When you think fall, you think October. When you think October, you think Halloween. When you think of Halloween you think of Halloween candy. And when you think of Halloween candy, you think candy corn! While it’s sold all year-round, this tri-color candy takes over the grocery store shelves during—you guessed it—Halloween—as it accounts for 75% of the annual candy corn production.
Need a few talking points at your costume parties or trick-or-treating excursions this year? Why not share a few fun facts about America’s favorite Halloween candy?
- Candy corn is more than 130 years old! It was created by George Renninger of the Wunderlee Candy Company in the 1880s.
- When candy corn was first introduced to the public, it was especially popular among farmers because of its agrarian appearance.
- The candy corn recipe has remained largely unchanged since the 1800s.
- More than 35 million pounds of candy corn will be produced this year—that’s 9 billion pieces!
- One serving of candy corn contains only about 140 calories.
- If every piece of candy corn made each year was laid end to end, it could circle the moon 4 times!
- October 30th is National Candy Corn Day!
- Candy Corn is not just for Halloween anymore. Candy makers have made Reindeer Corn for Christmas, Cupid Corn for Valentine’s Day and Bunny Corn for Easter.
Don’t wait until the end of October! Stop by your local Sparkle Market, and pick yourself up a bag of candy corn today!