10 Fun and Weird Candy Facts [Happy Halloween!]

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.

6. There are entire blogs dedicated to candy. Popular ones include Candy Addict, Candy Blog, and Candy Professor.

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.

Enjoy tonight!

  • http://www.drsusanrubin.com Dr.Susan Rubin

    11. Candy, along with sports drinks, granola bars and sodas makes your dentist RICH! Drink lots of water and brush and floss daily.

    12. Sugar is an anti-nutrient that has habit forming properties for a significant % of the population. It’s not just an “empty calorie” as the food industry would like you to believe. Have your fun, enjoy some candy from time to time, but keep these important points in mind: anti-nutrient, addictive.

  • http://www.awakenedwellness.com Rachel Assuncao

    Great list! I’m wondering how juice is part of the ‘added sugar’ in our diets. I know that it’s really high in sugar, which is why we only have it occasionally and watered down as a treat at home. But the sugars that are in juice are naturally there from the fruit, not added in for sweetness…unless you are talking specifically about the sweetened ‘fruit drinks’?

  • http://www.web-nutritionist.com Mackenzie Ticknor

    @Rachel Assuncao

    Rachel, you are correct! I am a Nutritionist and you are right by saying that 100% fruit juice does not contain ADDED SUGARS! Yes, fruit juice contains plenty of sugar but they are natural. Therefore, they are completely healthy for you to consume. Just stay away from juices that do not say 100% juice! These DO contain added sugars!

    • http://www.fooducate.com/blog Editorial Staff

      @Mackenzie – 100% pure juice may be better than juice drinks with added sugar, but they are much less preferable compared to eating the fruit itself. When a fruit is juiced it loses all its fiber and many of its vitamins too. It takes 4 oranges to make a single cup of OJ. Which of the 2 is more filling and provides more nutrition?

  • Cactus Wren

    Not only was candy sold as health food, but the concept of a “meal replacement bar” shows up far earlier than most people would guess. I’ve seen Mr. Goodbar labels from as late as the 1950s (http://www.candybuyer.com/Media/PublishingTitles/JanFeb_Packaging_MrGoodbarOld_0.jpg) touting it as “A Tasty Lunch”.

  • Jhp

    This is a really good article and if you love candy and are looking for more interesting trivia and facts, please visit http://www.candyfavorites.com/shop/education.php as we offer a great retro candy timeline and an entire section devoted to…. the history of candy!

  • nessa

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  • tatciana taketa

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  • olamide

    do you know what candy is  bad  for  you

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  • alex

    candy is a food