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The Only Historic Candy Company

Welcome to True Treats, The Nation's Only Historic
Candy Store.
Early History-1900s!

*Celebrate With Authentic Historic Treats
*Taste Teas Thousands of Years Old
* Reminisce With Retro Favorites

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Image: Santa Postcard 1907, Ellen Clapsaddle

Candy Timeline

Travel our sweets and sugars timeline from first in history through the 1900s. History never tasted so sweet

Candy Timeline
Gifts They'll Love

Looking for a unique gift? Discover award-winning treasures from the nation's only historic candy store, specializing in sweets, sugars and teas. Enjoyable. Unforgettable.

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A remarkable treat at least 2,000 years old, with a marshmallow texture punctuated by pistachio nuts and undertones of cardamom – a revered ancient spice.

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Botanical Teas

Discover teas, powders, roots and waters used health, flavor and medicine. Comes with our exclusive Tea Lovers' Guide!

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Early History

Barks and roots, the first candy in history, and the original chewing gums: tastes and textures unusual and amazing!

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Many common fruits, nuts, and spices arrived in the 1500s to the 1700s and new forms of confections.

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The 1800s saw rapid changes in the food universe with the rising star of fun-time candies. From Yum to Wow, always a treat.

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You'll find it here! Candy from the past. Some you remember, some you thought vanished forever, and some a surprise! ALWAYS in good taste.

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Chocolate Love

Rich in history and taste, chocolate has fed the human spirit from ancient Olmecs to modern days. Now you can sample the range.

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This Week's Q&A

Last week’s question: What fruit appears in lots of candies and drinks, grows on trees with thorns in warm climates? The answer is CITRUS! So if you guessed lemons, limes, or oranges…we’ll be contacting you and sending you a sweet treat from us! 😋




Meet Susan Benjamin

True Treats’ president Susan Benjamin is an avid researcher of historic sweets, sugars and teas in North America. She has appeared everywhere from NPR to the History Channel. Her business, True Treats, was even one of the questions on Jeopardy. Her most recent book, Sweet as Sin, was on Smithsonian’s Best Books About Food. Above all, she values giving customers an amazing experience full of memories, stories and new tastes and flavors that are centuries old.


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The Candy Timeline

Unlock the story of candy
  • First in History

    From Native American barks, to the first candy ever, to the sugars and sweets of the Bible. Healthy. Medicinal. Tasty. Symbolic.

  • 1500s-1700s

    Candied Peels and petals, chocolate sticks, sugar plums, & other sugary treats.

  • 1800s

    The Industrial Revolution brought a tidal wave of change in sweets.

  • 1900s

    The rise of candy we know today – from Candy Bars to Sponge Candy.

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