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What Is the Mystery Flavor of Dum Dums?

Image credit: Temptation Candy In 1924, the Akron Candy Company in Ohio had developed a small, spherical hard candy on a stick whose size was perfect for children, but could be enjoyed by adults as well. When it came to naming the confection, sales manager I.C. Bahr came up with “Dum Dums” because he thought it [...]

23 Fun Facts About Things We Saw at the Grocery Store

The other day we set up a mental_floss Instagram account, then went to the grocery store and took some pictures. (We also needed food.) Here are some fun facts about the products we encountered. To appease the dairy lobby and keep butter sales strong, several states used to require margarine to be dyed pink. The USDA [...]

Not-So-Famous Firsts: Halloween Edition

Whether you’re taking some little ones out trick-or-treating or going to an adult party dressed as a radish, we join you in the spirit of Halloween and offer up a few not-so-famous firsts related to the holiday. Oh, and please have your kids save their Necco Wafers, Good ‘N Plenty, Circus Peanuts and other “ick” [...]