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Candy Corn

George Renninger, an employee of the Wunderlee Candy Company, invented candy corn in the 1880s and Wunderlee became the first to produce the candy.
The popular confection has been made with the same recipe - containing sugar, corn syrup and marshmallow - by the Jelly Belly Candy Company since around 1900. One serving (about 30 pieces) has 140 calories. One kernel has 3.57 calories. The National Confectioners Association reports more than 35 million pounds were manufactured in 2005, amounting to almost 9 billion pieces.

Candy Corn Recipe
1 cup sugar
2/3 cup white corn syrup
1/3 cup butter
1 tsp. vanilla
2 1/2 cup powdered sugar
1/4 tsp. salt
1/3 cup powdered milk
food coloring

Combine sugar, butter, and corn syrup in pan and bring to a boil stirring constantly. Turn heat low and boil 5 minutes. Stir occasionally. Remove from heat and add vanilla.

In a separate dish, combine powdered sugar, salt, and powdered milk. Add all at once to the mixture in the pan. Add food coloring if desired. Stir until cool enough to handle. Shape.

Makes 1 3/4 pounds of candy.

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