Trick or Treat

Corn is found in chocolate, chewing gum and other sweet treats. Soy lecithin is used to bind chocolate while eggs, milk, rice, coconut, nuts, cocoa and sugar cane produce America’s favorite sweet treats. Thank our farmers today.

The celebration of Halloween started in the United States as an autumn harvest festival. In pioneer days, Americans celebrated Halloween with com-popping parties, taffy pulls and hayrides.

Where candy comes from: Trick or Treat?

  • Corn syrup, cornstarch and oil help produce America’s favorite candy; Snickers, Mars, Almond Joy, Starburst, M&M’s, Gummy Bears, Butterfinger, Jelly Beans

  • Corn oil is made by separating the germ from the other parts of the kernel. Mechanical and solvent processes extract the oil from the germ. Cornstarch, made by soaking a kernel, swells and softens while loosening the starch.

  • Corn syrup, made from corn starch is suspended in water which converts the starch into sugar syrup. Corn syrup is found in most candy.

  • In Ancient Central America, the people used cacao beans as currency. In the 1500’s, 200 beans traded for a male turkey, 30 beans equaled a small rabbit, where 3 beans could purchase a turkey egg.

  • Sugar cane is a tall grass plant that grows in tropical climates, cane juice is extracted from the cane.

  • As we enjoy our sweet treats, thank our farmers today.

Happy Halloween. Happy Harvest!

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