Saturday, October 15, 2011

Candy Corn

"The great thing about candy is that it has no redeeming social characteristics.  Its only purpose is to please, to taste so sweet and so good that we simply have to go back for more.  Irene Chalmers, author 1935

We know the quote is so so true.  Aaron Carter might not be singing about Snickers bars but he is right-we want candy especially around Halloween.  I always enjoyed  hosting Halloween parties for the kids when my boys were little (I know it's not for everybody).  Halloween is on a Monday.  If you would like to plan a fun party for friends or just family consider National Candy Corn Day is Sunday, October 30th.  I am not making this up.

Here are few ideas-

Candy Corn Pizza---  http://www.oprah.com/food/Halloween-Candy-Corn-Pizza


Payday Snack---couldn't be an easier snack.  Mix equal parts salted peanuts and candy corn. It tastes like a PAYDAY candy bar.

Candy Corn Gelatin---http://www.marthastewart.com/334280/candy-corn-gelatin

There is the food part of the party.  How about some crafts and games?

Candy Corn Pots---http://www.marthastewart.com/273600/candy-corn-pots

Candy Corn Pumpkins--- http://www.bhg.com/halloween/pumpkin-decorating/painted-pumpkin-ideas/

Candy Corn Hand Prints---
Candy Corn Hunt---Fill small baggies with candy corn and hide.

Game Ideas---Games for young children are really easy.  For school we take classic children's party games and create a game for the holiday.  For example, the game Pin the Tail on the Donkey can be changed to Pin the Top to the Candy Corn.  On poster board, draw a large piece of candy corn and paint or color.  Have the white pieces for 'pinning'. 

Clothespins in the Milk Bottle-Back in the day all milk was in bottles.  This game involves a steady hand and eye/hand coordination.  You were to drop a clothespin from waist high into a milk bottle.  Easier said than done.  Same concept-drop a piece of candy corn into a Starbucks Frappacino bottle, small bottle or vase.  EASY!

Bean Bag Toss---use the poster board from the Pin the Top on the Candy Corn game.  Place point values on orange, yellow and white. Place poster board on floor and toss small bean bags or candy corn.

Finally, random candy corn facts to share with your friends, family and party guests:

*Candy corn is made by the Jelly Belly Candy Company.  It was first made around the 1880's by the Wunderlee Candy Company.

*35 MILLION pounds are made each year which is 9 BILLION pieces of candy corn. 

*Each piece is about 3 1/2 calories.

*Each piece is fat free.

*Search for "candy corn" and  there are 3.5 MILLION results and more candy corn ideas than you will ever need.

Enjoy National Candy Corn Day everyone!



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