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Five Facts about the Top Five Halloween Candies

Lauren Urschel, Online Editor

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Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups:

  1. They were invented by Harry Burnett (H.B.) Reese
  2. H.B. was inspired to make Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups by his job at a Hershey’s dairy farm
  3. At first H.B. made chocolate treats in his basement and named them after his kids (which he had 16 of)
  4. Reese’s used to be called “penny cups” in the 1920’s because they only cost a penny
  5. Hershey’s bought H.B. Reese Candy Co. from sons following Reese’s death

 

M&M’s:

  1. Invented by Forrest Mars and Bruce Murrie
  2. They were not stamped with an “M” until 1950
  3. “Melts in your mouth, not in your hand” slogan arose in 1954
  4. Colors began to be introduced in 1960, starting with red, yellow, and green
  5. M&M’s weren’t sold in countries outside of the United States until 1980

Snickers:

  1. The inventor of snickers, Frank Mars, is the father of Forrest Mars, the inventor of M&M’s
  2. Mars named the candy after his horse, Snickers
  3. There was confusion over the name of the bar during its early years, as some called it the Marathon Bar
  4. More than 40 variations of Snickers have been produced
  5. “You’re Not You When You’re Hungry” is the candy’s popular slogan

Hershey’s:

  1. 1900 is the year Hershey’s chocolate bar was first manufactured
  2. Invented by Milton Hershey
  3. This was the first candy that made milk chocolate available to everyone, not just the rich
  4. Hershey sold his caramel company for $1 million to make the Hershey Chocolate Company
  5. The company is now called Hershey’s Food Corporation due to its growth in wealth and product

 

Kit Kats:

  1. The candy is named after a 17th century literary club named Kit Kat
  2. During WWII, Kit Kats had a blue wrapper and were made without milk due to rationing
  3. Originally created in York, United Kingdom
  4. Kit Kats were a box of chocolates in their early years
  5. The first ad featuring the popular “break” idea was released in 1958

*Photos curtesy of Top Five in the US

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