Candy in American Pop Culture
Candy has been a celebrity in its own right for as long as people have been eating it. But over the years, many famous faces and raucous rumors have helped turn simple sweets into sugary sensations. There’s just something about celebrities and sugar that go hand in hand. As a society, we thrive off of both, sometimes maybe more than we should: indulging in sweets and celebrity gossip until we get our fix.
American pop culture is chock full of sweet stories of our confection-filled lives, both past and present. There are probably even a few that you’ve never heard before! That’s why, in Treats of the Trade, We’ll dive into the many influences candy has had on our pop culture, and vice versa. Our goal is to unwrap the tall tales and real reports, to give you the sweetest accounts of society and sugar through the decades, and make sure that you leave with a little more candy-coated knowledge than you had before.
This is candy...unwrapped.
A Salute to Orbit Gum - Learn about how World War II impacted this gum and how it became popular again.
Unwrapping the Kit Kat Name - Discover all the intriguing theories behind naming this famous candy bar.
An Evil Partnership to Chuckle About - Explore the unlikely partnership between daredevil Evil Knievel and Chuckles.
Nuts About Peanut Chews - Learn about how this classic candy bar was distributed to American troops in World War I.
How Would You Unwrap 100 Grand? - Expore how this candy bar became involved in some very miscivious pranks.
The Spin on Cotton Candy - Unwrap the history behind America's favorite carnival confection.
Unwrapping the Tootsie Pop Wrapper - Discover what's so special about the wrapper with the Native American Chief.
Exploding Jawbreakers- Find out what happens when Jawbreakers get too hot.
The Mentos Experiment - Explore what happens when you combine Mentos with Diet Soda.
Pop Rocks and the Death of Mikey - Discover why Pop Rocks were blamed for the rumored death of LIFE Cereal's commercial star.
Bubble Yum and the Spider Eggs - Learn how this repulsive rumor started for Bubble Yum Bubble Gum.
Now & Later Taffy - Explore why this innovative candy was created NOW! You will thank us LATER.
Van Halen & Brown M&M's - Why did this famous rock band have a problem with brown M&M's?
M&M's in Orbit - Discover how and why M&M's chocolate candies wound up in a space shuttle.
Admiral Byrd and the NECCO Wafer - Not too many people get to go on expeditions to the North Pole, but NECCO Wafers have.
Who Invented Peanut Brittle? - Evidently it's up for debate!
Richard Cadbury & the Heart-Shaped Chocolate Box - What, do you think chocolate boxes were born that way?