- Ferrara Candy, the company that makes Brach’s candy corn, had production impacted after it was targeted by hackers
- The confectioner is still attempting to bring all of its systems back online
- Read more about Halloween’s most divisive treat here
Whenever October rolls around, it’s only a matter of time until we’re treated to The Discourse over whether or not candy corn is good; a debate that’s essentially the “Is Die Hard a Christmas movie?” of the Halloween season.
As someone who’s fairly ambivalent about the treat, I’ve never really understood people who are willing to die on a hill defending the merits of candy corn nor the many, many people who are fond of deriding it with nicknames like “spray-painted earwax” and “the fruitcake of Halloween.”
It came as no surprise that plenty of people were absolutely revolted when a Wisconsin butcher started selling sausages filled with candy corn earlier this month, and I can only assume most of them will be delighted by news concerning a recent cyberattack that targeted a confectionary company in Chicago.
According to The Takeout, Ferrara Candy experienced a disruption in production earlier this month when hackers launched a ransomware attack the company is still recovering from. The candymaker’s portfolio is home to a number of brands including Nerds, Laffy Taffy, and Fun Dip as well as Brach’s, which has an 85% stranglehold on America’s candy corn market.
It’s safe to say candy corn haters weren’t exactly heartbroken by the news.
okay but so when's a good time to hack the candy corn factory (asking for a friend) https://t.co/robAU2RZlK
— Midnight Masshole (@thomdunn) October 19, 2021
Somebody is trying to stop the abomination that is candy corn. Well done hackers! Well done https://t.co/SVy5m0YqGB
— Julio Jones Loving, Matt Ryan Hating Bears Fan Fan (@padre1013) October 20, 2021
two things i really hate — ransomware and candy corn — united at last https://t.co/uJG8UNaeGh
— Benjamin Freed (@brfreed) October 20, 2021
Finally some good news!
Candy corn factory gets hacked at the worst possible time https://t.co/25qxUpZBKn
— Tom "Trick-or-Trout" Gardiner (@Thogar) October 19, 2021
As The Chicago Tribute notes, the vast majority of candy corn made for this year’s Halloween season was shipped to retailers back in August. As a result, if you’re a candy corn fan that’s afraid it will become the latest in a long line of products to fall victim to a shortage, you shouldn’t have too much to worry about.