Sometime in September, candy corn begins to grow on the grocery store aisles signaling all things fall. Everybody likes this time of year!
Football, cooler weather, leaves turning, Thanksgiving, harvest, Halloween, and festivals are just a few of the things that make fall my favorite season.
I would be so excited to see the pretty orange, yellow and cream colors stacked in triangles. I’d beg my mom to buy some and then I”d take them home with excitement. But when I tasted them, I found them way too sweet and waxy………. And what is candy corn anyhow?
Wikipedia says Candy corn is a confection popular primarily around Halloween. Candy corn was created in the 1880s by George Renninger of the Philadelphia, PA-based Wunderle Candy Company. The three colors of the candy – a broad yellow end, a tapered orange center, and a pointed white tip – mimic the appearance of kernels of corn. Each piece is approximately three times the size of a real kernel from a ripe or dried ear.
Candy corn is made primarily from sugar, corn syrup, confectioners wax, artificial coloring and binders……No wonder I thought it was sweet and waxy!
Flash forward 40 years and I still don’t like the taste of candy corn, but I love the colors, the shape and the season that they represent.
So I wanted to make a candy corn everybody would like.
When scrounging through my scrap wood stash , I came across triangle shaped old 2 inch thick reclaimed barn wood. I had used the other half in a corner shutter divider that I had made for my mom. Something in the wood and the season shouted candy corn. So I got out my orange, yellow and antique white paint and painted stripes freehand. I wanted a rustic, primitive look so I wanted blurred edges (I’ve always colored outside the lines!) To add a finishing touch, I tied raffia around the top! This candy corn will be perfect for fall decor….sitting on the mantle, accenting a centerpiece on the dining room table, or simply acting as a subtle statement on a sofa table or end table…