You either love it or hate it, there’s little variance between the two. Candy Corn, some describe it as waxy and sickeningly sweet, and others just can’t seem to get enough of this seasonal treat. Whether handed out in small packets at Halloween or served in heaping bowls on grandma’s table, Candy Corn is an icon of the season, and you know that Autumn is here when it starts showing up.
History of National Candy Corn Day
In the late 1800’s, George Renniger of the Wunderle Candy Company created this colorful confection to celebrate the beauty of corn, and the deep autumnal colors. During that time winter was a long and cold affair, with electricity not quite having come into common usage. The bright colors of these candies could last throughout, bringing both a visceral joy and a burst of much-needed sugar during the dark time of the year.
It didn’t hurt that the related companies realized that specialized candy for Halloween was becoming increasingly popular, and so more and more styles of Halloween candies became popular throughout the year. Next on the list to be created by Wunderle were the Candy Pumpkins made from Mellocreme. Candy Corn Day is the celebration of this delicious treat, and everything to follow it in years to come.
How to Celebrate National Candy Corn Day
As if it wasn’t obvious, one of the best ways to celebrate National Candy Corn Day is by eating a ginormous amount of candy corn! This sweet and uniquely flavored treat is available from just about any convenience store, grocery store, or candy outlet you care to name. Given what it’s made of, it also happens to be incredibly inexpensive, and can be used for any number of applications.
If you really want to get into the season, you can create candy corn cupcakes, best made from chocolate cake mix and topped with a yellow/orange buttercream frosting. On top of those you would place a ring of candy corn, with a jaunty candy pumpkin at the center. Voila, a holiday treat that can’t be beat!
There’s even candy corn fudge out there, layered in the three colors of candy corn and mimicking the flavor of this delicious treat. These are just a few of the recipes out there, and we encourage you to go out, find more, and share them with friends and family alike! Happy Candy Corning!