Discoveries at the Jungle Candy Month: Toblerone Chocolate Bars from Switzerland and White Rabbit Creamy Candy from China
From chocolate, to fruity gummies and hard candy, to liquorice, caramels, marshmallows, taffy, and more, candy has been around for centuries. It comes in all shapes and sizes, too! But where did “candy” come from? Let’s take a look.
Candy can be traced back to the ancient Egyptians where they, along with the Chinese and Indians, combined fruits, nuts and honey to make sweets. Once sugar processing was discovered, though, it kickstarted a new candy industry. In the middle ages it was only a delicacy, but once the 17th century hit, sugar was more common. The English and Americans boiled sugar to make candies mixed with fruit and nuts. From there the candy train was rolling full steam ahead. By the 19th century candy was being mass produced all over the world and a huge variety of products were hitting the market.
Chocolate came around about 4,000 years ago in pre-Olmec cultures living in present-day Mexico. It was first consumed as a bitter beverage rather than a sweet treat. They roasted and ground the cacao beans into a paste that they mixed with water, vanilla, honey, chili peppers and other spices to brew a frothy chocolate drink. Chocolate candy as we know it today was created in 1828, when Coenraad Johannes van Houten invented the cocoa press. It would squeeze the fatty cocoa butter from roasted cacao beans leaving behind a dry cake that could be pulverized into a fine powder that could be combined with other ingredients and molded into a chocolate treat.
Toblerone Chocolate Bars - Switzerland
Where you can find these: Fairfield Location: Yellow 6 // Eastgate Location: Yellow 8
Did you know: So many Toblerone bars are sold each year that, if they were to be laid end to end, they would go on for 62,000km which longer than the circumference of the Earth.
White Rabbit Creamy Candy - China
Where you can find these: Fairfield Location: Orange 4 // Eastgate Location: Pink 7
Did you know: ABC, the company who makes these White Rabbit Candies, used to use Mickey Mouse on their labels, but when they became state owned they eliminated Mickey because it symbolized Western influence.
Check out our previous candy features!
Droste Chocolate from Holland, Kinder Happy Hippos from the UK, and Ricolino Duvalin from Mexico!
Nordic Sweets Gummy Candy from Sweden and Leone Candies from Italy
Cote D'Or Chocolate from Belgium and Morinaga Hi-Chew Candy from Japan
Lotte E. Wedel Chocolates from Poland and Wedgewood Walters Nougat Candy from South Africa
Butlers Chocolate Bars from Ireland and Ritter Chocolate Bars from Germany