December 19, 2020 – National Hard Candy Day | National Wreaths Across America Day

What Is The Most Popular Hard Candy Of All Time?

Welcome to December 19th, 2020 on the National Day Calendar. Today we celebrate a candy that goes the distance and a tradition that honors our heroes.

In 1949, Bill and Dorothy Harmsen founded Jolly Rancher in Golden, Colorado. They chose the name because it sounded friendly and had a bit of western flair to it. Originally, the Harmsens sold ice cream, chocolate, and candy, but because ice cream sales plummeted during the winter months, they focused their business on producing hard candies. The first flavors were grape, apple, and fire stix, but their most popular flavor—cherry—didn’t come along till years later. Today, Jolly Rancher produces the most popular hard candy of all time proving that a little perseverance can pay off big!  On National Hard Candy Day, savor the long lasting sweetness of a candy that sticks with you.

In 1992 a wreath company in Harrington, Maine found themselves with a surplus of holiday wreaths and their founder, Morrill Worcester decided to donate them to Arlington cemetery, a place he had visited as a boy.  As he laid the extra wreaths upon the grave sites, he thought of his own life and the success he owed to those fallen heroes.  Today, the nonprofit group Wreaths Across America follows in his footsteps with their donation to more than 2,100 cemeteries.  By partnering with thousands of schools, and scouting groups they remember, honor and teach the importance of the sacrifice of our veterans on National Wreaths Across America Day

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