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CCSS: 6.SP.B.4, 6.SP.B.5, 7.SP.B.3, 8.SP.A.1, MP1, MP5, MP6

TEKS: 6.12A, 6.12B, 6.12C, 6.12D, 6.13A, 7.6G, 7.12A, 8.5C, 8.11A

The Wide World of Sweets

When you’re pawing through your Halloween haul, you’re likely to find candy like Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, M&Ms, Smarties, and KitKats. To American taste buds, these candies are classics. But set foot in another country and you’ll discover a whole new world of candy choices.

In the U.S., for example, you can get a KitKat bar in regular, super, and mini sizes—in three different types of chocolate. That’s a pretty good variety, but it’s nowhere near what’s available in Japan. There, KitKats come in nearly 300 different flavors, including blueberry, wasabi, and green tea!

“In Japan, snacks are wild and crazy—they will try any flavor combination,” says Richard Olivarez. He owns and runs World of Snacks, an online shop for treats from around the globe. Some of his top-selling sweets include Japanese KitKat flavors like pancake, strawberry cheesecake, and butter.

Olivarez sells candies from 12 countries. “Each has its own unique approach to snacks,” he says. England, with its love for chocolate, is similar to the U.S. Thailand may be the most different. “Thai snacks tend to be spicy, fishy, and earthy,” says Olivarez.

Even though unfamiliar treats can be a hard sell, Olivarez thinks it’s important to try flavors from around the world. “Food defines our heritage,” he says. “Sampling food from other cultures is a way to celebrate our differences—and also to realize people around the world have more in common than you may have thought.” 

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Answer the following questions using the information in the charts and graphs above.

About how much more were global candy sales in 2014 than in 2010?

A) $10 billion
B) $25 billion

C) $50 billion
D) $75 billion

In which country shown  above did people eat the most chocolate per person?

A) China
B) Brazil 

C) United Kingdom
D) Switzerland

About how much money did people in Asia spend on candy in 2015? 

A) $9 billion
B) $21 billion

C) $38 billion
D) $180 billion

Which combination of candy bars had the highest sales? 

A) Galaxy & Reese’s  
B) Snickers & Milka

C) Dairy Milk & Galaxy
D) Reese’s & Snickers

Japan has a population of about 127 million. About how many pounds of chocolate did people in Japan eat in 2015? 

A) 7 million
B) 26 million

C) 470 million
D) 573 million

In which two-year period did global candy sales increase at a relatively constant rate? 

A) 2006-08
B) 2009-11

C) 2007-09
D) 2012-14

What are the mean, median, and mode for the sales of the five best-selling candy bars?

China has 1.4 billion people, Brazil has 205 million, the U.K. has 65 million, and the U.S. has 321 million. Who ate the most chocolate in total?

Which year saw the greatest drop in global candy sales? Explain your reasoning.

If you were to open up a candy store anywhere in the world, in which country/region do you think you would have the most success? Explain your reasoning.