NCA’s Winter Holidays Central Updated For 2021 Season

Washington — For centuries, classic confectionery treats have brought holiday cheer to American families as they celebrate the winter holidays. Again for 2021, NCA is providing consumers with information on how candy creates magical holiday moments during the winter holidays and fun ideas for how to celebrate the winter holiday season in safe and creative ways through its Winter Holidays Central at

Gifting chocolate and candy and sharing these treats with loved ones makes the season even more special, and even with all of the joy brought about by gifting and sharing their favorites, consumers understand that chocolate and candy are treats, the Association points out. Most Americans enjoy chocolate and candy approximately two to three times per week, averaging 40 calories per day and just one teaspoon of added sugar per day, including at special moments throughout the year like the winter holidays.

Americans’ favorite winter holiday treats don’t appear on shelves across the world based on holiday spirit alone, NCA points out. While shoppers clamor for their favorite holiday treats this year, thousands of Americans will be hard at work creating these sweet holiday memory-makers.

“A holiday season without seasonal chocolate and candy just wouldn’t be the same,” John Downs, president & CEO of NCA, says. “And I’m proud that our industry plays such a big part in the creative ways that families across the country celebrate special moments and create heartwarming memories during the winter holidays.”

The $38 billion confectionery industry supports nearly 700,000 American jobs, which range from the confectionery manufacturers who make these iconic holiday treats to the shipping, agricultural and retail workers who ensure they’re accessible and affordable for American families, according to the Association’s recently released economic impact report. In fact, one U.S. confectionery manufacturing job supports 11 other jobs in the U.S. economy.