Candy Corn Is Great: Deal With It
Inverse's official take on the delicious fall season candy treat.
Candy Corn is great. There is very little to dispute this fact. Yet every year around this time there are people that cannot help but ruin everyone’s Halloween fun by saying that Candy Corn is not amazing.
These Halloween Grinches argue by saying: “It’s just sugar” to “WTF is it made of” to “It’s just gross”. None of those are convincing arguments for when a piece of waxy candy enters your mouth and leaves your teeth covered in sugar you can practically feel.
The recipe for Candy Corn — which was invented in the 1880s — hasn’t changed since then because you cannot improve on perfection. Brach’s, the largest candy corn maker out there, still uses the pretty much the same recipe as always: sugar, corn syrup, confectioner’s glaze, salt, dextrose, gelatin, sesame oil, artificial flavor, honey, Yellow 6, Yellow 5, and Red 3.
The final secret ingredient is love, we presume, and it shows, because Candy Corn is an autumnal-hued triangle of joy.
What could be better than that feeling provided by Candy Corn— a Snickers perhaps— nothing! Except for maybe a Snickers (or Skittles).
Candy Corn is also the only candy that you can use as pretend vampire fangs. By that standard, all other candies are Bad.
Candy Corn, like many holiday treats (fruit cake, apple cider, turkey, etc.), are only offered in Pumpkin Spice season, so enjoy the October colored candy while there is still time. Waxy candy waits for no one and no one should ever wait to enjoy waxy candy.
This article was updated in 2016 with additional reporting by James Grebey.