Welcome to the ultimate candy trivia page!
– Americans buy over 600 million pounds of candy at Halloween
– Want to blow a bigger bubble from your bubblegum? Chew it until the sugar (and probably flavor!) is gone! Sugar doesn’t stretch!
– In “Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory” the river of chocolate was made with 150,000 gallons of water, chocolate, & cream. The cream eventually spoiled and made the smell on the film set quite unbearable.
– In the 1800’s, physicians prescribed chocolate for broken hearted patients
– Milk chocolate was invented in 1875 by Daniel, Peter, and Henri Nestle
– Americans eat about 22 pounds of candy per year, per person. Roughly half of that is chocolate. But we’re not the most conspicuous consumers! The people of Denmark eat 36 pounds each per year!
– Cotton Candy was invented in 1897 by William Morrison, a dentist, and confectioner John C Wharton. They perfected their recipe over the years and it debuted with great success at the St. Louis World’s Fair in 1904.
– Due to its durability, Tootsie Rolls have been part of military rations over history
– Chocolate manufacturers use 40% of the worlds almonds and 20% of the worlds peanuts
– The myth that chocolate is high in caffeine is an old wives tale. A 1.4 oz chocolate bar contains about 6 mg of caffeine, or about as much as a cup of DE-CAF coffee! By comparison, regular coffee carries between 65 and 135 mg
– Speaking of health, chocolate contains Stearic acid, a saturated fat that doesn’t raise cholesterol in the same way that other types of saturated fats do. Eating a 1.4 oz chocolate bar instead of a carb-rich snack has been shown to increase “good” (HDL) cholesterol levels.
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