National candy month celebrated in Washington

Dum Dums, made by Spangler a candy company based in Bryan, Ohio is part of national candy month. (Source: Gray DC).
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WASHINGTON (GRAY DC) -- In honor of National Candy Month, the D.C.-based trade group National Confectioners Association (NCA) took a break from lobbying to pass out free candy to commuters at four of the capital’s busiest metro stations. The treats came from the Association’s member companies, including the family-owned Spangler Candy Company in Bryan, Ohio.

Founded in 1906, Spangler manufactures candies such as Dum Dums, Sweethearts and candy canes. They also employ 550 Ohioans, just a fraction of the roughly 54,000 Americans directly employed in the multi-billion dollar candy industry.

“Today is about handing out candy, celebrating National Candy Month, which is a celebration of American confectioners and the products that they’ve been making and Americans have been loving for more than 100 years,” said Carly Schilhaus of the NCA.

But with changing tariffs and sugar subsidies, the future of confectioners--and consumers--might not be so sweet. Schilhaus said the consequences of federal policy, such as a lack of free trade with Mexico, can be felt throughout all aspects of the industry.

Increased candy prices and loss of jobs are just a few of the potential repercussions.

Luckily for D.C. commuters, there is no charge today for the thousands of pieces of candy provided by the NCA today. The Association plans to organize more candy drops in D.C. in the future around holidays such as Halloween and Valentine’s Day.

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