It's nearing Halloween, and excitement is in the air! This season, things are starting to cool off, people are breaking out sweaters, and decorations are being put up. All these things come together to create the special feeling that fall invokes. It's the time for costumes, scary movies, and…CANDY! The Amory student body is no exception to enjoying these things. It became apparent after walking around the school and asking, ”What's your favorite candy?" that people like a wide variety. I had 3 different candies that were brought up the most, and In this article, I will give a short history of each one.
In third place is my favorite candy, Sweet tarts. Sweet tarts were originally introduced to the U.S. in 1963 and came as a variation of Pixy Stix. They have undergone a few name changes such as Tart’n Tiny and Sweethearts. They have also gone through many manufacturers: Sunline Inc., Rowntree Mackintosh, and Nestle, which still owns the candy to this day. This sweet has been going strong for sixty years and shows no signs of slowing down. People will always want a sour treat!
Unsurprisingly in second place is Twix. Twix was first produced in the United Kingdom in 1967 and didn’t come to the U.S. until 1979. For many years it was referred to as Raider in Europe until it was changed officially to Twix in 1991. In the words of Steinfeld’s George Costanza, “Twix is the only candy bar with the cookie crunch.”
Finally Reese, or more specifically, Reese pumpkins, was the most popular. Reese's peanut butter treats are traced back to 1928 when an employee of the Hersey company H.B. Reese created the peanut butter cup in his basement. H.B. Reese was fired from Hersey, not because he was making candy on his own but because Hersey found that it was too expensive to keep the Hersey round barn open. In 1963, Reese’s six sons sold the business to Hersey.
So, there you have it - the most popular Halloween candies among the Amory High School students. Some honorable mentions include Three Musketeers, Starburst, Skittles, and Gummy Worms. So, when you go out this Halloween season and either fill your bag of candy or steal some from your younger siblings, remember these facts as a "sweet" reminder!