candy

Victorian Era

What types of candy was made and how

People have always liked eating sweet food. The earliest sweet was, of course honey, which people have eaten since prehistoric times. In the Middle Ages rich people ate desserts like preserved fruits, jelly and dried fruit and wafers made from batter.
The Tudors were also fond of sweet foods (if they could afford them), which they called sweetmeats. The rich ate preserved fruit, gingerbread, sugared almonds and jelly. Marzipan was introduced into England in the late Middle Ages. It is a paste made of almonds and sugar. The Tudors used marzipan to make edible sculptures of animals, castles, trees and people called subtleties. Furthermore people have eaten barley sugar since the 17th century.
Chocolate comes from central America. It was introduced into Europe in the 16th century. It was first recorded in England in the 17th century.
Meanwhile for centuries people used licorice plant as a medicine but in 1760 an Englishman named George Dunhill added sugar and turned it into a form of sweet. However before the Industrial Revolution confectionery was hand made and so was expensive.