Are you a Snickers bar fan or do you crave M&M’s? Did you know that one quarter of all the candy sold annually is for Halloween night? Celebrations.com’s Jeanne Benedict from Celebrations.com has all the fun facts on Halloween candy that will make this holiday sweeter than it already is!
History & Tradition: Halloween Candy Fun Facts
- Candy corn was invented in the 1880s by George Renninger of the Wunderlee Candy and is produced today by the Jelly Belly Candy Company.
- October 30th is National Candy Corn Day.
- An estimated 35 million pounds of candy corn, that’s 9 billion pieces, will be produced this year.
- M&M’s were introduced to American GIs during WWII in 1941.
- M&M’s were originally sold in a tube and then packaged in their famed little brown bag in 1948.
- In 1950, the first “M” was imprinted in black on the candy giving the morsels their signature style.
Snickers and Favorite Candy Bars
- Snickers bars have topped the charts for years as the #1 Halloween candy bar.
- Parents favorite treats to sneak from their kids’ trick-or-treat bags are snack-size chocolate bars (70% sneak these)!
- Other favorite candy bars to look for in trick-or-treat bags are Nestlé Crunch, Milky Way, Three Musketeers, and Almond Joy.
- Hershey’s Kisses hit the scene in 1907 and have been on candy shelves ever since with a brief interruption from 1942 to 1949 due to the rationing of silver foil during WWII.
- A popular belief is that the “Kiss” got its name from the sound or motion that the machine makes while producing them.
- 76% percent of households will include bite-size chocolate candies in their Halloween activities and 26% percent will go for full-size candy (chocolate and non-chocolate).
We have to give a shout out to Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, Tootsie Rolls & Pops, Smarties, and Charms Blow Pops, which will also fill the bags of the 93% of children who will go trick-or-treating this year.
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