For the Love of Candy Corn
You either love ‘em or hate ‘em. Some people love to eat them all year, some people won’t take a bite. Either way, they are delightfully colorful and a staple around Halloween. Candy corn originated from Germany when a man by the name of George Renninger, working at Wunderle Candy Company began manufacturing this blend of sugar, butter, honey and vanilla. The colors rang of Fall and Halloween and is still known today, over one hundred years later. Originally called “chicken feed”, the candy corn was sold in a box with a rooster on the front.
Whether or not you indulge in the sweet treat of today, candy corn colors are still some of the most widely used in Halloween Décor. The bright orange, yellow and white stand out amongst the stark black of Halloween. You’ll find bowls, mugs, plates, platters, salt & pepper shakers and figurines. Take for example the current line up from Johanna Parker Design, she has candy corn bowls, candy corn cups, candy corn everything!
Even Glitterville has their own colorful, magical twist to their candy corn figures. They have bright blue eyes, toothy grins and have lips lined in pink.
Then there is the crazy candy corn by David H Everett of ChickenLips! His crazy pair sport a toothy grin and a grumpy face!
You know what’s crazy about candy corn today? There is about 35 million pounds made annually. That’s a crazy amount! It equates to about 9 billion little triangle candies. Is all of that eaten though? You see many Halloween Décor or tiered tray setups that use candy corn in their set up. It may be in jars, or bowls, or sprinkled on platters.
Johanna Parker has used candy corn in her originals for years. For example, in 2009, she included candy corn on her crow cup “Frightful Fete”. It’s the perfect orange, white and yellow color compliment to his orange and yellow striped body. The candy corn salt & pepper shakers of 2020/2021 are some of the best selling pieces since they are perfect to add to tiered tray displays. The bright colors of Johanna Parker Candy Corn plates, mugs and bowls are going to be stimulating our senses this year in the Halloween displays!
Other places you see candy corn is in books, stuffed animals, plants, decorative bottle brush trees, on cookies, on cupcakes, on candies, in drinks, in brownies, as oreos…you name it…you can find them anywhere! Need a stress toy? You can get one as a candy corn. Cat toy? Dog toy? I’m sure you can find whatever your heart desires. In the meantime, I know where I can find candy corn. Little did I know, it’s a favorite of my dad. Last I was visiting, I found a jar on his desk. Apparently he has a bite now and then. You learn something new every day!
July can’t come soon enough. I know we still have a few holidays to celebrate: Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day….but to us here at Holiday Pizzazz…July is Inventory month. It’s when we start receiving the fun things like the Johanna Parker candy corn salt & pepper shakers, or the David H Everett Candy Corn guys, one that is grumpy and one that looks silly. Then there is the Glitterville Candy Corn Magical Table Top set. We can’t wait to see it all! We can’t wait to get it packaged up and shipped out to you, our favorite customers, and we especially can’t wait to see how you display all these wonderful pieces!
If you haven’t yet ordered, don’t worry! There is still time. We are still accepting preorders! Take a look at all we have in our store and if you don’t find what you are looking for, send us a note and we’ll be happy to do our best to find it for you!