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Saturday, October 31, 2009

Halloween Fun Food Facts

Happy Halloween!!!!

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Let the ghouls, ghosts and goblins come out and play. It's been a while since I've done a Fun Food Fact post, so I figured I devote it to this sweet and spoooooooky holiday. For all you trick-or-treaters going out tonight, stay safe out there. Now on with the fun facts.

 One - 
On Halloween, Irish peasants would beg the rich for food. For those that refused, they would play a practical joke. So, in an effort to avoid being tricked, the rich would hand out cookies, candy, and fruit – a practice that morphed into trick-or-treating today.

The number one candy of choice for Halloween is Snickers

There are an estimated 106 million potential treat-or-treat stops (i.e., housing units occupied year-round, per the U.S. Census)

Four - 
Of all the candy sold annually, one quarter of it is sold during Halloween time (September – November 10) making it the sweetest holiday of the year. 

Five - 
The world's record for biggest pumpkin is currently held by a gigantic gourd weighing a whopping 1,385 pounds!

Six - 
More than 35 million pounds of candy corn will be produced this year. That equates to nearly 9 billion pieces -- enough to circle the moon nearly four times if laid end-to-end.

Seven - 
Each year 2 billion dollars is spent on Halloween candy.

Eight -
The biggest pumpkin pie on record was baked by the New Breman Giant Pumpkin Growers in Ohio in 2005. After baking for five hours in a special oven, it weighed 2,020 pounds and measured 12 feet, 4 inches wide and 4 inches deep

Nine -
Candy corn was invented in the 1880s by George Renninger of the Wunderlee Candy and is produced today by the Jelly Belly Candy Company.

Ten -
Bobbing for apples is thought to have originated from the roman harvest festival that honors Pamona, the goddess of fruit trees.



Cucinista said...

Great list. I knew I loved halloween, but now have even more reasons.

Dewi said...

Happy halloween Jenn. What an interesting facts you found here.

Unknown said...

Some very cool facts! Have a fab Halloween :D.

Donna-FFW said...

Snickers, huh? Thought it may have been hersheys or m and ms
Fun facts!

Screamin' Mama said...

Thanks for sharing all those fun facts. Halloween is one of my favourite days of the year!

Screamin' Mama said...

Thanks for sharing all those fun facts. Halloween is one of my favourite days of the year!

chow and chatter said...

oh i love it linking to facebook and twitter he he

Daily Spud said...

I never heard that about the origin of trick-or-treating - I was pretty sure that we Irish got treat-or-treating from the US! Hallowe'en itself does have origins in an older Irish pagan festival of Samhain, though, so we've certainly been celebrating it in some shape or form for quite a while now :)

Reeni said...

I love Halloween! Great facts! Have a great one!

Justin said...

we have half a bag of candy corn left that might end up in the trash -- my daughter and i were joking around after reading the stats on the bag about how much candy corn is produced that only a fraction of that actually gets eaten. i wonder...

OysterCulture said...

Fun facts, we saw nearly the biggest pumpkin on record - it was 1,148 pounds in Mendocino county and it dwarfed us. An impressive site to be sure. Happy Halloween!

Mary Bergfeld said...

Now I never knew that or that or that! Have a wonderful Halloween.

teresa said...

i love this! fun facts are always so cool, i learned something new today!!

lisaiscooking said...

I like these facts, and I like candy corn. I like reindeer corn and Easter corn too!

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