15 Fun Facts About Chocolate Candy

How much do you know about chocolate candy? We’ve got some sweet nuggets of information for you to nibble on …

15 Fun Facts About Chocolate Candy

  1. It wasn’t until 1828 that chocolate started being consumed in solid form. Up until then, it had always been a beverage. Often used for medicinal purposes.
  2. Americans, on average, each consume about 12 pounds of chocolate per year.
  3. More than 58 million pounds of chocolate candy is sold during Valentine’s week (That’s more than the weight of the steel used to build New York City’s Chrysler building!) But Halloween takes the top spot as the #1 chocolate candy holiday: 90 million pounds of chocolate candy is sold during Halloween week.
  4. Milton Hershey of Lancaster, Pennsylvania, introduced the first Hershey milk chocolate bar in 1900. He started his candy-making business at just 18 years old.
  5. The Baby Ruth™ candy bar was first sold in 1920, named for President Grover Cleveland’s daughter, not the famous baseball player, as many believe.
  6. Hershey’s Kisses™ first made their debut in their familiar foil wrappers in 1906.
  7. The Snickers™ bar was named for a favorite horse owned by the Mars family.
  8. Tootsie Rolls™ were once marketed as a “health food.”
  9. Charles Schulz got the idea to name one of his Peanuts characters “Peppermint Patty” after he saw a dish of the candy sitting on a table.
  10. White chocolate isn’t technically chocolate as it contains no cocoa solids or liquor.
  11. Nestle printed Ruth Wakefield’s Toll House Cookie™ recipe on its packaging and in exchange, gave her a lifetime supply of Nestle chocolate. Sweet deal!
  12. The two “Ms” printed on M&M™ candies represent the names of Forrest E. Mars Sr., the driving force behind the Mars Candy empire, and Bruce Murrie, son of Hershey Chocolate’s president William F. R. Murrie, who had a 20% share in the product.
  13. Peanut M&Ms were introduced in 1954 (the regular candy in 1940); interestingly, Forrest Mars, Sr. had been allergic to peanuts his entire life.
  14. The two letters on the M&M™ candies used to be a black imprint but in 1954, the imprint became white.
  15. Milton Hershey was scheduled to travel on the Titanic but canceled his plans at the last minute.

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I love chocolate and pretty much make sure there is always some in the house. My favorites are salted carmel dipped in dark chocolate and dark chocolate dipped cherries. Mounds are good and are many other dark chocolate candy bars. I just love dark chocolate!


I have never found a chocolate bar I didn’t like

Regina Clarke

Dark chocolate! Have some every day, even just a small square. Comfort delight!


I am not supposed to eat sweets but I love having 3 Milk Duds at night. I know that is probably strange to some people but moderation is the key.


I love hershey dark chocolate miniature bars.

Patricia Wilson

A day without chocolate – well, you know.


I love peanut butter M & Ms! Lots of others too, but they are my all time fave.


My favorite is a tie between Snickers and Twix!!

Phyllis L

I love the salty snickers the best. That one piece of sea salt occasionally is to die for!


Chocolate covered strawberries are only done at Vanentine’s Day and Mother’s Day, and they cost too much, so I buy nice strawberries and Hershey’s milk chocolate bars, and eat them together! Taste the same, and I can eat all I want!

Margaret Birch

I love chocolate.

Margaret Birch

That is great.

Terry Johnson Sullivan

It is fitting that today is national chocolate candy day. I knew there was a reason to be born on this day since Christmas obscures such a birthdate. As a card carrying chocoholic and daily partaker of the same I love my snickers. I quite fond of horses too. Peanut M&Ms are my next favorite. After that most any kind will do except dark chocolate which I fin too bitter.



Teresa Walsh

I LOVE Chocolate MY 2 favorites are Milky Way & Three Musketeer.However I also like Hershey Bars, Chocolate Kisses,and OH so many more. Butterfingers,Mounds,Peanut ButterCups,Carmelo,TootsieRolls,M&M’s
Idon’t need a special reason to eat chocolate. I usually eat it daily.

Beth Hicks

“Fast Break” is my favorite chocolate candy bar. Hot Cocoa is good any time of the year!

Pink Jazzy

Thank God he didn’t board the Titanic!

Carol Feypel

I am 82 years young. I have loved chocolate all my life. As I age I find my like for all and any has slowly changed. I still enjoy Hershey’ stars. Like and enjoy the following tootsey rolls, malted milk balls, truffles, Hershey’s plain milk chocolate bars. Have never liked white chocolate. I don’t mean to promote Hershey, but I do have stomach issues as I age they increase. Taste is important to me. Thank you

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