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Do You Know How Candy Corn Got Its Name?

Are you team love or team hate candy corn?

This iconic Halloween candy has stood the test of time, but how did the fame start?


It originated in the 1880s. According to the National Confectioners Association, an employee at the Wunderlee Candy Company named George Renninger invented candy corn. Although, it was the Goelitz Candy Company (which is known today as the Jelly Bean Candy Company) which started producing it around 1900 and still produces it today. It took quite the manpower to make candy corn in those days!

"Sugar, corn syrup and other ingredients were cooked into a slurry in large kettles. Fondant and marshmallow were added to give a smooth texture and bite. The 45 pounds of warm candy was poured into buckets called runners. Men dubbed stringers walked backwards pouring the candy into cornstarch trays imprinted with the kernel shape. It took three passes to make the white, yellow and orange colors," the NCA says on their website.


Fun Fact: Candy corn was originally called "chicken feed." About half of America's labor force was made up of farmers when the candy debuted, so there was an obvious tie-in! "Chicken feed" was sold in a box with a rooster on the front.


The name candy corn and the connection to Halloween didn't come till later. According to National Geographic, the practice of kids going door-to-door collecting candy didn't start until the late 1940's when World War II sugar rations were lifted.



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