Friday, June 15, 2012


A Quick Guide to Candy Facts

  • Besides being great for the taste buds, there are other interesting candy facts that you may not know.

  • Candy - the word usually refers to foods made from sugar. It may be added to a liquid or sprinkled on top, but sugar is the main ingredient. There is seemingly no end to the candy that we can make.

  • A few of the more interesting candy facts:

  • Each year, there are 60 million chocolate Easter bunnies made.

  • Making a marshmallow peep takes six minutes.

  • Cocoa butter's melting point is only a bit above the human body temperature, which is why chocolate can melt in your hands, as well as your mouth.

  • One of the most unbelievable candy facts: Americans over the age of 18 eat 65 percent of every year's candy production – not the kids!

  • Americans eat about 25 pounds of candy per person annually. In contrast, the people in Denmark eat 36 pounds per person.

  • From the list of bizarre candy facts:

  • King Tut's tomb contained large supplies of licorice.

  • Seven billion pounds of candy and chocolate are made in the United States every year.

  • Americans like chocolate the best of any flavor; 52% of adults in the United States said chocolate is their favorite flavor. Second place was a tie – vanilla and berry flavors.

  • Makers of chocolate use 20% of the world's supply of peanuts and 40% of the world's almonds in their products.

  • The Midwest and Northeast eat more candy than the Mid-Atlantic, West, South or Southwest regions.

  • More Candy Facts For Your Enjoyment!

  • Recent studies show that candy is a school child's number one choice for an after school treat.

  • Hard candies are more popular with young children than older children.

  • In the category of longevity candy facts, roughly 65% of U.S. candy brands have been in existence for fifty years or more.

  • Some “ageless” candy facts:

  • Butterfinger bars were invented in 1923, Reese's Peanut Butter Cups also in 1923, The Snickers bar in 1930, and Hershey's Milk Chocolate Bar in 1900.

  • M&M's were invented in 1940, Nestle's Crunch in 1938, Kit Kats in 1933, and Three Musketeers bars in 1932.

    Odd names in candy facts lore:

    • Some candy names introduced in the 1920's: Chicken Dinner, Snickers, Butterfinger, Milky Way, Mr. Goodbar, Oh Henry, Kandy Kake, Vegetable Sandwich, Big Dearos, Fat Emmas and Milk Nut Loaf. It’s no wonder some of those didn't last.

    • Milky Way's were introduced in 1923, by Frank Mars. They went on to make the Snickers bar starting in 1930. Three Musketeers were brought out in 1932, and the original Three Musketeers had three separate bars, each a different flavor!


    So – the inevitable has happened – zombies have attacked the world. You need to know how to survive and this is the list you need – the top 7 zombie survival tips.

    1. Pull yourself together!

    Zombie 1

       If it’s a zombie infestation, the cops, firemen, and ambulance men will all be rather busy, or dead. When the first zombies are seen, the police will take them to hospitals. Do not lock yourself in your apartment and wait for the police to save you. Do not cooperate with the authorities. They know nothing about zombies, as they believe that zombies are a myth.

    2. Get armed!!

    Zombie 2

       You do not want to face zombies and be unarmed, even if they are not so smart or quick or powerful, they will be too dangerous to fight bare handed. Firearms are good, but you should also have some side weapons you can use if you run out of bullets, or if they get too close. Anything’s good: knives, swords, axes or even poleaxes if you know how to use one properly. Blunt weapons are also good, but you must wear protection goggles and a mask, or something to protect your face from the splash.

    3. Get armored

    Zombie 3

       You must try to protect your body as much as you can, especially the neck, arms and legs. These are the most exposed parts to bite. You can find lots of body armor from army surplus shops, or even martial arts and hunting shops. Jeans also offer good protection from bites.

    4. Leave town!

    Zombie 4

       If the zombie infestation caught you in a big town, you must leave immediately. It’s one thing to face 10 zombies, but another thing to face 10000 zombies. Best thing is to go to the country. Farms are quite easy to defend, and the open spaces won’t let you get caught by surprise.

    5. Gather supplies

    Zombie 5

       Gather as many supplies as you can. Everything from bottled water to gas – you will need it. And it won’t be hard to do it…if everyone’s dead it won’t be stealing! Best thing is to get a truck and start looting the largest stores in the area. Don’t go into big towns, and don’t start looting until you are 100% sure there won’t be a zombie attack, let alone a big one! You don’t want the authorities to stop the attack, nor do you want to end up in jail for looting.

    6. Barricade

    Zombie 6

       Some barbed wire and a whole bunch of gas filled bottles can do wonders when defending your resort from a zombie attack. Also, alarms are a very good idea. You can make them yourself (some cans and pots on a wire) or get a real one, motion sensors and everything (see number 5 for looting tips – Gas and Generator required).

    7. Search for survivors

    Zombie 7

       After you have enough supplies, and your home and the surroundings are safe, you should start searching for survivors. Even if you are the only one of your group still alive, you’ll end up going mad if you remain alone. Start with the small towns around you. It will be quite easy if you have a zombie proof car. Just go to the town limits and honk. If zombies are there, they will head in your direction and you can just leave; alternatively you will recognize the survivors and can form a group. Safety in numbers!