November 4 is celebrated as National Candy Day. I don’t know about you, but I don’t need a reason to celebrate with candy! But since it’s the day for it, join me for some fun facts and recipes to honor this tasty national day.
Halloween is no sooner done than the next round of holiday entertaining is in full gear. It’s no wonder National Candy Day falls this time of the year. There is certainly no shortage of the sweet treat, right now, is there?
Don’t know what National Days are? Check out my National Day Guide which gives lots of information on the National days of the year.
For another national sweet treat day, Check out National Licorice Day on April 12.
November is a month just full of National Food Days. Even Cookie Monster gets his own day. Discover more about the November National Days here.
What is National Candy Day?
When we use the term candy, it can mean different things to different people. There are candy bars, boxes of chocolates and salt water taffy varieties. Hard candy, gumdrops and lollipops are popular with many.
And when you get into home made candy making, truffles and copy cat recipes of your favorite candy bars head the list. A national candy day brings our attention to the sweet treats and gives us a reason to celebrate it.
No matter what you think candy means, we can all agree on one thing…it is great to tempt our sweet tooth!
Top selling candy varieties
All candy is popular but there is a list of the top 10 retail varieties of candy that always seem to sell well. M&Ms and Peanut Butter Cups head the list!
Fun Facts about Candy
Whether you have a fondness for caramels, gummy worms, hard candy or chocolate, National Candy day is the day that you’ll be interested in these fun facts about the history of candy.
- Believe it or not, less than 2% of the calories in the average American diet comes from eating candy.
- A one-ounce chunk of milk chocolate has just about the same amount of caffeine as a cup of decaf coffee.
- In Germany, they eat twice as much candy as we do here in the USA!
- Candy was not always available to the masses. In the middle ages, the high cost of candy made it a treat that only the wealthy could afford.
- 65% of the candy manufactured in the USA is consumed by those over the age of 18. (I guess we keep the best stuff for ourselves!)
- The Snickers candy bar, (introduced in 1929,) was named after the family horse of Frank and Ethel Mars.
- Milk Chocolate was created in 1875 by Daniel Peter and Henri Nestle.
- Some candies actually are free of fat and cholesterol, which makes them a healthier choice. Options are hard candy, gum drops, Twizzlers and lollipops.
How to celebrate National Candy Day
The answer to this question is obvious! Treat yourself to your favorite candy sweet treat. Here are some other ways to celebrate the day.
- Help spread the word on social media, using the hashtag #nationalcandyday
- Make a trip to the candy shop to discover some new varieties of candy.
- Take a candy making course.
- Make some caramel apples covered in candy (it’s just one of dozens of caramel apple toppings!)
- Make some home made candy at home.
- Send your friends a Candy Gram.
- Donate some candy to the food bank.
- Make a candy pizza.
- Watch a candy video!
Recipes for Homemade Candy
Making candy at home is much easier than you might think. If you have some kind of sugar, you’ll be half way there! Check out these delicious candy recipes.
- Perfect for this time of the year, this Salted Pumpkin Fudge is a Paleo and Vegan sweet treat that is perfect for the Thanksgiving dessert table.
- These raspberry cheesecake truffles are great for both Christmas and Valentine’s day. They are super easy to make!
- Christmas will be here before we know it. Time to make up a batch of this Peppermint Bark. It makes a great home made Christmas gift.
- Do you need a Reese’s Peanut butter cup fix? Try making these chocolate peanut butter truffles. The candy leaf sprinkles makes them perfect for autumn.
- If you have someone in your family who is vegan, they don’t have to miss out. Normal fudge contains butter but this vegan peanut butter fudge has a great substitute that works just fine and tastes great.
- Who doesn’t love Bailey’s Irish Cream this time of the year. Instead of drinking it, use it to make this Bailey’s Irish Cream Fudge. The flavor is amazing!
- Sometimes you feel like a nut, sometimes you don’t… but you always feel like a piece of this homemade almond joy candy.
- Learn how to make the traditional Christmas favorite – Chocolate covered Cherries. You won’t believe how easy it is.
- One of my favorite Holiday treats is peanut brittle. Do you know you can make it in the microwave? Check out my recipe for home made peanut brittle here.
- The holidays would not be complete in our house without some homemade buckeye fudge. It’s like a Reese’s peanut butter cup, but better!
- Combine the flavor of peanuts and chocolate with these peanut cluster recipes for National Peanut Cluster Day.
There are close to 2000 National Days in our calendar for the year. Don’t miss a single one of these special days. Be sure to check back often to see which National Day we are celebrating this week.
Also be sure to check out my printable calendar for the National Days in November. It’s a big help when you plan your menus for the month.
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Now it’s your turn. Tell us what your favorite candy is to celebrate National Candy Day.
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