Tuesday, October 30, 2007

National Candy Corn Day

Today is National Candy Corn Day.

How do I know these things? Because that is what happens to you when you are stuck in bed for many days.

Thankfully, when I am not sleeping or coughing, I have a laptop and wireless internet to use.

And I have time...time to watch shows like Chuck. This is a dumb show, but I think the geek in all of us wishes we could use our "superpowers" to save the world. And since NBC so graciously now has full episodes that you can watch online. I have.

I've learned that Mike Huckabee is an interesting candidate and matches many of my "requirements" in a candidate from www.connect2elect.com. I learned that banks are calling for people to pay their debts on their credit cards, mortgages and cars. And that foreclosure rates are growing. I realized I really don't like Meredith Viera on the Today show.

I could be using the time for Bible study. That's what a Pastor's wife does, right? Well, when the brain does not work, studying doesn't happen. I have worked on my memory verse for Mandy, though, does that count?

But in the midst of all of these important things, I discovered that it is National Candy Corn Day.

Thanks to candyusa.org, here are some fun facts about candy corn:
  • Candy corn has been around for more than 100 years. George Renninger, an employee of the Wunderlee Candy Company, invented the popular confection in the 1880s and Wunderlee became the first to produce the candy. The Goelitz Candy Company (now Jelly Belly Candy Company) started producing the confection in 1900 and still produces candy corn today.
  • One serving of candy corn contains only 140 calories.
  • When candy corn first appeared, it was popular among farmers because of its agrarian look. ( I had to look "agrarian" up. I guessed it had something to do with agriculture and that's all it means...having to do with farming or the land. Smarter than I thought I was.)
  • The tri-color design was considered revolutionary and the public went crazy for it, but lack of machinery meant that candy corn was only made seasonally from March to November. Candy corn has remained unchanged for one hundred years.
  • More than 35 million pounds of candy corn will be produced this year. That equates to nearly 9 billion pieces—enough to circle the moon nearly 4 times if laid end-to-end.

If you want to know how candy corn is made, check out candyusa's site.

Our household is free of candy corn this year. While it is a favorite, when one has not been to a grocery store in over a week, there is none to be had. I'm sure tomorrow will bring plenty of candy to the six-pack!


Deanne said...

Wow. What a wealth of information you are today! Argarian? I was most impressed until you said you didn't know what it meant either! ha! In your days of leisure and sickness, have you come across freerice.com? Your extensive vocabulary could come in quite handy to feed the world! Hope your feeling better soon. :) I gotta go to the store now. I've a hankrin' for some candy corn!

E Jill Riley said...

She LIIIVVVEEESSS! Don't eat Muffy's hair scruchy for your lack of real candy corn. She'll be sad.

shan said...

Candy corn is always a favorite at our house- mostly for MOMMY! I now like it mixed up with peanuts (thanks to Shalonn) for a sweet and savory snack!