What's autumn without candy corn? As Peeps are to Easter, (or candy canes are to Christmas) candy corn is to Halloween.
This year, watch for National Candy Corn Day celebrations to kick off a festive Halloween beginning on Monday, October 30, 2017.
The corny history of candy corn
Candy corn has been an all-American favorite since the Wunderle Candy Company began making the world's first tricolor candy in the 1880's.
Candy corn was first marketed as "Chicken Feed" and the confection proved so popular that the conglomerate, the Goelitz Candy Company (sort of like a modern Brach's), competed to take over mass-production of the seasonal sweet treat.
Having won the rights to produce the candy, the company soon put the original name of "Chicken Feed" out to pasture ... and Candy Corn was born!
Today, the recipe for candy corn is pretty much unchanged from the early days. It's still made from honey, sugar and corn starch -- to provide lots of energy for trick-or-treaters revving up for fright night.
Candy corn fun facts & trivia
• One serving of candy corn contains only about 140 calories. And, hey -- it's fat free!
• Candy corn is not just for Halloween anymore. Brown, orange and white candy corn or "Indian corn" is available for Thanksgiving followed by red, green and white candy corn for Christmas.
• Along with Hershey's chocolate and Snickers bars, candy corn makes the Top Ten list of most popular Halloween candies year after year.
• More than 35 million pounds of candy corn will be produced this year, or about 9 billion pieces!
How to celebrate National Candy Corn Day
That's easy. Eat lots of candy corn!
Also be sure to have plenty on hand to give to little trick-or-treaters on the big night, or have bowls filled with candy corn in strategic locations around your Halloween party room.
Of course, they're are more ways to eat candy corn than by the mouthful. Add them as toppings to your favorite sugar cookie recipe or use them as a colorful decoration for chocolate Halloween cupcakes. For serious adult party-goers you might also want to check out this recipe for a candy corn cocktail made with vodka and candy corn garnish!
Or, why not try this recipe for Chocolate Candy Corn Star Bursts, by far the easiest homemade candy corn treat for partying anytime:
How to Make Chocolate Candy Corn Star Bursts
The following recipe calls for chocolate candy coating that you can easily find at the supermarket (right next to the bakers chocolate and chocolate chips.) The kids' will also love helping out in creating this yummy and colorful treat for a Halloween party :
1. Cover a baking sheet with aluminum foil.
2. Use a large tablespoon to form chocolate disks about 2 inches in diameter.
3. Place five pieces of candy corn on top of each disc to form the star burst (see photo).
4. Let set at room temperature for about 45 minutes.