over 124 years? Candy corn was invented by George Renninger who was a candymaker at the Wunderlee Candy Company in Philadelphia sometime in the 1880s. The creation of this candy was actually revolutionary in that it was the first tri-colored candy ever produced. At this time society was mostly agrarian (of or relating to the cultivation of land, i.e., agricultural, rural, farming) and the “corn” candy therefore had an appeal to society as a whole. Candy corn was originally called “chicken feed” as corn was primarily used as chicken feed rather than a staple food.
While the Wunderlee is known to have been the first to have produced candy corn, it is the Goelitz Confectionary Company that is known for its sale and production. The Goelitz candy makers started to produce candy corn for the company in 1898. Goelitz changed its name to Jelly Belly and is still in business today. Candy corn was originally a seasonal candy available between March and November and had no association with fall or Halloween. It wasn’t until after WWII that the company began to advertise it as a “Halloween candy” which led to its eventual association as such.
Now candy corn has become so popular and synonymous with Halloween that there are many offerings for candy corn related foods and crafts. How fun are these candy corn cookies?
Or for even more fun try these candy corn roll-up cookies!
And for those of you that want a healthy candy corn related snack, how about this cute candy corn vegetable platter with a pumpkin filled with hummus dip?
For an in-between treat how about a candy corn pizza?
Is candy corn a part of your fall tradition?
Finally, for a fun look at the history of candy corn watch it here: