35 Delicious Facts about Chocolates and Candies

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M&M's were originally asked to be included in E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial. After Mars (The company that makes M&M's) refused, their competitor Hershey was asked, and Reese's Pieces were added to the movie instead, resulting in Reese's Pieces sales going up as much as 300%.

2. Kit Kat is produced globally by Nestle, except in the US where it's made by their competitor Hershey's.

3. Amid widespread chocolate shortage during World War 2, Pietro Ferrero sought to create a chocolate treat that would be affordable for struggling families. The result was “super crema,” a spread made with just a little bit of chocolate and a lot of the hazelnuts. Now we call it Nutella.

4. The 3 Musketeers bar originally had 3 flavored bars in one package (Chocolate, Strawberry, and Vanilla) hence the name, 3 Musketeers.

5. A 2011 study revealed that people who eat candy weigh less than those who don't. The study was sponsored by the "National Confectioners Association".

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6The Candy Bar Strike

The Candy Bar Strike

In 1947, after the price of a chocolate bar increased from 5 cents to 8 cents, 200 kids marched and protested on the capitol building in British Columbia, shutting down the government for a day. It is known as " The Candy Bar Strike".

7. Hershey Bars contain only 11% cacao, only 1% more than the FDA legal minimum to be called chocolate.

8. Right before World War 2, the US created the "Logan Bar", a chocolate bar that deliberately tasted "a little better than a boiled potato" as an emergency ration to prevent soldiers from snacking on it outside of emergency situations.

9. The inventor of chocolate chip cookies sold the idea to Nestle in return for a lifetime supply of chocolate.

10. Kit Kats became so popular in Japan because of a literal translation of "kitto katsu", which means "Surely win" which led to the implication of the bar giving good luck (making it a popular snack, especially before exams).

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11Kit-Kat flavors

Kit-Kat flavors

There are over 200 flavors of Kit-Kat in Japan.

12. Red Sour Patch Kids are the exact same candy as Swedish fish, just with the sour sugar.

13. Wendy's Frosty is actually a mixture of chocolate and vanilla flavors. This was because Dave Thomas thought that 100% chocolate would be too overpowering a flavor when paired with a Wendy's burger and fries meal.

14. Milk Duds were originally supposed to be perfectly round. Since making them perfectly round was found to be impossible, the pieces became known as "duds", and the name stuck.

15. Canadians make a candy called tire d'érable by pouring maple syrup on snow and then rolling it onto sticks.

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16Candy Desk

Candy Desk

The Candy Desk is a tradition of the US Senate since 1968, whereby a senator who sits at a desk near a busy entrance keeps a drawer full of candy for members of the body. The desk is currently supplied with candy made in Pennsylvania, including Milky Way bars, Mars bars, and jellybeans.

17. For several years, "Jeopardy!" host Alex Trebek's "breakfast of champions" consisted of a Snickers and a Diet Pepsi. After his nutritionist reprimanded his routine, he switched his meals accordingly. He replaced them with Milky Way bars and Diet Cokes.

18. 25% of all Toblerone chocolate is sold at duty-free airport shops.

19. In 24 states, you will pay sales tax on Hershey's bars but not on Twix. This is because those states define candy as flour-free in their sales tax code and Twix contains flour, making it a grocery item.

20. Pop Rocks candy is made by exposing melted candy syrup to ~600psi of CO2, then allowing it to cool, thereby trapping highly pressurized micro-bubbles of gas in the candy.

21Dum Dums lollipops

Dum Dums lollipops

The Mystery Flavor of Dum Dums lollipops is a mixture of two flavors that come together when the end of one batch of candy meets the beginning of the next batch. Thus, the Mystery Flavor continually changes.

22. During World War 2, the Japanese would hand out candy to starving Chinese children. The candy was laced with anthrax.

23. There was an appetite suppressant candy called AYDS (pronounced AIDS) in the 80’s with the slogan ‘Lose weight deliciously with the aid of AYDS’

24. During the Berlin Airlift, one of the pilots gave some candy to some children in Berlin. After seeing how much they enjoyed it, he began dropping candy from his airplane before landing. Other pilots soon joined in and over 23 tons of candy would be dropped over Berlin.

25. "Cotton Candy" is called "Fairy Floss" in Australia, "Grandma's Hair" in Hebrew, "Father's Beard" in French, "Ghost's Breath" in Afrikaans, "Doll's Wig" in India and "Girl's Hair" in Arabic.

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