Counting candy


Halloween is the holiday with the biggest sweet tooth


Ask any kid to name his or her favorite holiday and Halloween is likely to rank at the top. According to a survey by the National Confectioners Association, 79 percent of parents say that treat or treating is a fun family tradition to continue with their kids.

Halloween is the confectionery industry's biggest candy holiday. NCA President Larry Graham estimates Americans will spend more than $2 billion on Halloween candy this year.

Satisfy your sweet tooth with these facts, by the numbers:

20,000,000 Number of pounds of candy corn Americans will buy for Halloween this year.

93 The percentage of children who will go trick or treating.

15 The percentage of American children and adolescents ages 6 to 19 who are overweight, according to a National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey.

52 The percentage of American adults who prefer chocolate to other flavors.

3,100,000,000 Pounds of chocolate consumed by Americans in 2001.

7,000,000,000 Pounds of chocolate and candy manufactured each year.

3,500,000 Pounds of whole milk used every day by chocolate manufacturers.

65 Percentage of candy produced each year that adults age 18 and over eat.

44 The estimated number of dollars spent per American household on Halloween candy.

45 The estimated amount spent per household on Halloween costumes and decorations.

82 The percentage of children who plan to dress up for parties or trick or treating in 2002.

4,000,000 The dollars raised by children last year as part of Trick-Or-Treat for UNICEF.


--Nicole Caputo

Kids Eat Chicago

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