What’s your favorite Halloween candy? In an age where holiday candy is big business, you might go with Skittles, Sour Patch Kids, or fun-sized anything, but I’m sticking with a true classic of the season. Invented in the 1880s, candy corn found commercial success in 1898 when their creator founded the Goelitz Candy Company. Without automation, production was labor intensive and limited to just a few months a year, but the popularity of the tri-colored fondant soared. Today, the Goelitz Candy Company is now known as the Jelly Belly Candy Company and although automation now allows for mass production, they still use the same recipe that started it all. And making candy corn is surprisingly easy to do at home.
Over nine billion kernels of the fat-free candy are now sold each year, now expanded to include other holiday themes (pastels for Easter, red and green for Christmas, pink for Valentine’s Day). Dress them up however you like, candy corn is still an undeniable Halloween staple and the season is here at last.
Short of digging out the vinyl Batman costume I wore as a kid and traipsing across my neighbor’s lawns with a pillow case, making candy corn at home is about as much fun as I know how to have when Halloween rolls around. It’s easier than you might think and kid-friendly to boot. Although homemade candy is no longer an option for stuffing the treat bags of those costumed night visitors, making candy corn at home is a family-friendly Halloween activity that just might become a new tradition at your house, too.