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Updated December 19th, 2023 at 06:39 IST

National Candy Day: Know the fascinating history behind this day

The journey of hard candy traces back to the Ancient Egyptians, who crafted their version using honey mixed with various nuts and fruits

National Candy Day: Know the fascinating history behind this day
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Hard candy, sometimes known as "boiled sweets," has a history as rich and diverse as its flavors. The journey of hard candy traces back to the Ancient Egyptians, who crafted their version using honey mixed with various nuts and fruits. Fast forward to the 13th century, where the English word 'candy' emerged, likely derived from the Arabic term 'qandi,' meaning "made of sugar."  

In the 14th century, European candy makers elevated the industry by boiling sugar and combining it with nuts and fruits, mirroring the practices of their Ancient Egyptian counterparts. As sugar became more accessible in the 19th century, hard candy gained popularity in England and North America, paving the way for the global candy industry we know today. 

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Taste the Nostalgia 

Enjoy a trip down memory lane by celebrating National Hard Candy Day with a visit to your local store. Explore the aisles and fill your basket with a medley of hard candy flavors. Rediscover the joy of childhood favorites and savor the sweetness that transcends time. 

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Crafting Sweet Memories 

For those feeling adventurous in the kitchen, try your hand at making hard candy. While candy making may seem daunting, creating hard candy can be a fun and meaningful activity, especially when shared with friends or family. With simple ingredients like corn syrup, white sugar, food coloring, and flavored extract, you can whip up your own sweet creations. Just be sure to have a candy thermometer on hand for precision!  

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Spread the Sweetness 

While indulging in hard candy is a treat in itself, the true delight lies in sharing. Embrace your inner elf or fairy on National Hard Candy Day by spreading the joy to those around you. Fill charming paper or cellophane bags with an assortment of hard candies and become a bearer of sweetness share them with coworkers, classmates, or surprise your neighbors with a sugary gift. 

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National Hard Candy Day is not just a celebration of flavors; it's a celebration of the sweet moments and memories woven into each delectable piece. So, unwrap, indulge, and share the sweetness that transcends time and borders. Happy National Hard Candy Day! 

 

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Published December 19th, 2023 at 06:39 IST

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