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.You see, to get sponge candy at Stone Brothers Home Made Candies, conditions have to be jsut right. Makes about 35 pieces." ---Ideals Candy Cookbook, Mildred Brand [Ideals Publishing: Nashville TN] 1979 (p. a food rich in sugar as a: candied or crystallized fruit b. The primary definition is a concessionaire hawking sweets on trains, circuses, state fairs, and movie theatres.And that means candy junkies are sometims left wanting for a delicacy seldom found outside upstate New York. 44) Why are confections sometimes called "sweetmeats? 76 Their breathes with sweet meats tainted are." (2nd edition, accessed online 15 April 2011) American English definitions generally mirror the British: "Sweetmeat. a sweet delicacy, prepared with sugar honey or the like, as preserves, candy, or , formerly, cakes or pastry. Usually, sweetmeats, any sweet delicacy of the confectionery or candy kind, as candied fruit, sugar-covered nuts, sugarplums, bonbons, or balls or sticks of candy." ---Webster's New Universal Unabridged Dictionary, fully revised and updated [Barnes & Noble Books: New York] 1996 (p. candy, confection." ---Webster's Ninth New Collegiate Dictionary [Merriam-Webster: New York] 1988 (p. It was a popular profession for young boys, who were strong (they had to carry their wares in a large carton/tray hooked around their neck), outgoing (they had to actively promote their wares to make money) and savvy (spot potential customers, make change on the spot). Some confectioners crafted cheap novel candies shaped in meat forms (bologna and sauerkraut) in the Philadelphia area during the early 1920s.Jujubes, licorice and marshmallows are a prime examples of ancient medicine becoming modern candy.
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...Some of these may approximate sponge candy, others might produce very different products.One of "signature" ingredients in sponge candy is baking soda.Stachowicz and candymaker Tom Wall make 1,000 pounds of sponge candy from early November through April. Gradually lower heat as mixture thickens to prevent scorching. The suffix-meat has an archaic meaning of food in the widest sense (surviving in the phrase 'meat and drink'), so sweetmeat simply means a sweet food... Or were "Candy Butcher" shops simply capitalizing on a popular phrase, selling penny candy of all sorts? Concessioner, butcher, September 19, 2004 - I have a question as to why a concessioner is called a butcher, at the circus. The story is that the first person to do this was the animal meat butcher on the Old John Robinson Show sometime before the Civil War.They make about 150 pounds at a time in a painstaking two-day process. Atmosphere pressure must be above 30 pounds per square inch and humidity must be below 50 percent in the back shop. Remove from heat and quickly stir in baking soda and vanilla. To the inhabitants of Tudor and Stuart England, sweetmeats were sugary foods in general, including pieces of flavoured candy and sugar-covered nuts and spices, products of medieval theories on the medicinal value of sugar, as well as dishes which used sugar as one ingredient amongst many, for structure, sweetness and an air of the exotic... He was so successful, he was able to quit his job as meat butcher.