Tuesday, Halloween Eve, has been proclaimed National Candy Corn Day, probably by the makers of the sweet seasonal treat.
Candy corn is the No. 1 Halloween candy of all time, probably because the kernels are so little, every Halloween basket could collect lots of them. No sure if that's what ancient treaters got when they went cave to cave with their animal-skin sacks, but candy corn seems to have been around forever.
At least back in the day, when folks at the door would dump a basketful of the little kernels into those Halloween sacks without worry of contamination or germs or whether they might contain little pieces of glass. Candy corn is not as cool in little sacks as it was as separate entities. I mean, your Halloween basket or sack might fall out of a closet near New Year's Day and there would be a couple of pieces of candy corn fall out.
Sweet and not filling enough you can eat lots of them. One of the dream snack foods for dentists.
A friend of mine used to get a kick out of giving the stuff to his dog and watching him decide whether to chew or swallow it.
I think he used to watch his kid try to make the same decision.