The History of Candy Corn!!

Shallow Graves is celebrating Halloween all month with the 31 Days of Halloween! Each day, we’ll post something new with a Halloween theme. We’ve got links to scary movie and mood music, trivia questions, and more! We’ll start with a bit of trivia about that most loved and hated of Halloween candies.

Candy Corn was invented by George Renninger, a candy maker at the Wunderle Candy Company of Philadelphia in the 1880s. Candy Corn was originally called “butter cream candies” and “chicken feed” because corn was commonly used as food for livestock. They even had a rooster on the candy boxes. Candy Corn had no association with Halloween or fall, and was sold seasonally from March to November. After World War II, advertisers began marketing it as a special Halloween treat due to its colors that match those of the fall harvest.