Invented in the late 1880s by George Renninger, the sweet treat originally named “chicken feed” was manufactured by the Wunderle Candy Corn Company in Philadelphia.
Due to the kernels’ unique layers of yellow, orange, and white, the original creation process was very costly and time-consuming, however, over 100 years and a name change later, the holiday favorite is currently mass produced by Jelly Belly Company and Brach’s.
Commonly associated with fall because of its colors, candy corn is now produced in various shapes, flavors, colors and given specialty names in celebration of other holidays, such as Cupid’s Corn for Valentine’s (red, pink, and white), Reindeer Corn for Christmas (red, green, and white), Bunny Corn for Easter (two-tone pastels) and features an additional chocolate (brown) layer for Thanksgiving.
Fun ways to celebrate Candy Corn Day on October 30:
- Fill a large jar with candy corn (make sure you know how many pieces you’ve added) and have friends and family take turns guessing the number of pieces. Award the jar to the person with the closest answer.
- Use candy corn as markers for bingo.
- Make a candy corn inspired craft, i.e. paint jars or flower pots in three colors.
- Use candy corn as a seasonal decoration in the bottom of vases, candles, or votives.
- Make a dessert (cupcakes, cakes, popsicles, or gelatins) look like candy corn by layering three colors.
- Make a batch of your favorite cookies or trail mix and add some candy corn for a colorful seasonal treat.