90% of the 1.72 billion candy canes produced in the United States are sold between Thanksgiving and Christmas, says the National Confectioners Association. How many human pounds does this Christmas crook cradle in a year?
The number sold is the same as it was when I typed it above. 1.72 billion candy canes are made in the US annually. What that number may or may not account for is:
The different sizes of candy canes:
The flavors seem to have different amounts of calories than the classic as well. To give you and idea of how complicated this could become, here's a list of just some of the non-tradish sabores and select calorie counts:
Mac N' Cheese
Sour Patch Kids
Sriracha— 60 CALORIES
Crayola— 60 CALORIES (what?)
Jelly Belly—45 CALORIES
Brach'S Select Chocolate
Hamdy Canes (Ham Candy Canes)
Hershey's Chocolate Mint
Jelly Belly Gourmet
Warheads Candy Canes
Cold Stone Creamery
Root Beer— 60 CALORIES
So, you know, we need more precise sales numbers, candy guys.
Let's break it down:
Just kidding. It's a candy cane—there is none. Just pure cane sugar heh-heh and corn syrup.
But here we go (from spanglercandy.com):
Nutrition Facts: These Christmas candy canes are .44 oz in size, and a serving size is 1 cane, totaling 12 grams. 18 servings per container. 50 calories per serving size. 0 grams of fat, trans fat, sodium and protein. 12 grams of carbohydrates and 10 grams of sugar per serving.
Ingredients: Sugar, corn syrup, natural flavor, color added (includes Red 40)
Allergen Statement: This product is free of top common allergens and manufactured on dedicated equipment.
Kosher Certification: This product is kosher certified.
Cool. For all the Kosher diet Jewish friends celebrating Christmas. I guess they exist...
Gluten Statement: This product is gluten-free.
Country of Origin: This product is made by Spangler Candy Company, Bryan, OH USA, or in a co-manufacturing facility located in Juarez, Mexico. Please see the label on your product for details.
This is where it gets tricky. These are made in Mexico. Do they count as part of the 1.72 billion or no? Ugh.
We're just gonna go with 1.72 billion average sized candy canes to avoid a rabbit hole of research. I got things to do....
Calories Sold ÷ 3,500 calories* = Theoretical Human Weight
*1 lb human fat = 3,500 calories
1.72 billion X 50 calories each = 86,000,000,000 Calories Sold
86,000,000,000 Calories ÷ 3,500 calories* = Theoretical Human Weight
24,571,428.57 Pounds of Theoretical Human Weight
A little over 24.5 million pounds of human weight potentially gained from Candy Canes made in the USA each year. OK.
And here to judge us is Richard Simmons.
He doesn't look too upset, actually....