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!

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