When it comes to Halloween, candy corn is the reigning king of sugary delights. For whatever reason, though, candy corn only appears for the month of October and then disappears back to the shelves of dollar stores for the rest of the year. But there is more to these little nuggets of sugar than meets the eye, and we’re here to increase your candy corn knowledge.
For example, did you know that the National Confectioners Association estimates that 20 million pounds of candy corn are sold per year? If you laid the candy in a line from tip to tip, that is enough candy corn to circle the globe 4.25 times. And remember, that’s only the annual amount of candy corn!
Candy corn was originally created in the 1880s, back when people still made things by hand. Each kernel had to be individually molded and hand-crafted. Although the three colors – orange, white, and yellow – mimic the color of corn, candy corn is three times as large as an actual corn kernel.
The usual serving size of candy corn is nineteen pieces, which totals out to approximately 140 calories. Candy corn has no fat content, though the same cannot be said about the sugar. If you want to eat a zero-fat snack and don’t mind the sugars, candy corn is great for quelling a sweet tooth without breaking the calorie budget.
A popular variant of the usual candy corn kernel is the candy pumpkin. Although very similar to its kernel cousin, the candy pumpkin has more of a marshmallow flavor. In addition, the pumpkin has a softer density, which makes it ideal for melting in the mouth. There are loads of variants of the candy pumpkin, including peanut butter and chocolate flavors.
Candy corn has recently seen a rise in popularity with its other holiday versions, such as Christmas, Valentine’s Day, and Easter. But mainstream audiences are still reluctant to accept anything other than their traditional Halloween candy corn.
So, next time Halloween rolls around, you can impress your friends with these little candy corn facts. Keep checking back for future information about Halloween and so forth.