Americans eat a lot of candy. A LOT. Not as much as Denmark, but we consume about 25 pounds PER PERSON every year. Even over cakes and cookies and other confections, candy is ranked number one in how we get our sweet tooth to shut up when it cries out for something sweet. Chocolate is ranked as the number one type of candy that we reach for, with hard candy close on its heels.
Of course, there are other types of candy, like sugar-free and taffy’s and I love them all. I do not discriminate on my candy. So our wacky trivia is all about the sweet stuff today! Wake up your taste buds, raid the Halloween candy, and enjoy!
- The basic hard candy recipe is just water and sugar. Depending on how you heat it is what gives it the texture, whether it’ll be hard or soft.
- Homosapiens have been craving sweets from the age of cavemen, who would raid bee hives for honey.
- In 1868, Richard Cadbury introduced the first Valentine’s Day box of candy when he decorated a candy box with a painting of his daughter and her kitten.
- Nearly 2 billion candy canes will be sold in the four weeks prior to Christmas.
- In 1920, the Baby Ruth, which is named for President Grover Cleveland daughter, was introduced.
- Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups were launched and named for the man who invented the candy in 1928.
- The scientific name for the cacao tree’s fruit is “Theobroma Cacao” which means “food of the gods.”
- The world’s largest lollipop was made on June 25, 2002. It weighed 4,031 pounds with the stick and it was 18 inches thick and about 15 feet tall.
- Milk Chocolate was introduced in 1875, but chocolate itself has been consumed since the time of the Mayans and Aztecs.
- And, for our horror movie fans, in 1960, chocolate syrup was used to simulate blood in the famous shower scene in Alfred Hitchcock’s movie, “Psycho”. The scene, featuring Janet Leigh, took over seven days to shoot.