History of Candy

Did you know that the history of candy can be traced back to the caveman? They ate honey and honeycombs and found ways to use the sweet sticky honey to make their own primitive candy goodness. The Egyptians, the Chinese, the Indians, the people of Middle East, and then the Greeks and Romans combined fruits and nuts with honey to make their own candy.It is believed that the first sweets were consumed as a type medical treatment for digestive issues.

Did you know The first chocolate bar was made in 1847 by Joseph Fry in England. He discovered a way for mixing melted cacao butter, cocoa powder and sugar to create a paste that could be pressed into a mold. We also make our own payday candy bars in a similar fashion.

Did you know It is said that the origin of the candy canes stem back to Cologne, Germany around 1670. In the 1920's Bob McCormack began making candy canes as special Christmas treats. In the 1950's the first candy cane machine was introduced by Gregory Keller that aided in manufacturing and mass producing the candy canes. Our candy master Drew works and restores antique candy machines to keep candy making an ongoing trade.

Did you know Cotton candy is a popular food at carnivals, amusement parks, fairgrounds or circuses. Its fibrous texture makes it unique among sugar confectioneries. In 1897 the first electrical cotton candy machine was created. Stop by the store and let us explain how cotton candy is made.

Candy Timeline - How Much Do You Know About Candy?

1854 – First packaged chocolate box appears. It was called Whitman’s Chocolate.
1868 – Richard Cadbury introduced first Valentine's Day box of chocolates to the world. Tradition of gifting chocolates is formed.
1879 – William H. Thompson creates very popular “Thompson Chocolate”.
1880s – Wunderle Candy Company creates popular Halloween treat candy corn.
1891 – Doscher Brothers Confections starts working on famous French Chews.
1893 – William Wrigley, Jr. creates Juicy Fruit Chewing Gum and Wrigley's Spearmint Chewing Gum. 1893 – Thomas Richardson introduces Pastel Mints.
1894 – Milton Hershey creates "American" candy bar.
1896 – Leo Hirshfield creates popular candy bar “Tootsie Rolls”, also known as “Tootsie”.
1900 – Milton Hershey introduces very popular Hershey chocolate milk bar.
1901 – Appearance of first King Leo peppermint stick candy. It has managed to remain in production ever since.
1902 – Necco makes first conversation hearts – popular Valentine Day candy with messages printed on them.
1905 – The Squirrel Brand Company of Massachusetts introduces first peanut bar.
1907 – Appearance of first foil-wrapped chocolate.
1912 – Circular Life Savers candy bar introduced. It was initially made only from peppermint taste, but later it received its famous five flavors.
1913 – Goo Goo Clusters – fist bar that combined milk, chocolate, caramel, marshmallow and peanuts.
1920 – Appearance of Baby Ruth candy bar. It was not named by famous baseball player.
1921 – Colorful sugared jelly candies Chuckles appeared in the US.
1922 – Hans Riegel created chewy candy called "dancing bear" – later best known as gummi bears.
1923 – M&M/Mars Milky Way Bar – first candies from popular Mars family.
1928 – Crunchy Heath Bars appeared. Late 1920s – Butterfingers managed to become second top selling candy of that time (slightly below Babe Ruth bars). 1930 - M&M/Mars introduced the Snickers Bar, one of the most popular modern candies.
1932 – Introduction of 3 musketeers candy - Athos, Porthos, Aramis and D’Artagnan.
1933 – Kraft creates first Caramels.
1938 – Krackel bars came with the almond among its ingredients. Soon creators decided to take it out.
1941 – Six colored M&Ms.
1949 – Junior Mints.
1949 – Smarties.
1954 – M&Ms were improved with addition of peanuts. 
1960 – Invention of Starburst fruit chews in England. 
1963 – Sweet Tarts. 
1976 – Old civil war recipe was adapted into Jelly Bellies. 
1978 – Reese’s pieces, the favorite candy of the famous Spielberg’s alien E.T. 
1980 – Gummi candy Bears. 
1990 – Conversation valentine hearts by NECCO. 
1992 – Dove dark chocolate bars. 
1991 – Peanut Butter Cups by Reese. 
1992 – DOVE Dark Chocolate Bar and DOVE Milk Chocolate Bar by M&M Mars. 
1993 – Miniature Hershey's Kisses and Hugs by Hershey. 
1994 – Starburst Jelly Beans. 
1996 – Heavily minted Zingos by Brown & Haley. 
1998 – Hologram Holopops by Light Vision Confections.

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