Sunday is National Candy Corn Day, and what better way to celebrate the day before Halloween than with a bag of the classic candy? That's right; there is a day entirely devoted each year to the famous Halloween sweets.
The syrupy Halloween treat was first created by George Renninger during the late 1800s, according to National Calendar. Renninger, a candy maker at the Wunderle Candy Company, first created the candy to resemble tiny corn kernels.
Although it is not clear as to how the annual observation came to be, this “holiday” is a no-brainer when it comes to celebrating. After all, who doesn't like to indulge in some candy corn?
There is no shortage of tasty desserts that utilize the sugary candy. Whip up one of the following recipes to celebrate National Candy Corn Day (and leave a little extra for Halloween on Monday!)
- Candy Corn Pumpkin Spice Popcorn Balls: This festive snack includes a little bit of everything, including jumbo pumpkin marshmallows, ginger, candy corn and cloves.
- Carmel Corn Cupcakes: This recipe takes the requisite popcorn and candy corn snack in a dessert direction. Courtesy of The Cake Blog, these cupcakes are topped off with caramel frosting, caramel-drenched popcorn, cashews and, of course, candy corn.
- Black and Orange Bark: A delicious treat that is both salty and sweet, this take on dessert “bark” features some unexpected ingredients: sea salt, candy corn, mini-pretzels and chocolate.
- Peanut Mallow Candy Corn Balls: This decadent, albeit sticky, treat comes courtesy of Julie’s Eats and Treats. It will be ideal for any festive event or gathering you might host this Hallo-weekend.
- Candy Corn Cookie Bars: This recipe actually involves a bit of baking – but it’s worth it. These cookie bars are best suited for those who are not huge fans of candy corn. When done, the cookies take on the colors of candy corn (and they’re garnished with a single kernel), but the treats actually have a tangy orange flavor and are topped with a butter cream frosting.