Hope you’re dressed for suck-cess. December 19 is National Hard Candy Day!
It’s also National Oatmeal Muffin Day. We just didn’t feel like eating the muffin, man. The muffin, man. And since hard candy is synonymous with Christmas – a mere six days away now (!) we decided to stick with that.
Archaeologists have uncovered traces of hard candies at dig sites in ancient Egypt, China, and Arabia. Of course, rather than Dum-Dums, these “candies” were really no more than fruits and nuts dipped in honey. Sometimes they were even attached to sticks to prevent sticky fingers, a precursor of lollipops. Hard candy is made by boiling syrup until it reaches the “hard crack” stage, 300 degrees. It is then flavored, poured, and allowed to set. There is a large variety of different hard candies available including butterscotch, candy canes, Jawbreakers, Jolly Ranchers, Life Savers, Pez, rock candy, and lollipops. It’s even the name of a Counting Crows album. More hard candy is sold at Christmas time than during any other time of the year.
To celebrate, we had a classic hard candy that’s been a favorite for generations: Life Savers!
- BrooklynHardCandy (sprungonfood.wordpress.com)
- Police Throw Man in Jail After Mistaking Jolly Ranchers for Crystal Meth (alternet.org)
- How to Make Hard Candy Suckers (candy.answers.com)
- Flavoring Hard Candies (advbio.wordpress.com)
I’ve had my fill of hard candy…of making it that is!