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The taste of gummy bears, licorice, marshmallows, chocolates, taffy and a whole lot more. On the 4th of November in the United States, they celebrate National Candy Day, four days after Halloween. Either eat those leftover candies from Halloween or get yourself some of your favorite candies from your local grocery store to celebrate this special occasion.
How National Candy Day Started
In the 13th Century, the English borrowed the word from French “cucre candi“ which adopted it from the Arabic word “Qandi” which means “to be made from sugar.” Back then, because of the low production of sugar, they used honey and it became the favorite of all during ancient times. Candymakers even use honey to coat fruits and flowers preserving it to form candies for easier traveling. Originally, candies served as a form of medicine that helps resolve digestive systems or cool a sore throat. As it became popular, the term candy has expanded from candy bars, chocolates, sour candies, salty candies, hard candies, gumdrops, and marshmallows among others.
As the Spaniards have discovered the cocoa plant, it has been further used by the South Americans for unsweetened drinks made by the Aztec and Mayans, and quickly becoming popular in the late 15th century. Even with its popularity, it took until 1847 for the first chocolate bar to be made, with chocolates as one of the world’s favorite candies.
By the 18th century, people made the simplest form of candy from crystallized sugar which turns out as rock candy. However, even the most basic form of sugar was considered a luxury and was only attainable by the wealthy people. Later on, they started giving attention to peppermints and lemon drops.
When the candy business took off in the early 19th century, the candy makers did a great job and made experiments creating different kinds of candies. Candy shops started popping up throughout Europe and around America making cocoa and sugar to be the biggest export from that era. Candy shops and industries sprang up around the idea of making new and better candy and the competition to make the best candy continues. By 1979, the world has produced more than enough sugar and sugar became available for the rest of the world to buy.
How to Celebrate National Candy Day
To make the best out of the celebration, first things first! We all know that too much of something if not good so make sure to control yourself in eating too many sweets.
Here are some things you can do to have the kid in you excite from candy heaven.
Go To The Candy Shop
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Grab your favorite candies from your nearby candy shop and enjoy it. Fill up a bag of your favorite candies and share it with your friends and family to make it even sweeter.
Learn How To Make A Candy
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There are a lot of online tutorials on how to make your own customized candies. Teach yourself how to make candies that you can enjoy. Try your hand with traditional Chinese candy making or stick with the gooey, chewy caramels.
Go Out For Monster Milkshakes
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Try out candy-covered Monster Milkshakes for this national day and skip going out for booze. These decadent desserts are already being offered everywhere and make sure to drink one. Cheers!
Make Candy Pizzas
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Imagine eating a candy pizza filled with every sweets and chocolate bars you want, pop it in the oven and let it bake. When it’s done, cover it which chocolate spread and sprinkle more of your favorite candies on top.
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