The History of Candy Corn

Candy corn is made pretty much the same way today as it was back in 1880 when George Renninger first created them while working at the Wunderlee Candy Company in Philadelphia. In the 19th century the Goelitz Candy Company, now called the Jelly Belly Candy Company, started making their own version and is considered today as the oldest producer of candy corn.

A concoction of corn syrup, sugar, fondant, marshmallow, coloring and other ingredients are cooked in a large kettle, and then poured into buckets called runners. Workers, now robot automation, would pour the liquid into the candy corn molds, three different times, one for each color. Once the candy was dry it would be packed into containers for distribution.

Of the more than 35 million candies produced this year 75% will be sold at Halloween, though it does come in other colors for different occasions. Considered relatively healthy in terms of candy, each kernel only has 3.57 calories.

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