The Worst Thing About HalloweenAs you might have guessed by the thumbnail image, the worst thing about Halloween is candy corn. That's according to comedian Lewis Black in this rant he pulls out every Halloween in his standup routine. Your mileage may vary. In just a minute and a half, Black manages to shove all our candy corn jokes into one little story. Sure, it's old fashioned. Sure, it's always there for the holiday. Sure, it has little taste beyond that of corn syrup. But it will always be the symbol of our modern trick-or-treat customs. Of course, his scenario is fictional. We know that candy corn has been around since the 1880s, and it was advertised at one time. -via Digg#candy #candycorn #LewisBlack
The Most Popular Halloween Candy for Each StateHalloween was pretty much a bust in 2020, and barely began to recover in 2021. But this year, the National Retail Federation expects people to spend about $3.1 billion on Halloween candy! Candystore.com crunched the numbers from Halloween candy sales over the past 15 years and determined that America's favorite Halloween candy in 2022 is (again) Reese's Peanut Butter Cups. That's quite believable. Those are followed by Skittles, M&Ms, Starburst, Hot Tamales, Sour Patch Kids, Hershey's Kisses, Snickers, Tootsie Pops, and candy corn. Strangely, candy corn also made the list of the worst Halloween candies.​But America is a big country, and tastes vary from state to state. The map above shows the top favorite Halloween candy for each state, which is interactive at the Candystore.com website. A chart at the same link gives the top three kinds of candy each state prefers. For my state, Kentucky, Reese's Cups are at the top, followed by Hot Tamales and Swedish Fish. I can almost guarantee that the people who buy the candy will eat the Reese's Cups themselves, and hand out Hot Tamales and Swedish Fish to trick or treaters. See if the favorites of your state reflects your tastes. -via Mental Floss#candy
The History of Candy CornCandy corn consistently tops the lists of least favorite halloween candy, but it will never go away. Candy corn is too embedded in our idea of what Halloween is. But some of us like it! Whether you do or not, the story of how its made and why we started eating it is pretty interesting. The first mass-produced candy corn was produced in the 1880s and was called "Chicken Feed." You won't be surprised to learn that the main ingredient is corn syrup, but you might be surprised at how hard it was to make before modern industrial machinery. Read the story of the ubiquitous Halloween staple, candy corn, at Atlas Obscura.(Image credit: Andrew Malone) #candy #candycorn
Why Stores Begin Selling Halloween Candy in AugustBy now, you can see Halloween candy in almost every store that sells candy. It's the same with Halloween costumes and decorations. I always figured it was because of back-to-school creep. Schools in my area used to start after Labor Day, then it was late August, and now it's early August. Most back-to-school supplies are bought by the first day of class, so shelves are empty. They must be filled with the next seasonal push, which is Halloween. However, retail stores that sell Halloween costumes and decorations know that if you don't buy a costume at their store, you'll but it at a competitor's store. And whoever gets those things on the shelves first will get those sales. We've all been in the position of putting off a costume purchase, and then finding the store sold out, so customers are primed to lock in what they really want early.As far as candy goes, there's a lot of money to be made from people who eat their favorite seasonal treats as well as handing out candy to trick-or-treaters. Getting the candy on the shelves puts customers in the mood to eat candy corn or marshmallow ghosts as soon as they see them. And if your favorite candy is Halloween-themed, you'll want to stock up, because on November first, the shelves will start to fill up with candy canes and marshmallow Santas. (Image credit: Juushika Redgrave)#candy #retail #holidaycreep
Say It Ain't So: A Possible Halloween Candy ShortageOn Thursday, the candy company Hershey said it would fall short of meeting demand for Halloween candy (and Christmas candy, too) this year due to supply-chain issues that make raw ingredients such as cocoa and oil more difficult to get. They said they still expected sales to top last year's demand. The next day, the company tried to mitigate the panic. A Hershey spokesman told The Today Show, "We will have even more seasonal product available to the consumer this year than last year." The company also said that even if Halloween specialty candy doesn't fill the need, they have an adequate supply of everyday candy to supply trick-or-treaters. This seems to be a matter of projected estimates. After two years of canceled trick-or-treat nights and fewer parties due to COVID-19, the company expects to see a much greater demand for Halloween candy this year. So even if they produce more than ever, it may fall short of this year's demand. We will see. And lest we forget, Hershey may be the biggest Halloween candy producer, but it's not the only candy maker. -Thanks, WTM!(Image credit: The White House)#candy #Hershey #shortage