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A significant moment in candy history occured at the 1851 Great Exhibition in London, where "French-style" candies with rich cream centers were first displayed...

But it was the discovery of milk chocolate in Switzerland in 1875 that made the American candy bar such a phenomenon of the late nineteenth century." ---Encyclopedia of American Food and Drink, John F. 54-5) [NOTE: This source has much more information than can be paraphrased. It also contains separate entries for specific types of candies.] Recommended reading The general concensus of newspaper articles and Web sites place the origin of "sponge candy" in upstate New York. We find much information about the current product but scant details regarding the history of the recipe.

They were contained in little comfit-boxes or drageoirs...." ---History of Food, Maguelonne Toussaint-Samat [Barnes & Noble Books: New York] 1992 (p.

565-6) [NOTE: This book has an excellent chapter on the history of confectionery and preserves.

Ask your librarian to help you find a copy.] "Candy...

The ancient Egyptians preserved nuts and fruits with honey, and by the Middle Ages physicians had learned how to mask the bad taste of their medicines with sweetness, a practice still widespread.

Jujubes, licorice and marshmallows are a prime examples of ancient medicine becoming modern candy.

Conserves and preserves (fruit preserved in sugar) eventually became their own type of food; typically paired toast or spread between cookies and cakes.

Food historians propose the first sweets were consumed as a sort of medical treatment for digestive troubles.

While the British called such confections, "sweetmeats," Americans came to call "candy," from the Arabic qandi, "made of sugar," although one finds "candy" in English as early as the fifteenth century...

Caramels were known in the early eighteenth century and lollipops by the 1780s..."Hard candies" made from lemon or peppermint flavors were popular in the early nineteenth century...

Today's cough drops and peppermint sticks descend from this tradition.

As time and technology progressed, so did the art of confectionery.