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October 30th is National Candy Corn Day

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If you're looking for something to do today then hold out your hand... it's National Candy Corn Day!  Are you ready for your sugar high?  Well then, let's get right into celebrating National Candy Corn Day!

WHY IS THIS A HOLIDAY?  

Well, sugar is quite an addicting substance and when you bite into candy corn your tongue is slapped with a whole lot of sugar! So yeah, these things do taste pretty good, which is half the reason they are so popular... but the sugar content will get you addicted to these babies! You'll eat them until you're sick and then you'll look forward to a day where you have another excuse to eat them. And it appears that someone is feeding the world's candy corn addiction by creating this holiday!  Oh, you don't think people are addicted to candy corn? Well, the National Confectioners Association says that 20 million pounds of candy corn are sold each year! Oh, you know... that's just over 9,000 TONS of it! No big deal, right? But Brach's (a candy company) says they sell enough candy corn annually to circle the earth 4.25 times, if you lay the candy end to end. I'd call that a pretty big addiction!

But why is it so addicting? Well, it all started way back in the 1880's thanks to George Renninger of the Wunderle Candy Company. It's made to look like kernels of corn, but it's three times the size and it has three layers of color: yellow, orange and white. And these little candies not only have sugar in them, but they also have corn syrup! Ah, now it makes sense... doubling up on the addictive sweets! But wait... they also add in fondant (a type of icing) for texture and marshmallows for softness. So it's all kinds of addicting sweetness!  It's OK, you may binge today!

HOW TO CELEBRATE 

So, how can you celebrate today?  Well, if you're a true addict then you probably already have a bag or two in your house right now! So why don't you go ahead and dip your hand in... oh, you already are eating some? Hmm... well, then go ahead and share some with others around you. Don't tell me no!   But if you don't have any then head to the candy aisle and pick up some. You can get the regular candy corn if you like but there are many different versions out there. There is Indian Corn for Thanksgiving, Reindeer Corn for Christmas, Cupid Corn for Valentine's Day and Bunny Corn for Easter... but there are also plenty of different flavors that will be available during this season. I've even seen candy corn with chocolate involved!

But do you think you could successfully make your own candy corn? I'm not sure if I could but you could always make sweet treats that are inspired by candy corn. You could make an interesting pie with a yellowish, cookie crust, perhaps an orange cream filling and then whipped topping or marshmallow cream on top. It'd have the right colors and the right shape but the layers would go the wrong way. I think candy corn lovers would let that slide!  Have a great day and enjoy your sugar crash!





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