Candies from the Garden


Candy’s Botanical Origins

Candies have their origins as medicines, flavorings, and food from gardens, forests, orchards. From them came resins, used as chewing gums that cleaned the teeth and healed the mouth, such as mastic, the first gum in written history. Native sunflower seeds (here covered with chocolate) were durable and tasty.

Explorers, Botanists, and Beyond

In the 1500s, explorers brought citrus, mint, and horehound, used for sore throats and stomach distress. Eighteenth and 19th century botanists brought ever more botanicals, tools, and know-how, transforming plants into candy: candied petals, seed and nut-based sugar plums (1600s-1700s), peppermint sticks, wheat-based malted milk, fruit drops (1800s), sour balls, jelly-filled candy, and chocolate-covered raisins and nuts (turn-of-century), among legends of others. All bringing comfort and joy. All in good taste.

Additional information

Weight16 oz
Dimensions6 × 5 × 2 in

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