Keep reading for 6 Fun Candy 🍬 Facts.
On November 4th, we celebrate the sweet holiday, National Candy Day.
So join Puttisu in giving gratitude to this gem of sweet goodness on #NationalCandyDay
For people of all ages, Candy is the word that conjures up images of tooth-rotting yummy bliss.
But have you ever wondered where it all began?
Who invented it? And how did this sweet, delicious invention spread across the globe?
How much of it do we consume?
And just How long has it been part of our diet?
With so many questions, there's one thing we know for sure. It's something we don't want to live without!
Any Puttisu fan knows that Puttisu adores Candy, so we're mega excited to explore some fun candy facts with you. We even have our very own Candy inspired nail polishes. You can check them out here. ⏬⏬⏬⏬⏬
There was no way we could miss sharing some fun candy facts about this beloved treat now that all the trickery of Halloween is over.
Let us celebrate with fun candy facts and the answers to when, how, and why the candy craze started.
Well, let's start at the beginning.
Candy is a general term to describe a sweet, typically bite-sized treat. It can be made from various ingredients, including sugar, chocolate, and fruit.
To whom do we owe our eternal gratitude for this delightful treat? This delicious, sugary snack often comes in colorful packages. It's a favorite among kids and adults alike.
1.Where did the love of Candy originate?
Some people might say that Candy was invented by the ancient Egyptians, who would often sweeten their wine with dates and honey. Or maybe the Greeks, who would mix honey and nuts to create a sweet snack. Even India and China lay claim to the invention of this sugar delight.
But the truth is, no one person can claim to have invented Candy. It combines various ingredients and recipes passed down through the years. And we're just lucky that it tastes so good!
2. Americans consume an average of 24 pounds of Candy annually - that's a lot of sugar!
But don't feel guilty because the Europeans beat us hands down regarding the love of sugary treats.
Americans may love their Candy, but when it comes to the per capita volume of Candy consumed, the U.S. doesn't even come close to the top 10. In fact, the Europeans are the biggest sugar lovers in this regard. Germany tops the list, consuming an average of 29 pounds of chocolate, sugar, and gum each year. Who knew that the Germans had such a sweet tooth?
3. Reese's Peanut Butter Cups are the No. 1 selling candy brand in the United States.
The majority of Candy consumed in the U.S. is chocolate, followed by gum and hard candies.
Reese's Peanut Butter Cups are the No. 1 selling candy brand in the United States. No wonder they are a favorite consisting of white fudge, milk, or dark chocolate cups filled with peanut butter. They were invented by H.B. Reese after he founded the H.B. Reese Candy Company way back in 1923.
4. More than 60% of all candy sales in the USA occur during the month leading up to Halloween.
A favorite Halloween Candy Corn was initially made to look like maize. Yeah, this popular Halloween treat was once designed for chickens! (only joking!)
The truth is Candy corn is one of America's oldest and most iconic candies.
According to legend, a Wunderle Candy Company employee named George Renninger invented the confection in the 1880s. The Goelitz Candy Company (now Jelly Belly Candy Company) started producing candy corn around the turn of the century and continues the tradition today.
Candy corn first appeared when the United States was a largely agrarian society, and its tri-color design was considered revolutionary. The lack of automated machinery meant that candy corn was only made seasonally, likely starting production in late August and continuing through the fall. It has remained unchanged for more than 100 years.
These days, candy corn is available all year round, but it's still most popular around Halloween. Kids love it because it's sweet, colorful, and fun to eat. Adults love it because it's nostalgic and reminds them of their childhood. Whether you're a kid or an adult, there's no denying that candy corn is a classic American treat!
5. Candy Cane was originally just white.
The original candy canes were white only in color and made to look like a shepherd's staff. The first candy sticks were made in 1670 by the choirmaster at Cologne Cathedral in Germany. They were a gift to the children attending the Christmas Nativity pageant. Because of the shepherds in the Nativity story, the choirmaster bent the candy sticks into canes to represent the shepherd's crook.
Nowadays, candy canes are a popular Christmas time treat. Most people eat them because they're delicious, but some believe that eating a candy cane will bring them good luck throughout the new year. Whether you're a believer or not, there's no doubt that these sugary treats are a festive part of Christmas!
6. No National Candy day would be complete without celebrating the joyous jelly bean.
What's not to love about jelly beans? They're small, round, and colorful. Plus, they're the perfect gift for any occasion.
William Schrafft, the man who invented jelly beans, knew what he was doing when he created these tasty treats. These delightful Candies were a hit with soldiers during the Civil War. Soldiers would often receive jelly beans as a gift. The hard shell and long shelf life made them the perfect Candy to send to troops!
Ex-US President Ronald Reagan was a big fan of jelly beans, and he even used them to help him kick his nicotine addiction.
So next time you need something sweet, go for some jelly beans. You won't be disappointed.