11 Little-Known Facts About Candy

Posted Mar 13, by Alison Stanton

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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Cotton candy, notoriously bad for the teeth, was co-invented by a dentist.

William James Morrison was a dentist, lawyer, and author from Nashville, Tennessee in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Because he became President of the Tennessee State Dental Association in 1894 and wrote several children’s books, it might seem a little odd that he would go on to invent cotton candy. 

Dr. Morrison patented several inventions in the food department. He developed a process for extracting the oil from cottonseeds and converting it to lard substitute, and even figured out a chemical process to purify the public drinking water in Nashville. 

In 1897, he and a Nashville candy maker named John C. Wharton conceived and co-patented an “electric candy machine” which produced what was then called Fairy Floss and today is called Cotton Candy. The product was brought to the public in 1904 and became a huge instant success. 

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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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It's OK to stuff your mouth with candy!

Dentists have said that it's ok for parents to let their kids eat up as much candy as they want at one time. They say that it's actually better to eat a lot of candy at one than eat it spread out over a period of time.

There are a few reasons for this: if you eat 5 candy bars at one time, your mouth will salivate more than if you eat one each hour for 5 hours. All that saliva will neutralize the harmful acids that corrode teeth. If you eat one each hour, there is more acid than saliva, which harms them.

The other reason is that people who eat a lot of candy will most likely brush their teeth after eating, whereas just one candy bar might not tip the scales. How much candy did you eat this Halloween?

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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 Snickers bar was named after a horse!

The creator of the world’s most popular candy bar was named Frank Mars. Mars’ favorite horse was apparently called Snickers, and he chose to honor his beloved steed by immortalizing its name in the form of a chocolate bar! Mars, Inc. is still an entirely family-owned business, producing other popular candies such as 3 Musketeers, Mars bars, Combos, Skittles, Dove Chocolate, M&Ms, Milky Way, Starburst, Twix...even Whiskas cat food!

In the UK, Snickers went by the name of the “Marathon” bar until 1990. Once the British candy bar’s name was changed to align it with the rest of the world, the candy bar dropped from being the most popular to the third-most popular candy in all of England!
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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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\"\" The creator of Hershey’s chocolate was originally supposed to travel on the Titanic!

Fortunately for Milton S. Hershey, his wife became sick before they were able to travel on that ill-fated voyage. Perhaps she’d eaten too much chocolate? Either way, the Hersheys ultimately had to change their plans, and it’s a good thing too because, as you know, the luxury liner sank on April 15, 1912, taking the lives of over 1,500 of the 2,200 passengers onboard!
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The Nestlés haven\'t run Nestlé since 1875.

Interestingly enough, the company that got its start as pioneers of the baby food industry shares its name with a family that suffered from a high infant mortality rate. Henri Nestlé, the company’s founder, was likely inspired by his family’s woes to create one of the world’s first-ever baby formulas. Sadly, 7 of his 13 siblings died before reaching adulthood.

Nestlé himself sold the company to his business associates and retired from the industry a mere 7 years after he founded the company. Though the name “Nestlé” has since gone on to be associated with a lot of different products, like Nestlé Crunch bars and Nestlé Quick, the first and last Nestlé to be involved with the company left back when their only product was baby formula.


The average German eats more than twice as chocolate per year as the average American.

The average German eats 114 chocolate bars a year, whereas an average American eats 51. This is a fact that’s been circulated as the silver lining of American obesity for some time. Because despite the fact that 68.8% of Americans are overweight or obese, at the end of the day we still don’t consume the most chocolate. So we can still pocket a win in that health category. 

According to data from the International Cocoa Organization, the European Union Association of the Chocolate, Biscuit, and Confectionery Industries, and the International Confectionery Association, it’s indeed Germany at number one. Still, 51 bars of chocolate every year sounds pretty high. 

Do you have a chocolate bar every week, or 4-5 every month? That’s pretty much what it amounts to. The average German takes out 25.1 pounds of chocolate every year, or 114 bars, on average. As for the US, we’re in 12th place, at 11.2 pounds of chocolate a year. 

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Humans can be poisoned by chocolate just like dogs!

Ever wonder why we can eat so much chocolate but dogs can’t? Chocolate poisoning, or theobromine poisoning, is an adverse reaction to the alkaloid theobromine found in chocolate, tea, and even cola. Cacao beans contain around 1.2% theobromine by weight.

It can be safely consumed by humans, however, if we were to eat enough we have an extremely likely chance of being poisoned While dogs are the most common victims of chocolate poisoning, reports of the elderly being sent to the emergency room for eating too much chocolate because their digestive system can’t handle the theobromine anymore are relatively common! Symptoms include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, seizures, internal bleeding, heart attacks and eventually death!

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