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Halloween is just around the corner, and we’re looking forward to sinking our teeth into our favorite spooky snacks. With classic treats like caramel apples, candy corn, popcorn balls, fun sized chocolates, and toasted pumpkin seeds, it’s hard not to indulge.
What’s your favorite Halloween treat?
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It’s fall’s tiny, almost sickeningly sweet answer to the candy hearts and Peeps of spring. But did you know that candy corn has a history stretching back a century? Here’s the story behind one of our favorite seasonal treats.
Candy corn was first invented in the 1880s in Philadelphia by the Wunderle Candy Company. At the time, candy was frequently crafted in the shape of plants and other natural foods like chestnuts and clovers. Candy maker George Renninger wanted to try creating something in the shape of corn—which ironically wasn’t widely consumed by the public at the time—and wound up with candy corn. The first multi-colored candy, the tri-layering effect mesmerized the public. Despite corn’s associations of the time as unappealing and low-brow, it was an immediate success.