Candy Drops History
Candy drops are a type of small, hard candy that is often flavored with fruit or mint. The history of candy drops dates back to ancient civilizations such as the Egyptians, who used honey to create sweet candies. However, the modern history of candy drops began in the 19th century, when advances in sugar technology made it possible to mass-produce hard candies.
One of the earliest and most well-known manufacturers of candy drops was the J.S. Fry & Sons company, which was founded in England in the 18th century. The company initially produced chocolate, but later expanded into the production of hard candies, including candy drops.
In the United States, the Brach's Candy Company played a significant role in the history of candy drops. The company was founded in 1904 and quickly became one of the largest candy manufacturers in the country. Brach's produced a wide variety of hard candies, including candy drops in a range of flavors and colors.
Over the years, other candy manufacturers have also produced candy drops, including Life Savers, which was introduced in 1912 and quickly became one of the most popular candy drop brands in the world. Today, candy drops remain a popular type of candy, and are often sold in bulk or in small, individually-wrapped packages. They are enjoyed by people of all ages and are a staple in the candy aisle of grocery stores and convenience stores.
So why are they called "drops?" According the good folks at Claey's Candy, the candy is formed in a mold and then "dropped" onto rollers to be bagged. Therefore the name, Candy Drops.
Candy Drops Memories
My grandmother had a cabinet next to the sink that contained her stash of Lemon Drops. She would open the door and you could smell them across the room. She said she kept some on hand because they helped when she had an upset stomach, but I don't think that was the whole truth because she was constantly savoring a Lemon Drop.
The good thing about that is every time she would have one she would give me one. Thanks to my grandmother I developed a love for Lemon Drops that I still retain today. I am now passing this tradition to my own grandchildren. ~ Rhonda from Indiana