See also: Candy Bars; Chocolate; etc
There were 1,333 U.S. manufacturing establishments that produced chocolate and cocoa products in 2012, employing 37,150 people. This industry’s value of shipments totaled $14.4 billion.
There were 439 U.S. establishments that manufactured nonchocolate confectionary products in 2012. These establishments employed 19,141 people.
* US Census Bureau, October, 2013
American adults (18 and over) consume 65 percent of the candy that's produced each year.
The Dutch are the biggest eaters of candy, at 65 pounds per person a year; Americans eat about 21 pounds a year.
Halloween, Christmas, Easter and Valentine's Day are the biggest candy selling days in that order.
If you look in the garbage of the average American home after Halloween, you find empty candy wrappers. However, after Valentine’s Day, you will find the wrappers, boxes and candy all thrown away.
It is supposedly against the law in Idaho to give anyone a box of candy that weighs more than 50 pounds.
Pop Rocks were introduced by General Foods in 1974. Ever since 1956, when company research chemist William Mitchell found a way to put carbon dioxide into a solid, General Foods had searched for a product to market using this process.
Number of U.S. establishments that manufactured nonchocolate confectionary products in 2008. These establishments employed 16,860 people. California led the nation in this category, with 47 establishments.
Number of U.S. manufacturing establishments that produced chocolate and cocoa products in 2008, employing 38,369 people. California led the nation in the number of chocolate and cocoa manufacturing establishments, with 146, followed by Pennsylvania, with 115. (*US Census Bureau, 2010)
Per capita consumption of candy by Americans in 2004 was 24.7 pounds; it is believed a large portion is consumed by kids on and during the days immediately following Halloween. Candy consumption has actually declined over the last few years: in 1997, each American gobbled or savored more than 27 pounds a year.
* US Census Bureau, October, 2005
There were 1,271 locations producing chocolate and cocoa products in 2003. These establishments employed 43,379 people. California led the nation in the number of such establishments (with 146) followed by Pennsylvania (with 120). These locations shipped $13.5 million worth of goods.
There were 519 U.S. locations that produced nonchocolate confectionary products in 2003. These establishments employed 23,343 people and shipped $5.5 million worth of goods.
* US Census Bureau, October, 2005
There were 1,040 U.S. manufacturing establishments producing chocolate and cocoa products in 2001. These establishments employed 45,913 people and shipped $12 billion worth of goods that year. California led the nation in the number of chocolate and cocoa manufacturing establishments (with 116) followed by Pennsylvania (with 107).
There were 616 U.S. establishments that manufactured nonchocolate confectionary products in 2001. These establishments employed 26,400 people and shipped $7 billion worth of goods that year. California also led the nation in this category (with 75 establishments).
* US Census Bureau, October, 2003
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