History of Candy Corn

When you think of Halloween candy what is the first candy that comes to your mind? If you’re like the vast majority of people, your answer is ‘candy corn’. First created in the 1880s by George Renninger of the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, candy company, Wunderle– this iconic candy has been an American favorite for more than a century.

Originally, the candy was mixed together by hand combining sugar, corn syrup, and water and then cooked until it formed a watery mixture. Then fondant and marshmallows were added for texture and taste. This mixture was heated and poured into triangular-shaped molds and placed on big, wooden trays. This was a three-part process, one for each color – orange, yellow, and white.

When the mixture cooled in the trays the three layers were sealed together. The candy kernels were removed from the trays and polished in large drum pans with edible wax and glaze to create its famous shine.

At the turn of the 20th century, the Goelitz Confectionery Company brought the candy to the masses with colorful boxes of candy corn called “Chicken Feed.” Each box was illustrated with a rooster and the logo that read “Something worth crowing for.”

Today, this company is no other than our favorite candy maker – Jelly Belly Candy Company. And although the method has changed, it still uses the original recipe.

Candy corn is not only used as a low-fat, treat. It has actually become a symbol of Halloween ranging from candy corn costumes to candy corn decorations. But when it comes to food and drink, the range is equally as impressive. Here are three of our favorites:

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Blogger, Budget Savy Diva, makes her own candy corn vodka. Recipe here.

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And Savy Naturalists make their own version of candy corn butter with peanut butter , oil and candy corn mixed together in a food processor until it reaches a creamy mixture good enough to spread on bread. Check out her recipe. She suggests storing them in mason jars and present them as gifts. I’ll take one, here!

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I love sweet corn, but this candy corn on the cob is ridiculously sweet and yummy. Does this ear of corn look like the real thing or what? By using marzipan or cookie dough and rolling it into a small, log shape and then sticking candy corn, point side down, into the log. Voilà. You’ve got a new take on corn sure to satisfy any sweet tooth. Does this count as a serving of vegetables? I’m not so sure.

From Crazy Clever on Instructables. Full recipe here.

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So from candy corn popcorn balls, cake pops, rice krispie treats, cheesecake, jello shots, and fudge, the list goes on and on. Let’s face it, Halloween would not be the same without candy corn. How do you use candy corn for Halloween? Send us a picture of your favorite way.

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