Candy Corn

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11 Things You Didn’t Know About Candy Corn

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You may love candy corn or hate it, but do you know the history behind this classic Halloween sweet?

It’s a simple fact; there are two kinds of people in this world: those who love candy corn and those who can’t stand the little kernel-shaped confectionaries. Every Halloween, the age-old debate rekindles, making candy corn one of the most polarizing foods of all time. According to a social media survey conducted by Viral Heat, 55 percent of people expressed negative sentiments towards candy corn, while 28 percent said it’s their go-to Halloween candy. The rest presumably couldn’t make up their minds.

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Regardless of this divide, it seems that candy corn has become more pervasive in recent years.  The yellow, white, and orange candies are no longer restricted to the trick or treat bag. Many adults, babies, and even pets dress up as candy corn each Halloween. Candy corn appears on top of Halloween desserts and in party favors all month long. It has inspired decorations and apparel, from candles to string lights to beanies. Candy corn is, without a doubt, an iconic symbol of Halloween. But did you know candy corn wasn’t always a trick-or-treating classic? Read on for 11 things you didn’t know about candy corn.

Candy Corn comes from the makers of Jelly Belly 

Jelly Belly

Credit: Jelly Belly

Goelitz Confectionary Company (now called Jelly Belly) began making candy corn in 1898. According to the company website, the candy was such a success it “carried the company through two World Wars and the Depression."

Candy Corn provides endless culinary inspiration  

Martini

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Candy corn have inspired a variety of foods, both savory and sweet.

It’s the twenty-first century. You no longer have to settle for the waxy, sticky original. Now, you can enjoy candy corn flavor in an Oreo, a martini, or a bagel, among other things! 

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