National Candy Corn Day (Um, for real.)


Someone told me that today was National Candy Corn Day. Who am I to argue?

Besides, it’s the perfect excuse to unveil for the first time to a mass audience all that is special about my — well — candy corn collection.

I know, I know. Why candy corns? But, come on. People collect everything. So why not candy corns?

They live in my desk drawer and come out only once a year, maybe twice for a special occasion.

The bag the collection lives in is originally dated “11/2/99.”

Yes, I’ve had some of these same candy corns for, don’t laugh, eight years.

I can’t be the only one to take credit for this incredible collection. My former colleague Mike, who is now an elementary school teacher, was right there with me the entire way. While the collection started by accident when we noticed one or two misfit corns, we soon devoured bag after bag looking for the elusive corns we secretly wanted for this collection.

Take a look at the photo and you’ll see some unique things. The basic, more traditional candy corn is white, orange, yellow. The chocolate ones are here because they, too, are unique, but our focus was on white, orange, yellow.

Notice the top row only has two of the three colors — pretty interesting, dont’ you think?

The second row is my favorite. Look at the beauty of the solid candy corn. Who knew how gorgeous they could be in all solid? The middle corn in that row is the jewel of the collection. The elusive all-white. That, and some others, weren’t part of the original collection. It has continued to grow over time. And that’s the beauty of it. It’s not like candy corns melt or breakdown in some other way.

The bottom row are true misfits — only captured in the collection because of their shape or size or otherwise visible production line error. I don’t consider them to be any more than just ‘unique.’ They certainly aren’t as special as, say, the elusive all white.

So. There you have it. My candy corn collection. The perfect way to celebrate National Candy Corn Day. And, the perfect reminder to you — that the next time your hand dips into a bowl of candy corns, be on the lookout for something unique, and if you find it, let me know!

What else? I got nothin’.

12 Comments on “National Candy Corn Day (Um, for real.)”

  1. Molly says:

    People, I’ve seen the collection. Last year I even tried to help contribute, but to no avail. He had all the misfits I found!

  2. Chelle says:

    You scare me. Seriously. Candy corn in your drawers? What else you got stuffed in there? Be afraid. Be VERY afraid…


  3. How funny! Someone was eating candy corn the other day and found a misfit. Her exact words were “oh I should save this for Mike”….i looked puzzled but did not push it. Now i know why! I will keep an eye out for you!

  4. Liz says:

    Well, well, well, just another example of the diversity of culture within our world. Thanks for, uh, sharing?
    P.S. for Mike….Had I known about your “past”, we could’ve added this peculiar…I mean, particular interest to your resume for our superindendent to ponder upon. I wonder how much more money you could’ve gotten. Hmmmm. By the way, I expect bagfuls – preferably not from your drawers!

  5. Beta Mom says:

    Considering that Candy Corn never lasts more than, say, five minutes in our house, I have to wonder….how do you keep them from sticking to one another and becoming one giant glob of sugar? Are they individually wrapped? Are they wrapped in acid-free paper? Do they have acquisition numbers?

  6. Anna says:

    I am pretty sure I saw him wearing white cotton gloves when handling them!

  7. Miriam says:

    I have one you don’t. Click on the flickr account on my page and you’ll find a crazy unique candy corn. I’ll even send it to you if you’d like 🙂

  8. Clink says:

    Just when I thought I couldn’t possibly adore you any more….

  9. Ok not only do you have a man-crush on Bon Jovi, you have an old candy corn collection. I guess they must not mold, but that is kind of gross! Also, just to make you feel really old, I was 16 eight years ago. 🙂

  10. Michelle says:

    I think this photo NEEDS to be in the next open Hygienic exhibit.

    I’m in awe. (and I don’t even like candy corn.)

  11. FeeFiFoto says:

    Looks like very colorful chromosomes

  12. christine says:

    I LOVE the candy corn collection. Thanks for posting a photo!

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