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 Americans worked on farms, and the treat was designed to look like chicken feed.