Halloween Candy


Candy Corn

Candy Corn

What would Halloween be without this sweet confection?  The lovely little Candy corn is virtually the size of whole kernel of corn, but tastes a whole lot better.  It was invented by George Renninger in the 1880's. The Goelitz company - from Jelly Belly fame -  took over the production of the candy corn around the year 1900.


Candy corn is recognizable worldwide with its yellow base, followed by an orange middle and topped off with a white tip. Does one color taste better than the other? People will  debate! The yellow and orange seem quite the same, however the white tip does seem a bit waxier!


Ingredients: Sugar, corn syrup and honey and carnauba wax. Did we mention sugar?

Variations: Just like Peeps, the Candy corn has evolved with variations. Indian Candy Corn, Christmas Candy Corn, Valentine's Cupid Corn, Bunny Corn.





Candy Corn Pumpkins aka  Mellocreme Pumpkins

Candy Corn Pumpkins (or Mellocreme Pumpkins)

Candy Corn's meatier cousin

Whatever their darn official name is, they taste just like Candy Corn, just more of it. Sometimes too much. Just like little pumpkins, but tastier.





Tootsie RollsTootsie Rolls

Can’t go wrong with a Tootsie Roll. A mixture of chocolate and chew, too easy. It’s little wonder they have been a Halloween favorite for, like ever. They have been making Tootsie Rolls for over 100 years!  The mighty tasty and chewy (sorry for what’s coming) poopie-shaped candies come individually wrapped, and are an American cultural icon. They are one of the best selling candies in America and throughout the world today.  So why was it named Tootsie Roll, the inventor, Leo Hirshfield named it after his daughter’s nickname, Tootsie. Remember the Tootsie Roll jingle?


"The world looks mighty good to me
'cause Tootsie Rolls are all I see
Whatever it is I think I see
Becomes a Tootsie Roll to me
Tootsie Roll how I want your chocolatey chew
Tootsie Roll I think I'm in love with you
Whatever it is I think I see
Becomes a Tootsie Roll to me."

Tootsie Roll PopsOne of the best things that came from the almighty Tootsie Rolls was the Tootsie Pop, invented in 1931. It was a lollipop with a hard candy shell and a chocolaty, chewy Tootsie Roll on the inside. Another huge advertisement campaign was 1970’s “How manyOwl couldn't wait.... licks does it take to get to the center of a Tootsie Pop?” The campaign almost became the riddle of the sphinx. Engineering students at Purdue even invented a “licking machine” to answer the riddle. Different tongues, saliva, etc produced different results, so there is no real answer!! Argh!!! Sorry owl.


Tootsie Roll’s Official Website:  http://www.tootsie.com/






Smarties® - not the same as Nestle's Smarties!

It's always fun to unwrap or untwist these tart little jewels. Brings back fond Halloween memories from yesterday. These sweet and sour little babies came wrapped in a plastic wrapper with each end twisted – just like a little present for your mouth. They were created by the Ce De Candy Inc., originally hailing from England. Ce De Candy started their production back in 1932, then moving to America in 1949. They started with two wrapping machines and a rented facility to get Smarties going in America. Today, Smarties are made 20 hours a day in two plants, one in New Jersey and the other in Ontario, Canada. They produce billions of Smarties rolls a year! Placed end to end, all those Smarties would span about 85 thousand miles! Now that's a lot of Smarties.


Smarties® Official Website: http://www.smarties.com/





Dubble Bubble GumDubble Bubble

The very pink and very yummy Dubble Bubble bubble gum was created in 1928 by Walter Diemer of the Fleer Company. Not only did he invent the brand Dubble Bubble, he invented bubble gum! Hail to Walter Diemer. He was an accountant with Fleer and just had fun experimenting with gum recipes. In an interview a few years before his death he said his invention was “an accident". In our opinion, one of the best accidents ever to happen! In 1937, the gum went on the market nationally. The gum got rather flavorless quickly, but that is when it blows the best bubbles.


Dubble Bubble’s Official Site:  http://www.dubblebubble.com/




Dum Dum PopsDum Dum Pops

According to the manufacturer, Dum Dum Pops, or just Dum Dums, were originated by Akron Candy Company in 1924.  I.C. Bahr, the early sales manager of the company, named the ball-shaped candy on a stick and figured "dum-dum" was a word any child could say. Logical enough. It boasts 12 flavors from Cherry, Cotton Candy to the exotic Coconut-Pineapple. They even have a Buttered Popcorn flavor pop. Now that’s aDum Dum Mascot toss-up.  The best one? The Mystery pop – which is a mixture of two flavors – a byproduct of the end of one batch of candy meeting the beginning of the next batch. Their candy lines are continuous and the switch over from one flavor to another results in some pops containing both flavors. 


Dum Dum Pops’ Official Site: http://www.dumdumpops.com/




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