Fun Facts about Candies:
– Fairy Floss was the original name of the cotton candy. It was invented by the dentist William Morrison.
– In the United States, National Cotton Candy Day is celebrated on November 7th.
– 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.
– Chocolate contains phenyl ethylamine (PEA), a natural substance that is said to stimulate the same reaction in the body as falling in love.
– Milk chocolate was first introduced in 1875 by Henry Nestle and Daniel Peter.
– 2.8 billion pounds of chocolate are consumed in America each year, which is over 11 pounds per person.
– 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.
– More than $7 billion a year are spent on chocolate.
– Sixty million chocolate Easter bunnies are produced each year.
– A lollipop, which was invented by George Smith in 1908, was named after Lolly Pop, a racing horse.
– The word “candy” comes from ancient Indian Sanskrit. Khanda means “a piece of sugar.”
– Before sugar came west, Egyptians used honey and made candy by adding figs, nuts, dates and spices.
– The manufacturing of sugar began during the middle ages and it was so expensive that only the rich could afford it.
– In the Middle Ages candy appeared on the tables of only the most wealthy at first.
– The price of manufacturing sugar was much lower by the 17th century when hard candy became popular.
– The first candy came to America in the early 18th century from Britain and France.
– In 1847, the invention of the candy press made it possible to produce multiple shapes and sizes of candy at once.
– Machine-spun cotton candy was invented in 1897 by the dentist William Morrison and confectioner John C.
– Candies like peppermint and lemon drops became popular near the beginning of the 20th century.
– M&M’s were first introduced commercially in 1941 by Forrest Mars. During the war, M&M’s were exclusively sold to the military.
– Snickers is the best-selling candy bar in the world.
– In Germany, Haribo gummy bears were the first gummy candy ever made in 1922.
– The word ‘PEZ’ comes from German word for peppermint – PfeffErmintZ.
– The continent with the highest candy consumption is actually Europe, which is responsible for about half of the world’s candy consumption
– At Christmas, almost 2 billion candy canes will be made for sale.
– Each candy cane has only 55 calories and no fat.
– The Milky Way Bar is the first of many candies to be introduced by the Mars family in 1923.
– 200 million Skittles are produced each day.
– A 2011 study revealed that people who eat candy weigh less than those who don’t.
– Candy corn, also known as “chicken feed,” is the top selling candy in the U.S.!
– In order to blow a huge bubble gum bubble, you need to chew it until all the sugar has dissolved, because it doesn’t stretch!
– Tootsie Rolls have the distinct honor of being the country’s first individually wrapped treat known as penny candy.