Wednesday, 30 October 2019

Happy Halloween: It's National Candy Corn Day!

I don't know what it's like in your house, but in my family, opinions are split right down the middle about candy corn. Mom and Amelia do not like it at all—my sister says even the sight of it makes her shudder with disgust. (She's so dramatic!)

But Dad and I could eat it by the bucket loads. Same with Grandma, even though Grandpa thinks it's disgusting. (Which isn't a bad thing since he can't eat too much sugar—he's diabetic.)

With today being National Candy Corn Day—and the DAY BEFORE Halloween!—I thought I'd share some fun facts about one of MY favourite treats.

Like, did you know that candy corn has been around for a very long time? The Wunderle Candy Company began making it in the 1880's—and the recipe has remained virtually unchanged. Honey, sugar, and corn starch in three distinct colours!

Along with Hershey's chocolates and Snickers bars (yum!) candy corn makes the top 10 list of most popular Halloween candies year after year—even if half the population is in the "leave em" camp.

About nine billion pieces of candy corn will be produced this year. That's 9 BILLION. I probably eat less than a hundred kernels of it a year! Apparently in an eight-hour shift, Jelly Belly (the company that now makes candy corn) produces about 28,000 pounds of the candy. (I'd love to tour that place!)

Sure, it's not the healthiest food—what candy is?—but candy corn is fat free!

And probably my favourite fun fact...did you know that if you stack kernels of candy corn a certain way, it looks like corn on the cob?

Mom is sending me to school with a whole bag of candy corn, and I'll be sure to share. Do you share your candy?

Gotta jet! Have a spooktacular day. See you tomorrow for...well, for HALLOWEEN! #OneMoreSleep

~ Chase Superman Duffy

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