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Decorating with Candy Day – February 1, 2023

Decorating with Candy Day is celebrated on February 1 every year. It is conveniently sandwiched between Christmas and Valentine’s Day ensuring we have a fun holiday to celebrate with candy as we transition between those two well-known celebrations. Today is the day for all candy lovers — young and old. You are given full permission to sprinkle candy on anything and everything you decide to eat today. Let your imagination run wild as you decorate your meals. Let your inner child fulfill all their fantasies when it comes to creating sweet-laden treats. And it doesn’t have to be food, you can use pictures, collages, and even candy-covered fabric for your creations.

History of Decorating with Candy Day

There is little evidence as to when this holiday was created or by whom. What we do know is that it must have been dreamt up by someone who has a sweet tooth and a love for candy. This holiday falls perfectly between Christmas and Valentine’s Day. The memories of gingerbread houses are just a distant enough memory and the anticipation of heart-shaped chocolates is a bit too far in the future. Enter Decorating with Candy Day, the perfect day to tide us over and scratch that itch for sweet things.

The origins of candy can be traced back to the ancient Egyptians. They created the first candy by combining fruits, nuts, and honey. Honey has been a firm favorite sweet throughout history and is even mentioned in the “Bible.” In India, sugarcane juice was boiled to create pieces of sugar which were then eaten. The Persians soon caught on and began their sugarcane farming thereafter. The manufacturing of candy began during the middle ages. During that period sugar was very expensive and a luxury only the rich could afford.

Before the Industrial Revolution, candy was considered a medicine and was used to calm the digestive system or cool a sore throat. As mentioned, given the cost of sugar, these luxurious sweets could only be afforded by the wealthy and were often served during their dinner parties. A popular candy of the time, called “chamber spice” was made with cloves, ginger, aniseed, juniper berries, almonds, and pine kernels dipped in melted sugar. During the Industrial Revolution, many changes took place that resulted in candy becoming more accessible to the general public. The target market also grew to include children which soon became the market that kept most candy stores in business.

Decorating with Candy Day timeline

6th and 4th Centuries B.C.
Sugarcane is Planted

The Persians and Greeks learn about sugarcane from the Indians and begin sugarcane agriculture.

The Middle Ages
Candy Manufacturing Begins

Candy makers start manufacturing candy during the Middle Ages.

Cacao is Found in Mexico

Cacao is discovered by Spanish explorers in Mexico.

Early 18th Century
Candy Arrives in America

The first candy comes to America from Britain and France.

The Candy Press is invented

The candy press is invented which enables candy makers to produce multiple shapes and sizes of candy at once.

Decorating with Candy Day FAQs

What are sugar decorations called?

Sugar decorations are called fondant.

What is decorative sugar?

Decorative sugar is fine, sand-like grains that reflect light. It comes in a variety of colors and is used on cookies and other baked goods.

What is the most popular cake decoration?

The most popular cake decorations are buttercream, meringue, fondant, or whipped cream.

Decorating with Candy Day Activities

  1. Decorate all your meals with candy

    From breakfast to supper, find a creative way to incorporate candy into your meals. Let your creativity mingle with your sweet tooth.

  2. Take a cake decorating course

    Learn how to decorate a cake with various types of candy and icing. You will be amazed to see how fulfilling this learning will be.

  3. Eat your favorite candy

    Celebrate this sweet treat in all its glory and snack on some sweets to celebrate. This way you may get one more reason to relish your favorite candy.

5 Facts About Candy

  1. Germans eat more candy than Americans

    Germans eat twice as much candy as Americans.

  2. Chocolate contains caffeine

    A one-ounce piece of milk chocolate contains about the same amount of caffeine as a cup of decaffeinated coffee.

  3. A dentist invented cotton candy

    William Morrison, a dentist, helped come up with the candy floss machine. He invented the machine with a confectioner John C. Wharton.

  4. White chocolate isn't chocolate

    White chocolate isn't considered chocolate as it does not contain cocoa solids.

  5. Europeans eat the most candy

    The continent with the highest candy consumption is Europe, which is responsible for about half of the world’s candy consumption.

Why We Love Decorating with Candy Day

  1. We have a sweet tooth

    We love Decorating with Candy Day because we love candy. And today we are given free rein to eat as much as we like!

  2. It inspires creativity

    Decorating with Candy Day allows us to get creative. It also lets our imagination run wild.

  3. Everyone can partake in today

    Young or old, skilled cook or not — anyone and everyone can celebrate today. You just need a sweet tooth to partake.

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