Candy corn gets a bad rap. People say it's bland, too sugary, and accuse it of being filler, taking up space that bigger and better Halloween candies could occupy. Everyone is entitled to their opinions, so here's mine: Candy corn is great. That opinion may be unpopular, but you know what else was unpopular once? Thinking gravity existed. Yeah, I went there. Here are a few reasons you should consider giving this kernel confection a second chance, and how I think candy corn can bring itself back into the spotlight.
It's American History
Much like corn itself was a product of the Americas, candy corn represents a unique part of our nation's past. According to candy corn lore, it was invented in the 1880s by George Renninger of the Wunderle Candy Company. The confection gained popularity and by 1898 was being produced by the Goelitz Confectionary Co. (now known as candy bean behemoth Jelly Belly) under the name "chicken feed." Apparently at one time in history, kids thought it would be cool to eat like a chicken. (Look, they didn't have iPads so I don't blame them. I once tried eating cereal from a bowl on the floor to see what it was like to be a dog. I didn't have an iPad either.) In fact, people were eating candy corn before they were widely eating corn itself, pre-WWI. Before rationing and the Depression, corn was just for livestock.
The original candy corn was never tied to any time of year, it was just a reflection of America's agrarian society. Many candies of the day were molded into what was recognizable to regular folks. At the time, that was vegetables, fruits and other simple, earthly things. Today, it's Angry Birds gummies. However as society moved to the suburbs, the harvest season was a natural time to bring out a bowl and reconnect with our roots.