The Story Behind Candy Corn
Every Halloween, countless party-throwers, partygoers, and trick-or-treaters hit the streets to harvest candy corn. The little yellow, orange, and white treat is an icon among holiday candies and has a legacy that goes back more than a century.
According to oral tradition, George Renninger, a candymaker at the Wunderlee Candy Company in Philadelphia, invented the revolutionary tricolor candy in the 1880s. The Goelitz Confectionery Company brought the candy to the masses at the turn of the 20th century. The company, now called Jelly Belly Candy Co., has the longest history in the industry of making candy corn -- although the method has changed, it still uses the original recipe.
Candy corn starts as a mixture of sugar, fondant, corn syrup, vanilla flavor, and marshmallow creme. This mixture is melted into liquid candy, called slurry, and is colored and run through a cornstarch molding process to create each kernel. Wooden trays filled with cornstarch are imprinted with rows of candy corn molds, where the layers are individually deposited from bottom to top.
The mixture cools in the tray, which seals the three layers together. The kernels of candy corn are sifted from the trays and polished in large drum pans with edible wax and glaze to create their irresistible, hand-grabbable shine.
Candy corn is such a popular choice that the mellow creme candies are now available year-round in a variety of colors to suit the seasonal holiday:
Fun Facts About Candy Corn
Creative Ways to Display Candy Corn
Tempt your guests and ghouls with piles of candy corn in a coordinated Halloween container -- just wrap ribbon around a glass bowl and add one of our downloadable tags. Print the candy label designs, available below, onto white paper; trim with a ruler and crafts knife, or use a paper cutter. Cut a length of ribbon or decorative paper long enough to fit around the candy dish with enough extra to overlap ends. Wrap the ribbon or paper around the candy dish and secure. Attach a candy label to the ribbon or paper.