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Whatever Happened to those Classic Candies You Used to Love...

Do You Remember:

  1. All Sorts: First created in 1899, these wonderful treats have enticed licorice lovers ever since!
  2. Classic Marzipan: Do you recall the fancy little fruit shapes Grandma set out on a pretty plate at Christmastime or on other special occasions? That was marzipan! Made with almond paste, these delightful candies taste as good as they look!
  3. Divinity: Years ago, you practically couldn't have Christmas without the sweet, melt-in-your-mouth goodness of divinity! And it wasn't easy to make, either. Now you can enjoy that same flavor from Figi's!
  4. Old-Fashioned Candy Mix: This mix includes so many classic candies in one... Ribbon Candy, Rock Candy, Candy Pillows, Starlight Mints... Delightful!
  5. Peanut Brittle: Remember that buttery, peanutty taste that you loved as a child? Sure, you can still find peanut brittle... but is it as good as you remember?
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Old-Fashioned Candy Trivia

  1. Complete this slogan: "How many licks does it take to get to the center of a: _____________________?
  2. What old-time favorite candy bar is named after a 1920's dance step?
  3. What is a Boston Baked Bean in the world of candy?
  4. What was the original name of the Fun Dip, sweet and sour colored sugar treat with a candy stick to dip?
  5. How many pounds of Candy Corn are sold each year?
  6. Where did the name NECCO Wafers come from?
  7. When were Conversation Hearts invented? A. 1950s B. 1900s C. 1860s D. 1920s
  8. What kind of candy (popular at Christmastime) was originally made by a machine called a "candy crimper"?
See the trivia answers below.

The Sweet History of Candy

People have always loved sweets!

  • In ancient times, Egyptians, Arabs, and Chinese created confections of honeyed fruits and nuts, the first known candy.
  • In the 11th century, the Crusaders discovered the "sweet salt" on their conquests in the Middle East. Once they returned from their travels, they created a demand at home.
  • At first candy was a luxury item in the 17th century in England and in the American colonies. However, as production of sugar increased, prices decreased, and candies moved to the mainstream, allowing more people to enjoy simple hard candies.
  • Candy makers began mixing ingredients together to make chocolate candy, and in the early 19th century, natural fruit and vegetable juice sweeteners were discovered, and sweet making developed rapidly into an industry.
  • By the mid 1800s, more than 380 American factories were producing penny candy, and by the 1850s, fudge and chocolate-coated pieces became more accessible to the middle class, but candy was associated with holidays and special events.
  • Candy became a common, everyday commodity in America circa World War I, largely due to updated manufacturing methods that could accommodate orders from U.S. soldiers serving overseas. It was a booming time for candy bars, chocolate and candy of all kinds. These sweets helped feed the masses during the Depression and were often peddled as satisfying and healthy meal substitutes.

Our love affair with candy continues today, though many of the candies we enjoyed years ago are no longer available. The classic American candies that people recall from their childhood are still some of the favorites... remember stopping off at the five-and-dime, trying to decide from all the penny candy, then savoring those sweet choices all the way home? While penny candy may be a thing of the past, you can still enjoy your favorites and find classic holiday treats, too.

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Answers:

People have always loved sweets!

  1. Tootsie Roll Pop. This riddle was delivered by the wise old owl in the TV commercial.
  2. Charleston Chew. Created in the 20s.
  3. Candy coated peanuts.
  4. Lik-M-Aid was the name in 1942.
  5. 20 million.
  6. The New England Confectionary Company.
  7. C. 1860s
  8. Ribbon Candy