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Candy Corn: What you don't know about the Halloween treat

By Christina Maxouris

Published October 19, 2018

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9 billion

That's how many candy corn pieces are produced every year. Manufacturers produce more than 35 million pounds of the tri-colored confection annually.

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It's been around since the 1800s. At the time, half of Americans worked on farms and the treat was meant to look like chicken feed.

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It's not just for Halloween. There's Indian Corn, Cupid Corn, Bunny Corn and Freedom Corn.

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And reindeer corn.

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It also comes in beer form. A Wisconsin brewery introduced their Halloween drink as Candy Corn Cream Ale.

It can be deep-fried. An 'Oh, Bite it!' recipe instructs readers to wrap dough around candy corn and bake until the treats melt.

The kernel-shaped candy is controversial across the nation. Comedians and reporters have called the treat "trash," but it continues to rank as a Halloween favorite.