Published on October 5th, 2009 | by Yellow Magpie1
Candy: Sweet Sugary Heaven
Candy Sweet Heaven Damacus Syria Photo By Elisa Azzali
Who doesn’t enjoy sweets or candy? These days there are thousands of sweets to choose from with something to suit every taste.
All sweets have one thing in common, sugar! Its believed that the first people to become aware of sugarcane were the islanders of Papua New G
Candy’s Rich Origins
The Indians are credited with being the first to boil sugarcane to make brown sugar. Gradually the Indians perfected their sugarcraft and eventually learned to make candy.
When the Persian emperor Darius attacked India, the Persians and Indians began to work together to export brown sugar. Nevertheless, this sweet arrangement came to an end when the Arabs invaded. They stole the recipes and the secret became known throughout the world.
Meanwhile the Chinese were experimenting experimenting by adding honey to fruit and nuts. In the 1700’s, boiled sugar candies became popular in the American colonies.
Throughout this entire period candy was still firmly in the domain of the rich. They were highly sought-after and expensive. It would take the next step of industrialisation to bring them to the masses.
Candy: Sweet Heaven
Still more types of sweets or candy began to be created in the 1800’s. From the 1830’s onwards the industrial revolution brought candy sweets to the masses and for the first time someone who was not rich could partake in tasting the sugary treat.
In 1844 a Dutch man invented the first hard chocolate bar, then in Switzerland in 1875 Daniel Peters invented the first milk chocolate bar.
By the turn of the 20th century all types of sweets and candies were being created including lemon drops, peppermint and other exotic types of flavours. Factories producing sweets sprouted up all over the place and candies and sweets became a part of everyday life.
Today Cadbury is the largest sweet manufacturer in the world.
You might wish to check out Yellow Magpie’s Chocolate: Dark Deliciousness and Supertasters And Non-Tasters: It’s All About The Tongue.