The origin of candies can be traced to the ancient Egyptians who combine fruit and nuts with honey. At the same time, the Greeks used honey to make candied fruits and flowers. The first modern candies were made in the 16th century and the sweet preparation grew rapidly in an industry in the early 19th century.
It is generally believed that the idea of a sweet taste was originally designed by the first people who lived in the caves and liked the honey from the hives. The first sweets were also consumed as a kind of medical treatment for digestive problems. As culture began to grow and when sugar processing was discovered, it became an extremely popular product.
During the Middle Ages, sugar was at a very high price that made it a delicacy available only to the rich. During the same period, sugar was described as a medicine that was considered as a cure for many diseases and was sold by pharmacists.
In the seventeenth century, as sugar became a little more available, people in England and America ate boiled beets mixed with fruits and nuts. Candies and lollipops became known in the early 18th century. By the mid-1800s, more than 380 factories had been built in the United States to produce candies.
In the early nineteenth century, after the discovery of the “sugar beet” and the industrial revolution, a wide variety of flavors quickly developed. Since sweets were no longer handcrafted and began to be mass produced, they were available for the first time to all people. The earliest first sweets were boiled sweets, marshmallows and loukoumia. Also, at the moment, hard candies have become extremely popular.
In modern times, multinational companies worldwide are able to create an impressive amount of sweet treats every day, made up of hundreds of varieties and countless recipes to delight young and old candy lovers!