A 93-year-old man has handed out over 6,000 chocolate bars in a small town in Iowa.
There are a few ways to become a local legend. Step one is to get old--really old. Beating the usual 80ish life expectancy by a decade is a pretty good start.
Step two: get a niche. There’s always someone like The Crazy Old Cat Lady or The Crazy Old Guy With A Shotgun, but very rarely do you hear about a kindly old dude that just wants you to have candy with absolutely no ulterior motive.
Step three: keep doing that schtick for over a decade. Bob Williams of Long Grove, Iowa has gotten all three steps down pat.
He’s been going to the local dollar general store every Saturday for 11 years. Each time he always does the same thing, which is buy a big box of Hershey’s milk chocolate bars and gives them away. The first bars are handed to the cashiers, while the rest go to everyone waiting in line behind him. If there are still more left over, he’ll wait at the entrance to the store and hand them out to people entering.
That’s a box of chocolate bars every week for over a decade. At a rough estimate, he’s given away over 6,000 bars. And as with every good legend he’s been given a name by the local populace: The Candy Man.
Willy Wonka, eat your heart out.
Hershey’s even got wind of Mr. Williams and decided to do a lovely promotional video about his weekly habit. Then they stocked his fridge with enough Hershey’s chocolate bars to survive another 11 years.
That hasn’t stopped The Candy Man from going to that same dollar store to hand out candy bars every week. “You’d think that I’d given them keys to a new car,” Williams said in an interview with Inside Edition. “They’re thrilled."
There’s nothing like a chocolate bar to give a person a pick-me-up. Unless they’re diabetic, in which case I’m sure he’s got a sugar-free option in there somewhere. He is The Candy Man, after all.