Here comes the Halloween candy. Always a tempting time of year, but do yourself a favor and do it in moderation. A few fun-size packs of your favorite candy isn't going to disrupt a healthy lifestyle. But, the influence of Halloween Candy on Americans is so interesting, we thought we would share the Top 5 Most Intriguing:
1. Candy Handout!
Of the 68 percent of Americans who plan on participating in Halloween in 2019, 69 percent of those will buy candy. That’s almost 47 percent of the entire U.S. population filling plastic pumpkins and pillowcases with sugary goodness.
2. Most Popular Candy
The number one candy in America is Skittles! We purchase an average of 3.3 million pounds of the chewy rainbow candies every Halloween. Reese’s peanut butter cups come in a close second with 3 million pounds. As for Seattle, our favorite candy is Salt Water Taffy...at least we are unique!
3. Candy Budget
Consumers will spend an average of $2.6 billion on Halloween candy in 2019. Seem like a lot? Well, it’s actually less than they spend on costumes ($3.2 billion) and decorations ($2.7 billion).
4. Calories from Halloween Candy
On average an American kid eats anywhere between 3,500 and 7,000 calories. That max is the same caloric intake as 13 Big Macs. The kids who eat that much would need to walk for 44 hours or play basketball for 14.5 hours to burn off all those calories.
5. Tootsie Rolls Were Used in Battle
Tootsie Rolls were included in soldiers field rations during World War II to give American troops “quick energy.” They could also hold up under changing weather conditions. In 1950, U.S. and United Nations troops in Korea put out a call for Tootsie Rolls, a code name for mortar shells. When they opened the airdropped box, they discovered they were actually sent Tootsie Roll candies. Luckily, they turned out to be pretty useful. Because of its malleable consistency, they used it to patch up holes in vehicles and equipment, and it was one of few foods soldiers could easily eat in cold temperatures. Make sure your children are following all of these important trick-or-treating safety rules.
This week's delivery includes:
- Organic Flavor King pluots,
- Local Bartlett pears,
- Organic Flavorich pluots from Tiny's Organics
- Ivory green grapes,
- Washington extra fancy Jonagold apples
- Rainforest Alliance-certified bananas.