The History of Candy Corn: A Halloween Candy Favorite

No other candy can match the creamy taste of candy corn, a sweet Halloween favorite for more than a century. Read the history of the Halloween treat, fun candy corn facts, and ways to use the popular candy as decoration rather than just as a low-calorie snack.

Candy Corn’s Sweet History

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.

Candy corn starts as a mixture of sugar, fondant, corn syrup, vanilla flavor, and marshmallow creme. This mixture is melted into liquid candy, called slurry, and is colored and run through a cornstarch molding process to create each kernel. Wooden trays filled with cornstarch are imprinted with rows of candy corn molds where the layers are individually deposited from bottom to top.

The mixture cools in the tray, which seals the three layers together. The kernels of candy corn are sifted from the trays and polished in large drum pans with edible wax and glaze to create its irresistible, hand-grabbable shine.

Candy corn is such a popular choice that the mellow creme candies are now available year-round in a variety of colors to suit the seasonal holiday:

  • For Thanksgiving, serve Indian corn, which is brown, orange, and white — the brown section is chocolate-flavored.
  • Christmas-inspired Reindeer corn is green, white, and red.
  • Cupid corn is pink, red, and white for Valentine’s Day.
  • For Easter, load up on Bunny corn, which comes in a variety of pastel colors
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Sweet of the Week: 1.31.13 Special Valentine’s Edition

As some of you may know, we were featured on the Fox4 morning show today! We brought a few different crafts with us and wanted to make sure everyone could view them here! Enjoy! 

Candy Vase

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Tools and Materials

  • 2 nesting glass vases, one shorter and at least an inch narrower
  • 2 dozen red and white tulips
  • 1 ½ Valentine Candy Corn
  • 2 Rubber bands
  • Floral knife

 How To

  1. Put the small vase inside of the larger one
  2. Add candy corn to fill the gap in between the vases
  3. Fill small vase halfway full with water
  4. Secure tulips tightly with rubber band
  5. Trim evenly with a sharp knife
  6. Set bouquet in smaller vase
  7. Enjoy! This arrangement should last 5-7 days

Conversation Heart Topiary

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 Tools and Materials

  • Conversation hearts (this took two bags)
  • Ribbon
  • Wood dowel
  • Tin (or pot or small bowl)
  • Styrofoam ball and base
  • Glue gun

How To

  1. Cut a piece of Styrofoam to fit in the bottom of your vase. Make sure it’s nice and snug down there so it can safely support the topiary.
  2. Next, wrap your wood dowel in the ribbon and glue it at each end.
  3. Glue the conversation hearts to the Styrofoam and piece them together like a puzzle. If a little white shows don’t worry about it.
  4. Assemble the topiary! You’ll want to make sure you have extra candy to cover the vase.
  5. Use as a great Valentine’s decoration!

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Candies used in Buffet

Conversation Hearts, Valentine’s Candy Corn, Grapefruit and Pina Colada Sour Balls, Valentine’s Daisies, Red Sixlets, Valentines Pretzel Rods