National Candy Corn Day

That would be today, October 30, the opening act for Halloween. Celebrating a seasonal candy that some love, but many detest. One kernel:

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And part of an extended rant, “Candy Corn is Garbage”, from 10/31/14 by Albert Burneko on Foodspin:

What in the damn hell is wrong with the rest of the human race, that a market for these deodorant-flavored earwax nuggets persists into the 21st century? Why purchase these wee little warhead-shaped misery pellets? Why consume them? Why give them to children?

I’m with him.

From Wikipedia:

Candy corn is a candy most often found in the United States and Canada, popular primarily around Halloween. The three colors of the candy – a broad yellow end, a tapered orange center, and a pointed white tip – mimic the appearance of kernels of corn. Each piece is approximately three times the size of a real kernel from a ripe or dried ear.

Candy corn is made primarily from [OMG] sugar, corn syrup, confectioner’s wax, artificial coloring and binders.

Candy corn was created in the 1880s by George Renninger of the Philadelphia, PA-based Wunderle Candy Company. The Goelitz Confectionery Company began production at the turn of the century and called the product “Chicken Feed.”

Here’s some in the field (Candy Corn Acres at Disney’s California Adventure):

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People have thought of all sorts of, um, creative things to do with Candy Corn. Here, for instance, is Candy Corn on the Cob — a large marshmallow with Candy Corn all around it:

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Chicken Feed, indeed.

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