This year, National Candy Corn Day (October 30th) will miss some of its joy and frivolity as the world observes the one-year anniversary of the death of Candace "Candy" Koren, the former Chief Global Implementation Identity Consultant and Regional Paradigm Analyst for the World Candy Corn Congress (WCCC) in Baden-Baden, Germany. To mark the event, the WCCC will host a Memorial Concert at the Gustavo Brach Theatre in Baden-Baden. Information is HERE.
Of course, Emmett Lee Dickinson (Emily Dickinson's third cousin, twice removed -- at her request) invented candy corn, but it was Gustavo Brach who helped make it the world's most popular candy. From the moment he first tasted Dickinson's tri-colored confection in the late 1800s, Brach realized that candy corn represented the future of candy. In 1853 he ordered all of his candy factories to halt production of all candies except candy corn.
As a result of his devotion to the production of candy corn, Brach controlled the sale of Dickinson's popular candy in all of the territories in both eastern and western Europe. However, he soon faced competition from an upstart candy maker by the name of Walter Heisenberg. Heisenberg developed and distributed a blue version of Dickinson's treat.
Below: The Memorial Concert for Candace "Candy" Koren will be hold on October 30th, National Candy Corn Day," at the Gustavo Brach Theatre in Baden-Baden, Germany.
Below: Kingpins in the world of candy production at the Biennale Kongress Der Süßigkeiten und Süßwarenhersteller -- the Biennial Council of Confectionaries and Candy Makers -- in Baden-Baden, Germany, in 1853.
Standing in the back row, left to right: Julius Jubes, the creator of JuJubes; Gustavo Brach, candy maker and lover of Emmett Lee Dickinson's candy corn; Moritz Werther, maker of caramel-flavored hard candies; min-maker Klaus Altoid; and world-famous candy-maker Phineas Gobbschtopper, inventor of the jaw breaker.
Sitting in the front row, left to right: Walter Heisenberg, and upstart candy maker who produced a very addictive blue version of Dickinson's candy corn; brothers Mike and Ike Zimmermann, pioneers in the field of gummy candies and licorice.
Standing at the far right in the front row: Jürgen Gutbarr, a chocolate maker whom Hershey's named their "Mr. Goodbar" candy bar.