The series of candies are seen lined up in the True Treats store of Historic Candy in Harpers Ferry, West Virginia.
The store features more than 400 different types of popular candies in different times, from ancient Greek gum to famous candies of the century 20th. The first commercial candy appeared in 1806.
The collection of historic candies includes chocolate kisses and candy cigarettes or candy-like cigarettes which are classic American candies.
insects that made sweet snacks. A new type of ceminal in True Treats is a bag of baked insects. There were also ant wafers or sweet cakes containing ants, and first introduced in 1950.
"Crickets are like sesame," says Susan Benjamin, owner of the True Treats Shop who is passionate about learning the history of the candy industry. "I've tasted ants, some are bitter, like the bitter orange." Susan himself did not dare to taste candy from worms.
But for consumers who prefer ordinary candy, it is offered fruit candy, caramel, or liqueur or black candy flavor.
For chocolate enthusiasts, the entire table is decorated with a variety of sweet snacks This includes a round chocolate filled with pea seeds or raisins. This type of snack is popular in the era of the 20s to the 50s especially when people are playing cards.
"People usually scoop the candy with their fingers while still holding the card in the other hand," explains Benjamin.
these candies were first introduced as healthy foods or medicines. Malted milk for example, a candy consisting of poor barley, flour and milk, was originally a staple food for infants.
Benjamin shows a bag of Turkey delight, a cube-shaped jelly candy that he says is used to treat sore throats around the 900's, and very popular around the world.
People also chewed bark, branches and tree roots, which could also be available in this store.
"People originally used the roots of plants the likoris to brush the teeth, "said Benjamin," and then in the mid-1800s, the children chewed to taste the delicious likoris.
The shopkeeper, Anna Jo Smith, was fascinated by the roots marshmallow . " I think marshmallow is a new item, but tea marshmallow has existed for centuries, "he said.
Many candies include labels that explain its history. 19659002] True Treats Candies can also be ordered on-line.
For people who want to know more about the delicacy of these candies, Benjamin has compiled a book entitled SWEET AS SIN about the fascinating evolution of candy or candy . [sp/jm]