10 Fun Facts About Your Favorite Halloween Candy

Halloween is just around the corner and can you guess what the most in demand treats are this time of year? The popular treats vary by state. In Arizona, it’s Snickers! Candy corn and Swedish Fish dominiate the south, while Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups and M&Ms are popular all around.

Would you come close to thinking that a dentist invented cotton candy? It’s true! It was 1897 and his name was William Morrison. Another funny fact – cotton candy’s original name was … get this … Fairy Floss !!

Ever wonder what M&M’s stand for? No, it is not chocolate for me and myself. It is actually the names of the makers, Forrest Mars and Bruce Murrie.

How about the famous question, “How many licks does it take to get to the center of a Tootsee Pop?” I have the answer! If you are talking about human lickers, it would be between 144 and 252 licks, but a licking machine took up to 411 licks to reach the center of a Tootsie Pop. Yes, a licking machine is the real thing!
Most of us have seen the movie, “E.T,” but did you know that Director Steven Speilberg’s top two candy choices for Elliott to entice the alien were … M&M’s and Hershey’s Kisses, but after the Hershey company payed $1 million to showcase their candy creation, Reese’s Pieces were the winner.
Is death by candy possible? Well, sort of. According to the American Chemical Society, eating 262 fun-sized Halloween candy bars would poison a 180-pound person. But don’t worry about death by candy: You’d vomit before you’d be able to down that many candy bars in one shot.
Did you know candy corns aren’t just for Halloween? They have Thanksgiving, Christmas, Valentine’s Day, and Easter varieties as well.
Ever wonder what to get your vegan friends and those on a gluten-free diet for Halloween ? Wonder no more! Dots Gumdrops are both gluten-free and vegan-friendly!
So how in the heck did a 3 Musketeers candy bar get it’s name? You might be surprised! It was because the original candy bar had pieces of chocolate, strawberry, and vanilla! Ohhh, that sounds so good!!
Any idea how long it used to take to make just one Marshmello peep? Try 27 hours! Nowadays, it can be done in only six minutes and one Pennsylvania factory pumps out roughly 5 1/2 million Peeps a day.
There you have it Pulse listeners! Now you can impress your friends with your new found knowledge, or just bring it up randomly during dinner! Trick or treat!
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Jeff Kode

Jeff Kode has previously written articles for The Arizona Republic ALT section, as well as other publications including Echo Magazine and IONAZ Magazine. He is an enthusiastic movie lover, and enjoys discovering new music. He was previously on air middays with his own show The Sugar Rush, and can now be heard 6-9am on The Morning Beat with Steve and Jeff at 88.7 The Pulse.