Candy Corn—This popular Halloween confection was invented by the sons of two German emigrants to America. The Goelitz Confectionery Co. invented candy corn in the 1880s, and was producing it regularly by 1900. Today the firm’s successor, Herman Goelitz, Inc., is best known as the maker of Jelly Belly jelly-bean candies. Candy corn has become so popular that its distinctive shape (a cone) and colors (white, yellow and orange) have been recreated in Halloween CANDLES and other memorabilia, and has even had its own day declared: National Candy Corn Day is celebrated one day prior to Halloween, on October 30.
The Halloween Encyclopedia Second Edition written by Lisa Morton © 2011 Lisa Morton. All rights reserved