PayDay & Recipe using Peanuts and Candy Corn Snack Mix


One of my favorite candy bars is the PayDay. There’s just something about that salty peanutty crunch mixed together with the sweet caramel flavor. I’m not sure if it’s the peanuts, or the caramel, or a combination of the two, but it just seems to hit the spot.

Let’s look at the history of the PayDay candy bar.

History of PayDay Candy Bar

Frank Martoccio, founder of the F. A. Martoccio Company, introduced the PAYDAY Peanut Caramel Bar in 1932. The F. A. Martoccio Company later became Hollywood Brands, Inc.

In 1967, the Martoccio family sold Hollywood Brands to Consolidated Foods Corporation, which was purchased by Huhtamaki Oy of Helsinki, Finland in 1988 when it then became a part of Leaf, Inc.

Leaf North America confectionary operation was acquired by Hershey from Huhtamaki Oy in 1996.

The Hershey Company then released a new candy bar in 2003, the PAYDAY Honey Roasted Limited Edition Bar. In 2005, they introduced the PAYDAY PRO, a high protein energy bar containing 15 grams of protein per serving.

Comparing the PayDay Products

PayDay Peanut Caramel Bar
PayDay King Size Bar
PayDay Snack Size Bar
PayDay High Energy Bar
52 g
96 g
19 g
52 g
Calories from Fat
12 g
3 g
15 g
Total Fat
13 g
24 g
5 g
12 g
Saturated Fat
2.5 g
5 g
1 g
2 g
27 g
50 g
10 g
19 g
21 g
40 g
8 g
13 g
120 mg
220 mg
45 mg
170 mg

Now we are going to take a slight detour and look at Peanuts and Candy Corn, and then tie it all together.

Salted Skinless Peanuts
Salted Skinless Peanuts | Source

Peanuts are a Healthy Snack

Some people are deathly allergic to peanuts. The rest us get to enjoy them. And not only are peanuts good, they are also good for you. Don’t you wish we could say that about the caramel also? Let’s look at some of the benefits of eating peanuts.

  • They are an excellent source of the “good fats”. Since fat tastes so good, it’s always nice to have good ones.
  • They are cholesterol-free.
  • Peanuts contain a healthy dose of the nutrient resveratrol. This is the same nutrient that makes red wine and grape skins good for you.
  • They are an excellent source of protein.

Candy Corn

Candy corn was invented in the 1880’s by George Renninger of the Wunderlee Candy Co. In 1900, the Goelitz Candy Company which later became the Jelly Belly Candy Company started making candy corn in 1900.

When candy corn, which is a mixture of sugar, water, corn syrup, wax and marshmallow was first made, it was an extremely labor intensive process. Because the process was so tedious, candy corn was only available from March to November. Today, the process is more automated with machines doing most of the labor.

It is estimated that 20 million pounds of candy corn is sold and consumed yearly. That’s over 9,000 tons!

Candy corn originally appeared in the colors of yellow, orange and white. This is still the most common color combination sold. But other color combinations are available to help make holidays more festive. These include:

  • Valentine’s Day – “cupid corn” – red and pink with white tips
  • Easter– “bunny corn” – usually only two colors, a pastel of pink, green, yellow or purple with white tips
  • Thanksgiving– “Indian corn” – chocolate brown and orange with white tips
  • Christmas– “reindeer corn” – Red and green with white tips

The traditional variety can be purchased year round but is very popular in the fall, especially for Halloween. October 30, the day before Halloween, is National Candy Corn Day. And just for those inquiring minds who want to know …. candy corn is fat free … and each little kernel has 3.57 calories.

All Rights Reserved

Copyright © 2011 Cindy Murdoch (homesteadbound)

Your Future is Waiting! Do you feel you have great information or stories to share with others? Sign Up Here. . . It’s quick, easy and free to join HubPages!


