National Candy Corn Day 2022: History, Significance and Celebrations

The National Confectionaries Association of the United States has designated October 30th, one day before the Halloween as the ‘National Candy Corn Day’ dedicated to celebrating Halloween treat of candy corn. 

Candy corn are one of the most popular sweet during the fall season and this sweet delicacy is now synonymous with the festival of Halloween. Along with Halloween this sweet candy is also loved by many sweet lovers throughout the year and not just during Halloween. 

They are commonplace in store windows and at parties during this period of time. We eat them like popcorn, by the handful, and so it seems only natural that we celebrate them for a day as they make our autumn season and Halloween even more delightful with their presence. 

Event National Candy Corn Day
Date October 30, 2022
Day Sunday
Significance The day celebrates and honor the delicious and tasty Candy Corn
Observed by United States

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National Candy Corn Day History: 

George Renniger, who worked at Wunderlee Candy Company, created the candy corn in the 1880s. Working out of Philadelphia he invented it to celebrate what he believed to be the beauty of corn juxtaposed with autumnal colors. Winter was cold, dark, and long and the bright colors of candy would last for a long time, bringing optimism and joy as well as a burst of sugar. This candy was originally called the “Chicken Feed”. Wunderle Candy Company was the first to produce the candy in 1888. However, The Goelitz Confectionery Company (now called Jelly Belly) was the first to begin large scale manufacturing of the product in 1898.

Along with other agriculture-inspired treats at the time in the late 19th century, America’s confectioners sought to market candy corn to a largely rural society. During the late 19th century, “butter cream” candies molded into many types of nature inspired shapes, including chestnuts, turnips, and clover leaves were quite popular but what made candy corn stand out was its bright and iconic tri-color layering. 

Candy Corn was notable partially due to the fact that it was the world’s first tri-color candy! It didn’t hurt that the related companies realized that specialized candy for Halloween was becoming increasingly popular in this era. So more and more styles of Halloween candies became popular during this time of the year. Next on the list to be created by Wunderle were the Candy Pumpkins made from Mellocreme–a very close cousin to Candy Corn that is often sold in the same bag, called Autumn Mix.

Although it is currently most popular in the fall, candy corn was not always associated with the fall and Halloween season. For the first half of the 20th century, candy corn was a well-known “penny candy” or bulk confectionery, and it was advertised as an affordable and popular treat that could be eaten year-round. Candy corn developed into a fall and Halloween staple around the 1950s when people began to hand out individually wrapped candy to trick-or-treaters. The harvest-themed colors and increased advertising in October also helped candy corn become a fall staple. 

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National Candy Corn Day Significance: 

Candy corn is a type of small, pyramid-shaped candy, typically divided into three sections of different colors, with a waxy texture and a flavor based on honey, sugar, butter, and vanilla. It is a staple candy of the fall season and the Halloween holiday in North America. Candy corn’s traditional colors of yellow, orange, and white represent the colors of the fall harvest, or of corn on the cob, with the wide yellow end resembling a corn kernel. Candy corn has a reputation for generating polarizing responses, with articles referring to it as “Halloween’s most contentious sweet” which people either “love” or “hate”. 

Originally the candy was made by hand. Manufacturers first combined sugar, corn syrup, carnauba wax, and water and cooked them to form a slurry. The recipe is similar today. The production method, called “corn starch modeling,” likewise remains the same, though tasks initially performed by hand were soon taken over by machines made for that purpose. Today there are many variations of candy corn with themes running for various festivals and events and is not just limited to Halloween. For example there are special varieties of candy corn for Easter, Thanksgiving, Valentine’s Day, Christmas, etc. 

The National Confectioners Association estimates that around 35 million pounds (over 15,000 metric tons) of candy corn are sold annually. As of 2016, annual production in the United States was 35 million pounds, or almost 9 billion pieces of candy. The majority of candy corn sales occur during the Halloween season. Today, the largest manufacturer of candy corn is Brach’s Confections owned by the Ferrara Candy Company. Brach’s makes approximately 7 billion pieces of candy corn per year and possesses 85 percent of the total share of the candy corn industry during the Halloween season. 

Candy corn is a staple for Halloween. The holiday is just not the same without a helping of this unique treat. They’ve been around for more than a century and still they are one of the most popular treat so they definitely deserve recognition for their longevity. The colouful and amazing tasting corn we all know and love has no competition in our eyes. It’s a beast in its own lane with three flavors in one bite amd probably it is because of its originality only that this sweet candy has passed the test of the time. So this day encourages people to keep the legacy of this sweet candy alive by treating yourself with it on Halloween. 

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National Candy Corn Day Celebrations: 

As if it wasn’t obvious, one of the best ways to celebrate National Candy Corn Day is by treating yourself with a large amount of candy corn! During this time of year, this sweet and uniquely flavored treat is available from just about any convenience store, grocery store, or candy outlet that can be found in any area. So definitely have one and also share with the kids or children of your area as a Halloween treat. 

If you like challenging yourself then this is the moment for you to try your hands at cooking these delicious candy corns so try the many great recipes online for homemade candy corn cookies. Make the usual cookie dough batter and sprinkle in candy corn instead of chocolate chips. These may turn out to be your favorite Halloween snack as well and it is sure that you will have a very fun and enjoying time while making it. 

Add candy corn to your popcorn or make a Halloween trail mix with peanuts, M&M’s or even cereal. You can also make candy corn cupcakes and try buttercream frosting on top. And if you are a grown-up then you cam also try to make candy corn cocktail and yes it’s possible! As you can see that that candy corn can be very versatile so you can mix it with a lot of things and it still it gives a refreshing and taste so do try to mix it with your favorite food. 

Most Searched FAQs on National Candy Corn Day: 

1. When is National Candy Corn Day celebrated? 

National Candy Corn Day is annually celebrated on October 30th in US. 

2. Do candy corn layers taste different? 

Candy Corn is all one flavor. The only difference is the food coloring.

3. Who designated October 30th as National Candy Corn Day? 

The National Confectionaries Association of the United States has designated October 30th as the ‘National Candy Corn Day’. 

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