I finally figured out why they call it Candy Corn, and it only took me 46 years…
Ok, tell me I’m not alone. Tell me I’m not the only one who never quite understood how Candy Corn ever got its name.
For as long as I can remember, I’ve liked the stuff, but the name has always puzzled me. I never quite understood the “corn” part. Why corn? I mean it’s a striped triangle. Candy CONE maybe, but candy CORN? It just didn’t make sense to me.
For those of you who aren’t familiar with it, candy corn is a treat that, in some parts, is associated with Halloween. The candies are soft and sweet and a little chewy. They kind of taste a little like a marshmallow.
I can remember, as a kid, wondering what the “corn” bit was all about, but I guess I just accepted it. I think about it briefly every October when the candies make their appearance, but it’s only ever a fleeting thought. I’ve never bothered to actually look into WHY it’s called what it is.
And then one day a couple of weeks ago – BAM. I had my A-HA moment while sitting in the driveway with one little hooligans who was waiting for her Mom to arrive. We were picking kernels off our corn cobs (a project that’s kept us busy for a few weeks now). I thought it would be fun to line a few kernels up to see if they looked like teeth, and THAT’s when it hit me.
How had I missed this? Every fall we spend days or even weeks plucking all of the kernels off a couple dozen ears of corn.
How had I not seen these bands of yellow and orange, and the white tip that connects the kernel to the cob.
Candy CORN. Of COURSE! It was so ridiculously simple. Too simple. How had I not figured it out before now?
I had a good laugh about it, and then excitedly shared my big news with my boys and my husband, and guess what. THEY had always wondered why it was called candy corn too!
Tell me we’re not the only ones!!
If you’re looking for a super-sweet candy corn craft, check out these totally easy and adorable Candy Corn Paper Sculptures by Creative Family Fun!
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