National Candy Month

Ask anyone to name their favorite candies, and they’re likely to list a laundry list of some of the more popular confections. That’s because candy is one of the most well-loved treats in the world, and people everywhere enjoy the sweet rush of sugar that a good piece of candy delivers to them.

Candy is so popular that it was even given its own month. It was decided that June should be National Candy Month, and now people all across the U.S. indulge in their favorite chocolates, taffies, hard candies, and gums during it. Anyone with a sweet tooth might consider celebrating this month by first taking a visit to their local grocery store, gas station, candy store, or any place else that sells the sweet stuff.

The History of National Candy Month

Historical evidence has found that candy has been around for thousands of years. Although Egypt is often cited as the place where candy originated, it’s likely that people have been raiding honeycombs and other natural sources of sugar to make candies for thousands of years before the Egyptians.

The Egyptians made candy using fruits and nuts that were combined with honey, and the ancient Greeks would make candied flowers and fruits. The first modern candies wouldn’t be made until the 16th century, however.

It was during this time that chocolate would begin to be made from cocoa beans that were brought back to Europe from the New World. In the United States and Great Britain, boiled sugar candy became popular during the 17th century, and by the 19th century, hard candies would become popular.

The first chocolate candy bars wouldn’t come onto the scene until the mid-19th century. Although candy had been around for thousands upon thousands of years, it wouldn’t be until January of 1975 that National Candy Month was invented by the National Confectioners Association.

This month was created to help boost candy sales after the end of the holiday season when candy sales begin to drop. It would eventually be moved to May before it would find its permanent place on the calendar during June.

Observing National Candy Month

The hardest part of observing National Candy Month is deciding what type of candy to purchase. Some people like hard candy, while other people might like nougats. Some people might like chocolates, while other people prefer taffy.

Fortunately, there is no wrong answer, and people can choose the candy that suits them the best. And while they’re enjoying their candy, they should take the time to share their favorites online using the hashtag #NationalCandyMonth on social media.

When is it?
This year (2024)
June 1 Saturday
Next year (2025)
June 1 Sunday
Last year (2023)
June 1 Thursday
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