Sweet! Candy by the numbers

24.5 Pounds per capita consumption of candy by Americans in 2007.

1,170 Number of locations producing chocolate and cocoa products in 2006. These businesses employed 39,457 people.

473 Number of locations that produced nonchocolate confectionery products in 2006. They employed 18,733 people.

$13.9 Total value in billions of shipments in 2006 for firms producing chocolate and cocoa products. Nonchocolate confectionery product manufacturing, meanwhile, was a $7.2 billion industry.

3,563 Number of confectionery and nut stores in the United States in 2006.