Candy Facts

Interesting Facts About 1936


The Boyer Brothers founded Boyer Candy in 1936! During this period, a lot of other important events were happening, besides the birth of America’s Boyer Candy Company. Boyer Candy created the first cup candy in America, and the same treat is enjoyed by people all over the world today. Let’s take a trip down memory lane, and see what other big events happened in 1936, the year the Mallo Cup was born.

  • The Hoover Dam is completed and begins to create hydroelectric power.
  • President Roosevelt is re-elected to serve his second term.
  • Max Schmeling knocks out Joe Louis in the 12th round of their popular heavyweight match at Yankee Stadium.
  • The Zeppelin Hindenburg falls out of the air seconds after catching fire.
  • Jesse Owens sets an Olympic record!
  • The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) debuts the world’s first television service with three hours of programming per day.
  • The first electric guitars debut.
  • Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell is published.
  • The Boyer Brothers move their at home operation to an industrial facility and begin adding more delicious treats in addition to the Mallo Cup. Smoothie Cups and and Peanut Butter cups were a result of this move!

1936 was a busy and eventful year, and we’re more than proud to be part of the rich history! Every time you bite into a delicious Boyer treat, we hope you enjoy knowing that we’ve been going strong since the 1930s!

How Chocolate is Made

Have you ever wondered how exactly chocolate is made? Believe it or not, but there is a long process that takes place to turn a bean into chocolate, which then becomes the outer shell of our delicious Mallo Cups and other Boyer Treats. Below is a brief history of how chocolate is made:


  • Chocolate is the result of a complicated refining process that all begins with bean pods from the Theobroma cacao tree.
  • Cacao pods are harvested from the Theobroma tree. Once the pods are collected, they are split open to reveal the cocoa beans inside.
  • Beans are scraped from pods and left to ferment for two to eight days. The fermentation process helps mellow out the flavor and bring out any fruity undertones. Once fermented, beans are left to dry.
  • Once the beans are dry, they are then roasted to bring out the chocolate flavor we all know and love.
  • After roasting, the shells of the beans are removed, revealing the nibs. Cocoa nibs are essentially the essence of the cocoa bean.
  • Nibs are ground into a thick paste, which resembles and becomes the c conventional chocolate we are all accustomed to.

When it comes to the creation of chocolate, there is a lot of careful work that takes place. At Boyer Candy, we’ve taken the beautiful creation of chocolate and combined it with some of the finest flavors around to create a myriad of delicious treats. Next time you bite into a Mallo Cup, remember how long it took to create that delicious chocolate shell.

The Deliciously Brief History of Peanut Butter

PeanutButterHistoryPerhaps one of the most favorite companions of chocolate, peanut butter is most certainly a popular flavor that many cannot live without. Can you imagine a world without peanut butter?  Before 1895, peanut butter didn’t exist in the way that we’ve grown to know it today. It was Dr. John Kellog, a practicing doctor from St. Louis who was looking for a protein substitute for those with poor teeth who created the world’s first peanut butter. Dr. Kellog simply ran peanuts through a meat grinder to create a paste that became known as peanut butter. His invention was introduced in 1904 at the St. Louis World’s Fair.

Peanut butter grew in popularity throughout the depression years, and grew as a source of protein and ingredient for the candy industry. This was the time period where the Boyer Brothers invented the Mallo Cup and then shortly created the peanut butter cup, which quickly became a candy lover’s favorite treat. Peanut butter is still a favorite among everyone, and when combined with rich chocolate and placed in a convenient cup, the result is an undeniably deliciously sweet and amazing treat! If you love peanut butter, we’re sure you’ll love Boyer Peanut Butter Cups. Enjoy the beautiful harmonious combination of sweet chocolate and peanut butter today, and see for yourself why the world has loved peanut butter since the 1800s.


Dark Chocolate Fun Facts

Dark Chocolate History

Dark chocolate is more than just the coating of our delicious Dark Chocolate Mallo Cups, but is actually a powerhouse of flavor and healthy antioxidants. How much about dark chocolate do you really? Here are some fun dark chocolate facts:

  • Dark chocolate is made from the roasted beans of the cacao tree.
  • Dark chocolate is chock full of flavonoids and antioxidants which can positively impact your health. Studies have shown that these flavonoids and antixodants can lower LDL cholesterol, as well as reduce inflammation.
  • Eating dark chocolate can actually lower insulin resistance, a major driver behind diabetes.
  • The Aztecs and Mayans used dark chocolate as currency. Boyer is kind of still keeping this traditional alive, as our Play Money is found in every pack of Dark Chocolate Mallo Cups.
  • It’s been said that the Aztec rulers drank up to ten cups of hot dark chocolate per day. We think 10 Dark Chocolate Mallo Cups would have been more satisfying though.
  • Dark chocolate is a stress reducer.

