Fall is in the air! Sweet treats and candy are enjoyed by everyone during this time of year. One of the most iconic candies of the Fall season is candy corn! How much do you know about the history of the little tricolored sweet? Let's take a journey down candy corn lane:
Candy corn began its journey during the 1880's in Philadelphia. The treat was invented by candy maker, George Renniger. At the time, George was a candy maker at Wunderlee Candy Company. However, at the turn of the 20th century, candy corn was sold by the Goelitz Company (now known as Jelly Belly Candy Company).
When it was first created, candy corn was called "chicken feed." During that time, chickens were mainly feed corn, thus how the name "chicken feed" came about. Originally, candy corn had no connection to Halloween. The candy was only available from October through March because it was made by hand and required a lot of time and effort.
Candy makers use sugar, fondant, corn syrup, and marshmallow cream to create candy corn. Once the mixture is combined, trays are filled by layering the different colors. When the trays of the candy corn have gotten a chance to cool, the little kernels are removed and coated in edible wax for shine.
During 1950, the candy was sold for just 25 cents a pound! Candy corn has become so popular over the years, that it is now made year-round for different holidays. For example, for Valentine's Day, candy corn is pink, red, and white! Other brands have taken to the candy corn craze, as well. Oreo and M&M produce candy corn creations during the Fall months...tasty!
We hope you enjoyed our candy corn tour! Here are some of our favorite recipes featuring the festive and colorful sweet treat. Have a delicious Fall season everyone!