Chocolate Industry

What would the holiday season be without chocolate and candy?

WASHINGTON, December 1, 2021 / PRNewswire / – For centuries, classic confectionery treats – like candy canes, Hanukkah gelt, and peppermint bark – have brought holiday cheer to American families as they celebrate the Christmas holidays. ‘winter.

Gifting chocolate and candy and sharing those treats with loved ones makes the season even more special, and even with all the joy of gifting and sharing their favorites, consumers understand that chocolate and candy are goodies. Most Americans enjoy chocolate and candy about two to three times per week, averaging 40 calories per day and just one teaspoon of added sugar per day, including at special times of the year like winter vacation.

America’s favorite winter vacation treats don’t appear on shelves around the world just on the basis of the holiday spirit. As shoppers claim their favorite #HolidayTreats this year, thousands of American workers will work hard to create these sweet vacation memories.

“A holiday season without chocolate and seasonal candy just wouldn’t be the same” John downs, president and CEO of the National Confectioners Association, said. “And I’m proud that our industry is playing such an important role in the creative ways families across the country celebrate special times and create heartwarming memories over the winter vacation.”

The $ 38 billion The confectionery industry supports nearly 700,000 well-paying U.S. jobs, which range from confectionery makers who make these iconic holiday treats to shipping, agriculture and retail workers who ensure that ‘they are accessible and affordable for American families. In fact, a job in confectionery manufacturing in the United States supports 11 other jobs in the United States economy.

Visit the NCA’s Winter Vacation Center at for more information on how candy creates magical vacation moments during winter vacation and fun ideas to celebrate the vacation season winter in a safe and creative way. For an overview of the impact of the confectionery industry on the US economy, visit

About the National Confectioners Association (NCA):
The National Confectioners Association is the leading trade organization for the U.S. confectionery industry, which generates more than $ 37 billion in retail sales every year. Manufacturing a wide range of chocolate, candies, gum and mint, the industry employs nearly 58,000 workers at more than 1,600 manufacturing plants in all 50 states. NCA advocates for an environment that allows candy makers to thrive and ensures that chocolate and candy are celebrated for their contributions to culture, society, economy and everyday moments of joy. Learn more at or follow NCA on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.


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SOURCE National Association of Confectioners