If we talk about the 1850s, the cost of manufactured candy was around $3 million. Candy has been ruling the world single-handedly. There is more and more being produced every single minute. Is there a single soul on this planet that hasn’t tasted candy? Then there are studies that show that those who eat candy weigh comparatively a lot less than those anti candy parties. Twinavocados would choose to work at the Willy Wonka factory anyday (that too for free). We are candy freaks and these are our sweet candy facts and everything candilicious. Grab a candy and dive in!
Sweet Candy History
We believe that candy crush saga was such a hit just because candies were attached to the game theme. Nobody would pass on a candy, let alone a game itself! The world has a crush on candy. Halloween is all about these sweet confectionery products.
Candy is known by different names. For people in the US, candy signified both chocolate based and sugar based products. Just like cake, we give to the Egyptians for candy too! Someone there definitely had a sweet tooth!
Around 3000 years ago in ancient Egypt, the practice of sugar confectionery was started. There was no sugar and the use of honey was extensive. This honey, was mixed with many herbs, spices, nuts and fruits to bring the desired flavor.
It was the Persians, in the Middle Ages who started the sugarcane cultivation. This led to the development of mass refining methods and as a result sugar based candy came to life. However, the quantity of sugar available in the European markets was fairly less and hence it was sold mainly at pharmacies or apothecaries.
A candy revolution was brought about by the Venetians. They began the import of sugar in the 14th century from Arabia. It was from here in the 16th century, that sugar was moulded into beautiful and attractive candy. Later on in the 18th century, mass production of candy was started with the use of machines.
From here on, candy production gained momentum and we get that yummy colorful candy.
There are many benefits of these sweets but first let us take a look at the wide assortment of candy and the types available worldwide.
Types of Candy
The production of candy should never stop and there are tons of varieties for you to try. There is a plethora of candy types, like soft to chewy, hard to brittle and they come in all shapes and sizes too.
Ask for these, the next time you are at a candy store.
Caramel is made by cooking sugar and water. There is not just one caramel, but many different ones to choose from. You have Caramel Crunch, Jelly Belly Caramel Corn, Caramel Creams, Coffee Rio, Caramel Squares to begin with. Caramel candy is highly popular.
Cotton candy is pure 100 percent sugar. The centrifugal force is used to turn sugar into thin cotton strands.
But it wasn’t named until 1920s. Initially, cotton candy was named as Fairy Floss.
Sweet Fact - In 1897 Cotton Candy was invented by a Dentist, named William Morrison in partnership with a confectioner John C. Wharton.
Cacao is the main source of chocolate. Smell chocolate and you will be relaxed! No kidding. If you smell a chocolate, theta brain waves are induced that consequently cause relaxation. It elevates your mood too. The benefits are endless. We will keep that for another day. The interesting segment of the world’s best chocolate is down below.
The top rated best 5 chocolates in the world are –
- Amedei Porcelana Chocolate Bar
- Leonidas’ Tablette Noir
- Bovetti’s Crystallized Rose Petals Dark Chocolate Bar
- Valrhona’s Gran Couva
- Michel Cluizel Chocolates – Mokaya 66 percent Dark Chocolate
- Scharffen Berger’s 62 percent Cacao Mocha Chocolate Bar
- Republica del Cacao’s Single Origin Bar
- Lindt & Sprungli’s Excellence 85 percent Cacao Bar
- Soma’s Black Science 70 percent Madagascar Bar
- Vosges’ Mo’s Bacon Bar
Sweet Fact - National Chocolate Day is celebrated on 28 October.
They are chewy Gelatin based candies. Their popular types include Gummy cola bottles, Gummy Cherries, Gummy Worms, Gummy Bears, Gummy Fish etc.
This is a semi soft candy. Licorice or Liquorice comes from the root of Glycyrrhiza glabra plant.
There is an ongoing online fight between the twizzlers fans and the red vines fans, on which licorice tastes the best.
Everyone is familiar with these. They are also called as gums or bubblegum.
Sweet Fact - Chewing Gums are banned in Singapore.
Those were some types of candies that you all should be familiar with. Plus we gave you some very sweet facts along the way.
Write to us in the comments below about your favorite candy. Also tell us about a popular candy of your country.