Chocolate and Candy Trivia
-Seven billion pounds of chocolate and candy are manufactured each year in the United States.
-Chocolate is America's favorite flavor. A recent survey revealed that 52 percent of U.S. adults said they like chocolate best. The second favorite flavor was a tie (at 12 percent each) between berry flavors and vanilla.
-Chocolate manufacturers currently use 40 percent of the world's almonds and 20 percent of the world's peanuts.
-Seventy-one percent of American chocolate eaters prefer milk chocolate.
-The Midwest and the Northeast consume more candy per region than the South, Southwest, West or Mid-Atlantic states.
-The melting point of cocoa butter is just below the human body temperature -- which is why it literally melts in your mouth.
-Older children are significantly more likely to prefer chocolate than younger children (59 percent of 9-11 year-olds prefer chocolate vs. 46 percent of 6-8 year-olds), according to a recent survey.
-Denmark has the highest per capita consumption of candy in the world at 29.5 pounds.
-Americans over 18 years of age consume 65 percent of the candy that's produced each year.
-According to a recent survey conducted by NCA/CMA, candy is the No. 1 choice among children for afternoon snacking.
-Younger children are more likely than older children to prefer hard candies.
-About 65 percent of American candy brands have been around for more than 50 years.
. Source: National Confectioners Association/Chocolate Manufacturers Association