Hi! Winnie Griggs here. In my current work in progress I’m considering having a few scenes take place in a confectionery. So I’ve been doing some research into what sort of treats would have been available in such an establishment at that time (1895). And what mouth watering research it was!
- Turkish delight has been around for quite some time – it is thought to have been brought toEuropeby returning crusaders. It is a gummy, fruit flavored treat that is the forerunner of our modern day gumdrops, jelly beans, jujubes and other such candies
- Marshmallows as we know them today, were invented around the 1850s
- Butterscotch – the first known reference to this treat was in 1855
- Ribbon candy – this treat, most popular at Christmas time, has been around since 1856 and was first created by an American.
- Chocolate – the first chocolate bar was made in 1847 and milk chocolate came about in 1875
- Fondants date back to 1877
- Fudge was also an American contribution to the sweet treat line up and came about in the 1880s
- Peanut Brittle was first documented in 1890
But the thing I discovered that delighted me the most was when I came upon this entry on the history of pralines:
From the Encyclopedia of American Food and Drink, (pg. 255)
“Praline. A Confection made from almonds or pecans and caramel. It is a great favorite of the South, especially in New Orleans, and derives from the French preparation of praline, caramelized almonds or hazelnuts and sugar pounded into a fine, crumblike texture, Both terms come from the name of French diplomat Cesar du Plessis-Praslin, later duc de Choisuel (1598-1675), whose cook suggested that almonds and sugar aided digestion.
What tickled me about this entry is that my maiden name is Duplessis. Do you suppose that’s my ancestor who had that little footnote in the food history timeline?
So what are some of your favorite sweet treats? And do you have any favorite memories of a trip to the candy store?