Trick or Treat Tidbits: Fun Facts About Halloween Candy

I’ll admit it, if there is a bowl of Halloween candy lying around the office I can’t control myself! That’s why I always leave the bags I buy for trick-or-treaters unopened until the first ghost or princess or pirate shows up on my doorstep! It’s just too tempting to have all that candy lying around. By the end of the night, if I have extra candy each trick-or-treater is getting handful, otherwise I’m eating way more candy than I need to. In honor of Halloween, and the candy comas our kids are about to suffer from, here are a few fun facts about Halloween candy.

How much candy?!
According to the Huffington Post, Americans purchase nearly 600 million pounds of candy a year for Halloween! That’s equal to 16 billion fun size Snickers bars or 158 trillion individual Candy Corns. Ninety million pounds of chocolate candy is sold during Halloween week; compare that to 65 million pounds of chocolate sold during the week leading up to Easter and measly 48 million pounds during Valentine’s week.

Candy corn as far as the eye can see.
Nearly 35 million pounds of candy corn are sold around Halloween, according to the National Confectioners Association. That’s about 9 billion individual kernels of corn, which is impressive considering it’s only on the shelves for a few weeks. And apparently “Candy Corn” is the most searched-for candy term in Google in 2011, more popular than candy apples, gummy worms and candy pumpkins. Roughly 52% of people say it’s just not Halloween without candy corn, but 48% say they’d just as soon forget about it.
If Brach’s laid out the Candy Corn kernels sold each end to end, they would wrap around the Earth 4.25 times!

Candy don’t come cheap.
The average household spends $21.05 on Halloween candy each year, which equals 10% of annual candy sales and nearly $2 billion dollars! Most pick up their personal favorite to share with trick-or-treaters.

Some candy is worse than others.
The least healthy Halloween candy is Mr. Goodbar, according MyHealthNewsDaily. A 49-gram Mr. Goodbar gives you 250 calories, 17 grams of fat (including 7 grams of saturated fat) and 23 grams of sugar. The healthiest Halloween candy is Jolly Ranchers. You can eat 3 Jolly Ranchers and only consume 70 calories, no fat and 11 grams of sugar. Some people try to pace their candy consumption and limit themselves to a few pieces a day, others pick out their favorites and leave the rest behind. But I think we can all agree that eating a whole bag full of candy in one sitting in a bad idea, no matter how “healthy” that candy is! For the record, a single trick-or-treater’s candy haul could translate to about 11,000 calories (a week’s worth).