You guys. Today I found out some amazing news! Did you know that June is National Candy Month?!
I’ve already emailed Huff the Hubs to let him know I expect a different type of candy every single day for the rest of the month. I don’t think he’ll disappoint. While I wait for my Sour Patch Kids to arrive, I thought I’d share some interesting facts about some of my favorite confections!
Did you know that cotton candy was actually invented by a dentist?!
William James Morrison actually patented many food inventions. He developed a lard substitute, and even figured out a chemical process to purify the public drinking water in Nashville!
But his true claim to fame was his “electric candy machine” which he made “candy floss” (aka cotton candy) with! The product was brought to the public in 1904 and became a huge success. (As if something as heavenly as that would fail!)
The 3 Musketeers candy originally came divided into three pieces.
Each piece was a different flavor: vanilla, strawberry, and chocolate. The candy was introduced by the Mars Company in 1932! Sadly, they don’t make it like that anymore. But they do have mint flavored and a crisp bar!
It’s better to eat a ton of candy at once than to spread it out!
Dentists have actually said it’s ok to eat up as much candy as you want at a time. The reason is this: say you eat 5 candy bars at once, 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. So dig in!
Everything in the scene of Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory when the children first see the factory is edible!
The director wanted to make the kids’ reactions to the set as realistic as possible, so he made sure the kids could truly eat everything! The chocolate river was real, the giant mushrooms were really filled with whipped cream and the trees had actual chocolate! The cup that Gene Wilder bites into at the end of the song was not edible, it was made of wax. After he spit it out after one take, they replaced it with one made from sugar.
Milton Hershey (aka, the chocolate pioneer) was supposed to be on the Titanic!
Good thing for us–and Milton!– his wife got sick before they were to set sail on the Titanic. Thankfully, the Hersheys had to change their plans, or else they would’ve gone down with the luxury on April 15, 1912!
How are you going to celebrate National Candy Month? Got any good candy recipes?