With parties, crafts, baking marathons and numerous holiday activities centered around the sweetest time of the year, the Christmas season takes the cake for candy sales.

The National Confectionary Association estimates holiday candy sales will be $1.93 billion this year for the eight weeks leading up to Christmas. That’s a 2 percent increase over last year, which is attributed to improved economic conditions and extra time.

The National Retail Federation projects the average consumer will spend $110 on candy and food, which is twice as much as they’ll spend on decorations.

Christmas candy quick facts:

 1.76 billion candy canes are produced every year for the holiday season.

 Approximately 150 million chocolate Santas are produced annually.

 The largest candy cane in the world was made in Switzerland. It was 51 feet long.

 Dec. 26 is National Candy Cane Day.

 Canada spent $362 million in December 2014 on candy, confectionary and snack foods.

 59 percent of holiday sales are expected to be online.

– Courtesy of Clair Robins

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