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Celebrate Candy in June!

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June is National Candy Month as designated by the National Confectioners Association. Their research has unwrapped America’s Summer Favorites. 

Top Candy Types

  1. Chocolate 
  2. Gummies
  3. Hard Candy

Top Candy Flavors

  1. Strawberry 
  2. Watermelon
  3. Cherry

10 Fun Facts! 

Did you know there is now a ruby chocolate? In 2017, a Swiss company announced they had discovered a new variety of chocolate. It is made from ruby cacao beans, has a distinctive pink color and tastes like berries.  

The first official recipe for S’mores was published in the 1927 Girl Scout Handbook, but was already an established treat. Chocolate, marshmallows and graham crackers – what’s not to love? 

Salt water taffy contains both salt and water, but not sea water! 

The favorite candy in Ohio is Starbursts, while Pennsylvanians love Milky Ways. Which state loves your favorite candy? 

Did you know that cotton candy was invented by a dentist? William Morrison and confectioner John C. Wharton invented “fairy floss” in 1897. Another dentist, Josef Lascaux, named his version cotton candy in 1921. 

What would a summer fair be without deep-fried candy bars? This sweet treat originated in a Scottish fried fish shop called the Haven Chip Bar in 1995. 

What is the most popular movie candy? Based on nostalgia, taste and how well it goes with popcorn, the number one movie theater candy is Sno-Caps! 

Dum Dums are made by the Spangler Candy Company in Bryan, Ohio. When the end of one batch of flavored lollipop meets the beginning of the next, the mixed results are given question mark wrappers and called the Mystery Flavor. No two are ever alike! 

Milk Duds got their name because the chocolate-covered caramels could never form a perfectly round ball and were thus considered the duds of the production line. 

Nostalgia plays a part in candy consumption. 65% of American candy bars were created over 50 years ago, with Hershey’s Chocolate Bar debuting as the first in 1894.  

Enjoy some candy today! 

Michele Mellor

Michele Mellor is a Reference Librarian based at Main Library, where she has been striving to bring order to the universe of knowledge for over 30 years. She loves helping people, so ask her those reference questions! She enjoys reading microhistories and books that expand her horizons leavened by brain-candy romance novels.