Candy Corn: A 100-year-old Classic of Pure Sugary Goodness

Happy National Candy Corn Day!

What better way to prepare for Halloween tomorrow than to talk about the iconic, century-old candy that still remains in our candy bags today?

The candy corn is a tri-colored candy mimicking the shape of a corn kernel. It was first invented in the 1880s by the Goelitz Confectionery Company, now known as Jelly Belly Candy Company. This nostalgic bag-filler was originally named “Chicken Feed” when it was first produced. The first boxes even featured a colorful rooster with the slogan “something worth crowing for,” but after all this time – does the slogan hold true?

Let’s compare them to a few other candies and you can be the judge:

Candy Corn Nutrition Facts – Serving Size: 15 pieces

  • Calories: 110
  • Total Fat: 0g
  • Sugar: 22g

Illinois’ 2017 Top 3 Favorite Halloween Candies:

  1. Sour Patch Kids: 16 pieces
  • Calories: 150
  • Total Fat: 0g
  • Sugar: 26g
  1. Kit Kat: 1 bar (4 fingers)
  • Calories: 230
  • Total Fat: 12g
  • Sugar: 22g
  1. Reese’s Cups: 1 cup
  • Calories: 87
  • Total Fat: 5g
  • Sugar: 8g

Whether you enjoy the creamy, marshmallowy taste of candy corn or not, it is simply candy. And as I’m sure we all know, all sweets should be enjoyed in limited, moderate amounts…with the exception of Halloween.

Happy Hallows’ Eve!

Meet the Author

Patrick Mylett

Patrick Mylett

Patrick (Pat) Mylett is a current graduate student of the combined Dietetic Internship/MBA program at Dominican University. He also holds a Bachelor degree in Food and Nutrition Sciences concentrating in Applied Dietetics from Ohio University. Pat has been a CAND member since Fall 2016. His main interests include corporate health and wellness, diabetes prevention and education, and community-based nutrition education and prevention. When not working, Pat enjoys throwing together new recipes in the kitchen, traveling, biking along the Chicago lakefront when weather permits, and swimming.
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