15 Facts That Will Change How You See Candy

Posted Jun 26, by Val Liarikos [+]

The Chocolate River in Willy Wonka and The Chocolate Factory was made from real chocolate, but it’s not as delicious as you may think!

Willy Wonka's chocolate factory may be every child's dream—unlimited amounts of candy and chocolate for your eating pleasure, magical workers and a hilarious guide in Willy Wonka himself.

However, some of the actors who actually got to take spend time in this place may have not felt so lucky.

While a lot of the set was made of actual food, it wasn't as appetizing as it appeared.

One of the most notable set pieces was the chocolate river that runs through the factory. This river was actually made of chocolate, water and cream.

While that sounds delicious, it actually spoiled quickly with the cream in it. When it spoiled, it smelled foul. Probably wasn't fun to shoot scenes with a horrible smell in the air!

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Ring Pops were invented as an alternative to thumb sucking!

Chances are if you were ever a baby, you sucked your thumb. However, some people never kick the habit. This was the case for Frank Richard’s daughter. He noticed that she was always sucking her thumb, even as she continued to grow older. He came up with a solution. He designed a candy specifically for her known as a Ring Pop!

He figured that if he provided her with a tastier alternative to sucking her thumb, she would stop. Fortunately for Frank Richard’s, he made a delicious candy in the process that we all love. Unfortunately for Frank Richard’s, his daughter never stopped sucking her thumb.

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M&Ms owe their success to the US Military

M&Ms owe their success to the US Military who wanted a candy that could hold up in G.I.'s pockets & wouldn't make their fingers sticky


Crunchies are cut up using a jet of oil so as not to fragment the honeycomb!

Crunchie is made by Cadbury UK and is a chocolate candy bar with a honeycombed sugar center. It was originally launched in 1929 by J.S. Fry and Sons. Fry merged with Cadbury in 1919 and Crunchie later came to be under the Cadbury name. Nestle makes a competing candy bar in Australia called the Violet Crumble. Crunchie bars are available in the UK, Ireland, Australia, India, Canada, New Zealand, and South Africa. The U.S., Singapore, Malaysia, Philippines, Hong Kong, Malta, Cyprus, Saudi Arabia, Panama, Tahiti, and Sri Lanka import the candy bar, too.

Crunchie is manufactured in the UK in a dedicated plant at Rockwell Automation distributed control system. During manufacturing of the Crunchie bar, the honeycomb toffee is produced in large slabs. It is cut up using a high focused jet of oil. The oil keeps the honeycomb from fragmenting or dissolving off. The honeycomb toffee is then covered in chocolate, cooled, then packaged.

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The blue meth on Breaking Bad is rock candy and Aaron Paul loves eating it when the cameras aren’t rolling!

 

Breaking Bad airs on AMC and is the story of a high school chemistry teacher who finds out he has terminal cancer. He decides to use his knowledge to make the world’s best crystal meth secretly to provide for his family. The show stars Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul and was created by Vince Gilligan in 2008. Paul’s character is a convincing meth maker and an addict.

The actor, 31, is apparently into the stuff off camera, too. The blue meth on the show is actually crushed rock candy. The Emmy award winner said the rock candy is cotton candy flavored and he loves eating it. Paul tempts all the new cast members to try the “meth” when they arrive on set.

Normally, they’re uncomfortable with it and don’t want to try it until he pushes them to. They find out that it is really pretty good and are later found at the big meth bins taking some of the stuff out for a little snack. Paul says he thinks to himself, “Yeah, you’re liking my product!” What more could a drug addict/maker ask for!

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Absinthe comes in Gummy Bear form!

Absinthe is famous and tabooed for its hallucinogenic properties. However, a legal version of the drug without those properties has been released into the market, along with a range of other absinthe-inspired products, including Absinthe Gummy Bears. 

The Gummy Bear is 85% absinthe with a dash of gelatin and sugar added to keep the entire thing solid (as absinthe usually only comes in liquid form). The absinthe can’t really be tasted, but the intoxication can definitely be felt after a while. 

Naturally, moderation is more than recommended when consuming these adult treats. In fact, the in-house candy shop Tailor in New York where the candy is often found, only gives you a single Gummy Bear, along with a cup of espresso.

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A British man survived for six hours after falling into a vat of molten zinc heated at 450 degrees Celsius.

