Ribbon Candy is only available during the Christmas season beginning around September each year. It's one of our favorites and we look forward to it each Christmas season.
Ribbon Candy History
Ribbon candy is a traditional confectionery characterized by its colorful and twisted ribbon-like shape. Here's a brief history of ribbon candy:
Ribbon candy has its roots in 19th-century Europe, where it was first handcrafted by skilled confectioners. The candy gained popularity for its visually appealing design and delicate, melt-in-your-mouth texture.
During the Victorian era, ribbon candy became a staple of holiday celebrations and special occasions. It was often displayed in decorative bowls or used as a decorative element on Christmas trees or dessert tables.
The production of ribbon candy involved a labor-intensive process. Confectioners would create a hot, pliable sugar mixture that was flavored and colored. The mixture was then poured onto a cooling table or a marble slab and quickly stretched and twisted into thin, ribbon-like shapes using special tools. This technique required precision and skill to achieve the desired shape and consistency.
Ribbon candy was traditionally flavored with peppermint or wintergreen, giving it a refreshing and minty taste. Over time, additional flavors and variations were introduced, expanding the range of options available.
In the early 20th century, ribbon candy production began to be mechanized, allowing for larger-scale production and wider distribution. Manufacturers developed machines that could automate the stretching and twisting process, making ribbon candy more accessible to a broader consumer base.
Ribbon candy continued to be popular during the holiday season, often associated with nostalgic and traditional confectionery treats. Its vibrant colors and unique shape made it a favorite choice for decorative purposes and gifting.
Today, ribbon candy is still enjoyed as a classic holiday treat and is often associated with Christmas and other festive occasions. While it may not be as commonly found as other candies, it continues to be produced by specialty confectioners and can be found in select stores or online.
Ribbon candy's enduring appeal lies in its beautiful design, old-fashioned charm, and nostalgic connection to holiday traditions. It serves as a reminder of the craftsmanship and artistry that goes into creating confections, making it a special treat enjoyed by generations.
Ribbon Candy Memories
Every Christmas my mother would order the hard ribbon candy from Sears. Christmas time was the only time we had candy. We lived on a farm in Virginia and the ribbon candy was a big treat - - my favorite was the red ribbons and the six (kids) of us would fight over the red ribbons. Now when I eat the ribbon candy I still pick out the red ones first and think of the good times back in the late 1940's. Thanks for the memories. ~ Marie from Arizona
Ribbon candy and Christmas at Aunt Tillie's house bring back memories of the 1960's. Maybe I liked the ribbon candies because they were bigger than any other piece and lasted the longest or maybe I liked them just because they were from Aunt Tillie's candy jar! Or maybe it is the gentle "wave" of the curls that so fascinated me with this pierce of candy - it was more like an art form than something to eat. However, after marveling over it, the sugary taste was a fine memory also! ~ Margaret from Iowa