U.S. Senate's 'Candy Desk' Attracts Media Attention

Jan. 22, 2020

The Morning Call reported an ongoing tradition of a U.S. Senate "candy desk," providing lawmakers a sugary break during long sessions and meetings, such as the current impeachment proceedings. Currently, Pennsylvania senator Pat Toomey is tasked with stocking the candy desk, a duty he has held since 2015.

Since Pennsylvania is home to more than 200 confectionery businesses, Toomey can choose from a wide range of products to stock the candy desk. His spokesman stated that the current candy stash includes Hershey bars, Milky Ways, Palmer Peanut Butter Cups, 3 Musketeers bars and Rolo caramels.

This tradition dates back to 1965, when California senator George Murphy stashed sweets in his desk, which he reportedly shared with colleagues.