Wednesday, June 1, 2016

June is National Candy Month

A Collection of Candies and 'Candy Days'

 

M&M's Peanuts
Sweet-tasting treats we call Candy have been around for thousands of years. Early man first discovered how great sweets tasted when he began digging honey out of bee hives.

Various types of actual 'candy' were found in the recorded history of the Egyptians 3500 years ago. In the 17th century, boiled candies became popular. 

Homemade hard candies, like peppermints and lemon drops became a favorite in America in the 1800s, as sugar-beet juice and the advancement of mechanical appliances made sweet-making into an industry! And we haven't even started on how much chocolate and gum makes us candy-lovers happy. :)


Origin of National Candy Month


After doing a long search through many types and sources of Candy, all we know for sure is that JUNE is National Candy Month. No one appears to have given a reason for either the national celebration or why June was chosen as 'candy' month, so we will simply 'enjoy' and 'indulge our sweet tooth' throughout June. :)

Candies Associated with Holidays

 


1960s Holiday Retro Candy Gift Box


These 'sweet snacks' called Candy are especially popular around certain special events throughout the year and have become integrated in celebrations and holidays.

Halloween, Christmas, Easter and Valentine's Day are the biggest candy selling days . . in that order.


We Love Candy!


We all know certain candies are associated with particular holidays, but, did you know that there are many, many other days throughout the year that celebrate the sweetness we call candy in one form or another, with ‘chocolate’ being the #1 term used? Let’s check out a few of those chocolate ones.

 

 Chocolate Candy Holiday Celebrations






  • January 3rd - National Chocolate Covered Cherry Day
  • February 19 - Chocolate Mint Day
  • The 3rd Week of March is 'American Chocolate Week'.
  • March 19 - National Chocolate Caramel Day
  • March 24 - National Chocolate-Covered Raisin Day
  • April 21 - National Chocolate-Covered Cashews Day
  • May 12 - National Nutty Fudge Day
  • June 16 - FUDGE Day!
  • July 7 - CHOCOLATE DAY!
  • July 28 - National Milk Chocolate Day
  • September 13 - International Chocolate Day
  • September 22 - National White Chocolate Day

For 'whatever' reason, there appears to be several 'Days' devoted to the celebration of CHOCOLATE (and, why not... :). National Chocolate Day is on a Candy Holidays list for October 28th, December 28th and December 29th. Perhaps these days are set aside to finish up those chocolate treats from Halloween and Christmas! :-)


  • November 7 - National Bittersweet Chocolate with Almonds Day
  • And (Finally... and rightly so).... December 16 - National Chocolate-Covered Anything Day!


Candy Man

 

Listen to 'The Candyman... While you Check out these Candy Holidays


A Collection of Candies and 'Candy Days'


The various types of candy are too numerous to list in one article. They include everything from Candy Bars to Lollipops to candies associated with particular holidays. I've included just a few here, but they all taste delicious! And...as you can see... your 'candy' days don't have to be limited just to June!

  • February 14 - Valentine's Day
  • April 22 - Jelly Bean Day
  • May 23 - National Taffy Day
  • July 20 - National Lollipop Day
  • October is National Caramel Month

  • October 30 - Candy Corn Day
  • October 31 - Candy Apple Day
  • December 26 - Candy Cane Day

A Bit of Trivia for National Candy Month

  
Candy is easily made by melting sugar in water. The candy type depends on the temperature at which it is heated. Hot temperatures result in hard candy; medium temperatures make soft candy and low temperature result in chewy candy.  Fun to remember this when making (or eating) your next batch of fudge or peanut brittle or chocolate bon-bons. 

© 2012 Wednesday-Elf  (originally written on another site)

12 comments:

  1. The whole month of June! That is too funny. It makes sense though because after I eat all of the candy, I will need exercise and long walks. I do love chocolate. Glad to know we have a holiday to celebrate some form of chocolate almost year round.

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    1. Chocolate is definitely a 'fave' of many, Mouse. :)

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  2. Wow, 30 days in a row that I don't need an excuse to eat candy! Not that I needed an excuse anyway, but, you know... this kinda makes it more official. :D

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    1. Definitely good to be 'official', Susan.... LOL. Thanks for visiting my 'candyland'.

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  3. Oh gee thanks! Now I'm hungry for chocolate and I have none in the house!!! :) I didn't know June was National Candy Month. No wonder I always liked June.

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    1. June is not the only month to enjoy chocolate or other candies, Dawn Rae. As you can see from the list above, there are LOTS of 'candy days' throughout the year. :)

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  4. Candy Month! Just my luck, lol - Just the photos having my mouth watering for some sweets (and it's only 10:30am!) I'll have to treat my grown kids to some extra treats this month - I'll tell them it's Candy month and that's the reason :)

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    1. Never need a reason for a 'sweet treat', Barbara, but Candy Month in June makes for a good enough reason! :)

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  5. National Candy Day sounds like a great day to celebrate. :)

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    1. What's especially cool, Paula, is Candy Day is celebrated throughout the whole month of June, so you could have a different kind of candy every day of the month! :)

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  6. I'm going to keep this one as a reference. There's a lot of candy days I'd like to celebrate here.

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  7. There certainly are a lot of fun candy days to celebrate throughout the year, Barbara. I'll be celebrating right along with you. :)

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