Jaw Breakers, Early 1900s Retro Candy
Jawbreakers are a classic penny candy first made in the U.S. in 1901, and even earlier in Europe. Who knew their lineage dates back to the sugar plum of the 1600s? 8-ounce heat-sealed bag with the history on the label.
A Bit of History
A favorite amongst school children between World War I and World War II, the jawbreaker is made by layering coat after coat around a candy core. Its origin is the sugar plum. First made in 1591, these elegant candies were originally made for well-to-do ladies as an after-dinner mint and digestive- each one took weeks to create. The descendants, the Jaw Breaker (turn-of-century) and Fireball (1950s), still take about 14 days to make and have up to 100 layers.