The internet is full of fabulous facts about everything from current events to the history basket weaving and candy fun facts. As we research for our daily content on food trucks, food carts and street food, we stumble upon some items of knowledge that we just did not know.

We have decided when these fun facts pop up, that we would share them with our readers in our section titled “Did You Know?”

For today’s Did You Know we will look at Candy fun facts.

candy fun factsCandy Fun Facts: Candy, specifically sugar candy, is a confection made from a concentrated solution of sugar in water, to which flavorings and colorants are added. Candies come in numerous colors and varieties and have a long history in popular culture.

  • Americans purchase nearly 600 million pounds of candy a year for Halloween.
  • An incredible 90 million pounds of chocolate candy is sold during Halloween week, taking a strong lead compared to other holidays. Almost 65 million pounds is sold during the week leading up to Easter and only 48 million pounds during Valentine’s week.
  • Over 10% of annual candy sales happen the days leading up to Halloween — that is nearly $2 billion dollars in sales.
  • Chocolate is clearly the preferred choice of sweets for many. Of the $1.9 billion sold in Halloween candy each year, $1.2 billion was on chocolate candy and only $680 million on sugar candy.
  • The top selling candy: Candy Corn. Americans purchase over 20 million pounds of it a year. With that said, it’s unlikely that every last one of those millions of candies was actually consumed.
  • After the beloved Candy Corn, the leading best sellers are as follows: Snickers, Reese’s, Kit Kat and M&M’S.
  • Candy Corn is the most searched-for candy term in Google — more popular than candy apples, gummy worms and candy pumpkins.
  • The day of the year with the most candy sales? October 28th. And of all the 365 days in the year, the top five candy selling days are all in October.
  • The average American household spends $44 a year on Halloween candy!

Key Dates

  • June is National Candy Month.
  • October 13th is National M&M Day.
  • November 4th is National Candy Day.

Candy Fun Facts We Missed

Did we miss some candy fun facts? If so, please feel free to let us know in the comment section or our food truck forum. We always love to add to these lists. If we can verify the facts we will give the reader credit in the article.

Reference: Wikipedia: Fun Facts about Candy.

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