The invention of candy corn occurred over 130 years ago in a small town in Philadelphia and is credited to the Wunderlee Candy Company. An employee of the Wunderlee Candy Company named George Renninger, was credited with the invention. Wunderlee was the first to begin manufacturing the product in the late 1800s; then Goelitz Candy Company (which later became the Jelly Belly Candy Company) started making these candies and continues to make candy corn today.
Candy corn instantly became popular among farmers due to its appearance of an actual piece of corn and the three colors making up the single piece of candy made it a revolutionary invention for its time. However, since manufacturing was cumbersome and slow in the early 1900s, candy corn was only produced between the months of March and November. Candy corn has changed very little since its invention and has become has become the most popular Halloween candy of all time.
Today, nearly 8.3 billion candy corn kernels are sold every year – 80% of which are sold during the months of September and October!
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