The first candy corn predates the automobile and the commercial telephone. Candy makers continue to use the original candy corn recipe from the 1880s, producing approximately 35 million pounds per year, as of 2015. The Goelitz Candy Company, making candy corn since 1900, is now the Jelly Belly Candy Company.
Americans celebrate the popularity of the product on October 30, which is National Candy Corn Day. In its early history, candy makers produced candy corn from August through the fall. Best known as a Halloween treat, some candy makers produce the popular candy for Valentine's Day, Christmas and Easter, with appropriate colors for each holiday.