Favorite Halloween Candy Quiz

By: Staff

What is the most desirable candy to find in your trick-or-treat bag, according to a 2016 poll?

In a 2016 poll of candy fiends, the chocolate and peanut butter of a Reese's Cup were the No. 1 pick, followed by Snickers and Butterfinger.

True or false: Candy corn ranks as the preferred Halloween candy in five states.

Five states — Wyoming, Tennessee, Texas, Oregon and South Carolina — chose candy corn as their preferred Halloween treat in a 2016 poll.

How much do Americans spend on Reese's Peanut Butter Cups every year?

In 2013, Americans spent $510 million on the sugary favorites, making Reese's the best-selling candy in the U.S.

True or false: Milton Hershey invented the Reese's Cup.

Hershey invented his share of candy, but it was H.B. Reese who invented the cup that bears his name — though he was employed by Hershey at the time.

What year did candy fans first bite into a Reese's Cup?

The Peanut Butter Cup was part of an assortment of chocolates sold by Reese starting in 1928. He started selling individual cups in 1935 and sold his product to Hershey in 1963.

True or false: M&M's are the second best-selling candy after Reese's.

Mars moves 435 million units of M&M's annually. They rank second in overall candy sales but only eighth in sales of snack-sized treats.

What do the M's on M&M's stand for?

The M's stand for Mars and Murrie, who came up with the rainbow-coated candy.

What year were M&M's invented?

The candy was developed in 1941. At first, it was only sold to the military, which included it in soldier rations.

What Halloween favorite was invented in the 1880s by the Wunderlee Candy Co.?

Wunderlee came up with candy corn in the 1880s and sold the recipe to Goelitz — now Jelly Belly — in 1898.

Which of these names was candy corn originally sold under?

To appeal to the nation's rural roots, candy corn was sold as "chicken feed" and featured a picture of a rooster on the box.

How many millions of pounds of candy corn are sold each year?

Love it or hate it, candy companies sell 35 million pounds of the stuff every year; that's a staggering 9 billion kernels.

True or false: Most people nibble candy corn one color at a time.

While 43 percent start by nibbling off the tiny white tip, a full 47 percent pop the entire piece in their mouth at once.

What is the Kit Kat named for?

The crispy treat is named for a 17th century club owned by Christopher Catling.

What year was the first Kit Kat sold?

The first person to break off a piece of a Kit Kat bar did so in 1935, when the treat was known as the Rowntree's Chocolate Crisp.

When did the Kit Kat get its name?

Just two years after it was introduced, the Kit Kat got its famous name. That was also the first time that the word "break" was used to advertise the bar.

What city do Mary Janes hail from?

The Miller family invented Mary Janes in 1884 in their Boston basement — in a home once owned by Paul Revere.

Whom did Charles Miller name Mary Janes after?

Miller claimed to name the candy after his aunt, but cynics claim he was seeking free advertising when he named the candy for Aunt Mary Jane of Buster Brown fame.

What is the Snickers bar named for?

Snickers was named after a racehorse that died two months before the bar made it to market in 1930.

What is the Jolly Rancher named for?

The Jolly Rancher was a 1940s ice cream shop in Colorado before the shop's owners realized that there was big money in hard candy.

What year were Dum Dums introduced?

Dum Dums, so-named because the words are easy to say, came out in 1924. The company now makes 2.4 billion lollipops per year.

What candy bar is one of the four food groups, according to Bart Simpson?

In a 1988 commercial, Bart calls Butterfinger one of the four food groups. The other three are sandwich, cow and jungle.

True or false: The Butterfinger was named for clumsy sports stars.

The term "butterfinger" was used to describe sports players who fumbled the ball and made a perfect name for the candy bar when it was introduced in 1923.

What was the very first flavor of Life Savers?

The Pep-O-Mint Life Saver was introduced in 1912, and the company has created more than 40 new flavors since then.

What candy was originally called Opal Fruits?

Called Opal Fruits when they came out in 1960, Starburst candies originally came in four flavors, including strawberry, lemon, orange and lime.

True or false: The 3 Musketeers bar used to include three flavors in a single bar.

The bar used to include three segments — chocolate, vanilla and strawberry — until it was changed to just chocolate during World War II.

What candy bar once featured a variation known as Forever Yours?

The dark chocolate Milky Way was called the Forever Yours bar until it was pulled off the shelf in 1979. It's now known as the Milky Way Midnight.

True or false: Swedish Fish are actually from Sweden.

The "wine gummies" were introduced in the 1950s by Swedish candy company Malaco.

What percentage of people hand out candy on Halloween?

Nearly 95 percent of Americans buy Halloween candy, but only 70 percent claim to hand this candy out on Halloween.

True or false: The week before Halloween is the biggest week of the year for U.S. candy sellers.

Believe it or not, Easter is the real sweet spot for candy companies, with more candy sold in the week before Easter than the week before Halloween.

How much do Americans spend on Halloween candy each year?

Americans shell out $2 billion annually on Halloween candy and spend almost $7 billion on the holiday, when you include decorations and costumes.

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