Nonpareils are a classic type of candy that has been enjoyed for many decades. Let's explore the history behind these delightful confections.
The term "nonpareil" originates from the French language and means "without equal" or "unrivaled." Nonpareils candy consists of small, flat, disc-shaped sweets that are typically made of chocolate. The surface of the candy is covered with tiny, colorful sugar beads, also known as nonpareils.
The origins of nonpareils can be traced back to France in the 18th century. These candies were initially handcrafted by skilled confectioners who carefully placed sugar beads onto chocolate discs. The colorful beads provided an eye-catching appearance and added a delightful crunch to the smooth chocolate.
The popularity of nonpareils quickly spread throughout Europe, and they became a favored treat among both the upper class and the general population. In the early 19th century, nonpareils were introduced to the United States, where they gained popularity among candy lovers.
Initially, nonpareils were produced using traditional methods, with confectioners meticulously decorating each chocolate disc by hand. However, with advancements in candy-making technology, the production process became more efficient. Specialized equipment was developed to automate the process of applying the sugar beads to the chocolate surface.
Today, nonpareils are widely available and come in various flavors, colors, and sizes. While chocolate remains the most common base for nonpareils, some variations use other types of candy coatings or even sugar-based confections.
Nonpareils have become a beloved treat for many occasions. They are often enjoyed during holidays, such as Christmas and Easter, as well as for everyday indulgence. Nonpareils are also a popular choice for decorating baked goods, adding a touch of color and texture to cakes, cookies, and cupcakes.
The timeless appeal of nonpareils lies in their simple yet delightful combination of smooth chocolate and crunchy sugar beads. Their colorful appearance and irresistible texture make them a favorite among candy enthusiasts of all ages.
Whether enjoyed as a standalone treat, used for decorative purposes, or incorporated into other confections, nonpareils continue to be a cherished candy with a rich history and a special place in the world of confectionery.
My favorite memory from my childhood is our family Christmas get togethers. We would all load up in my fathers old beater station wagon and head to Little Rock to visit my grandparents. Along the way my father would stop by a small store (I can't remember the name) and buy my grandmother and grandfather their gifts.
Along with the other things would always be a couple of bags of Nonpareils. My father knew that my grandparents loved them and usually would not buy them for themselves. On the long ride to their house it was almost all we could bare not to dig into those wonderful chocolate goodies, but we knew there would be some sort of punishment tied to that, so we just bided our time.
Little did our father and mother know that our grandparents knew how much us kids loved Nonpareils too. As always happened, the older men all went out to cut the tree and grandma gathered us around her and doled out enough of them to satisfy us until Christmas day when she would put the remaining Nonpareils out for everyone. ~ Jack from Missouri
My mother hosted a neighborhood bridge club every few months. On those occasions, she would buy bridge mix and nonpareils. We kids were told to stay out of the candy, but Mom would always give us a few pieces before the club members arrived. I didn't like the bridge mix, so I always asked only for nonpareils. They continue, 55 years later, to be among my favorite candies. ~Janet from California