June 1 marks the beginning of National Candy Month, a month-long event that occurs each June to celebrate Americans’ favorite confectionery treats, their contributions to emotional well-being and the good times they bring to summer occasions.
A Summer of Treating
Starting with National Candy Month in June, summertime is the perfect chance to enjoy a fun treat and share your favorite chocolate or candy with friends, family and loved ones. Whether celebrating with saltwater taffy on the beach, enjoying some chocolate trail mix on a hike or sharing a bag of gummy bears during a road trip, Americans know chocolate and candy can make their summer that much sweeter.
Today, the National Confectioners Association (NCA) and the World Cocoa Foundation (WCF) released policy principles calling for implementing a mandatory due diligence framework in the United States to address the risk of deforestation in the cocoa supply chain and support efforts to restore and conserve forests.
The National Confectioners Association revealed today that an overwhelming 91% of Americans plan to share their favorite confectionery treats with family, friends and other special people in their lives during the 2022 Easter season. Additionally, more than 90% of Americans who make Easter baskets plan to include chocolate and candy in their baskets as part of this special occasion, according to NCA.
The Power of SWEET
Manufacturers of chocolate, candy, gum and mints directly employ nearly 58,000 people across the United States with almost 700,000 jobs supported in related industries, including agriculture, retail, transportation and more. Altogether, the confectionery industry contributes more than $37 billion in retail sales to the U.S. economy each year and has at least one manufacturing facility in each of the fifty U.S. states.
Always A TREAT
America’s leading chocolate and candy companies have committed to providing consumers with information, options, and support as they enjoy their favorite treats, pledging half of their individually wrapped products will be available in sizes that contain 200 calories or less per pack and 90 percent will feature calorie information on the front of the pack by 2022.
Fun and UNIQUE
Chocolate, candy, gum and mints hold a special place in our lives. From holidays and celebrations to everyday moments of joy, confectionery can play a role in a happy, balanced lifestyle. America’s candy makers are proud to be part of those family traditions. Yes, we makes delicious treats, but we’re also helping to make memories.
Meet our MEMBER COMPANIES
Founded in 1926 in Brussels, Godiva has been creating quality Belgian chocolate with the world’s finest ingredients for nearly 100 years. The company, named for the legend of Lady Godiva, grew from the home workshop of Pierre Draps Sr. and his three sons to an international brand that is sold in more than 100 countries across the globe. Known particularly for its iconic gift boxes containing selections of premium filled chocolates, Godiva continues to grow as a global brand as it offers a wide variety of products, including hot cocoa, biscuits, coffee and chocolate-covered treats.
Find out more about other NCA member companies in your state!
Did You Know?
of all adults believe it is perfectly fine to occasionally treat with chocolate or candy
Number of times per week, most people in the U.S. enjoy chocolate & candy
One U.S. confectionery job supports ten other American jobs
The National Confectioners Association is the leading trade organization for the U.S. confectionery industry, which generates more than $37 billion in retail sales each year. Making chocolate, candy, gum and mints, the industry employs nearly 58,000 workers in more than 1,600 manufacturing facilities across all 50 states. NCA advocates for an environment that enables candy makers to thrive and work to ensure that chocolate and candy are celebrated for their contributions to culture, society, the economy and everyday moments of joy.
Foster an environment that enables candy makers to thrive and promote the unique role of confections in a happy, balanced lifestyle. The National Confectioners Association advances, protects and promotes the confectionery industry.
Chocolate and candy are celebrated for their contributions to our culture, our society, our economy and our everyday moments of joy.