When it comes to the origins of candy, the English word “candy” is derived from the Arabic word “qandi,” meaning something “made with sugar”, although one finds the word “candy” in English as early as the fifteenth century. Food historians propose the first sweets were consumed as a sort of medical treatment for digestive troubles. Today’s cough drops and peppermint sticks descend from this tradition; and jujubes and marshmallows are prime examples of ancient medicine becoming modern candy.
In addition, further studies on the history of candy established that:
“Candy… The ancient Egyptians preserved nuts and fruits with honey… Boiled “sugar plums” were known in the seventeenth-century England and soon were to appear in the American colonies where maple-syrup candy was popular in the North; and benne-seed [sesame seed] confections were just as tempting in the South… In New Amsterdam [New York], one could enjoy “marchpane,” or “marzipan,” which is a very old decorative candy made from almonds ground into a sweet paste. The British called such confections “sweetmeats.”
Caramels were known in the early eighteenth century and lollipops by the 1780s… “Hard candies” made from lemon or peppermint flavors were popular in the early nineteenth century… A significant moment in candy history occurred at the 1851 Great Exhibition in London, where “French-style” candies with rich cream centers were displayed first… But it was the discovery of milk chocolate in Switzerland in 1875, which made the American candy bar such a phenomenon of the late nineteenth century.”
Source: Encyclopedia of American Food and Drink, John F. Mariani [Lebhar-Friedman: New York] 1999 (p. 54-5)
Speaking of the American candy bar…Annabelle Candy Company’s candy origins began with its Rocky Road® candy bar, which was manufactured first in San Francisco. Since then, Annabelle Candy has moved to Hayward, CA, and its candy timeline has come to include added Abba-Zaba®, Big Hunk®, LOOK!® and U-NO® candy bars. Yes, when it comes to candy history, Annabelle Candy Company has been creating smiles since 1950.
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