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National Cotton Candy Day

Rosa Zuckerwatte pink Cotton candyHappy National Cotton Candy Day!

National Cotton Candy Day celebrates the sweet, fluffy, melt-in-your-mouth treat you’ll always find at amusement parks, carnivals, fairs, circuses and sports venues.

Although machine-spun cotton candy was invented in1897 by William Morrison and John C. Warton, the two men did not introduce the treat to a wide audience until 1904 at St. Louis World’s Fair, where it was introduced as “fairy floss.” The inventors sold their “fairy floss” for 25 cents per box, selling 68,000 boxes during the fair’s six-month run.

In the 1920s, “fairy floss” was renamed as cotton candy.

Read more about the history of cotton candy by clicking here.

Celebrate National Cotton Candy Day by making your own cotton candy!

 

Sources: holidayinsights, punchbowl.comfoodservicewarehouse.com, wikipedia.org
Photo Source:  By Usien (Own work),  CC-BY-SA-3.0-2.5-2.0-1.0, via Wikimedia Commons
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National Gummi Worm Day

July 15 is National Gummi Worm Day!

Celebrate one of the most popular molds of gummi candy by treating yourself to a bag of gummi worms! Gummi Worm Day is also a fun day to celebrate with the kids. Not only are gummi worms a sweet, tasty treat, but they make for fun and creative snacks, like “worms ‘n dirt!”

Find more gummi worm snack ideas here!

Find out more about gummi worms and the history of gummi candies by clicking here.

Sources: punchbowl.com, theultimateholidaysite.com
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National Truffles Day

May 2 is National Truffles Day!

Truffles are chocolate based confections that are filled with a creamy ganache and topped with cocoa powder, hard shell chocolate, icing, chopped nuts, or drizzled chocolate. There are three main types of truffles which vary in their preparation slightly: American, European, and Swiss.

French Patissiere Louis Dufour invented the chocolate truffle in Chambery, France in 1895. The chocolate covered ganache balls looked a lot like black mushroom truffles that grew deep in the forest, so the confections were named after them.

A few years later, Antoine Dufour opened the Prestat Chocolate Shop in London, which is credited for the popularization of chocolate truffles in the UK and beyond.

Celebrate National Truffles Day by – what else? – eating truffles!

Sources: Punch Bowl, Wikipedia

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National Jelly Bean Day

April 22 is National Jelly Bean Day!

Although researchers remain unsure as to why April 22 has been chosen as National Jelly Bean Day, we’re pretty sure no one is complaining!

The jelly bean was introduced sometime during the mid-19th century and was an especially popular morale booster for troops during the civil war. Jelly beans had somewhat of a juicy revolution in the 1980s when Jelly Belly began manufacturing jelly beans made with real fruit juices. This innovation cemented jelly beans as more than just your average Easter candy.

Celebrate National Jelly Bean Day by making colorful and edible jelly bean jewelry, playing “How many jelly beans in the jar?”, or simply eating some jelly beans!

Sources: Chiff, Days of the Year

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National Licorice Day

April 12 is National Licorice Day!

National Licorice Day was founded in 2004 by Licorice International, which is the leading specialty seller of imported licorice in the country. Licorice international imports their licorice from 14 countries worldwide, but their main retail site is located in Lincoln, Nebraska.

Celebrate National Licorice Day by touring the Licorice International facility, learning about the history of licorice, testing out some licorice tea, or throwing your own licorice tasting party.

Sources: Wikipedia, Licorice International

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National Candy Corn Day

Candy-CornOctober 30 is National Candy Corn Day!

National Candy Corn Day celebrates the three-layered, autumn-colored candy made to mimic a kernel of corn. While commonly enjoyed during the fall, particularly on Halloween, candy corn was once advertised as a summer candy in the 1950s and enjoyed year-round as a penny candy, or a type of candy sold in bulk for a penny or a nickel per sack, during the first half of the 20th century.

Celebrate National Candy Corn Day by enjoying a handful or two of candy corn today…After all, you don’t want to be too full for tomorrow’s Halloween treats…including more candy corn!

Did You Know…that candy corn has been around for over 100 years? Candy corn was created in the 1880s by George Renninger, a candy maker at the Wunderle Candy Company.  Read more about candy corn’s history by clicking here.

 

Sources: holidayinsights.com, punchbowl.com, wikipedia.org, theatlantic.com
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