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Celebrate National Candy Corn Day By Making Deep-Fried Candy Corn

Whether you love or hate candy corn, it's probably worth knowing how it's made and where it came from

Today is National Candy Corn Day—a time set aside to celebrate what might be the most divisive Halloween candy out there. Every year, just one company produces two billion little sugar shaped corns. That’s six pieces of candy corn for every person in the United States. Whether you love or hate candy corn, it’s worth learning how the candy is made and where it came from. You’ll either recoil in horror or squeal with glee.

Here are a few videos that explain just how the best/worst Halloween treat is manufactured at three different factories—Jelly Belly, Brachs and Goelitz.

According to these candy makers, the secret to great candy corn is good mouth feel. Most of these manufacturers started making the treats in the 1800s, and today they have huge factories that mix, dye and mold billions of pieces of candy every year.

And, in case, candy corn wasn’t calorie rich enough for you, here’s a recipe for deep fried candy corn.

So tomorrow, when you get some candy corn in your bag, you know what to do with them.

More from Smithsonian.com:

A Cultural History of Candy
Inviting Writing: A Candy-Crazed Family

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Rose Eveleth

Rose Eveleth is a writer for Smart News and a producer/designer/ science writer/ animator based in Brooklyn. Her work has appeared in the New York Times, Scientific American, Story Collider, TED-Ed and OnEarth.

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