The first to eat candy were the cavemen when they ate the honey from bee hives.
3500 years ago the Egyptians combined fruits and nuts with honey to make candy. In the Middle Ages sugar was expensive so it was a product that was available only to the wealthy. Boiled sugar candies were popular in the American colonies and in the 1800s American factories were producing "penny candy". Milk chocolate was made by Switzerland's David Peter who added milk and created the first milk chocolate in 1876.
Richard Cadbury introduced the first Valetine's Day box of candy. He decorated a candy box with a painting of his daughter and her kitten. This was in 1868. Candy Hearts were first made by the early colonists by scratching love notes on candy. Today around 8 billion candy hearts are made each year with the familiar "Be Mine" and "Kiss Me" inscriptions on them.
Today, during the first four weeks of Christmas nearly 2 billion candy canes will be sold.
The Baby Ruth, which is named for President Grover Cleveland daughter, was introduced in 1920.
Cotton candy usually found at amusement parks and festivals was once called "fairy floss". The first machine for making cotton candy was patented in 1899.
George Smith claims to have invented the first Lolly Pop in 1908. He named it after his favorite horse, Lolly Pop.
In the 1880's a new tri-color candy design was introductd by George Reinninger. It was called Candy Corn. The candy is made in layers with the orage part first followed by the yellow and then the white topping placed in triangular molds. Today over 35 million pounds of candy corn are made each year.
The original chocalote bar was made of a bittersweet chocolate. In 1875 David Peter and Henry Nestle added evaporated milk to chocolate to create milk chocolate. Now all sorts of other ingredients are added to the chocolate bar, such as caramel, peanuts, almonds, and coconut.
Today candy is a sweet treat found in most every home. 99% of households will purchase candy at least once a week as reported by the National Confectioners Association. Sweets are a key element in most every American holiday celebration.