Ick or treat? 7 strange facts about candy corn

Story highlights

  • Candy corn dates to the 1880s, before the automobile and the commercial telephone
  • Many people believe candy corn, like Oreos, should be eaten in a certain way

This story was originally published on CNN.com in 2014.

(CNN)Yes, there's actually corn in it. Corn syrup, if that counts.

Each kernel has three colors, about 7 calories and a lot of sugar. Many people, including comedian Lewis Black, can't stand it.
And yet every October, it fills candy bowls, trick-or-treat bags and the mouths of sweet-toothed snackers everywhere. For millions, it wouldn't be Halloween without candy corn.
    Each year, manufacturers produce more than 35 million pounds of the humble tricolored candy - almost 9 billion pieces. And now, one brewery has introduced - in a chilling Halloween twist - candy corn beer.
    Here are some things you may not know about the polarizing confection.

    It actually looks like corn

    When candy corn first came out, roughly half of Am