Numerology: The Business of Candy

Don't snicker at the confectionery business: Sales in the $32 billion -- plus industry are expected to be up almost 4% this year. Until candy's Christmas arrives on October 31, sate yourselves with these informational bonbons, which, thankfully, can be enjoyed guilt-free.

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The U.S. candy manufacturing industry includes about 1,600 companies, but just 2 (the Hersheys Co. and Mars Snackfoods U.S.) make 15 of the top-20 selling chocolate candy bars.

Only 26% of homes gives out full-sized candy bars. Fun-sized Snickers bars are the most popular Halloween candy.

Treat: Austin, Charlotte, and San Antonio lead U.S. Halloween spending on candy and decorations, with $53 per household.

Trick: Cincinnati spends the least, $35.

93% of kids go trick-or-treating.

There are 22 M&M colors.

Mar's M&Ms are the most popular chocolate candies in the United States, with annual sales of almost $425 million.

Halloween is responsible for three-fourths of candy corn's annual sales.

October 30th is national Candy Corn Day. Nearly 9 billion pieces of candy corn are produced annually.

Prohibition was a sweet age of revenge: Baby Ruths, Oh Henry!, Charleston Chew, Mounds, Milky Way, Reese's peanut butter cups, Bit-O-Honey, Mr Goodbar, Milk Duds, Butterfinger, and Snickers all debuted between 1920 and 1930.

America will spend $9 billion on Halloween. The average person will spend $20.39 of that on candy.

Every day, Tootsie Roll Industries produces 16 million Tootsie Pops. According to Purdue University study, it takes an average of 252 licks to get to the center.

Twizzlers, Good & Plenty, a Milky Way, and a Vosges Mo's Bar were consumed during the production of this story.

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  • Suni Wong

    Good information. Many people have no idea how much caffeine they consume on a daily basis because few food and beverage products have a whole lot more caffeine as an ingredient than coffee.
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  • Jon McDowell

    Halloween is coming! Children will definitely enjoy this day for their trick and threat! I like snickers and m&ms the most. Wow! 252 licks before getting at the center. LOL I wonder how long will you lick your tootsie pops.

    Jon McDowell

  • Sharon McEachern

    Just wondering ... how much of halloween candy, or candy sold during halloween season to give to kids, has CAFFEINE? Ethic Soup blog says there's caffeine in everything, not just coffee and energy drinks, including candy and chewing gum (even potato chips). Some food and beverage products have a whole lot more caffeine as an ingredient than coffee. That's why most people have no idea how much caffeine they consume on a daily basis and that's why hospital emergency rooms and poison control centers are seeing increasingly more folks sick with "caffeine intoxication." Children, who have yet to build up any resistance to caffeine, are affected much more strongly by the caffeine they do ingest. You can read more about caffeine at:

    http://www.ethicsoup.com/2009/...

    I don't think the halloween bags of candy tell the ingredients, certainly not the amount of caffeine hidden within.

  • Sharon McEachern

    Just wondering ... how much of halloween candy, or candy sold during halloween season to give to kids, has CAFFEINE? Ethic Soup blog says there's caffeine in everything, not just coffee and energy drinks, including candy and chewing gum (even potato chips). Some food and beverage products have a whole lot more caffeine as an ingredient than coffee. That's why most people have no idea how much caffeine they consume on a daily basis and that's why hospital emergency rooms and poison control centers are seeing increasingly more folks sick with "caffeine intoxication." Children, who have yet to build up any resistance to caffeine, are affected much more strongly by the caffeine they do ingest. You can read more about caffeine at:

    http://www.ethicsoup.com/2009/...

    I don't think the halloween bags of candy tell the ingredients, certainly not the amount of caffeine hidden within.

  • Sharon McEachern

    Just wondering ... how much of halloween candy, or candy sold during halloween season to give to kids, has CAFFEINE? Ethic Soup blog says there's caffeine in everything, not just coffee and energy drinks, including candy and chewing gum (even potato chips). Some food and beverage products have a whole lot more caffeine as an ingredient than coffee. That's why most people have no idea how much caffeine they consume on a daily basis and that's why hospital emergency rooms and poison control centers are seeing increasingly more folks sick with "caffeine intoxication." Children, who have yet to build up any resistance to caffeine, are affected much more strongly by the caffeine they do ingest. You can read more about caffeine at:

    http://www.ethicsoup.com/2009/...

    I don't think the halloween bags of candy tell the ingredients, certainly not the amount of caffeine hidden within.

  • Sharon McEachern

    Just wondering ... how much of halloween candy, or candy sold during halloween season to give to kids, has CAFFEINE? Ethic Soup blog says there's caffeine in everything, not just coffee and energy drinks, including candy and chewing gum (even potato chips). Some food and beverage products have a whole lot more caffeine as an ingredient than coffee. That's why most people have no idea how much caffeine they consume on a daily basis and that's why hospital emergency rooms and poison control centers are seeing increasingly more folks sick with "caffeine intoxication." Children, who have yet to build up any resistance to caffeine, are affected much more strongly by the caffeine they do ingest. You can read more about caffeine at:

    http://www.ethicsoup.com/2009/...

    I don't think the halloween bags of candy tell the ingredients, certainly not the amount of caffeine hidden within.

  • Sharon McEachern

    Just wondering ... how much of halloween candy, or candy sold during halloween season to give to kids, has CAFFEINE? Ethic Soup blog says there's caffeine in everything, not just coffee and energy drinks, including candy and chewing gum (even potato chips). Some food and beverage products have a whole lot more caffeine as an ingredient than coffee. That's why most people have no idea how much caffeine they consume on a daily basis and that's why hospital emergency rooms and poison control centers are seeing increasingly more folks sick with "caffeine intoxication." Children, who have yet to build up any resistance to caffeine, are affected much more strongly by the caffeine they do ingest. You can read more about caffeine at:

    http://www.ethicsoup.com/2009/...

    I don't think the halloween bags of candy tell the ingredients, certainly not the amount of caffeine hidden within.

  • Sharon McEachern

    Just wondering ... how much of halloween candy, or candy sold during halloween season to give to kids, has CAFFEINE? Ethic Soup blog says there's caffeine in everything, not just coffee and energy drinks, including candy and chewing gum (even potato chips). Some food and beverage products have a whole lot more caffeine as an ingredient than coffee. That's why most people have no idea how much caffeine they consume on a daily basis and that's why hospital emergency rooms and poison control centers are seeing increasingly more folks sick with "caffeine intoxication." Children, who have yet to build up any resistance to caffeine, are affected much more strongly by the caffeine they do ingest. You can read more about caffeine at:

    http://www.ethicsoup.com/2009/...

    I don't think the halloween bags of candy tell the ingredients, certainly not the amount of caffeine hidden within.

  • Sharon McEachern

    Just wondering ... how much of halloween candy, or candy sold during halloween season to give to kids, has CAFFEINE? Ethic Soup blog says there's caffeine in everything, not just coffee and energy drinks, including candy and chewing gum (even potato chips). Some food and beverage products have a whole lot more caffeine as an ingredient than coffee. That's why most people have no idea how much caffeine they consume on a daily basis and that's why hospital emergency rooms and poison control centers are seeing increasingly more folks sick with "caffeine intoxication." Children, who have yet to build up any resistance to caffeine, are affected much more strongly by the caffeine they do ingest. You can read more about caffeine at:

    http://www.ethicsoup.com/2009/...

    I don't think the halloween bags of candy tell the ingredients, certainly not the amount of caffeine hidden within.