Caramel Candy History
Caramel candy has a long and rich history that dates back centuries. The origins of caramel can be traced back to the early days of the sugar industry, when sugar was first extracted from sugarcane in India and Southeast Asia.
The process of making caramel involves heating sugar and water until the mixture reaches a high temperature and the sugar begins to caramelize. The resulting caramel is a smooth, sweet substance that can be used in a variety of confections, including candy.
In the 17th and 18th centuries, caramel candy became a popular treat in Europe and America. Candy makers would cook sugar and cream together until the mixture reached the proper consistency, then pour it into molds to cool and harden.
In the 19th century, advancements in candy-making technology led to the development of new caramel candy products, such as caramel chews and caramel-filled chocolates. In the early 20th century, candy companies such as Werther's Original and Kraft introduced new types of caramel candy, such as soft caramels and caramel squares.
Today, caramel candy remains a popular treat around the world. It can be found in a variety of forms, including hard candies, chewy caramels, and caramel-filled chocolates. Caramel is also a popular flavor for other types of confections, such as ice cream, cakes, and pastries.
Back during WWII, my mother and I lived in a quiet Philadelphia, PA neighborhood where everyone knew everyone else. Neighbors swept their leaves into piles in the fall and then we children jumped and played in them listening to the crunchy sound of leaves under our feet and torsos. Later in the day, men would come out of their homes and burn the leaves giving the air the most wonderful aroma.
We had a neighbor man who always had a pocketful of caramel Cubes. There was one for every child who came near him. Naturally, he always had a flock of us around. Sadly, we can no longer burn leaves because of the damage it may cause. But we can still enjoy those same caramel Cubes. ~ Susan from Pennsylvania
I am an adopted child, and I remember that my new mom always had a ziploc bag of these in her purse. Passing me one of these candies was her first act of kindness when I joined her home! It seemed she carried them just for me and she always made giving me one a special, pleasant moment that just us shared. Usually if we were out and about on errands she would let me have one or two, but usually by Tuesday that little baggie was empty!
When I got older, I realized that she was a diabetic and that I was eating her sugar stash, so I tried to only ask for one a day, but she never hesitated to share with me, and that special feeling never dissipated. My favorite is the Caramel one, next is Raspberry. I had never had anything like that candy before I found my forever home! ~Sandy from Georgia