Reprint: origin of Halloween Candy

[My computer’s hard drive died so I’m running a timely reprint:]
Candy Corn
Candy Corn was invented in NYC during the Great Depression. Candy scholars have pinpointed it’s exact birthplace to the Christian Stout Hearted Men’s Shelter in Hell’s Kitchen in 1931. The shelter run by swedish firebrand Father Stern Oakwas being vandalized regularly by local children. Having no luck with the police in stemming the vandalism, Father Oak decided to take matters into his own hands. Most of the homeless men who drifted into the shelter were in bad physical shape and a good many were losing their teeth. Father Oak methodically collected all the lost teeth and stored them in an empty pickle jar. By the time Halloween rolled around he had a full jar and he would have his revenge on the local pint sized vandals. He bagged the discolored rotten teeth in little wax bags and gave them out to trick or treaters. The rotten teeth had grown soft and the natural sugars in them made them sweet. The children loved this new treat that they called “Bum Teeth”. When it was revealed by a disappointed Father Oak that they were actually the teeth of homeless men, many enterprising young hooligans went after the destitute with a sugar jones and a pair of pliers. The rash of tooth violence against the impoverished reached alarming proportions until the Addams Candy company started selling artificial “Bum Teeth” that they called “Candy Corn” which were made from ground up horse teeth and sugar paste. The recipe was later changed to dandruff and sugar.

Bum Teeth aka Candy Corn or Kandy Korn

    • spank
    • October 28th, 2011

    To quote the late, great Johnny Carson, “I did not know that”. I should tell this story to all the little begging basterds … err, I mean cute little trick-or-treaters just before I drop a big bag of candy corn in their pillow case turned into a candy sack for the day container. They would enjoy that story, don’t ya think ??

    In closing, a word of advice …. stay outta trouble and don’t post the origins of Brazil Nuts, if ya know what I mean …..

    • chris
    • October 28th, 2011

    since we havent heard from the pretzel council in a long time, i thought i’d share with you their halloween mascot…..

    (i did this back in the summer, but wanted to wait til it was timely)

    • Slatt
    • October 30th, 2011

    Dandruff….Hilarious

    • fishbreath
    • November 14th, 2011

    my favorite halloween story to date.

    • Sharon Burns
    • October 26th, 2015

    Please send new recipe. I’d hate to think how much I love that candy was not a bad child my dad was very liberal with a belt and I love candy corn please tell me what it is really made of.

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