Tuesday, October 30, 2007
October 30 is National Candy Corn Day
Thanks to Candy Corn Wonderland, here are some fun facts about the waxy stuff that many people love but won't admit it, because it's sort of a "pedestrian" candy. (Pun intended because I will never be so clever again as to make a wordplay like that. Woo-hoo.)
If NPR can steal directly from this site, so can I. Candy Corn Wonderland people, if you feel like suing over this swipe, please sue NPR because they have a little more money than I. (Have I ever told you about my love/hate relationship with NPR?)
October 30th is National Candy Corn Day
1. One serving of candy corn contains only about 140 calories.
2. Candy corn has 3.57 calories per kernel.
3. More than 35 million pounds of candy corn will be produced this year. That equates to nearly 9 billion pieces -- enough to circle the moon nearly four times if laid end-to-end.
4. Halloween accounts for 75% of the annual candy corn production.
5. A cup of candy corn has fewer calories than a cup of raisins.
6. Candy Corn was invented by George Renninger and produced by the Wunderlee Candy Company in the 1880's. In 1900, the Goelitz Candy Company, now Jelly Belly Candy Company, started mass producing the candy, but, due to the lack of machinery, it was only made available seasonally from March to November. Its recipe has remained unchanged.
7. Candy corn isn't just for Halloween there is also:
Reindeer corn for Christmas (red, green, and white)
Indian corn (it's chocolate and vanilla flavored)
Cupid corn for Valentine's Day (red, pink, and white)
Bunny corn for Easter (pastel-colored)
The reindeer thing has some credibility because maybe deer eat corn. I'll go along with Indian corn because it looks like that AND someone had the good sense to add chocolate. But Cupid corn? Bunny corn? What's next? All white for Winter Solstice Day? All black for Memorial Day?