The first “sweets” were made by apothecaries who used sugar combined with herbs and spices to “cure” people.
In ancient times aniseed balls were used as a medieval cure for indigestion..
Egyptians, Arabs and the Chinese candied fruit and nuts in honey to satisfy their sweet cravings..
In Europe in the Middle Ages the high cost of sugar made sweets a delicacy available only to the rich.
Boiled sweets made from sugar beet were introduced to England and America in the 17th Century.
By the mid 1800s more than 380 sweet factories had been established in the USA.
Gobstoppers are made from over 1000 coats of sugar!
Wine gums contain no wine!
Liquorice allsorts were formed when a salesman mixed up all of his samples by mistake!
Pick & Mix at Woolworth’s in 1909 cost 1 penny!
The term 'sweet' derives from the Olde English 'swete' meaning pleasing to the mind and senses.