When the Halloween candy season rolls around each fall there are two kinds of people in the world: those who love candy corn, and those who hate it. I have yet to meet anyone in between. In honor of National Candy Corn Day, October 30, here is some information on our favorite fall confection, at least for those of us who love candy corn. For those who don’t, I suppose we must share the same candy corn world until Christmas, so I tolerate your opinion as well
A History Lesson
Candy corn is as indigenous to the autumn season as corn bread. It has been around since 1880, when its new three-way technicolor look wowed candy consumers nationwide. At first, farmers especially loved it for its agrarian look, but it’s safe to say that most people today wouldn't relate it to the ears of wholesome corn from which it originated.
A Few Kernels of Knowledge
Did you know that one serving of candy contains only 130 calories? This year over 35 million pounds of candy corn will be produced, which is over 9 billion colorful little kernels. Everyone knows candy corn tastes traditionally sweet, but most people don’t know that the original flavor is actually honey.
Nontraditional Candy Corn Products
Here's the latest and greatest in candy corn, after the jump.
Jones Soda Co.'s Candy Corn soda is available at Target stores.
Hershey's has produced candy corn Kisses.
Brach's, the traditionalists, have released classic honey, chocolate Indian Corn, and gummy varieties, along with its Autumn Mix that pairs the two corns with mellowcreme pumpkins. The gummy kernels are marked with different fruity flavors and colors, a perfect alternative for those of you who think you don't like candy corn.
Brach's Milkmaid corn varieties are flavored with Caramel Apple, Caramel, and Chocolate Caramel.
Dylan's Candy Bar in New York has released a tackle box of crazy corn flavors: Green Apple, S'more, Orange Mango, and Strawberry Cotton Candy to complement the original. The store also sells gummy candy corn, which is fantastic and takes just like the original, in a chewy, almost sour way.
After a lot of tasting, my absolute favorites are Brach's regular candy corn, Dylan's gummy corn, and the candy corn Kisses. Honorable mentions based on popularity go to Jones' candy corn soda and Brach's Caramel Apple corn.