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Surprising Facts About Your 20 Favorite Candy Brands

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The most popular candies in America have some skeletons in their closets

Who doesn’t like candy? Whether they're chocolate-covered or candy-coated, packaged sweets are nothing less than an obsession for people all over the world. The top candy brands are well-known by just about everyone, but every popular candy has some secrets and surprises.

Surprising Facts About Your 20 Favorite Candy Brands (Slideshow)

We dug deep into the worlds of 10 leading candy brands and found that there’s some crazy stuff going on with each of them. Whether it’s a dark or bizarre moment in their past, a curiosity about the origin of their name, or an unexpected fact about the product today, we bet that there are things you didn’t know about these candies.

The more you dig into the history of any food product that’s been around for decades (or for more than a century, as is the case with some of these brands), the more dirt you’re going to turn up. In the world of packaged food, nothing is exactly as it seems: These treats are packaged in more ways than one, as marketing departments are responsible for making them the products that everyone wants to buy. But these are still consumer products, and, at the end of the day, it’s the consumer who makes the final decision.

Read on to learn crazy facts about 20 popular candy brands. They’re not all negative, not all positive, just… slightly crazy, and certainly unexpected. Candy is a huge, worldwide industry, operating on a massive scale. The next time you grab a Hershey bar in the checkout aisle, you might just look at it a little differently.

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