Despite suffering 100% burns, it almost looked like father-of-two Allen Wardle,52, was going to make it. He had been servicing a crane used to dip objects in the vat when he dropped more than 6 meters into it himself. He fell through a piece of plywood which was being used to temporarily cover an opening in the metal platform. He didn’t have his safety harness on. 

He was quickly pulled out of the vat, and died not immediately, but later that day. According to the judge, the incident was “completely avoidable.” Even his employers, Crane Engineers EA & H Stanford admitted to failing to properly protect him. Yet, the two firms were only fined only 20 000 pounds. The victim’s brother claims that they got off very lightly; that “a company their size will hardly notice this-they will go to bed tonight and sleep soundly.” 

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John Harrison, the official taste-tester for Dreyer’s Ice Cream, has his tongue insured for $1,000,000. That’s about $100 per taste bud!

In his 30 years of business, Harrison has tasted and approved over 200 million gallons of ice cream. He says; “it’s a tough job, but somebody has to do it.” Well Mr.Harrison, believe it or not, many people would be up to that challenge. However those people don’t realize that the ice-cream tasting isn’t as sweet as it sounds. 

Before your tongue can be insured for more than Regina George’s hair, you need to have a lot of experience in the ice cream business. Harrison, for example, grew with in it. His great-grandfather had two ice-cream and candy parlors, his grandfather started the first dairy co-op in his state, and his father owned an ice-cream ingredient factory. 

If you don’t have a family like his, you can always work in an ice-cream shop or find an apprenticeship at an ice cream manufacturing company. Additionally, you have to make sure that you care for your palate. Your taste buds, tongue, and mouth must be healthy and free of flavors. This means keeping your immune system strong (ironic isn’t it?) and avoiding spicy and pungent foods. 

It is also recommended that you earn a university degree with an emphasis on food science, business, or chemistry. If you’ve successfully made it through the “rocky road” however, then you can look forward to waking up every morning and doing what your mom never let you; tasting 60 different kinds of ice cream with a golden spoon (they only kind of spoon that doesn’t leave an after-taste). 

On a less magical note; in the interest of objectivity, you’re not actually allowed to ingest the ice-cream, you have to swoosh it in your mouth and then spit it out. 

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Kit Kat is only a Hershey product in the US. It’s Nestlé everywhere else.

Kit Kat has had a long history dating all the way back to the 18th century, when mutton pies called Kit-Kats were served at the political Kit-Cat Club. The origins of today’s product go back to 1935, when a York based candy maker called Rowntree’s trademarked “Kit Kat.” The Kit Cat, as it was called, was produced for a while, before being discontinued. Eventually, it relaunched and was relabeled as “Rowntree’s Chocolate Crisp” before being renamed to its modern title.

In the 1940’s Kit Kat was exported to Canada, South Africa, Australia, and New Zealand. That was actually when the still used “Have a Break, Have a Kit Kat” line came around. In the 1970s, a new distribution factory was made in Germany to meet European demand, and to better handle distribution, agreements were established for Hershey to distribute in the US, and Fujiya to distribute in Japan.

In 1988, Nestlé purchased Rowntree’s, buying Kit Kat with it. Nestlé managed to take global control over the brand, except in North America, where Hershey still had the licensing rights to Kit Kat, which it still utilizes today. 

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Twix is a combination of the words Twin Sticks!

Twix is made my Mars, Inc and was originally made in the UK in 1967. It didn’t make it to the US until 1979. Mars, Inc was founded in 1911 in Tacoma, Washington. The Twix is made of a biscuit with a thin layer of chocolate followed by a layer of caramel with the whole thing coated in chocolate. 

Its name came from a combination of the words twin and sticks. Twix was called Raider in much of Europe until it was officially changed in 1991 to match its internationally known name. 

Here in the US, the Twix bar is produced in Cleveland, Tennessee. There are many variations of the Twix candy bar. In North America we have the Twix Peanut Butter candy bar where peanut butter replaces the caramel. 

Other interesting variants are the Twix Coconut, Twix Java, and Twix Mint. Many odd types of Twix were introduced in the early 1990s, but they didn’t last long at all. 

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The Mars family got rid of a candy bar because they hated peanut butter!