We hope these fun facts made you hungry for some delicious dark chocolate! Don’t forget to order yourself some of our delicious Dark Chocolate Mallo Cups today. Dark Chocolate Mallo Cups are gluten free, kosher, and 100% delicious.

The Changing Faces of the Mallo Cup


Every day, the Boyer Candy plan makes over 2 million delicious Mallo Cups! If you were to line up 2 million Mallo Cups side by side, it would stretch and cover an amazing 58 delicious miles! With numerous other cup candies on the market, the Mallo Cup has the honor to call itself America’s first cup candy! That’s right; the very first cup candy in the United States was the deliciously delectable Mallo Cup. The Boyer Brothers created this delicious candy in the mid-1930s, and today the Mallo Cup is still enjoyed by millions!

Throughout the years and long history of the Mallo Cup many things have certainly changed! However, the one thing that never changed with the Mallo Cup is the delicious way it’s made! Since the 1930s, the Mallo Cup has remained a delicious cup candy that fans young and old will enjoy forever! Boyer Candy also takes great pride in continuing to make American made candy! The Mallo Cup has a sweet history and we look forward to continuing this delicious history for many years to come! We hope you enjoy the many faces of the Mallo Cup and remember some of these classic wrappers.

Fun Facts You Didn’t Know About Candy

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How much do you really know about candy? Sure, you know how delicious our gluten free and American made Mallo Cups are, but we’re talking about candy in general. Below are some amazing facts that you probably didn’t know about the long history of sweet treats:

  • Americans eat more candy than citrus fruits. In a 2009 study, it showed that Americans ate 24 pounds of candy per capita, compared to 20 pounds of citrus fruit.
  • The original s’more actually had cream cheese on it.
  • During wartime, the US army created such a high demand for candy that candy manufacturers couldn’t keep up with the demand.
  • 90 million chocolate Easter bunnies are made for Easter each year. That’s a lot of bunnies.
  • The true inventor of candy corn is still a mystery.
  • A woman in France lived to the age of 121 credited her long life to eating more than two pounds of chocolate every week.
  • The Mallo Cup was the very first cup candy made in the USA!
  • 2.8 billion pounds of chocolate is consumed in America every year.
  • The United States produces more chocolate than any other country, but the Swiss consume the most.

Get Rewards for Enjoying Delicious Snacks!

Boyer Play Money

Since 1936, Boyer Candy has been proudly producing the ever popular Mallo Cup that is enjoyed by many for its unique and flavorful combination of gluten free chocolate and marshmallow. Even more exciting than ripping open the retro yellow package to find a delicious cup candy is opening a pack of any Boyer treat to find Boyer Play Money! Boyer Play Money, also known as coin cards, arrives in printed trays on which the candy sits. Play Money comes in values ranging from 5 to 500 points, which can be saved and used towards a plethora of awesome Boyer Candy prizes, and even a cash rebate.playmoney-left-large

Once a Boyer fan saves 500 points, they can then send their coin cards to Boyer Candy and be rewarded with the option of choosing several different prizes found in the Boyer Play Money Catalog. In the early days, customers would be able to trade in saved Play Money for a box of candy, but eventually the prize was a Marty Mallo Check redeemable for $1.00. In the late 80s, the program expanded to include other Boyer prizes like hats, tins of candy, watches, figurines, and so much more.

Because of our loyal fans, the Boyer Play Money Program is alive and strong. So start eating and saving today!

The Brief History of Marshmallows

History of Marshmallows

It’s gooey, sugary, and downright delicious, so much so that it’s the star of our famous Mallo Cup candy! We know how much you love the delicious crave-worthy taste of delicious marshmallows, but how much do you know about the marshmallow? We’re proud to present to you, “The Brief History of Marshmallows.”

