♥ No. 1 with 48 percent of the vote — Chocolate covered fruit ♥
Chocolate covered fruit was invented in the 1960s by a woman named Lorraine Lorusso. Lorusso starting selling chocolate covered strawberries at a small shop called Stop N’ Shop in Chicago. Quickly the candy gained widespread popularity. Another Valentine’s Day favorite is the cherry cordial, a chocolate covered fruit sophomore Katie Kirchhoffer says is her first pick.
“My favorite Valentine’s Day candy [is] cherry cordials because [they] are just a very personal and intimate Valentine’s candy. It’s so different from getting M&M’s or Snickers or something. It’s just so much more romantic,” Kirchhoffer said.
♥ Coming in second with 20 percent of the vote — Fun Dip ♥
Fun Dip was first introduced in 1973 when Sunline, a candy company originally based in St. Louis, Mo, invented a new way to enjoy the powdery sugar confectionary, Lik-m-Aid. Sunline improved its product by adding an edible candy stick named a Lik-a-Stix. It was promoted by the company’s elf mascot that would eventually be the famous face of Pixy Stix. Lik-m-Aid was originally produced by the Fruzola company, and sold in single flavor packets. Sophomore Sidharth Kutikkad shares fond memories of the candy.
“[Fun Dip is the best] because it’s essentially crack for kids. In the lightest sense it’s the sugar rush. Growing up you get such a sugar rush from Fun Dip specifically because it’s just sugar,” Kutikkad said.
♥ Coming in third with 16 percent of the Vote — Chocolate Bars ♥
America was first acquainted with chocolate in 1851. Then, 17 years later, Richard Cadbury went on to develop the first heart shaped chocolate bar for Valentine’s Day. It’s popularity has only continued to skyrocket, with Americans eating a whopping 10 pounds per year per person. Sophomore Anna Inslee enjoys chocolate bars the most during Valentine’s Day.
“[I like chocolate bars the best because] there are lots of different varieties of them. You’ve got your caramel [or] just regular chocolate. You basically get whatever [flavor] you want,” Inslee said.