Sweet Tooth Smarts – 20 Fun Facts About Candy

Daniel Miller

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Do you have a sweet tooth? With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, candy is ever-present in more and more of our heads. Although you see it in stores every day and may even be a frequent candy buyer, you may not know as much as you think you do about your guilty pleasure. Test your “Sweet Tooth Smarts” with these 20 fun facts about candy.


  1. Hershey’s produces over 80 million chocolate Kisses–every day.

  2. The English chocolate company Cadbury made the first chocolate bar in the world in 1842.

  3. In the film Psycho, Alfred Hitchcock used Bosco chocolate syrup for blood in the famous shower scene.

  4. Chocolate has traditionally been associated with magical, medicinal, and mythical properties. In fact, in Latin, cacao trees are called Theobroma Cacao, or “food of the gods.”

  5. Cacao trees can live to be 200 years old, but they produce marketable cocoa beans for only 25 years.

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    Cacao Tree: Courtesy of World Cocoa Foundation

  6. U.S. chocolate manufacturers use about 3.5 million pounds of whole milk every day to make milk chocolate.

  7. German chocolate cake was named after Sam German, an American, and did not originate in Germany.

  8. People who feel depressed eat about 55% more chocolate than their non-depressed peers.

  9. Researchers have found no link between acne and chocolate. In fact, German researchers suggest that flavonoids in chocolate absorb UV light, which help protect and increase blood flow to the skin, ultimately improving its appearance.

  10. Americans eat 2.8 billion pounds of candy each year. Nearly half of this is chocolate.

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    German Chocolate Cake : image via eclecticrecipes.com

  11. A Hershey’s bar was dug up after 60 years from Admiral Richard Byrd’s cache at the South Pole. Having been frozen all those years, it was still edible.

  12. Chocolate was included in WWII soldier rations. According to army specification, it was designed to taste just “a little better than a boiled potato” so soldiers would not eat it too quickly.

  13. The Mars family got rid of a candy bar because they hated peanut butter. The PB Max bar was discontinued with executive and family member Alfred Poe only stating his “distaste” for peanut butter as the reason for the decision.

  14. Cotton Candy, the sugary treat that’s terrible for your teeth, was actually co-invented by a dentist by the name of William James Morrison in 1897. No doubt this was part of his master plan to direct more business towards his practice, by releasing one of the most sugary treats ever conceived into the world. Sugary foods are one of the primary reasons that people require treatments from their Dentist Parlin to correct damage to their teeth.

  15. Speaking of dentists, they say it’s actually okay for parents to let their kids eat a bunch of candy at once. Apparently it’s better to eat a lot of candy at once rather than eating it spread out over time. Probably not advisable to eat too much candy anyway, just to be on the safe side. Otherwise you may be due a visit to the Dentist La Habra following a sugar consumption spree.candy fun facts

  16. Most of the candy forest set in the original Willy Wonka film was actually edible! The director wanted the scene and the reaction of the kids to be as realistic as possible, so no one was allowed to see the set until filming began.

  17. The Snickers bar was named after Frank Mars’ (founder of Mars, Inc.) favorite horse.

  18. Kit Kat bars are only a Hershey product in the United States. It’s a Nestle product everywhere else.

  19. While we’re talking about Nestle, the Nestle family hasn’t run Nestle since 1875. Henri Nestle sold the company to his business partners and retired from the industry only 7 years after he started.

  20. The average German eats more than twice the amount of chocolate per year than the average American. While Americans eat an average of 51 chocolate bars a year, Germans eat an average of 114 a year.

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