Ick or treat? – 7 facts about candy corn you didn’t know . . . or do you?

2.  It actually looks like corn

When candy corn first came out, roughly half of Americans worked on farms, and the treat was designed to look like chicken feed.
Stack it up, the candy looks exactly like an ear of corn.

3.  People love it or hate it

For an innocuous little treat, candy corn can spark strong opinions.  Like fruit cake some believe that
manufacturers just collect and resell the same candy kernels year after year, because nobody actually eats the stuff.
But the treat scored first or second for preferred Halloween munch in most states,
Are you a candy corn lover?

4.  It used to be made by hand in large kettles

Candy corn is not a modern invention.  It dates to the 1880s, before the automobile and the commercial telephone. The Goelitz Candy Co. began making it in 1900 before the family-run operation changed its name to the Jelly Belly Candy Co., which still produces candy corn today.
In the early days of the 20th century, workers cooked sugar, corn syrup, marshmallow and other ingredients into a slurry in large kettles and then poured the warm mixture by hand into cornstarch trays imprinted with the kernel shape.
Today it’s untouched by human hands – machines do almost all the work.

5.  There’s a proper way to eat it

Many people believe that candy corn should be nibbled in sequence.
While almost half of candy corn consumers gobble the whole piece at once, 43% start with the narrow white end, according to a survey by the National Confectioners Association.
Another 10%  begin eating the wider yellow end first.
Which end do you nibble first?

6.  It can be deep-fried

Of course it can. Amy Erickson has posted a recipe on her food blog, Oh Bite It!, that involves rolling three or four candy corn kernels in a ball of dough and then frying them in hot oil.
Does frying make EVERYTHING better?

7.  It’s a beer

If you don’t like eating candy corn, now you can just opt to drink it.
Wisconsin’s Westallion Brewing Company created Candy Corn Cream Ale, which was “brewed to smell and taste like candy corn with notes of vanilla and cream.”
Tempted?

click & Look at our no-candy-corn-collection!

CATegorical Purrrrrspective

Everything I know about men I learned from my cat.

Greet them in a way that shows you belong with each other. Let the mark you as “theirs” and mark them back.

Calendar (small) from this series available  on zazzle. Click here.

My Mom, the Balloonist

The Blue Max is why I took up boogie-boarding at age 50. Let me explain . . .

My mom Helen wanted a “flying belt” since she was a kid.  When she turned 50 she figured the closest she would get was hot air ballooning.  So when she and her husband Andy were offered a ride in a hot air balloon there was no hesitation.

They loved the experience and as soon as the balloon landed, Mom announced, “I want one”.   Her “flying belt” balloon was blue and white and she named it The Blue Max.
However, there’s more than just strapping on a flying belt to piloting a balloon.  Mom had to get a balloon piloting license which she couldn’t pass because her right arm was too weak to pull the rip cord. (She had had a mastectomy for cancer),  Andy became the pilot.
The family ballooning soon ballooned.  My sister Sally, her husband and their son all took up hot air ballooning, and became pilots.  Mom’s 2 great grandsons are now learning how to fly.  Sally named their first balloon (she is on her 3rd or 4th) after mom. She called it “Helen’s Fault”.

In the family tradition, to celebrate my 50th birthday I thought I should do something “equally” as adventurous . . . I took up boogie-boarding.

Mom is 98, no longer balloons, but knowing her when she hits 100 I have to wonder what she will take up then . . .  and if I will feel that I should follow suit . . . in some way.

Peggy

Halloween Pome

Orange pumpkins, black cats

skeletons, and scary bats

mummies that horrify

Witches flying through the sky

Thank goodness witches aren’t like birds

screeching and dropping turds

See our Halloween collection, with witches, black cats and Woofer at Zazzle. Click here. 

I’m so disappointed

When I was in grade school we did “duck ‘n cover” drills. Ducking under a desk and covering your head was suppose to protect us from an atomic bomb drop. It was the height of the cold war between the United States and Russia.

I lived in Phoenix Arizona which was a small (by today’s standards) city surrounded by miles and miles of uninhabitable dessert where many alien spacecraft had been observed.
I prayed that the aliens would land and the entire world would then, out of necessity, come together in solidarity to protect the planet.

Alien Baby, by judy – acrylic on cardboard box

“Weird space object ‘Oumuamua’ was not an alien spacecraft after all, scientists say. The 1/4-mile long rock was first spotted in October 2017 by astronomers peering through a telescope atop Mount Haleakala in Maui, Hawaii. In the weeks after that, other ground-based telescopes around the world and space-based telescopes in orbit continued to monitor Oumuamua (Hawaiian for “scout” or “messenger”) as it zipped through the solar system at about 85,700 mph.”

There was also wild speculation that it came from an alien civilization.

“After a fairly exhaustive search, scientists couldn’t find any artificial radio signals coming from the interstellar objet known as Oumuamua.”

“The alien spacecraft hypothesis is a fun idea, but our analysis suggests there is a whole host of natural phenomena that could explain it,” said Matthew Knight, the study lead author from the University of Maryland, in a news release.

‘”While Oumuamua’s interstellar origin makes it unique, many of its other properties are perfectly consistent with objects in our own solar system,” said study co-author Robert Jedicke of the University of Hawaii. In fact, Oumuamua’s orbit, its path through our solar system, matches a prediction published in a scientific journal by Jedicke and his colleagues six months before Oumuamua’s discovery.”

One theory is that the object could have been ejected by a gas giant planet orbiting another star.

“Even though we know it’s a natural phenomenon, “we have never seen anything like Oumuamua in our solar system,” Knight said. “It’s really a mystery still,” he said.”

Decades later “duck ‘n cover” has been replaced by “lock down drills” for shooters.  The aliens are still waiting for us to figure out how to come together without their help.

judy

The new study was published in the peer-reviewed British journal Nature Astronomy.