Love it or hate it, National Candy Corn Day is October 30


(CNN)

(CNN)

(CNN)

(CNN)

Love it or hate it, candy corn has its day of recognition the day before Halloween.

For millions of people, it just wouldn’t be Halloween without candy corn.

Candy corn was invented before the automobile and the telephone!

“Americans buy nearly 20 million pounds of candy corn each year, and only 75 percent of that is around Halloween,” according to the Food Network.

About 35 million pounds – nearly 9 billion pieces – of candy corn were made in the past year.  Each piece has about seven calories.

The Goelitz Candy Co. began making it in 1900 before the family-run operation changed its name to the Jelly Belly Candy Co., which still produces candy corn today.

Many candy corn lovers also think the only right way to eat it is by nibbling off each of the three colors – white, orange and yellow – separately, instead of popping the whole piece in your mouth.  Debate continues over whether to start that nibble at the white end or at the wider yellow end of the kernel.

People are also pretty passionate about their love or hate for the sweet treat.  Some will eat it to the point of a bellyache, and some would never touch the stuff.   Tell us in the poll below – is candy corn good or gross?

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