October 30th, 2013

Join the celebration: it’s National Candy Corn Day

[NOTE: This is a repeat of a post from 2008.]

No doubt all of my readers, being unusually well-informed people, were already aware that today is National Candy Corn Day.

But did you know it is estimated that in this country twenty million pounds of the classic treat (invented in the 1880s) are sold every year? I personally might be responsible for approximately a ton of that if I gave in to my worst impulses. However, I keep my addiction in tightly-controlled check.

It is part of my penance to confess here that I really like the dreadful stuff and always have. Once I even went to a Halloween party dressed as a piece of candy corn, and believe me I was already a grownup.

Apparently I am not the only adult who has dressed up as candy corn on Halloween. And no, I didn’t look like this—more’s the pity (although to be technical, isn’t she dressed as two pieces of candy corn, the body and the hat?):

candycorncostume.gif

I am not alone in my shameful liking for the tricolor tooth-destroyer. I heard on Fox News (can’t give a link here because I was unable to find the information online) that candy corn is the Halloween treat most often stolen by parents from their kids’ Halloween stash. I believe this to be undeniably true. It is a guilty, shameful secret for most, but I am glad this is finally seeing the light of day.

Even some fanatically health-consciously vegans seem to crave candy corn although alas, the treat is off-limits to them because of its animal-related ingredients. Animal ingredients? If you doubt my words, just take a look:

Sugar, Corn Syrup, Confectioner’s Glaze, Salt, Honey, Dextrose, Artificial Flavor, Gelatin, Titanium Dioxide Color, Yellow 6, Yellow 5, Red 3, Blue 1, Sesame Oil.

Gelatin and honey must be the big no-nos. But happily, a thoughtful vegan (are there any other kind?) mother has come to the rescue with a recipe for candy corn so complex and labor-intensive that it undoubtedly reflects a devotion to the stuff even more intense than mine. Try it if you dare—and if you are insane.

There are various gourmet variations on candy corn, and I’ve sampled quite a few in my day. To my mind they can’t compare to good old Brach’s. But after watching the following highly informative video, I may just try some Goelitz:

And here’s a burning question I was reminded of by the video: do you eat your candy corn in sections? And, if so, do you consider the top to be the yellow part or the white part? I’ve always seen the little white triangle as the “foot” of the candy corn, but I learned when I designed my costume years ago that most people see it the other way. For those who might be inclined to disagree with me, I offer the following exhibit from the realm of science:

corn-components.jpg

[NOTE: I hadn't known till I glanced at this handy---rhymes with "candy"---calendar that the month of October, sadly almost over, was National Caramel Month. Perhaps next year I will be able to give that fact the attention it so richly deserves. And tomorrow---Halloween proper---is National Caramel Apple Day. Now, that's a food I've never understood. Seems to me that it's almost impossible to eat. Unlike candy corn, which is simplicity itself.]

5 Responses to “Join the celebration: it’s National Candy Corn Day”

  1. Tom Says:

    *GAG*

  2. vanderleun Says:

    I’m so glad it is back!

    It is indeed “A Festivus for the Rest of Us!”

  3. CV Says:

    Can’t stand the stuff myself (way too sweet) but I will be rooting through my kids’ treat bags to steal Twizzlers, Reeces cups and anything peanut butter, kit kat bars, m&ms, etc. Chocolate is my drug of choice.

    And the white tip IS the top of the candy corn of course!

    I often find myself agreeing with you Neo but in the candy corn debate you are woefully off-base IMO.

  4. Cornhead Says:

    I hate ‘em and I live in Nebraska.

  5. Ymarsakar Says:

    No idea what they were. Might have tasted them in the past if they were this super sugarly thing. And I consider most chocolates to be low on sugar.

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