This may come as a surprise to you, but the 3rd most popular candy for fall time does NOT have chocolate!
But not everyone loves, or even likes, candy corn. In fact, many despise it.
The ingredients in candy corn might surprise some candy lovers. In addition to sugar, corn syrup, salt, sesame oil, honey, artificial flavor, and food colorings, candy corn also has gelatin and confectioner’s glaze as ingredients. Those last two items have led some candy corn detractors to note that candy corn is made of animal hides and bones, like Jello gelatin. And confectioner’s glaze, also known as shellac, is made from lac-resin which – are you ready for this? – is a bug secretion. The lac bug, a parasite found in tropical and subtropical regions, secretes a waxy waterproof coating to protect itself. Workers scrape those secretions from plants. The shellac is also used in paints, cosmetics and plenty of other products. The words ‘shellac’ and ‘lacquer’ both come from the name of the bug.