October 30, 2012

National Candy Corn Day

"All the candy corn that was ever made was made in 1911." - Lewis Black

It's National Candy Corn Day!


Even if you don't like candy corn (I don't, but come this time every year I feel obligated to eat some. It doesn't feel like Halloween or the end-of-autumn unless I do, y'know?), it's a pretty neat sweet. George Renninger of the Wunderle Candy Company invented it sometime in the 1880s. It was supposed to look like a kernel of corn. People loved it because it was visually so much different from what they were used to as it was one of the first candies to feature three different colors. And in the past almost one and a half centuries it's never changed in taste, look, or design.

Talk about staying true to who you are.

There quite a few spin-offs of the original, though. "Indian Corn," available closer towards Thanksgiving, has a brown end instead of a yellow one. At Christmas, one can get "Reindeer Corn" which has a red end, a green center, and a white tip. "Cupid Corn" at Valentine's Day has a red end, pink center, and white tip. And sometimes at Easter there's "Bunny Corn," which comes in a variety of pastel colors.

I think I'll just stick with the original.

And now you're all the wiser, foodies!

Happy National Candy Corn Day!