Celebrate National Candy Month
June is National Candy Month.
Americans consume more than 25 pounds of candy per person per year.
People in Denmark are the biggest candy consumers, eating around 36 pounds per person per year.
If you look at just chocolate consumption, the Swiss are the winners, eating 22.4 pounds per person.
Over 300 billion Pez candies are consumed in the U.S. each year.
The biggest candy holiday is Halloween, with almost two billion dollars in sales.
Leo Hirshfield named the Tootsie Roll candy after his daughter “Tootsie” who was five years old at the time.
The favorite candy flavor in America is chocolate, followed by berry flavors.
Milk chocolate was invented in Switzerland by a man named David Peter. He devised a way of adding milk to create the world’s first milk chocolate in 1876.
In the four weeks before Christmas, nearly two billion candy canes are sold, enough to circle the globe more than 4.5 times.
Chocolate manufacturers use 40 percent of the world’s almonds and 20 percent of the world’s peanuts.
The melting point of cocoa butter is just below the human body temperature--which is why it literally melts in your mouth.
About 65 percent of American candy brands have been around for more than 50 years.
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