Friday, October 03, 2008

Illustration Friday: sugary


Do you think it's possible that when we drop little pieces of sugary sweet candy on the ground and under the couch that bugs might consume the interior as their food source and live inside the hollowed out shells of candy corn and tootsie rolls? My submission for Illustration Friday's " sugary" theme is a little original spot illo that is a used for a gift tag. Upcycled candy corn with licorice stovepipe and crumb from a hershey kiss that makes up the chimney. Front door is the crust from a graham cracker. For rent or lease in your neck of the woods.

But for the real goop: National Candy Corn Day (October 30th) is only one of many sweet holidays recognized by the National Confectioners Association which was founded in Chicago in 1884. The NCA is one of the oldest, most respected trade associations in the world.
Candy Corn was originally created by George Renninger in the 1800. The tri-colored candy caused quite a stir when introduced by the Wunderlee Candy Company. As the process to make these bite sized candies was labor intensive, Candy Corn was originally produced only from March to November each year as a seasonal favorite.
In the 1900's, the Goelitz Candy Company started to produce this confection and continues to do so to this day as the Jelly Belly Candy Company.

46 comments:

Ces said...

Yey! I am first. This is so cute, very adorable Val.

Ces said...

Okay, now that I have secured the first comment spot, I just want to add that this little corn candy painting is pure eye candy!

PotatoMamma said...

hey valerie
cute idea, and cute illustration! if they're short on food, they can always nibble on the house, lol.

thanks for stopping by at my blog!
astrid

old toad brew/aka froggie said...

yay! i'm fourth! (lucky ces!) and yay! a candy corn house so cute i wanna scoop it up and eat it.

hey, there's a little beetle in here...(chomp, chomp)and furniture, and (chomp) little throw rugs!

"))

SENTA said...

Adorable!

studio lolo said...

Not only do I love to come here to see what beautiful piece of real estate will be shown, I love the tunes that go with each house. You're such a treat to visit! I swear Val, I sit here with my arms crossed, sipping wine and bopping to the tunes that bring me back.
Thanks!!
I think I'll bring my music back :)

isay said...

You make beautiful gift tags! and the music playing in the background is truly a great treat su...su....su.....

Juan said...

Beautiful illo!

Bee said...

Such a fun and sweet illustration, lovely :)

Vicki Smith said...

Very cute illustration and it's fun to read a little candy history!

Ellen Byrne said...

This is absolutely charming. Just delightful, Valerie!

Roberta said...

Aww to cute!
Wouldn't that be a cute village. I'm going to go check under my couch now and see who's taken up residence!

Connie said...

What a wonderful wee house! And candy corn! One neat thing about getting older is that you suddenly remember something you hadn't thought about for years and candy corn is one of those things. I loved the stuff but have lived outside the States for so long I had encountered it for a long long time. Thanks for the happy memory.

Ginger*:)* said...

How SWEEEET! I will never look at candy corn in the same way again. What a unique idea too!

Lisa M Griffin said...

So cute and delightful! Perfect little illustration for Halloween and this theme. Lovely and imaginative as always. =)

Edrian Thomidis said...

Oh, what a great idea! I wonder who lives inside?...
I love the vertical composition, and the colors. :)

Ronni said...

Candy corn houses...hmmm. I like that idea. And of course, it's a Val sweet little house. This topic is making me hungry.

Red Eyes said...

Interesting

Alina Chau said...

beautiful!

Flying Colors said...

So cute! Painted sugar hut... for little SugarTown, sure, sure, sure..
I love the 3 striped colors and the shape is just perfecto!
Charming, charming! And Oh so yummy!
Have a great week sweet Valerie :)

soulbrush said...

a different 'look' this week, but equally as good.

"Maggie" said...

Cute, cute, just in time for Halloween. I love candy corn don't you? Especially biting each color off starting at the top, one at a time. :) Have a great week Val!

steve said...

Love it Val! Wish i could live in one too. Very informative post too!

INDIGENE said...

This is lovely and I love the music that accompanies it!

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kj said...

xo!

Eric Barclay said...

I love it! Wonderful illustration and great story on candy corns. I LOVE candy corns.

Mixed Media Martyr said...

Well! Your theory is a good reason to stop vacuuming, isn't it?! Neat illustration!

ratsliveon said...

Your entries always make me smile :D

-J.Meyer said...

Awwww!
I love it, what a wonderful take on the topic and the season! Fantastic.
=)

LDahl said...

What a perfect sweetie!
Makes me want to go and buy a bag of 'em...

erin said...

I would soon become homeless if I lived here, candy corn and jelly bellies are my all time fav-o-rites! I would literally eat myself out of house and home! Wonderful illo!

Dot said...

hehe, so original and cute! perfect combo of the theme and your little houses :)

tusen said...

I love your idea, I'm sure they do, who wouldn't want to live in such a sweet little house.

Tracy said...

Oh, this little candy corn house is ADORABLE! I love it! You may be onto an idea for a book here...all the little houses critters make out of long lost Halloween candy! :) Thanks for making me smile!

Tracy said...

Oh, BTW, have you mixed candy corn with peanuts??? Tastes just like a Payday candybar! :)

Janet said...

Yum! Interesting history! I have a problem with candy corn....once I start eating it, I can't stop!

Bella Sinclair said...

Aw, man -- I mean, yay, I'm 37th! What a great, great illo! Now that's happiness right there. Candy corn is my daughter's favorite. And that SONG! How perfect is that!

I have an award for you over at my place. Have a great day. :)

yoon see said...

Lovely illo packed with wonderful reminiscence. Joy & peace come naturally with your candid touch on this candy cottage.
Thanks:)

Debbie Egizio said...

That is the sweetest little house ever!!! It's so magical to think about a piece of candy corn being turned into a home in the insect world. I LOVE it! Interesting tidbits of candy corn information. So fun!!

Bobo said...

I like your sweet little house and your sweet story as well,just image a candy village underground, wow!

Faruffa said...

DELIZIOSO :o)

bog_art said...

I didn't have idea there is a National Candy Corn Day!.. it is a great excuse to go to the movie theater that day.. lol.. I don't know if bugs can do what you say.. but they will love to do it in the way you draw it.. =)

Paola said...

Su..su...su...sugary illustration and imagination too :)
In Argentina we don't know Candy Corns and every time I see them in photgraphs or illustrations I try to imagine how they would taste, they look so cute!

kathy hare said...

beautiful, what a lovely thought! :)

thedoodlegirl said...

Too, too fun. I want a house like that! And I just LOVE candy corns. :)

Kay Aker said...

Scrumptiously cute!