Get ready for this bumper sticker: EAT CANDY. LIVE LONGER.
Here is another sweet spot in the US economy. Americans are buying more candy and that seems like a good decision. Financial insecurity is driving many people to candy, without regard to future health costs and risks associated with obesity and tooth decay. This gratification, stress relief strategy also occurred in the Great Depression. Apparently human behavior has not changed, despite the wide use of antidepressants and ready availability of all kinds of comfort foods. Candy is a relatively cheap and enjoyable fix for stress that even the financially strapped are willing to spend money on.