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There's an Official "Candy Desk" in the Senate. Here's What's in It.

Pile of candy bars
Adam Lapetina

Candy makes the workplace go 'round, whether it's stashed in a communal jar or secretly in the false bottom of your filing cabinet. Even the Senate is no exception -- in fact, those politicians have been enjoying a full candy desk since the '60s, and just selected their newest candy man to oversee it.

Pennsylvania Republican Pat Toomey is the latest in a long line of esteemed senators to stock the official "Candy Desk." According to CNN, this magical Snickers vessel is located in the back row on the Republican side of the chamber, though the desk is firmly bipartisan and welcomes Democrats as well. The practice began in 1965 with California Senator George Murphy, who kept a generous supply of sweets in his desk that was fair game for anyone. Now, any senator that inherits his desk is expected to serve as the "Candy Man" for the entire group. Previous incumbents include presidential candidates Richard Lugar, John McCain, and Rick Santorum. But now Toomey is occupying the seat, and he's pledged to keep it filled with the candies of his home state. That apparently means a stockpile of Hershey's, Three Musketeers, and Peeps, along with treats from smaller companies like Wilbur Chocolate and Josh Early Candies. (We also have to assume, since Hershey's owns Reese's and Toomey can't be that stupid, that peanut butter cups will be in play.) It all sounds like a solid haul, but we're sure none of the senators would object to a few supplemental donations from the UN.

Kristin Hunt is a Food/Drink staff writer for Thrillist. She has a feeling McCain was an awesome Candy Man, but thinks the Santorum years were probably pretty bleak. Follow her at @kristin_hunt.