Chicken feed or orange candy corn. We know it as candy corn, synonymous with the start of Fall and Halloween. But chicken feed was the original name of the candy which was produced by the Wunderlee Candy Company back in 1880. Along with other agricultural inspired treats, American confectioners aimed to market the candy corn to a largely rural society. Fortunately for them, candy corn appealed to a much larger demographic and it’s popularity spread quickly across the country.
Orange Candy Corn
Now I could go into the ingredients and manufacturing process of candy corn. How it’s made primarily from sugar, corn syrup, confectioner’s wax and of course orange artificial coloring. Or how it was made by hand using the corn starch modeling method and the recipe has basically stayed the same the past one hundred years. Or that 20 million pounds of candy corn are sold each year around the world. Bur what I find most astonishing is this little fact. The production of candy corn was ceased back in 1976. That’s right, candy corn has not been manufactured in almost 50 years. They made enough to last a lifetime and all the candy corn is warehoused in huge silos in the mid western United States. It’s released each year in the month of August and monitored by the National Confectioners Association. They made enough candy corn to outlive us and our children. Who knew? I have to admit knowing that it’s been sitting there for that long, I’ll stick with my Kit Kats.