Tonight’s candy corn harvest is expected to progress smoothly, under a concerted effort to get the crop out of the bowl and into the bag, so to speak. Harvesters should continue their usual practice of protecting their bodies from the corn’s suspected toxicity, disguising their hazmat suits under various princess, monster, and Star Wars designs.
Many in the industry question the continued production of this crop, given that less than half of consumers (49 percent) consider it tasty and 23 percent consider it actively gross. Certainly, tradition plays an important role in the crop’s survival, as 21 percent of consumers believe that although they do not like the corn, it is an important symbol of autumnal Americana. (Thank you, Statista.)
Candy corn is typically consumed raw, directly after harvest. Of consumers who admit to eating the crop, 47 percent eat entire kernels in one mouthful, while 53 percent savor the experience by eating kernels one at a time and stripe by stripe; most of these folks start with the narrow end. (Thanks, NCA.)
Don’t be sad if you don’t like candy corn! You’re not alone but among more than 75 million people, and there are other ways to enjoy the seductive candy corn colors without having to eat the actual kernels. You could eat a Creamsicle! Or drink a Creamsicle-inspired cocktail. M&M’s also has your back, with a candy corn collection—but be warned, the center is white chocolate, a topic for later discussion.