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A fun sized history lesson on fun sized candy bars

Shouldn’t “fun sized” candy bars be really big and the ones given out on Halloween you eat in one bite be named something less rosy? It’s a question just about every kid in the past 50 years has asked themselves on Oct. 31. But just when did these bite-sized Butterfingers and snack-sized Snickers become the norm? Well, it seems the first shrunken versions of popular candy bars can be credited to the former Chicago-based Curtiss Candy Company. Now part of Nestlรฉ thanks to a series of mergers and acquisitions, the company produced a “Buddie” size Baby Ruth bar in the early 1930s. “Junior” sized versions of their Baby Ruth and Butterfingers candy bars came along in the 1950s. Hershey also got in on the game early when it began selling its sleek “Miniatures” candy bars in 1939. Small candy bars had been well established by the time candy manufacturer Mars…

Krispy Kreme introduces Reese’s Peanut Butter Donut for Easter

Doughnut lovers can look for something special in their Easter baskets with a little help from Krispy Kreme. The national doughnut chain released its Reese’s Peanut Butter Donut, and it looks great. Happy Spring! Weโ€™ve got a spring surprise for you: the new Reeseโ€™s Peanut Butter Doughnut with Peanut Butter Kreme filling is available at participating shops today! ๐Ÿฃ (US) pic.twitter.com/mO3KhV2lxJ โ€” krispykreme (@krispykreme) March 20, 2018 The doughnut is filled with a Reese’s peanut butter “kreme” with a special Hershey’s chocolate icing. Top it with chopped peanuts, add some yellow and blue icing, and it looks just like an Easter egg. It’s only available for a limited time. In other baked good news, Krispy Kreme will add a lemon glaze doughnut, but it’s only available for one week. Lemon edged maple, blueberry and caramel in an Internet vote earlier this year, and it will be on sale from April…

Most popular Halloween candy in each state

Americans will spend $2.7 billion onย Halloweenย candy this year, as estimated by the National Retail Federation. Butย what sweet treats you get in your lootย bag will largely depend on where you live. Online bulk candy retailer Candystore.comย combed through 10 years (2007-2016) of sales data to tell us what the best sellers in every state are in the weeks leading up to Halloween. Theyย created this interactive map to show you the most popular candies, by sales, in each state โ€” actually the top three. This map, of course, is limited to online candy sales, but it gives us a peek into what Halloween candy is popular where. It’s no surprise that Hershey’s M&M’s are popular in their home state of Pennsylvania, but most others seem pretty random. So, how does your state hold up? Judging by this map, you might be inclined to pack up the car and go treat-or-treat in a neighboring…