October 30th each year is National Candy Corn Day -- celebrating this sweet treat the day before Halloween makes perfect sense! It's one of the top selling Halloween candies each year.
Candy corn was created in the 1880s by George Renninger of the Philadelphia, PA-based Wunderle Candy Company. It was originally made by hand from sugar, corn syrup, carnauba wax, fondant, marshmallow and water. These days, it's made by machine (mainly by the Jelly Belly Candy Company in California).
Candy Corn Coloring Pages:
Candy Corn Crafts:
Candy Corn Popcorn Ball Snacks:
A big bowl of Candy Corn treats is great fun to nibble on, but my favorite way to eat candy corn is by putting it in popcorn balls! If you have a popcorn ball recipe you love all you do is make that but substitute some of the nuts or popcorn you'd usually use with an equal amount of candy corn (I like about 1/2 cup of candy corn but you can use more if you like). If you don't have a favorite recipe, here's the one I use!
- 5 cups popped popcorn (1 microwave popcorn bag)
- 1/2 cup cup candy corn
- 1/2 cup peanuts (optional) -- if you aren't using the nuts, use another half cup candy corn.
- 3 Tbsp butter
- 4 cups marshmallows (a ten ounce bag) - I like using mini marshmallows best as they melt well.
- Pop the popcorn. Mix it in a bowl with your other items (candy corn and nuts).
- In a large pot, melt the butter over med-low heat. Add the mini marshmallows and stir until they're melted too.
- Pour your melted marshmallow mixture over the popcorn mixture (or toss your popcorn into the marshmallow pot if your pot is large enough).
- I like to rub a bit of butter or olive oil on my hands at this point.
- Take a handful of gooey popcorn and press it into a ball. I like keeping the balls fairly small so they're a nice snack size (a little smaller than a baseball).
- Place the balls on waxed paper to "dry".