National Candy Corn Day

National Candy Corn Day is a non-official holiday celebrated in the United States every year on October 30th, the day before Halloween. This holiday was created for fans of the tri-colored treat made of sugar, corn syrup, and confectioner’s wax.

Although the word “national” is in the title of this holiday, it is not officially recognized as a national holiday, nor is it celebrated on a widespread basis by anyone other than true candy corn enthusiasts.


While the origin of National Candy Corn Day is a mystery, the origin of candy corn itself is not. Candy corn was invented by a candy maker named George Renninger, who worked at the Wunderlee Candy Company in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, during the late 19th century.

At the beginning of the twentieth century, The Goelitz Confectionery Company began mass-producing this candy. Today, candy corn is still made by this company (as well as by many other imitators), but the company has since been renamed the Jelly Belly Candy Co.

Facts About Candy Corn

Although many people attest to disliking this treat (just try to find someone who claims they love it), candy corn is extremely popular. How popular? Even though it is primarily sold only around Halloween, 35 million pounds of it are produced each year.

That’s a significant amount of candy corn. While most people are familiar with the orange, yellow, and white-colored candy corn sold around Halloween, there are also a few variants. For instance, a treat called Indian corn is sold around Thanksgiving, and this version looks like candy corn except it has a chocolate-tipped end instead of the usual white end.

Around Christmas, a product called reindeer corn is made, which is red and green. Around Easter, there is also what has been dubbed bunny corn, a product manufactured in several different pastel colors.

Customs, Traditions, And Celebrations

There are no known traditions associated with this holiday, other than perhaps eating candy corn on National Candy Corn Day. If any traditions exist, they are likely attached to the Halloween holiday and its unique traditions.

When is it?
This year (2024)
October 30 Wednesday
Next year (2025)
October 30 Thursday
Last year (2023)
October 30 Monday
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