The Evolution of Halloween Candy

Every year you see them, the spooky faces of children in the early 1900s in their handmade costumes. They are a spooky, beyond creepy, and a very frightening insight into Halloween’s long past.

picture of halloween costumes from 1920s

But what else has changed in the last decade of the O’Hallows Eve? A lot! Especially when you think about the candy! Those wonderful Reese’s Pumpkins haven’t been around forever after all.

At The Salon Professional Academy, Shorewood we love Halloween, and the candy is one of our favorites! If you are as obsessed with the history of Halloween candy, here are some Halloween candy facts to give you the ultimate sugar rush.

Fact One

Trick or Treating Wasn’t Always a Thing

Newspaper clipping of Halloween

Even though trick or treating is a big thing to many American children, it truly is an American tradition. Starting in the early 1940s, trick or treating as we know it today began to appear. Before then it was often just an evening of menace and mischief until parents groups began to promote the alternative.

Fact Two

It Wasn’t Always About the Candy

Rice treats formed into pumpkin shapes

When trick or treating first made its appearance, neighbors would hand out treats like fruit, nuts, and coins. As safety concerns began to mount in the mid 1970s, seasonal candy and treats made by major brands began to become more prevalent.

Fact Three

Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups Came From a Basement

Original Reeses packaging

Originally developed by an employee of the Hershey company, Harry Reese created the now famous peanut butter cup in his basement. After war-caused setbacks, Reese found immense success and was eventually purchased by the Hershey company in 1963.

Fact Four

Reese’s Weren’t Always Pumpkins

detail of standard and shaped reeses

Speaking of those treats that everyone loves, they didn’t start making their trademarked pumpkin shape until 1992 when the shape first made its appearance. That look, however, had been around since the 1960s when the Reese’s Egg first appeared. We don’t know why it took so long for pumpkins to appear, but we are glad they did.

Fact Five

Candy Corn Wasn’t Created for Halloween

ad of original candy corn product

Ah, the candy so many love to hate. Created in the 1880s and nicknamed until the 1950s as “chicken feed”, this treat was made to look just like the dried corn given to chickens. It wasn’t until the 1930s that it gained its signature tri-color look.

Which one of these is your favorite? Which long defunct candy do you miss?

Let us know your thoughts in the comments, and from everyone here at The Salon Professional Academy, Shorewood we hope you have a spooky, safe, and scrumptious Halloween!