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National Candy Corn Day

Candy Corn Day celebrates candy corn, the corn kernel shaped candy often eaten during Halloween and throughout the autumn months. The candy is multicolored, with a broad yellow end, tapered orange middle, and white tip, and is usually made from sugar, corn syrup, confectioner's wax, coloring, and binders. It began being manufactured in the 1880's by the Wunderlee Candy Company, and was originally called "Chicken Feed." At that time candy corn was marketed to rural residents. Around the turn of the 20th century, the Goelitz Confectionery Company—now known as Jelly Belly—began making candy corn. Today's recipe for candy corn is basically the same as it was when it was invented, except at that time the candy was made by hand, which is no longer the case. There are variations of the candy corn for different holidays and occasions. "Indian corn" has a chocolate brown end instead of the yellow, and is popular around Thanksgiving. During Christmas, "reindeer corn" with a red end and green center is popular. With Valentine's Day comes "cupid corn", Independence Day has "freedom corn", and you can buy "bunny corn" during Easter. There have been variations on flavor such as caramel apple, green apple, s'mores, pumpkin spice, and carrot cake. It is estimated that over 20 million pounds of candy corn are sold annually.

How to Observe National Candy Corn Day

Celebrate the day by eating candy corn! Have the popular yellow, orange, and white variety, or try a new kind. You could even make your own. There are many recipes that are inspired by, or use candy corn that you could also make.

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