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.
Candy 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.