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Candy Corn: History of America’s Most Beloved Halloween Candy

This time of year, the shelves seem to be overflowing with Candy Corn, which is America’s favorite go-to candy in the Fall months. In fact, producers will make 35 million pounds of it this year alone, which equals about 9 billion pieces! Americans seem to either love or “not love” the traditional treat, but either way it’s history is worth knowing about.

Candy Corn was created in the 1880s by George Renninger of the Philadelphia, PA-based Wunderle Candy Company. The Goelitz Confectionery Company began mass production of it at the turn of the century and called the product “Chicken Feed.” In 2001 the company was renamed the “Jelly Belly Candy Company,” which is a popular brand most of us are aware of!

Today the process of making this popular candy is much easier with the help of machines; however, when it was originally created it was hand made which is an impressive feat! Watch how it’s made today in the video below!

Celebrate your love of Candy Corn this year on National Candy Corn Day which is Sunday, October 30th! 

 

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