Christmas Candy Day
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Today's Musings, History & Folklore
“The next morning dawned bright and sweet, like ribbon candy.”
~ Sarah Addison Allen, Garden Spells
Although one of the most distinctive and recognized of holiday candies, ribbon candy has the dubious honour of being one of the most disliked of Christmas candies (perhaps for its unwieldy shape for eating and for its incongruously disappointing flavor). In fact, some people are surprised to learn that it is even edible! Regardless, whichever confectionery vision dances in your head - be it marzipan, maple sugar candy, chocolate Santas, candy canes, or even hard ribbon candy, there is much to delight the eye and plenty of selections for decorating gingerbread or candy houses! Although first made by confectioners by modeling the wavy form around the candy maker’s thumb, by the 1800s weaving and twisting mechanical crimpers were invented to shape the ribbons of ribbon candy that we recognize today. 🎄 🍭 🍬
December 19th is Hard Candy Day! Many hard candies are associated with the Christmas Season, particularly ribbon candy and candy canes!
Ribbon candy is a traditional Christmas candy that goes back for centuries in Europe, though its origin is unclear. Confectioners developed the candy as a Christmas decoration for their shops, modeling the wavy form around the candy maker’s thumb. In the 1800s mechanical crimpers were invented to shape the ribbons.