Trick-or-treat! Don’t you just love Halloween? From candy corn to gummy worms, this time of year is the perfect opportunity to enjoy candy, practically guilt-free. This holiday only comes around once a year, so be sure to stock up on your favorites. And while you’re joining in on the delicious fun, here are some tasty facts to munch on about the history of your favorite confections:
- Joseph Fry invented the chocolate bar in 1847 in Bristol, England. Fast forward to 1900: Milton S. Hershey installed chocolate making machinery in his Lancaster factory and produced the first American-made milk chocolate bar. Let’s all thank Mr. Fry and Mr. Hershey for their chocolatey contributions to our candy cabinets.
- Chewing gum is one of the oldest candies in the world, dating back to ancient civilizations. The very first bubble gum was invented by Frank Henry Fleer in 1906, and he named it Blibber-Blubber. Bubble gum differs from chewing gum by flavor, consistency, and of course: you can blow bubbles!
- Gummies were invented in Germany, by Hans Riegel, Sr. Since then, they have been combined with marshmallows, sour sugar, and many other forms of fun flavors.
- The licorice root has many different uses, but we’ve used it for our sugar cravings since the early 1900’s. Did you know that licorice accounts for more than $13 billion of the candy industry?