Lyndsay Burginger

Candy Corn and Peanuts is an Oddly Satisfying Combo

When it comes to Halloween candy, candy corn is always a must... even though a ton of people love to hate it. Soft and sweet candy corn is a bit one-noted when enjoyed by itself. But add in roasted peanuts and you've got yourself a candy corn snack mix that is hard to resist. No one really knows how the combo of candy corn and peanuts came about, but whoever thought of it, I thank you wholeheartedly. The Halloween party appetizer spread will never be the same.

The History of Candy Corn

Invented in the 1880s by a Wunderlee Candy Company employee named George Renninger, candy corn became a mainstream candy for trick-or-treating in the 1950s when kids started going door to door and filling their baskets with candy bars, popcorn balls, and baked goods.

Today Brach is a top seller of the candy along with Jelly Belly. Along with traditional candy corn, Brach sells a variety of unusual flavors including Turkey Dinner, Caramel Apple, and Caramel. There's even a bag of mini candy corns paired with chocolate covered peanuts.


How to Make a Candy Corn and Peanuts Snack Mix

In charge of bringing some snacks to the party? If you love candy corn, give this easy recipe a try. According to commenters, this addicting snack tastes just like a salted nut roll or a Payday candy bar, which is a candy bar filled with a nougat-caramel center and loaded with salted peanuts.

In a bowl combine candy corn, peanuts, pretzels, and Reese's chocolate candy. The peanut butter center pairs perfectly; don't knock it until you try it! You could always use peanut butter chips in its place, but why leave out the chocolate?

Serve in a large bowl or keep in an airtight container. With zero prep time, this recipe is the perfect thing to bring to a party. There's no set measurements, just toss in what looks good!

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This post was originally published on October 20, 2020.