CANDY corn is a Halloween treat that many Americans love to stock up on during the fall season.

The corn-shaped sweet is consumed in large quantities by millions of people across the country.

How many pounds of candy corn are produced each year?

According to the National Confectioners Association, an estimated 35million pounds of candy corn are sold each year.

This comes out to be around 9billion kernels of candy corn produced annually.

October 30 has been named National Candy Corn Day, with majority of its sales coming around Halloween.

What was candy corn's original name?

According to, candy corn was originally known as chicken feed.

At the time of its invention, corn wasn't necessarily a popular food amongst humans – it was mainly used as food for farm animals.

The original box featured a rooster, and contained the words "Something worth crowing for."

This changed following World War I, when corn became more popularized for human consumption.

When farmers made up over half of the American labor force, agriculture-themed candies became increasingly popular.

Many candies were made in shapes of pumpkins, chestnuts, and turnips, among others.

Around the 1940s, when trick-or-treating began to gain popularity, people began calling the treat by its current name, candy corn.

Is Candy Corn only eaten around Halloween?

Despite popular belief, candy corn is made year-round and eaten on different occasions.

Although it primarily appears on Halloween, candy makers have made candy corn themed for Christmas, Valentine's Day and Easter in recent years.

“As Halloween became more and more dominated by candy beginning in the 1950s, candy corn increasingly became the candy for Halloween,” writes Samira Kawash, author of Candy: A Century of Panic and Pleasure, in The Atlantic.

“There was a dramatic spike in October advertising of candy corn beginning in the 1950s. Other kinds of candy were advertised for Halloween too, but they were advertised just as heavily during the rest of the year.”

Candy makers have also introduced several additional flavors of candy corn – from peppermint to pumpkin spice.

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