National Candy Day is Nov. 4: What are you doing with all of those Halloween treats?

spedersen@ledger-enquirer.comNovember 4, 2013 

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Photo illustration of jack-o'-lantern made from candy corn, M&Ms, Reese's peanut butter cups and Twix bars. Minneapolis Star-Tribune 2008

NELSON — MCT

Count this as one day that makes perfect sense.

Today (Nov. 4) is National Candy Day, and if your kids are anything like mine, they're all hopped up on the bags of candy left over from Halloween.

According to punchbowl.com, humans have been consuming sweets as early as 300 AD when the Aztecs and Mayans consumed chocolate during religious rituals.

And since this national holiday is just four days after trick-or-treating, that got me wondering. What is the best and worst Halloween candy? Of course, I have my own opinions, but the good folks at Huffington Post always oblige with their own list. I pretty much endorse this list, except I'm a sucker for some gummy sweets!

Making their "best" list: Kit Kats, Starburst, Twix, Pop Rocks, Butterfinger, Snickers, Nerds, Sour Patch Kids, Reese's peanut butter cups and Crunch.

Making their "worst" list: Smarties, raisins, pencils, Good & Plenty, candy corn, Dots, Now and Later, hard candy, flavored Tootsie rolls, bubble gum.

Some interesting candy facts from punchbowl.com:

• The average American eats 25 pounds of candy each year.

• The average person in Denmark eats 36 pounds each year.

• Tootsie Rolls were created by New York's Leo Hirshfield 1896. He named them after his daughter, who was nicknamed "Tootsie."

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