The PB Max bar was an invention of the Mars family. On the bottom of the candy bar was a whole wheat cookie. On top of the cookie Mars put oats and a big dollop of peanut butter! It was made in the United States. 

As far as nutrition facts go, it was exactly what you would expect: tons of sugar and plenty of calories! It’s label read “240 calories, 5 g protein, 20 g carbohydrates, 16 g fat, and 150 mg sodium.” It’s serving size was just 1 piece. The reason the Mars family decided not to continue production is a little funny. 

The bar was very successful with earnings of $50 million in sales. However, the Mars clan wasn’t a big fan of peanut butter! Executive and family member Alfred Poe only gave the reason of a “distaste” for peanut butter as the reason the PB Max bar was pulled from production. 

With Reese’s as popular as it is, it’s not a stretch to believe that the PB Max bar would have continued to be just as popular and highly successful. The Mars family may have lost a big seller! Would you buy a PB Max Bar? 

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3 Musketeers candy got its name because it used to come with 3 flavors!

The 3 Musketeers candy originally came divided into three pieces. Each piece was a different flavor: one vanilla, one strawberry, and one chocolate. The candy is made by Mars and was introduced by the company in 1932. 

Although, the company no longer sells the 3-flavored bar, they offer their 3 Musketeer bar in mint and also as a double crisp bar. To make their classic bar now, they use just their chocolate nougat. The nougat starts out in huge slabs, and then they cut it into the right size for the bars. They then finish off the bar by coating it in a layer of milk chocolate. 

The bars are made in Chicago, Illinois, Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania and Newmarket, Canada. And, if you ever wondered what a nougat actually is, you’re in luck. A nougat is made with whipped eggs and sugar syrup. A flavoring can also be added. The end result is a frothy, soft candy filling that makes up the insides of a 3 Musketeers candy.

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In 1953, it took 27 hours to make one Marshmallow Peep.

Peeps are marshmallow candies produced by Just Born known mostly as chick or bunny shapes sold around Easter. More than 1 billion of them are made every year. 

In 1953, Just Born acquired the Rodda Candy Company which had hand produced Peeps (though they had a different name at the time). Before being purchased by Just Born, the Rodda Candy Company made each Peep in a painstaking hand-forming process, which took 27 hours for each one. 

The Peeps, in chick form only back then, were squeezed out of a tube one at a time and the eyes were hand painted on. Once the company’s ownership changed, however, the production of Peeps was greatly sped up by way of a mass production line. 

The time it takes to create them has decreased as technology has improved, and today it takes around six minutes to create a Peep- of course they aren’t made one by one. The machines used to create them make 3,500 every minute. 

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Of course eating them is the LEAST fun thing you can do with Peeps, check out this video of us at the office Peep-Jousting


Most of the candy forest set in the original Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory was actually edible!

Talk about dedication to your craft. The director wanted to make the kids' reactions to the movie set as realistic as possible. The big candy forest set with the chocolate river was built to be realistic and completely edible. The chocolate river was real, the giant mushrooms were filled with whipped cream. The trees had actual chocolate.

The director wanted the kids and parents to have such a realistic reaction that he didn't let them see the set until they filmed them looking at it for the first time. One funny thing is that the cup that Gene Wilder bites at the end of the song was actually NOT edible. He spat out the wax he bit off. It was soon replaced by a sugar one.

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The piñata was invented in China!

 Although the piñata is most commonly associated with Mexico, it is actually believed to have originated in China! It was most commonly in the shape of a cow or ox and almost exclusively used for New Years celebrations. The piñata was originally not filled with candy, but with seeds to ensure a good climate for the new year’s growing season.

Once the festivities began, the piñata would be struck until the seeds fell, and once it was empty the seeds would be burnt and the ashes kept, ensuring good luck. When exactly did the piñata become Mexican? It actually took several steps.

Piñatas arrived in Europe in the 1300’s and were used for Lenten celebrations, although these were different from their Chinese cousins. They were simply clay pots that were decorated and got their name from the Italian word, “pignatta” meaning “fragile pot.”

The piñata arrived in Mexico in the 16th century. Here the monks from Spain introduced the custom, yet adopted a similar Aztec tradition of covering the eyes of the one making an offering to a god. Thus, the blindfold was introduced, and since then not a whole lot has changed!

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