by Diane Larson

Comedian Lewis Black said, “The worst thing about Halloween is, of course, candy corn. It’s unbelievable to me. Candy corn is the only candy in the history of America that’s never been advertised. And there’s a reason. All of the candy corn that was ever made was made in 1911. And so, since nobody eats that stuff, every year there’s a ton of it left over.”

The Halloween favorite is one of those candies that people seem to love or hate. However, statistics show that while Mr. Black’s observation may be funny, it is inaccurate. reported in 2017 that of 2,201 respondents, 49% thought Candy Corn tasty, 29% believe it is gross and a pragmatic 23% said that they didn’t like it but yielded to its importance to the Halloween season. So, Mr. Black you are in the minority, more people love it than hate it.

Is Candy Corn your favorite, or do you avoid it? What is the favorite when it comes to Halloween candy? sifted through 10 years of data to conclude that M&Ms is the favorite Halloween candy. Second place is held by Reese’s Cups while candy corn shares the third place slot with Skittles.

While candy corn may not be a Halloween favorite, most may agree that it is a staple of the fall season and holiday.

Candy corn has been around since the 1880s and was invented by a man named George Renninger.

Renninger worked for the “Wunderlee Candy Company” in Philadelphia, PA, where it was originally produced by hand. Sometime after its creation and original production at Wunderlee, the sweet corn began being mass produced by ”Goelitz Confectionery Company” and made available to the public. The Goelitz Confectionery Company would later be named “Jelly Belly,” says

“Goelitz,” now “Jelly Belly,” has been producing the candy since 1898.

“At the beginning, candy corn was actually called “chicken feed,” according to At the time corn was not a staple on any dining room table but mainly used as, well, chicken feed.

For many years candy corn was not associated with Halloween. However, it was a “seasonal candy due to the tedious nature of the work. Chicken feed was only available between March and November,” says

Early production of the tri-colored treat was done by hand. According to, “A sugar and corn syrup-based mixture was cooked into a slurry (a semi-liquid mixture) in a large kettle, dumped into buckets called runners, and men dubbed stringers walked backward, pouring the hot concoction into a tray of molds in the shape of corn kernels.”

“The worker passed over the buckets three times, each time with a different color: White, orange, and yellow. Fun fact: candy corn is made from the bottom to the top. The yellow bit is the top and the with is the bottom.” Says

Candy corn was packed in the standard packaging at the time, wooden boxes, and sold. They were also packed in barrels and sold in bulk in many candy stores.

Clear cellophane bags came into use in the 1940s. You could then, purchase a 1 pound bag of candy corn for .25 cents. This improvement also allowed for further shipping because the candy stayed fresh longer.

The demand for candy corn kept increasing, at times, to the point that “Goelitz had to turn down orders. They didn’t have the production capacity to keep up with its popularity,” says By 1951 Goelitz had 12 factories around the country making candy corn.

Today it is estimated, by the National Confectioners Association, that 25 million lbs. of candy corn are sold annually around the world.

Head to the store and get your supply, not only for the Halloween holiday but also for October 30, which is National Candy Corn Day.




Thursday, October 18, 2018 - Robert Mueller now expected to reveal findings of his probe right after the November midterm elections. Also on

the Thursday rundown: the poorest people pay the highest taxes in states like Nevada, and the Terminator fights gerrymandering.


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Eric Tegethoff

September 24, 2018

HELENA, Montana - Federal legislation that funds resources for victims of domestic and sexual violence is set to expire at the end of September. 

State attorneys general, including Montana's Tim Fox, and groups across the country are urging Congress to renew the Violence Against Women Act. 

Agencies and organizations in Montana have received more than $70 million through the law since 2005. It's directed more than $6 billion nationwide since the bill was enacted in September 1994. 

"I really can't overstate the importance of the 1994 Violence Against Women Act," stresses Robin Turner, public policy and legal director of the Montana Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence. "It was the first comprehensive federal legislation that was designed to end violence against women, to end gender-based violence."

Turner says the legislation also has created vital protections for Native American women. 

When the act was reauthorized in 2013, it granted tribal communities the ability to prosecute non-Native people who commit violence against indigenous women on tribal lands. 

Last week, the Senate included a two-month extension of the law in its spending bill. The House is expected to vote on the bill this week.

Turner says these programs play critical roles across Montana, especially in rural parts of the state where no other services typically are available for those facing domestic violence.

"Our programs would be very, very challenged to continue moving forward, and encountering and responding to domestic violence and sexual violence appropriately, if this bill isn't reauthorized and the funding isn't reauthorized," she states.

proposed reauthorization bill in the House provides additional protections for immigrant survivors of violence. And it includes a provision that closes the so-called boyfriend loophole by prohibiting dating partners under court protective orders from possessing firearms.




Tuesday, September 25, 2018 - The list of accusers against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh continues to swell. Also on the Tuesday rundown:

Hurricane Florence SNAPs North Carolina to attention on the importance of food benefits; plus a new report says young parents need better supports.


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Eric Tegethoff

September 25, 2018

HELENA, Montana - Parenting can be a challenge for even the most financially secure Montanans, but the hardships can be even greater for young adults. 

A report out Tuesday by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, called "Opening Doors for Young Parents," stressed the need for increased programs to support people between 18 and 24 who have children. Jennifer Calder with Montana Kids Count said supporting young parents is a chance to help two generations of Montanans.

"It's sort of this double window of opportunity in terms of neural development," Calder said; "because 18-24 and really 0-5, they're unique, pivotal periods - so the young adults and their children. So if we invest in young parents, we're really boosting two generations."

The report finds that 13 percent of Montana children have young parents - more than the national average of 10 percent - and 63 percent of these children live in low-income households. Calder said access to early education is crucial for young parents and Montana faces a critical need for affordable, quality infant care in particular. 

The report recommended states provide increased access to child care, housing and employment opportunities.

While 80 percent of young Montana parents graduated high school or have their GED, only 7 percent have an associate degree or higher. Rosa Maria Castaneda, senior associate with the Casey Foundation, said family-sustaining jobs increasingly require post-secondary education and specialized skills. But young parents who have limited resources are unable to stay competitive in this workforce landscape. 

She said apprenticeship programs, career programs, and post-secondary education are a boost to earning power and to getting high-quality jobs.

"Young parents have less access to these, and they're less able to participate in these programs and not have their education disrupted because they're having some challenges just meeting some basic needs," Castaneda said.

The report also highlighted the importance of voluntary home-visiting programs for parents and access to health care. Children are more likely to have coverage if their parents are insured.