Halloween Blog: Candy Corn – YUCK!

Halloween Blog: Candy Corn – YUCK!

By Rick Worthington


Let me just go ahead and get this out of the way. Candy corn is gross. If you give out candy corn on Halloween, kids are leaving your house upset. Little Jimmy and Suzzy are complaining to Mom and Dad, and your neighbors are embarrassed to live next to you. You are THAT house on the block.

Of course, I’m joking, but I just can’t stand candy corn. To me, they taste like sugary wax. I avoid them at all costs. Vegetables are preferable to candy corn.

Some interesting facts about the nasty little candies, I swiped from MSN:

The tri-colored candy is said to have been created in the 1800s. Which means, it’s been making kids unhappy on Halloween for over 100 years.

The candy used to be called “Chicken Feed” thanks to it’s resemblance to corn kernels. Nobody wanted to eat chicken feed, so the name was changed to something people liked eating – corn.

Jelly Belly and Brach’s are the two major producers of the sugary sweets—together the manufacturers manage to make about 9 billion individual pieces of candy corn annually.

Apparently there’s a right and wrong way to eat it. Turns out most eat the whole piece at once, but 42.7% claim to start with the narrow white end first. (some of us just throw them away.)

Yes – I hate candy corn, but it’s one of the most popular Halloween candies in the country. Despite it’s beastly qualities, polls show that there’s an astounding number of people who really do enjoy eating it.

Happy Halloween! Pass the chocolate bars please.