Desperate English Housewife in Washington, chapter 268

Understanding candy corn

These little Halloween blighters are everywhere….

Yes, these things

Yes, these things

…and they are ANNOYINGLY addictive.

And then I saw these fellas alongside the candy corns….

Pumpkin candy!

Pumpkin candy!

Oh, how on earth will I get through Halloween with these things in every nook and cranny and place I turn?

So what is the deal with all this candy corn?

Candy corn was created in the 1880s by George Renninger of the Philadelphia, PA-based Wunderle Candy Company. The three colors of the candy – a broad yellow end, a tapered orange center, and a pointed white tip – mimic the appearance of kernels of corn (apparently).

And yes, you guessed it….candy corn is made primarily from sugar, corn syrup, wax, artificial coloring and binders. Bleurgh.

As I write this it blog only 9 days and 6 hours remain until Halloween Country in the United States of America.

It is a big ‘holiday’. And the kids have the day off school the day after Halloween, I’m guessing so that they can deal with the self-induced slump caused by their sugar hangover.

Let’s not forget that in the UK Halloween really is a non-event, unless you are a 14-year old teenager with bugger all to do and decide to spend the evening knocking on the doors of old people and asking for a quid (treat) or you’ll lob a raw egg at their double glazing (trick).

Ah, happy Halloween! πŸ™‚

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6 Responses to Desperate English Housewife in Washington, chapter 268

  1. I LOOOOVE candy corn. I canΒ΄t resist it.
    IΒ΄m also highly allergic to food coloring. You can see the problem. πŸ˜‰

  2. Pat and Pam says:

    If you are eating candy corn, don’t bother with the pumpkins. They taste exactly the same — just a different shape.

  3. ThatOtherGuy says:

    So do you have your costume picked out? What about your son?

  4. NM says:

    The kids have the day off school? Not in Georgia they don’t. I hope – Let me rush and check the calendar. I plan on sending them tired and sugar highed out…..

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