June is National Candy Month! How sweet it is.

Summer is almost here and June is designated ‘National Candy Month’ in North America by the National Confectioners Association.  According to the NCA, “It’s a time to celebrate the authentic, fun treats that candy companies have been producing for more than 100 years.”

For candy makers and retailers alike, National Candy Month can also help address the confectionery sales gap between Easter and Halloween.

Good and Plenty candy box Flickr photo by jarm13Candy trivia: What is the oldest candy still made?

Good & Plenty is believed to be the oldest candy brand in the USA. The pink-and-white capsule-shaped chewy licorice was first produced in 1893 in Philadelphia.


According to a Wikipedia, candy is a confection that features sugar as a principal ingredient. The category, called sugar confectionery, encompasses any sweet confection, including chocolate, chewing gum, and sugar candy. Vegetables, fruit, or nuts which have been glazed and coated with sugar are said to be candied.

Photo of a bag of Jelly Belly jelly beans

Candy trivia:  During Ronald Reagan’s 1981 inauguration, Jelly Belly served more than 3 tons of jelly beans!  ​​​​Because the president developed a love of jelly beans after he started eating them to kick his smoking habit. 

Candy has its origins mainly in Ancient India. The first candy came to America in the early 18th century from Britain and France.

Candy making and consumption increased greatly during the Industrial Revolution in the 19th century. Candy had previously been made by hand, either occasionally at home or by specialists in small, local businesses. Increased mechanization caused prices to drop and production to increase.

Chocolate is sometimes treated as a separate branch of confectionery.  But, chocolate candies like chocolate candy bars and chocolate truffles are included in this larger group of delectable delights.

Photo of Tootsie Rolls candy



Candy trivia:  During World War II, American soldiers were given Tootsie Rolls in their rations because of the candy’s ability to withstand all weather conditions..


Have you ever wanted to learn about the art and SCIENCE of making candy?

Check out some of these titles with recipes and experiments to whet your appetite on sweet treats and craveable confectioneries.


Bean-to-bar chocolate : America's craft chocolate revolution : the origins, the makers, and the mind-blowing flavors book cover  Discover chocolate: the ultimate guide to buying, tasting, and enjoying fine chocolates book cover   Chocolate is forever: classic cakes, cookies, pastries, pies, puddings, candies, confections, and more book cover   Making chocolate : from bean to bar to s'more book cover   Theo Chocolate: recipes & sweet secrets from Seattle's favorite chocolate maker: featuring 75 recipes both sweet & savory book cover 

        Candy is magic : real ingredients, modern recipes   The Liddabit Sweets candy cookbook / How to Make Truly Scrumptious Candy in Your Own Kitchen! book cover   Chocolate. by Taste of Home Books book cover   Candyfreak a journey through the chocolate underbelly of America book cover   Candymaking a guide for home confectioners. DVD cover

OR, indulge in some of our candy-oriented mystery series, such as Joanna Carl’s Chocoholic mystery,, Nancy Coco’s Candy-coated mystery, Amanda Flower’s Amish candy shop mystery, and Dorothy St. James’s Southern chocolate shop mystery.



Candy experiments book cover   Candy experiments 2   The sugary secrets behind candy book cover   From cocoa beans to chocolate book cover


Ever wondered what it would be like to work in a Candy Factory?
View CNN’s inside the 'I Love Lucy' See's Candies Factory - CNN's Stephanie Elam goes inside our factory in Los Angeles, where Lucille Ball and Vivian Vance went to train for their iconic "I Love Lucy" moment.

CNN inside the 'I Love Lucy' See's Candies Factory

Posted by CindyB on May 26, 2021