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 as we transition between those two well-known celebrations. The holiday serves to keep the festive cheer alive and anticipates the warm and mushy feelings of Valentine’s Day. Decorating with Candy Day is a day when all candy lovers — young and old, are given full permission to sprinkle candy on anything and everything they decide to eat. So, 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
Cacao is rediscovered for mass consumption by Spanish explorers in Mexico.
Hard candy becomes popular, especially among adults
Candies come to America all the way from Britain and France.
The candy press is invented which enables candy makers to produce multiple shapes and sizes of candy at once.
It was invented by Frank C Mars.
Recipes start appearing for cannabis-infused candies.
Decorating With Candy Day FAQs
What's the difference between candy and sweets?
In British English, small, sweet things that you eat, such as toffees and chocolates, are called sweets. In American English, sweet things like these are called candy.
What is the largest candy?
The largest butterscotch candy was made by Nidar in Norway and weighed 1.6 tonnes (3,527 lb). The candy was displayed at the Nidar factory on 12 August 1997.
What is the most expensive candy in the world?
A 1.5-ounce bar of To’ak is the most expensive sweet bite you will ever take. And it contains only two ingredients: cacao and cane sugar.
Decorating With Candy Day Activities
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.
Indulge your sweet cravings by treating yourself, and your loved ones, to your favorite candies. This day gives you a valid reason to relish your favorite candy — guilt free.
Make your own candies
Try making your own candies with honey, sugar, nuts, spices, and fruits. They are rather easy to make and online recipes will help you in your quest.
5 Facts About Candy That Will Blow Your Mind
Halloween is a good time to buy candies
Americans buy up to 600 million pounds of candies during Halloween.
M&Ms are popular
More than 400 million M&Ms are produced every day.
Massive peanut butter cups
The largest peanut butter cup ever made weighs 440 pounds.
Jelly beans take long to make
It can take up to 21 days to make a jelly bean.
Candy corn had an unappetizing name
Candy corn was originally called chicken feed.
Why We Love Decorating With Candy Day
It’s a fun holiday
Decorating With Candy Day is an especially fun holiday for children. It makes them creative, lets them experiment, and encourages them to spend time with their families.
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!
It reminds us of simple joys
Decorating With Candy Day reminds us of the simple joys of life, such as spending time doing something that we genuinely enjoy. It also lets our imagination run wild.
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