Candy: a sweet history
Published 12:00 am Wednesday, August 18, 2021
My friend Debi asks, “Why do they call the little candy ‘fun sizes?’ Wouldn’t it be more fun to eat a big one?”
Wow, Debi, what a flavorful question. Let me chew on that a little with my sweet tooth.
Candy has been around throughout recorded history. Actually, ancient civilizations prized it even before they made recordings.
The earliest sweets were likely those made of candied nuts and fruits in honey. Centuries ago, explorers discovered the cocoa bean and cacao trees. I’ll be forever grateful to these pioneers of chocolate.
And don’t forget chewing gum. In the late 1860s flavor was added to chicle, creating the first modern gum. I chewed so much when I was a kid, I considered gum one of the primary food groups.
Hard candies also became popular in the 1800s. Chocolate bars were invented around 1850. I don’t know exactly when “fun sizes” began, but here’s my theory.
Fun sizes allow friends to share candy. That’s a very generous idea. But here’s my problem.
I don’t like to share candy. If I buy the candy, I want it all…no matter what the quantity. I personally love the fun size, because it gives me more sugar to gobble.
So, in the future when I’m with a friend, I’ll buy me a fun size. And – if I’m feeling generous – I’ll buy him one too.
I just hope his friendship is worth the extra investment.
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