I like to learn random facts about everything even though they only stay in my brain for about 30 seconds. It’s kind of nice though because when I read the same facts over again, I don’t remember, so I feel like I’m learning something new! One of my favorite “fact” books is National Geographic Kids “5000 Awesome Facts About Everything.” I have probably read the entire book a few times, but I still feel like I am reading it for the first time when I open it up! Here are 10 awesome facts about candy that you probably didn’t know!
1 – Cotton Candy used to be called Fairy Floss! I think I like Fairy Floss better.
2 – 200 million individual Skittles are made every day! If only they were all of the red variety!
3 – In the summer over half of all marshmallows sold end up being toasted over a fire. I ONLY like marshmallows if they are toasted so this makes sense to me!
4 – When E.T. was released, sales of Reese’s Pieces went up over 65%! M & M was offered the role, but turned it down.
5 – Tootsie Rolls were once marketed as a “health food”. Oh, how times have changed!
6 – In 1953 it took 27 hours to make one Marshmallow Peep! Today it takes 6 minutes.
7 – The sugar in candy isn’t what rots your teeth. The “streptococcus” bacteria in your mouth like to munch on sugar. The acid they excrete can give you cavities.
8 – The founder of Hershey’s Chocolate started his candy-making business at just 18 years old! I wonder if he has any cavities?
9 – Two different universities created machines to see how many licks it took to get to the center of a Tootsie Pop. One took 411, the other 364.
10 – Peppermint Patty from the “Peanuts” comic strip was named after Charles Schultz saw a dish of the candy sitting on a table.
Hopefully, you learned a couple cool facts about candy that you didn’t know! Maybe if you come back in a month or two, you will learn them all over again like me If you know an interesting fact about your favorite candy, let me know!