The History of Candy in 100 Words
It is believed that candy dates back to the ancient Egyptians at around 2000 BC. The first ”candies” were made from honey mixed with fruit or nuts. Sugar candy was first made in Polynesia and quickly spread to India around 500 BC. In Europe, sugar was introduced in the 6th century BC by the Greeks, the Romans, and the Celts.
The Romans invented the sugar cube and in the 15th century, the Dutch began to use a roasting pot to cook the sugar and sugar-coated wheat. When sugar was first introduced to the American colonies, it was only sold in packages at religious ceremonies, particularly in Puritan towns.
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- 93% of people gift chocolate and candy for the winter holidays.
- 1.76 Billion candy canes are produced every year for the holiday season.
- 72% of people eat a candy cane starting on the straight end, the rest start on the curved end.
- Approximately $150 million chocolate Santas are produced annually.
- The largest candy cane in the world was made in Switzerland. It was 51 feet long.
- 59% of holiday sales are expected to be online.
- 74% of consumers are interested in receiving a special candy or chocolate surprise in the mail.
- More than 100 million mobile minutes are spent on Cyber Monday.
- The biggest changes in shopping habits in the last three years include more people saying they are shopping online.
- Americans spend an average of $687.58 on holiday shopping.
- 94% of people start shopping in October or November.
- 40% of people buy presents for themselves at Christmas.
- 71% of people avoid sales, coupons, and promos because they assume there’s a hidden catch.
- The top three products purchased at Christmas include toys (51%), electronics (41%), and clothing (30%).
- 70% of gifts given to women cost under $50.
- The average person receives 4.6 gifts.