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29 Jun, 2009

Most Popular Beach Food–Candy!

Posted by: Beach Reporter In: beaches| california| dining| world

So popular is America’s top food, that they made a costume you can wear and dress like and M&M candy as you go hunting for candy handouts.


California consumes its fair share of candy. In recessionary times, candy is the one food that people continue to buy, in fact. Often wondering how the candy and sweets shops along the beachfronts in Balboa, Huntington, Long Beach, Venice, Redondo, Pismo, Avila, Santa Cruz and San Diego, make a go of it, the answer is that candy is the world’s favorite food, universally speaking.

The world’s favorite food is a U.S. produced product–M&M’s. They come in pure chocolate with a colored, crunchy candy coating; and they also come in nut version, drenched in chocolate and coated to melt in your mouth, not in your hands. That’s why they’re so east to eat at the beach, sales a candy shop owner who sells tons of them at his snack shop on the Central Coast.

Named forthe two ems,  Bruce Murrie and Forrest Mars, this 1941 invention had $1.8 billion in sales in the United States last year alone! That made the snack the most popular worldwide.  UK came in second in its sales of a Cadbury chocolate bar, and third ranked Milka, a German chocolate made by Kraft was the Deutschland’s favorite candy snack.

Candy sales continue to grow worldwide, even during recessionary times. And one surprise is the 4th ranked Brazil’s consumption of chewing gum. Gum is growing in popularity globally, perhaps because cigarette smoking is becoming unpopular–even outlawed in some places.

Note California has a fascination with candy as seen at the Pez Museum in Burlingame, annual candy hunts at Easter, and M&M’s used to decorate a rooftop of a gingerbread display the The Island Hotel in Newport Beach.

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