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Times per year consumed chocolate candy


CANDYYR is a 4-digit-numeric variable.

0: Never or less than 6 times per year
9995: 9995+
9996: Not in Universe
9999: Unknown-don't know


For sample adults, CANDYYR is a recoded variable that reports how many times per year the respondent consumed candy. This recoded variable is based on the responses to CANDNO, which reports the frequency with which the respondent ate candy, and CANDTP, which reports the corresponding time unit. For information about the portion size, see CANDYSIZ.

CANDYYR is part of a series of variables initiated in 1987 related to food, food knowledge, and cancer. For related variables, please use the IPUMS NHIS search function and drop-down menus.


Prior to 2000, respondents were asked about foods they usually ate in the past year. Beginning in 2000, this recall period was reduced to foods the respondent usually ate in the past month. The structure of the responses (recording number of times a food was consumed and the time unit associated with that frequency) makes it possible to compare response categories even with different recall periods.

Prior to 2010, the survey question asked only about chocolate candy. Beginning in 2010, respondents were asked about chocolate or any other type of candy, excluding sugar-free candy.

Changes in survey design (e.g., quarters in which the supplement was collected) may affect raw frequencies, but do not affect comparability of the variable. As always, data users should use the prescribed IHIS weights.


  • 1987: Half of sample persons age 18+ (excluded from CACT supplement).
  • 1992: Half of sample persons age 18+ in quarters 1 and 2, and in 2 weeks of quarter 3 (excluded from CACT supplement).


  • 1987, 1992