Thursday, October 13, 2005

Candy Corn...mmmm

I love candy corn! I am addicted to candy corn! Because of my love for this sweet little bite of pure heaven, I decided to do a little research. The information below was found on

Candy corn has been around for more than 100 years. George Renninger, an employee of the Wunderlee Candy Company, invented the popular confection in the 1880s and Wunderlee became the first to produce the candy. The Goelitz Candy Company (now Jelly Belly Candy Company) started producing the confection in 1900 and still produces candy corn today.

When candy corn first appeared, it was popular among farmers because of its agrarian look. The tri-color design was considered revolutionary and the public went crazy for it. Lack of machinery meant that candy corn was only made seasonally from March to November. Candy corn has remained unchanged for one hundred years and is a favorite at Halloween.

How is Candy Corn Made?

In 1900, it was the job of many men to produce candy corn for eight months of the year.
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-lbs of hot 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. Originally, candy corn was delivered by wagon in wooden boxes, tubs and cartons.

The process of making candy corn is very similar today, but now machines do most of the work. Manufacturers use a method called the corn starch molding process. A tray containing depressions is filled with corn starch. Candy corn is made from the bottom to the top and in three-color passes. First, the depression is filled one quarter full with yellow syrup and allowed to partially set. Next, the orange syrup is added. The mold is then topped off with the white syrup and is cooled. The candy now can gel together. After is it has finished cooling, the trays are emptied and the little candy corns are ready to be eaten.

Amazing, isn’t it? I have been eating them practically nonstop since they hit the shelves for Halloween. I am sure all of my teeth are going to fall out, and my excess weight is here for awhile longer. But, I’m sure enjoying the corn! In fact, I love it so much that I just finished sewing (yes, handmade costume…in my spare time) a candy corn costume for Jayne. I could just eat her up, she looks so cute. Stay tuned for pictures of her and the boys! Now go and get you some candy corn so I am not alone in my addiction.


Anonymous said...

Spare Time??? OK I am going to get candy corn this a.m. and think of you every bite. Love ya MOM

Anonymous said...

Just polished off a few pieces but ran out ... do the mellowcreme pumpkins count?! I have a whole bag of those! Could you find out the history on those for me?! Thanks! Kari

Anonymous said...

I'm afraid that I have the same addiction. But if I go out and buy another bag of them I might get sick!
I'm impressed with your spare time activity - what a great mom!
What are the boys dressing as?

Anonymous said...

Okay girly,

Now not only do I know the history of these little pieces of heaven that are sticking to the back of me, I also got to share them with a wonderful dear friend! Thanks for letting me eat 1/2 your bag - that is a true friend! :)