Candy Holidays

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Need a reason to celebrate your favorite candy item? Check out this list of fun candy holidays.

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More about special observance days

January

  • 3rd – National Chocolate Covered Cherry Day
  • 8th – National English Toffee Day
  • 26th – National Peanut Brittle Day

February

  • 15th – National Gum Drop Day
  • 19th – Chocolate Mint Day

March

  • 3rd week – American Chocolate Week
  • 19th – National Chocolate Caramel Day
  • 24th – National Chocolate-Covered Raisin Day

April

  • 12th – National Licorice Day
  • 21st – National Chocolate-Covered Cashews Day
  • 22nd – National Jelly Bean Day

May

  • 2nd – National Truffle Day
  • 12th – National Nutty Fudge Day
  • 15th – National Chocolate Chip Day
  • 23rd – National Taffy Day

June

  • National Candy Month
  • 11th – National Cotton Candy Day
  • 16th – Fudge Day

July

  • 7th – Chocolate Day (1st of the year!)
  • 15th – Gummi Worm Day
  • 20th – National Lollipop Day
  • 28th – National Milk Chocolate Day

August

  • 4th – National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day
  • 10th – S’mores Day
  • 30th – National Toasted Marshmallow Day

September

  • 13th – International Chocolate Day
  • 22nd – National White Chocolate Day

October

  • National Caramel Month
  • 28th – National Chocolate Day (2nd of the year!)
  • 30th – National Candy Corn Day
  • 31st – National Caramel Apple Day

November

  • 4th – National Candy Day
  • 7th – National Bittersweet Chocolate with Almonds Day

December

  • 12th – National Cocoa Day
  • 16th – National Chocolate-Covered Anything Day
  • 26th – National Candy Cane Day
  • 28th – National Chocolate Day (3rd of the year!)

 

Process for Declaring Special Observances

In the United States, the President has the authority to declare a commemorative event or day by proclamation. This is very rarely done; less than 150 are granted in an average year.

Until January 1995, Congress had been active in seeing that special observances were commemorated. Members of the Senate and House could introduce legislation for a special observance to commemorate people, events and other activities they thought worthy of national recognition. Because these bills took up a disproportionate amount of time on the part of senators and representatives and their staffs, when Congress met in January 1995 to review and reform its rules and procedures, it was decided to discontinue this process. However, the Senate still does issue commemorative resolutions which do not have the force of law.

Some state legislatures and governors still proclaim special days, as do mayors of cities.

How do organizations promote awareness about an event or concern that they feel deserves recognition by the public, like the special candy celebration days listed on NCA’s website? Usually a company or individual connected to the candy type contacts a major calendar of events publisher – like Chase’s Calendar of Events. The day is often chosen for a significant reason. For example, the day before Halloween is Candy Corn Day.