One candy that's been a Halloween staple for over 100 years is the ubiquitous candy corn, those sickeningly sweet yet irresistible tri-colored little kernels of sugar and corn syrup. The Goelitz Confectionary Company began commercial production of the candy in 1898 and today is the oldest manufacturer of candy corn.
Over 35 million pounds of candy corn will be produced this year. That's nearly 9 billion pieces -- enough to circle the moon almost four times if laid end to end. According to Brach's Candy Company, the number one candy corn maker, one serving is about 140 calories, or 5 calories per kernel. That means a serving is 28 pieces -- approximately one fistful that can easily be shoved in your mouth and gulped down between visits from trick-or-treaters. Or, you may prefer to savor each delectable kernel by biting off the colors one by one. You must start with the point, though. There's really no other way.
Halloween is the sweetest holiday of the year, beating out Valentine's Day, Easter, and Christmas for candy sales. Last year the US spent $1.93 billion on Halloween candy. Although other types of candy may have overtaken the traditional candy corn as Halloween favorites (Creepy Peeper Mix or SpongeBob SquarePants Gummy Krabby Patties, anyone?), the long history of those little nuggets has prompted the manufacture of Reindeer Corn (in Christmas red, white and green), Bunny Corn (pastel-colored for Easter), and Cupid Corn (red, white and pink -- if you're given a bag of Cupid Corn for Valentine's Day, you might want to seriously reconsider your relationship).
This Halloween, if you want to avoid tricks, give those Spider-Men and Jasmines who come calling their most desired treats: according to a Shopping in America survey, Snickers lead with 30% of those surveyed claiming them as their favorite; M&M's follow closely at 22%. Candy corn? It's all yours -- it's in last place with only 6%. So much for tradition.