Sunday, October 30

Queen of the candy corn fields

Out standing in my field.

Not to be too corny, but Happy National Candy Corn Day!

According to oral tradition it was a candymaker by the name of George Renninger at Wunderle Candy Co. of Philadelphia who invented candy corn in the 1880s.

Candy corn was called "Chicken Feed" when it was first introduced in the 1880s, Beth Kimmerle wrote in her book Candy: The Sweet History.

The Goelitz Confectionery Company (which later became the Jelly Belly Candy Company) began to make candy corn around 1898 in their Cincinnati, Ohio factory.

According to the National Confectioners Association, candy companies will produce nearly 35 million pounds of corny candy this year. That's about nine billion kernels of candy corn!

My relentless research did not find the creator, or the origin of "National Candy Corn Day." Aside from card companies and calendars there is little reference to it.

I also did not find any documentation confirming this to be a "National" day, including no congressional records or presidential proclamation.

Now, if Ronald Reagan could put Jelly Bellies in the White House, why not candy corn?

Hmm, where do I start....

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