November 4th is National Candy Day

November 4th is National Candy Day

Paul November 5, 2019

Fun Facts about Candy

  • Fairy Floss was the original name of the cotton candy. It was invented by William Morrison.
  • In the United States, National Cotton Candy Day is celebrated on November 7th.
  • Americans over 18 years of age consume 65 percent of the candy which is produced each year.
  • About 65 percent of American candy brands have introduced before more than 50 years.
  • The Snickers candy bar, which was introduced in 1929 by Frank and Ethel Mars, was named after the family horse.
  • For Valentine’s Day more than 36 million heart-shaped boxes of chocolate are sold
  • In the 1800’s physicians commonly advised their broken-hearted patients to eat chocolate to calm their pining.
  • The ancient Aztecs believed that chocolate was an aphrodisiac. Chocolate contains phenyl ethylamine (PEA), a natural substance that is said to stimulate the same reaction in the body as falling in love.
  • During the 1849 Gold Rush, Dombringo Ghirardelli from Italy began making chocolate in San Francisco. His factory still stands at Ghirardelli Square.
  • Daniel Peter and Henri Nestle created milk chocolate in 1875.
  • In 1871, at the age of 19, Milton Hershey setup his confectionary shop in Philadelphia.
  • A one-ounce piece of milk chocolate and a cup of decaffeinated coffee contain the same amount of caffeine.
  • Some candies, such as lollipops, candy canes, gummy bears, gum drops, licorice twist and sour balls are free of fat and cholesterol, making them a healthier treat than many people realize.
  • 2.8 billion pounds of chocolate are consumed in America each year, which is over 11 pounds per person.
  • Americans consume an average of 22 pounds of candy each year (equally candy and chocolate). That’s far less than most Europeans eat.
  • The U.S. produce more chocolate than any other country in the world but the Swiss consume the most, followed closely by the United Kingdom.
  • The melting point of cocoa butter is just below the body temperature, which is why chocolate melts when you put it in your mouth.
  • Chocolate can be lethal to dogs. Chocolate’s toxicity is caused by Theo bromine, an ingredient that stimulates the cardiac muscle and the central nervous system. For a 10-lb puppy about two ounces of milk chocolate can be poisonous.
  • More than $7 billion a year are spent on chocolate.
  • Sixty million chocolate Easter bunnies are produced each year.
  • Americans eat 25 pounds of candy, per person, per year. The people of Denmark eat more 36 pounds of candy per person, per year.
  • A lollipop, which was invented by George Smith in 1908, was named after Lolly Pop, a racing horse.
  • White chocolate is classified as sugar confectionery instead of chocolate because it contains no cocoa solids.
  • According to the Guinness Book of World Records, Franssons of Sweden made the world’s largest lollipop weighted 4.759.1 pounds for a festival on July 27, 2003.

