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9.14.2012

CORN CONFECTIONERY



It is a very controversial issue.  One of those polarizing sorts of things.  No middle ground.  No Switzerland (neutral).  You either love it, or you hate it.  Period.  Though it is only at the forefront for a few months every year, people have strong opinions regarding their dislike or favor of it.

I love autumn in the Midwest.  The cooling of air temperatures, the change of colors of the plant world, even the sky and clouds have a different look to them as fall ushers in a crisp tone.  With the subtle changes that the start of fall brings, candy corn enters the display shelves in retail stores.   I love fall and I love candy corn.

Even in my own family candy corn is a divisive issue.  My oldest sister, a huge candy corn connoisseur from way back, loves the tri-color corn shaped confectionery wonder.  Whereas my middle sister is not a lover of it though she is married to someone who belongs to the camp of candy corn lovers.  I have met a rare few who can say, "I can take it or leave it."   

Standing in the nut and candy aisle at a Target recently, I was reading the ingredients and nutritional facts on a bag of Planter's sea salt roasted mix of pistachios, almonds, peanuts and cashews.  Two women stood perusing the candy which included a section of bags of Brach's Candy Corn.  With great passion and animation I overheard one woman say to the other, "I don't get candy corn.  Who would think that is good!  There is no point to candy corn."  As they exited the aisle they were still talking about their hatred of the candied corn. 

I fought back to the urge to defend candy corn to them, to highlight that though I am not a circus peanut lover we are all entitled to our subjective tastes.  I wanted to share the fact that though they don't see the point, don't like candy corn, it is resplendent of the first Thanksgiving when the Indians shared their bounty (which would have included corn) with the settlers.  There was quite possibly historical significance to this sugary seasonal candy.
(cue patriot music here)

Those women, the candy corn haters they were, needed to be educated to the fact that every year nearly 20 million pounds of candy corn are sold.  Brachs, the top selling candy corn producer, sells enough candy corn every year to circle the earth 4.25 times if the kernels were laid end to end.  Oh ladies, people LOVE candy corn.  Brachs too is the best candy corn you can buy.  I have tried off beat brands but they lack the creamy soft consistency that Brachs offers.  I can see why they are the top seller - their corn is superb!

There is some controversy over how people prefer to eat their candy corn.  Some prefer it just plain, eaten by the handfuls straight out of the bag or some sort of decorative fallish candy dish.  About the only way to stop eating candy corn once you start is when you begin to lapse into a sugar coma.  Others prefer to mix a bag of candy corn with nuts of some kind; cashews, peanuts, mixed nuts, etc.  It creates this wonderful salt/sweet combination.  The nuts temper down the overly sweet candy corn.  Just like coffee removes a bit of the sticky sweetness of pecan pie if ingested together.

Its history of origin dates back to the 1880's when a man names George Renninger from the Wunderlee Candy Company created this farmishly sweet treat.  It combines the sweetness of sugar, corn syrup and in later years, marshmallows to create a softer corn candy. 

And, FYI one serving of Brachs candy corn is 19 pieces (way too few pieces in my opinion), 140 calories and zero grams of fat.  The sugar content though, too high to be recorded:)

1 comment:

  1. You've reached a new low when you start fights with people in grocery stores over candy corn... :))

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