National Hard Candy Day
Celebrated annually every December 19th, the National Hard Candy Day honors the humble hard candy that paved way for many great candy bars and still stands indispensable to this day! With many flavors, colors, sizes, and designs the National Hard Candy gives us so much to celebrate for everyone! Yes, for everyone!
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Why Hard Candy Day?
The origins of hard candy can be found in the archaeological records of ancient Egypt, China, and Arabia. All these regions seem to have enjoyed fruits and nuts dipped in honey. They also seem to have used sticks to their candies to avoid getting their hands sticky like our lollipops today!
Hard candy rose to popularity as the sugar prices began to fall in the seventeenth century. Before this period, sugar was expensive and not affordable for the common man. By the mid 19th century, nearly 400 companies were manufacturing hard candy. With time and technology, it has taken many forms and flavors. However, the primary ingredients remain the same.
Hard candy mostly consists of sugar. It is prepared by boiling sugar syrups to 320 F and added with dyes and flavors before being poured into molds to cool down. Sometimes instead of molds, while the syrup has cooled a little yet workable can be turned into any shape desired. Once it’s fully cooled we have our hard candy! You could use any sugary syrup such as glucose, sucrose, and fructose to make your hard candy
However, the sugar-free hard candy exists too! These varieties are made using ingredients like saccharin, xylitol, aspartame, and isomalt. Most of the hard candy comes in lozenge shape and is loved for their long-lasting flavor while they melt in your mouth slowly.
Few of the most popular hard candies take varied shapes and flavors and mostly include candy canes, lollipops, candy buttons, butterscotch, gobstoppers, Jolly Ranchers, stick candy, and Life Savers!
Hard candy not only stays longer in your mouth but also can be stored away longer for you to satisfy your tooth cravings. The Hard Candy Day comes right in time to remind you of these healthy treats you can consider this holiday season and for the rest of the year! Who doesn’t love some hard candy, isn’t it?
How Can We Celebrate National Hard Candy Day
- Enjoy your most cherished hard candy today!
Melt your sweet cravings away with your favorite hard candy! Enjoy a handful to celebrate the National Hard Candy Day!
- Explore the Hard-Candy-way!
Love exploring? Team up with friends to explore some of the finest and tastiest hard candies you can lay your hands on today! Don’t forget to take pictures!
- Make your own Hard Candy!
If you like experimenting, you could create your version of Hard Candy with the flavor you want or all the flavors you would love to have in a Hard Candy! Share the recipe on social media to share it with everyone!
- Share some Hard Candy with the less fortunate!
Share the joy of Hard Candy with the less fortunate in your neighborhood! You could also raise funds for the homeless through distributing Hard Candy too!
- Share your Hard Candy thoughts on social media!
For many of us, Hard Candy can strike many of the childhood memories! Take time to tell the world your most cherished Hard Candy story or pictures of Hard Candy using #NationalHardCandyDay and #HardCandyDay
Interesting Facts About National Hard Candy Day:
Here are some interesting facts about the delectable Hard Candies and other candies of all time!
- If you in the US, candies contribute to the two percent of your calories intake
- Sugar candy was a delicacy during the middle ages as sugar was costly and affordable only to the wealthy ones back then
- The type of candy is determined by the heating levels of the sugar syrup.
- Records show that Germans consume candy twice more than the Americans
- Originally hard candy was used for medicinal purposes. For example, the lemon drops and the peppermint drops were given to patients suffering from stomach related ailments.
- Candies such as gummy bears, lollipops, licorice twists, candy canes, sour balls, and gumdrops are a healthy treat as they have zero fat and cholesterol.
- The lollipop got its name from a racing horse name ‘Lolly Pop’ by its inventor George Smith in 1908
History Of National Hard Candy Day:
The founder and the origin of this sugary treat day remain unknown to our research. The National Hard candy Day doesn’t have any presidential declarations or congressional claims. People across the US celebrate it as a fun holiday!