We’ve reached that time of year where candy fanatics get prepared to go trick-or-treating on Halloween in the hopes of scoring a bucket full of their favorite treats. (I’m personally partial to Almond Joy and Twix, just in case you were wondering…) Have you ever wondered how your favorite candy got its name? Do you know which candy bar Mars Chocolate invented first? Here are some fun facts about the Halloween candy that you know and love.
10 Fun Facts about the Origins of Halloween Candy
1. Candy Corn was originally called ‘chicken feed’ due to its appearance. That name helped market the candy to rural clientele.
2. Nerds were originally available in only strawberry and grape flavor when they were invented in 1983.
3. Smarties were invented because Ce De Candy company wanted a candy that would not melt in the sun.
4. Tootsie Rolls were named after the inventor, Leo Hirshfield’s daughter, whose nickname was Tootsie.
5. When created in 1932, each individually wrapped 3 Musketeers consisted of three smaller bars, one of each filled with vanilla, chocolate, and strawberry filling.
6. Hershey’s Kisses were originally little squares when they were invented in 1907.
7. M&M’s were named for their co-creators - Forest Mars and Hershey’s executive William Murray.
8. The Snickers bar, invented in 1930, was the second candy bar invented by Mars Candy Company. The first one was the Milky Way.
9. The Milky Way is named after a popular 1920s malted milkshake and is considered to be America’s first filled candy.
10. The Butterfinger bar name was decided by a public naming contest. It is the second candy bar creation of Curtiss Candy Company, who first invented the Baby Ruth bar.
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