If you are looking for an excuse to eat something sweet today, here it is. On November 4th we celebrate National Candy Day. If you ask me, candies have a “healing power”, they always make you feel better after a bad or stressful day.
Have you ever wondered when, where and how candy appeared? Well, let’s find out together. Candies attract us with their funny shapes and their very bright colors and we celebrate them on National Candy Day. There are several types of candy, so we can’t say that there is only one person who invented them. Historians still disagree on the origin of candy.
Candies were first used as a form of medication, either to calm the digestive system or to soothe an inflamed throat. In the Middle Ages, candy appeared only on the tables of the richest. In those days it was a combination of spices and sugar that was used to soothe digestive problems. These were common at that time due to the consumption of food that was neither fresh nor balanced. The hosts used to serve those candies to their guests. The candies were also prepared by combining honey and sugar with hazelnuts. Fruit candies were prepared by combining fruit with sugar and other sweeteners. In 1519, the Spaniards arrived in Mexico and took cocoa with them and brought it to Europe.
In the 1700s, candy experienced immense development. The price of sugar has dropped more and more and industrial machines have become commonplace. These two major causes have made mass production of candy much easier. Candies gained so much popularity that in the 1850s, there were hundreds of factories in the United States. During the 1900s, companies began to produce different types of candy. Global candy sales in 2010 reached $ 57.5 billion, and in 2012, sales in the United States reached $ 23.6 billion.
The history of candies is a very interesting one and demonstrates how the competition between companies helped to develop the best candies.
What is the most expensive candy in the world?
Daniel Marcelino Gomes, a Portuguese confectioner master, seduced the refined tastes of the richest people in the world with his new creation. He invented a praline made with 24-carat gold thread, which costs 7,728 euros and can be considered the most expensive candy in the world.
How can we celebrate this day?
A fun way to celebrate this beautiful day is to make candies with your friends or your family. Don’t you trust your candy skills? You can simply go to a store and buy your favorite sweets and, why not, some that you haven’t tasted so far. Try something new!
I, personally, believe that life without sweets would not exist. I am a big fan of candies. When I visit a foreign country, I try to taste as many new sweets as possible. That’s why I totally agree with what Ryan Gosling said : “Sometimes I think that one of the things I love most about being an adult is the right to buy candy wherever and whenever I want.”