Candy: A Tail from the History

Posted on by Jack Johnson

The sweetest thing that we can ever get by dissolving sugar in water or milk is “Candy”. The only thing that affects the textures and types of the candies differently is the temperatures and the amount of sugars. The hotter the temperatures the harder the candies, the lower the temperature the chewer the candy. The Arabic word Qandi, which means ‘made of sugar’ is what originated the modern sweet term that we all know as Candy.

History and Bible both suggest that people used to prefer Honey as sweet treats. Ancient Arabs, Chinese and Egyptian people used to have candied fruits and nuts in honey and that was the initiation of modern-day candies. Another one of the oldest candies is the Barley Sugar which was made with barley grains. The Aztec and the Mayan people used cocoa beans for their drinks. In the early 15th century, Spanish explorers discovered the cacao tree and brought it to Europe. English and American people used to eat boiled sugar in 17th century.

In the 19th century, hard candies like peppermints and lemon drops became popular. Joseph Fry made the first ever chocolate bar in 1847 using the bittersweet cacao beans. While in 1875, Henry Nestle and Daniel Peter discovered the first milk chocolate.

The History and Origin of Candy

The origin of candy dates to the old Egyptian times when they used to coat their fruits and nuts in honey. Greeks used to candy their fruits and flowers with honey too. The modern candies were made in 16th century and in the 17th century the home-based candy making turned into an industry.

Some Facts About Candy:

Over the past 100 years candies have become extremely popular and over a million types of candies have come into being.

  • People spend around $7-8 billion on chocolates in one year.
  • The candy sales are at the highest during the Halloween times and during this holiday season people spend around $3 billion on candies and chocolates.

So, the sweet affair of candy-making is centuries old and still has a lot of influence on not only the kids but on the people of all the age groups.

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