Nugget of Knowledge: Dum Dums and 3 Musketeers

3 Musketeers used to come in three flavors

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YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WYTV) – Digging into your Halloween candy, you may have a lollypop called Dum Dums. Just about everyone has had a few over the years.

The company that makes them, Spangler Candy, has been producing them for more than 60 years — 10 million each day, enough for a dozen Dum Dums per American per year.

It’s a family run business in Bryan, Ohio, west of Toledo.

Dum Dums come in 16 flavors, including “mystery.”

What’s mystery?

It’s a mixture of two flavors that come together when the end of one batch of candy meets the beginning of the next batch.

The candy lines keep running continuously, so Mystery Flavor pops can be anything.

Why is a “3 Musketeers” bar called that, when it’s just a chocolate bar?

Originally, 3 Musketeers came with three bars packaged together: chocolate, vanilla and strawberry

But rationing in World War II caused the prices of vanilla and strawberries to rise, so the Mars company which makes 3 Musketeers, dropped those flavors, kept the chocolate and the name. More properly, it should be the Musketeer bar.

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