Monday, October 21, 2019

IV- Victorian Candy

The Victorian era was known for its candy, often given as gifts as well as served to friends and family for holidays. Lower sugar prices and new manufacturing practices with the Industrial Revolution, made candies available to the masses, no longer just for the well to do. You could also find it hanging on the Christmas Tree, in tins as gifts, and crystal bonbon dishes.

Examples included: 

Fudge - which was introduced in the 1880's and Toffee dating back to the early 1800's.

Marzipan - an almond paste. Traditionally the 12th Night Cakes were covered with marzipan. However, the Puritans banned it, saying it was 'frivolous'. To get around this, the Victorians just added a layer of Marzipan between the layers of the cake.

Jelly Babies - very much like gummy bears date back to 1864.

Hard candy was very popular during this time. Some examples from the period include;

Clove Rock - Red and white hard candy flavored with Clove oil

Ribbon Candy  

Licorice was a favorite

They made hard candy into an art form. 

Coconut Ice was popular. You may recognize this as 'Neapolitan Coconut' today.

Turkish Delights were another favorite.

Chocolate was very popular. A fun fact: Dark Chocolate bars were introduced in 1847, while the Milk Chocolate bar did not come on the scene until the 1870's.

Marshmallows ( a candy that dates back to Ancient Egypt) could also be found in Victorian candy dishes.

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