  • Marshmallows come from the sweet sap of the mallow plant.
  • Mallow plants grow in salty marshes near large bodies of water and can grow to be 4 feet high.
  • Ancient Egyptians used the mallow root for making candied delicacies to appease their gods, nobility, and pharaohs.
  • Ancient Egyptian marshmallows were a mixture of mallow sap, honey, grains and then baked into cakes.
  • The ancient Greeks believed mallow sap cured sore throats and pains.
  • The French began using the mallow plant as a confectionary ingredient in the 1800s.
  • The French discovered that cooking and whipping marshmallow sap with egg whites and corn syrup created a moldable substance that became the marshmallow we know and love today.
  • In the 1900s marshmallows were being sold as penny candies in tiny tins. It was around this time that the Boyer Brothers started experimenting with marshmallow and created the world’s beloved Mallo Cup!

Boyer Candy: Putting the “Fun” in Fundraising

Spring is here, and so are a variety of team sports and organization events. Do you currently participate in a sports team or need fundraising ideas for your organization? If you’ve answered yes to any of these questions, then you’re in luck. Boyer Candy is America’s favorite fundraising company, and we take pride in helping you raise the money you need.  If you’re interested in fundraising with Boyer, it’s important to consider the following:

Candy Fundraising

  • Fundraising can be done at any time, but to maximize your efforts consider a fundraising campaign at the beginning of the season to keep enthusiasm high.
  • Have a clear beginning and end for the duration of the fundraising campaign. Having a date planned helps keep everyone attentive and focused on getting the most candy sold. But really, who needs much convincing to buy a delicious Mallo Cup?
  • Consider whether variety packs of candy or straight packs are the best option. Variety packs commonly appeal to a wider variety of personal preferences, whereas straight packs are suited for selling door to door, where the buyer has an easier decision to make.
  • When it comes to choosing how much product should be ordered, it all depends on the objective and size of your purpose. If you’re selling for a sports team and have a school full of buyers at your disposal, it’s probably better to order a larger quantity.

Fundraising is an excellent way to purchase important items and fund other fun activities for a variety of clubs, organizations, and teams. If you’re looking to meet fundraising success, let Boyer Candy lend a helping hand. Visit to learn more about Boyer Fundraising.

The Brief But Delicious History of Chocolate

It’s delectable, sweet, crave-worthy, and tastes great when filled with marshmallow but how much do you know about your favorite sweet treat? Boyer Candy is proud to present the Brief but Delicious History of Chocolate. We apologize in advance if this post makes you unbelievably hungry.

 History of chocolate

  • Cocoa was discovered by the Mayans more than 2000 years ago.
  • Theobroma Cocoa, the cocoa tree’s scientific name, is Greek for “Food of the Gods.” The world chocolate is said to have derived from the word Xocolat, the Mayan word for “bitter water.”
  • Cocoa beans we’re used as currency by both the Mayans and the Aztecs.
  • In 1523, Don Cortez was offered cocoa beans from the Aztecs. He kept the beans secret from the public, and served them only to the wealthy with Spanish nobility.
  • Christopher Columbus was the first European to discover cocoa beans on his 4th voyage to America in 1502.
  • In 1615, Anne of Austria, the first wife of French King Louis XIII, declared chocolate the drink of the French Court.
  • In 1667, the first chocolate shop was opened in London.
  • In 1828, C J Van Houten invented the cocoa press, which helped extract cocoa oil and turn the residue into cocoa powder. Chocolate milk lovers rejoiced everywhere.
  • In 1682, William Penn settled in the colony of Pennsylvania. It was here that the Quakers turned cocoa into a commodity and made it an affordable option to the masses as a substitute for alcohol.
  • In 1765, the first processing house for chocolate in America was opened.
  • Milk chocolate was invented in 1875 by Daniel Peter of Dorchester, Massachusetts.
  • In 1879, cocoa butter was introduced into chocolate to form the chocolate bar we know and love today.
  • During World War I, chocolate was shipped to troops in the battlefield in 20 to 40 pound blocks. When the war ended, soldiers back home created a greater demand for the sweet treat they grew so fond out.
  • In 1936, the Boyer Brothers saw chocolate as an opportunity to create a business. It was during this time that the Boyer Brothers created the very first cup candy in their mother’s kitchen. This marks the invention of the Mallo Cup you know and love today.
  • In 2014, Boyer Candy is still producing the delicious Mallo Cup as well as other delicious treats for your enjoyment and taste buds. Boyer still proudly manufactures their chocolaty treats in the United States in their Altoona, Pennsylvania factory.