Did You Know That…..
There were 765 new confectionery products (!) introduced in 2012.
79% of loyal consumers usually seek out their favorite candy and snack brands.
There was a 22.6% increase in sales of sweet and savory snacks-from $32.7 billion in 2007 to 40.1 billion in 2012.
Reese’s peanut butter cups, Hershey bars and Heath toffee bars are all named after their company founders: H.B. Reese, Milton Hershey and L.S. Heath.
The average American eats 25 pounds of candy per year.
It takes 200 Snickers bars to equal 25 pounds.
Chocolate is the Halloween candy of choice for 68% of trick-or-treaters.
And the average trick-or-treater collects from 3,500 to 7,000 calories on Halloween night.
The Three Musketeers bar actually started out as a trio in 1932-each bar was filled with vanilla, chocolate and strawberry nougat.
It was during World War II that sugar rationing made producing all three flavors too pricey, so Mars, Inc. put out only the most popular one, chocolate.
The cost of a Hershey bar stayed at 5 cents for 69 years (!), from 1900 to 1969; the price was then raised to a dime.
According to a Purdue University study, it takes 364 licks to get to the center of a Tootsie Pop!
The no. 1, best-selling candy in the U.S. are Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups.
Each year, the average American eats 366 sweet snacks, but since 2006, sweet snacks are down 6%.
Two Unsuccessful Attempts
Reese’s With Caramel-Most didn’t like the gooey caramel!
Snickers Charged-Not enough interest in this bar that had 60 milligrams of caffeine, taurine and energy-boosting B vitamins.
On an automated ride through Hershey’s Great American Chocolate Tour (Hershey, Pa.) you can follow the making of chocolate from its beginnings as cacao beans from the rainforest to the factory for the ‘finishing touches.’ At the Create Your Own Candy Bar area, channel that inner Willie Wonka! For more info, go to www.hersheys.com.
Economy Candy (New York City) offers 5,000 varieties of practically any candy you know or can imagine; a few examples include rare European chocolates, Pixy Stix and jawbreakers. This filled-to-the-rafters shop has been a Lower East Side landmark since 1937 and also has a booming mail-order business. Check out www.economycandy.com for more details.
Are you a jelly bean fanatic? At Jelly Belly Factory (Fairfield, Calif.), there’s a 40-minute guided tour through the many molds and machines that make the jelly beans; the sample bar offers not only a variety of tasty flavors (like lemon and mango and buttered popcorn), but also some that will test your taste buds-and stomach (such as Barf and Pencil Shavings)! Stop by the gift shop; irregular jelly bean bags called Jelly Flops sell for half-price. Log in at www.jellybelly.com.
Sources: “Junk, cleaned up” by Jennifer Wang-Entrepreneur, October, 2013, “An Ode to Sugar” by Steve Almond, “Real-Life Willy Wonkas” and “Sweet Nothings”by Kate Rockwood-Parade, Oct. 27, 2013, “What America Eats”-by Parade and the NPD’s Annual Report on Eating Patterns in America-Parade, September 7, 2014