Bring on the chocolate fountains, decedent fondues, and Sour Gummy Worms. It is time to celebrate sugar-packed goodies. June is designated as National Candy Month and definitely time to forget to diet.
Many would think that a month honoring candy would be in October since Halloween participants, in the U.S., consume a considerable amount of the stuff. In 2013, Easter surpassed Halloween in overall sales, according to Statista.
The U.S. Census Bureau data indicates that an average American consumes 22 pounds of confections each year, most of which is chocolate. The Northeast and Midwestern states have higher sales throughout the year. It would not be difficult to imagine that National Candy Month would be different.
The Purpose of National Candy Month
While consuming tasty treats seems like the focus of the celebration, the reason is to honor candy manufacturers in the U.S. Their innovation and success are excellent reasons to celebrate, explains the National Confectioners Association CEO, John Downs.
The oldest chocolate manufacturer in the U.S. was founded by Dr. James Baker and John Hannon in 1765. The Boston-based company sold unsweetened chocolate when it was initially launched. Eventually, they began to sell sweetened candy bars, as well.
Which non-chocolate confection manufacturer is the oldest remains under debate; one created the first candy but did not establish their business first. New England Confectionery Company (NECCO), invented their wafer candies in 1847 but did not officially become a company until 1903. The Good & Plenty company began to sell their candy-coated black licorice in 1893.
Favorite chocolate bar companies were founded:
- Ghirardelli Chocolate Company — 1852;
- The Hershey Company — 1894;
- Mars Incorporated — 1911;
- Russell Stover — 1921.
Overall, there are 1,360 companies making chocolate and cocoa products in the U.S., which accounts for $16 billion in sales each year. Another $10 billion per year are earned from the sale made by 493 companies selling non-chocolate confections. There are approximately 3,200 specialty businesses selling candy sweets and nuts, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.
The National Confectioners Association reports that the industry comprises more than 1,000 factories, employs approximately 55,000 jobs, and has a direct financial impact $36,000 billion, in their 2016 press release.
For every 1 job that the industry creates in manufacturing, another 7 are supported in related fields like retail, agriculture, and shipping.
Places to Celebrate National Candy Month
Other than the local grocers, convenience stores, pharmacies, etc., these decadent treats can be found in places suitable for having super parties this month. Ferrall’s Ice Cream Parlours, The Cheesecake Factory, and other restaurants serving decadent desserts.
At the Melting Pot in Portland, Oregon, the fondues menu includes:
- The Original, which is made of milk chocolate, swirled with crunchy peanut butter;
- For the fondue purist the option of milk, white, or dark chocolate melted to a dipping decadence;
- Create Your Own, which allows the consumer to choose their chocolate choice and add a liqueur such as Disaronno®, Baileys®, Cointreau®, Grand Marnier®, Chambord® or Tuaca®.
No matter how one chooses to celebrate National Candy Month, it is certain to be a sweet time. Furthermore, the candy industry and related jobs, not only makes America sweet, but they keep the economy flowing just like the 26-foot-3-inch fountain, with 4,409 pounds of chocolate, at the rate of 120 quarts per minute, at Bellagio Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada.
By Cathy Milne
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