39 Amazing Facts About Candies

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  1. A 2011 study revealed that people who eat candy weigh less than those who don’t. The study was sponsored by the “National Confectioners Association”. – Source
  2. During the Berlin Blockade in 1948, a pilot who was doing supply drops for the civilians became known as ‘Uncle Wiggly Wings’ after he started dropping candy and chocolate from his plane and wiggling his wings so people knew it was him. – Source
  3. Despite popular belief, there has never been a report of someone handing out poisoned candy to strangers on Halloween. – Source
  4.  The “Duds” in the name of the candy Milk Duds is because the original goal was to have perfectly round pieces of candy, but the machines the company had at the time couldn’t quite do it. – Source
        1. Milk Duds Candy, 5-Ounce Boxes (Pack of 6)
  5. When a factory worker from Wonka was asked about the production of Nerds candy, he said “Basically we start off with a sugar crystal and we just keep coating it with more sugar.” – Source
        1. Nerds Rainbow Candy Video Box, 5 Ounces (Pack of 12)
  6.  During WWII, other candy manufacturers donated their sugar rations to keep Life Savers in production so that the little candies could be shared with Armed Forces as a “tasty reminder of life at home”. – Source
  7. The reason today’s artificial banana flavoring for candy tastes so differently than an actual banana is because it is based on the Gros Michel Banana, which was nearly wiped out in the 50’s due to a fungus. The bananas we eat today are from the Cavendish family. – Source
  8. The Candy Desk is a tradition of the US Senate since 1968, whereby a senator who sits at a desk near a busy entrance keeps a drawer full of candy for members of the body. The desk is currently supplied with candy made in Pennsylvania, including Milky Way bars, Mars bars, and jellybeans. – Source
          1. MILKY WAY Milk Chocolate Singles Size Candy Bars 1.84-Ounce 36-Count Box
          2. Mars Chocolate Bars, 12-Count
          3. Brach's Classic Jelly Beans, 5 Pound Bulk Candy Bag
  9. Canadians make a candy called Tire d’érable by pouring maple syrup on snow, then rolling it onto sticks. – Source
  10. Big Boi from OutKast, as a child, would throw candy parties where he’d charge kids to come to his house and eat candy all day. He would DJ it. – Source
  11. In 24 states, you will pay sales tax on Hershey’s bars but not on Twix. This is because those states define candy as flour-free in their sales tax code and Twix contains flour, making it a grocery item. – Source
            1. Twix Caramel Minis Fun Size Chocolate Cookie Bar Candy, Bulk Pack (Pack of 2 Pounds)
  12. Mars Candy Incorporated found E.T. so ugly that the company refused to allow M&M’s to be used in the film, believing the creature would frighten children. This allowed The Hershey Company the opportunity to market Reese’s Pieces. – Source
            1. M&M'S Variety Pack Chocolate Candy Singles Size 30.58-Ounce 18-Count Box
            2. Reese's Pieces Peanut Butter Candy in A Crunchy Shell (48oz Jar)
  13. Pop Rocks candy is made by exposing melted candy syrup to ~600psi of CO2, then allowing it to cool, thereby trapping highly pressurized micro-bubbles of gas in the candy. – Source
              1. Pop Rocks Pack - 9-Flavor Variety-18 Piece
  14. The Mystery Flavor of Dum Dums lollipops is a mixture of two flavors that come together when the end of one batch of candy meets the beginning of the next batch. Thus, the Mystery Flavor continually changes. – Source
              1. Dum Dum Pops 180 ct bag - assorted flavors
  15. Tourism in Albuquerque has boomed from selling Breaking Bad candy and bath salts that resemble blue crystal meth. – Source
  16. Since Hershey changed their formula to no longer include cocoa butter, they are legally prevented from labeling some of their candies as having “Milk Chocolate”, and must instead say they are “chocolate candy,” “made with chocolate” or “chocolatey.” – Source
  17.  Blue raspberry candy flavor is based on a real fruit called a blue raspberry, but it’s not actually blue. – Source
  18.  The 1971 film “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory” was financed by the Quaker Oats Company to promote their new candy: The Wonka Bar. – Source
  19.  There was an appetite suppressant candy called AYDS pronounce (AIDS) in the 80’s with the slogan ‘Lose weight deliciously with the aid of AYDS’. – Source
  20.  During the Korean War, the U.S Military ran out of mortar rounds and as a result accidentally ordered thousands of crates of ‘Tootsie Rolls’ candy. This is because the U.S Army used ‘Tootsie Roll’ as a slang code for mortar shells. – Source
  21.  3 Musketeers candy bars used to contain 3 bars; one chocolate, one strawberry, and one vanilla. – Source
              1. 3 MUSKETEERS Chocolate Singles Size Candy Bars, 36 Count
  22. M&M’s were invented in 1941 as a means for soldiers to enjoy chocolate without it melting. During the war, the candy was sold exclusively to the military. – Source
              1. M&M'S Variety Pack Chocolate Candy Singles Size 30.58-Ounce 18-Count Box
  23.  In 1947, a group of kids in Canada sparked a series of protests against candy manufacturers who raised the price of chocolate bars from 5 cents to 8 cents. – Source
  24. Because of the urban myth in the ’60s and ’70s that trick-or-treaters were given candy apples with razor blades in them, hospitals offered free x-rays for any candy apple given to children during the Halloween season. – Source
  25.  Candy Canes were initially created to get kids to shut-up in Church. – Source
              1. Brach's The Original Peppermint Candy Canes, 48 Count
  26. Jelly Belly takes the candy that doesn’t meet their quality standards and sells it for half price. – Source
  27. It takes two weeks to manufacture an Atomic Fireball– and it is composed at least one hundred of layers of candy. – Source
              1. Atomic Fireballs Candy, 4.05 Pound Bulk Bag
  28. Kit Kat candy bars are so popular in Japan that there have been over 200 different varieties since 1973 including green tea, purple yam, adzuki bean, and lemon vinegar. – Source
              1. KIT KAT Chocolate Candy Assortment (Dark, Milk, & White Creme), Miniatures, Party Bag
  29. The popular candy coated chocolate known as Smarties in the rest of the world is not sold in the United States. Instead, in the States, the smarties name rights is owned by the Smarties Candy Company, producers of the tablet candy “Smarties” (a.k.a. Rockets). – Source
  30. Snickers were named after the Mars family horse, it’s the #1 selling candy bar in the world, and about $2 billion worth is sold every year. – Source
  31.  Farmers feed cows expired candy bars and sprinkles as an energy source, and have been doing is for years. – Source
  32. The Baby Ruth candy bar is not named after Babe Ruth, but after Grover Cleveland’s daughter, Ruth. Ironically, the candy bar forced out Babe Ruth’s own “Home Run” candy bar out of the market during the 1920’s. – Source
  33.  Jawbreakers have been known to explode when left out in the sun, causing serious injuries. This is because of the layers of candy within heat at different rates. – Source
  34. Pez dispensers were originally designed to resemble cigarette lighters as the candy was marketed as an alternative to smoking. – Source
  35. Brach’s sells enough candy corn each year to circle the earth 4.25 times if the kernels were laid end to end. – Source
  36.  The tar flavored candy is available. – Source
  37. In the 60s, a company produced candy that mimicked uppers and downers and was sold to children in a toy syringe. – Source
  38. Irish potato candy is “a traditional Philadelphia confection that, despite its name, is not from Ireland, and does not usually contain any potato”. – Source
              1. Scott's Cakes Irish Potatos 1/2 Pound Daisy Box
  39. Candy is often used as a weapon in prison. It is boiled down and thrown in the face of other prisoners. It sticks to the skin and burns its victims. – Source

 

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