1. Candy became widely available only 130 years ago. Until then, people would make their own fudge or caramel at home.
2. Candy is a health scapegoat – 100 years ago, doctors blamed candy for the spread of polio. In the mid to late 20th century it was blamed for tooth decay. Now it is blamed for obesity.
3. Candy accounts for only 6% of the added sugar in the American diet. Soft drinks and juice account for 46%.
4. Candy is the 575th most popular name for girls.
5. Candy lacks the “health halo” of granola bars and fruit juice. But, nutritionally there is much less difference among them than would initially seem.
7. It’s unbelievable now, but candy once was advertised as health food. “Eat Tootsie Rolls — The Luscious Candy That Helps Beat Fatigue.”
8. The world’s largest chocolate bar was manufactured in Armenia last month and weighed in at 9,722.39 lbs., setting a new Guinness World Record.
9. John Candy (1950 – 1994) struggled most of his adult life with overeating, including sweets. Obesity related health complications killed him at the age of 43.
10. Candy isn’t always good. Just ask Hansel and Gretel.