The Story of Candy Corn

Halloween Striped Candy Corn

Candy corn is one of the most iconic Halloween and fall treats. Now available in a variety of flavors including chocolate and caramel apple candy corn, this candy is a seasonal favorite with a long history.
In fact, candy corn has existed for more than 100 years. The treat was originally created by George Renniger, who worked for the Wunderlee Candy Company. Renniger invented candy corn in the 1880’s and was produced by Wunderlee. Now, Wunderlee
is known as Jelly Belly Candy Company. Jelly Belly Candy Company still makes candy corn, even in 2014!
When candy corn was first available, it was an instant hit. The three-color design was considered a novel and revolutionary design for candy at the time. Since America was a mostly agricultural community at the time, most Americans were farmers and could highly identify with a treat based on an agricultural product.
Since there was no machinery available in 1900 to make candy corn when it was first produced, the candy was made only seasonally. The recipe for candy corn has largely remained the same for more than 100 years. Even the original process is a lot like today’s candy corn process, except for now machines do most of the work.
Candy corn was originally made by mixing corn syrup, sugar and other ingredients to cook in kettles. Then, fondant and marshmallow were added for texture and bite. Then the warm candy was poured into buckets and poured into cornstarch trays in three different color passes.
In recent years, candy corn has become more of a year-round treat, which candy manufacturers producing candy corn with Valentine’s Day, Christmas and Easter themed colors.

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