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Candy corn: Ick or treat?

Updated 11:34 AM ET, Fri October 12, 2018
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Manufacturers will produce almost 9 billion pieces of candy corn this year. The tricolored kernels are a beloved Halloween staple for millions, although not everyone loves them. Jupiterimages
A worker for the Goelitz Confectionery Co. stirs a kettle of warm candy corn mixture at a New Jersey factory in the early 1900s. The company, which in 2001 changed its name to Jelly Belly, continues to make candy corn today -- by machine, of course. Jelly Belly Candy Co.
The blue Goelitz box from the mid-1900s promises "something worth crowing for." Today, Brach's and Jelly Belly are the two leading U.S. candy corn manufacturers. From Jelly Belly Candy Co.
Each kernel has three colors, about 7 calories and a lot of sugar. Here is a brown-hued variation called "Indian corn," sometimes served at Thanksgiving. liquidlibrary
There's a red-and-green version, "Reindeer corn," for the Christmas holidays ... From Jelly Belly Candy Co.
... and "Cupid corn" for Valentine's Day ... From Jelly Belly Candy Co.
... and for Easter, "Bunny corn." From Jelly Belly Candy Co.