Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Sugar Rush

It's the sweetest month of the year! June is National Candy Month, a time to celebrate the sweet treats we know and love. With every American eating an average of 20.7 pounds of candy each year, it's only fitting we devote an entire month to delicious sugary sweets.

Last month, a record 556 exhibitors debuted their products to more than 14,000 industry professionals during the National Confectioners Association's Sweets & Snacks Expo in Chicago. Some new products introduced at this event you can expect to see in the coming year include TicTac flavors like Strawberry Fields, Cherry Cola, and Lemon Lime Fizz; Hershey's Air Delight Kisses; and Extra Dessert Delights gum from Wrigley in taste sensations including Apple Pie, Orange Crème Pop, and Smooth Mint.

In honor of National Candy Month, chew on these fun facts:
  • Saltwater taffy was invented in Atlantic City in 1883.
  • About 65 percent of American candy brands have been around for more than 50 years.
  • The Snickers candy bar was named after the Mars family's favorite horse.
  • Cotton candy was originally called fairy floss.
  • It takes 7 to 21 days to make a single Jelly Belly jellybean.
  • Ice cubes help remove gum from clothing.
What are some of your favorite candies? Whether your preferred confection is old or new, leave a message and let's commemorate National Candy Month!

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