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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, just in time for Chocolate Candy Day on December 28th!

At this time of year, it seems there is chocolate everywhere. With December 28th being Chocolate Candy Day, it’s a great time to share a few interesting morsels about chocolate candy!

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. 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. It is the #1 selling candy bar in the U.S. today.
  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.

So what’s your favorite chocolate candy? And do you eat different types of chocolate candy at different times of the year? Tell us in the comments below!

Susan Higgins is the Farmers' Almanac's Web Content Editor & Social Media Manager. She is a freelance writer/editor, copywriter, blogger, and writer of short fiction. Her passions are advertising, cooking, the ocean, libraries, pets & animal welfare, Netflix binges, and finding the perfect book at her local library.

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Phyllis L

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

Em

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.

Jan

Chocolate!

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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