Peanut and Candy Corn Snack Mix

Now let’s tie it all together. If you mix equal parts salted skinless peanuts and candy corn, you will create a wonderful snack mix that tastes exactly like a PAYDAY candy bar. Sounds like a great colorful snack mix to serve at your next party, doesn’t it!

Homemade Candy Corn!
Homemade Candy Corn! | Source

Homemade Vegan Candy Corn

Want to make some homemade candy corn like that pictured to the right?

More by this Author

Comments: "PayDay & Recipe using Peanuts and Candy Corn Snack Mix" 15 comments

manthy profile image

manthy 5 years ago from Alabama,USA

I love a payday candy bar. yummy

Thanks for getting my sweet tooth aching..LOL

Voted up and funny

homesteadbound profile image

homesteadbound 5 years ago from Texas Author

manthy - high 5 to you. I love payday also. You really need to try the peanut and candy corn together. I bet after halloween we will be able to pick it up cheap!

Thanks for visitin'! See you again soon, I hope!

Hope the tooth doesn't hurt too bad... LOL

Cloverleaf profile image

Cloverleaf 5 years ago from Calgary, AB, Canada

Hi homesteadbound, I've never tried a payday candy bar before so you have me intrigued. I'm thinking peanut, caramel, and then the corn...mmm....what NOT to like? LOL.

Great hub, voting up!

Movie Master profile image

Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

Hi homesteadbound, I love peanuts and am always snacking on them, I don't think we have Pay Day over here I will have to try and track one down...

homesteadbound profile image

homesteadbound 5 years ago from Texas Author

Cloverleaf - If you mix the candy corn with peanuts, it tastes almost identical! What's not to like? Exactly! Thanks for stopping by!

homesteadbound profile image

homesteadbound 5 years ago from Texas Author

Movie Master - Let me know if you find one and what you think about it. It is my husband's absolute favorite.

DonnaCosmato profile image

DonnaCosmato 5 years ago from USA

Yummy, yummy! My favorite candy corn is the Indian Corn because you get that little hit of chocolate! Good hub and I love the idea of getting the Payday taste by mixing the candy corn and peanuts. I voted this up and shared it with my social network.

homesteadbound profile image

homesteadbound 5 years ago from Texas Author

DonnaCosmato - anything that tastes like chocolate would have to be good. Thanks for the votes and the share, and thanks for visiting!

jodiejay71 profile image

jodiejay71 5 years ago

Can't wait to try this mixture..I know I will enjoy this. I really like a good Payday, and also candy corn.Good idea.

homesteadbound profile image

homesteadbound 5 years ago from Texas Author

jodiejay71 - PayDay is indeed a winner. I hope to try this mixture soon myself. The candy corn is really easy to come by right now!

Thanks for stopping by!

Pollyannalana profile image

Pollyannalana 5 years ago from US

I tried it and I love it, hard to put it away!

homesteadbound profile image

homesteadbound 5 years ago from Texas Author

Pollyannalana - I'm glad you enjoyed it. Sometimes the only way to put it away is to "put it away". My husband eats it until it is gone - he really "puts it away"! Thanks for stopping by and letting us know how you enjoyed it!

raciniwa profile image

raciniwa 5 years ago from Naga City, Cebu

i haven't seen one here in the Philippines...

homesteadbound profile image

homesteadbound 5 years ago from Texas Author

raciniwa - I don't know if they are in the Philippines or not. If you can get the candy corn, then you can try it with the peanuts. It tastes almost identical.

Kasman profile image

Kasman 4 years ago from Bartlett, Tennessee

Okay, payday is one of my favorites as well. I never knew the background on them, I've just always enjoyed that sugary saltiness. Over 80 years old and still packing quite a punch! Thanks a lot for the informative hub, voting up!

    Sign in or sign up and post using a HubPages Network account.

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    No HTML is allowed in comments, but URLs will be hyperlinked. Comments are not for promoting your articles or other sites.

    Click to Rate This Article