Today, October 18, the whole world celebrates one of the “sweetest” holidays – World Candy Day. This day is dedicated to sweets, which in the recent past were considered medicines and sold them exclusively in pharmacies.
It is believed that the first producers of sweets were the inhabitants of ancient Egypt. By a lucky coincidence, the Egyptians discovered a recipe for mixing nuts, honey and figs. To date, sweets from Arab countries are very popular with sweet tooth. It is noteworthy that the Arab peoples were the first to use sugar in the manufacture of sweets. In addition to the obligatory component in the form of nuts, dried fruits often consisted of sweets. The inhabitants of ancient Russia used maple syrup, honey and other products in the manufacture of candy.
People quickly noticed that eating sweets leads to a good mood. This led to the fact that sweets made of chocolate began to be sold in pharmacies – they were recommended as a medicine. Pharmacists offered a wide range of sweets as medicines for coughing or nervous breakdowns.
If in the XIX century the production of sweets was based on manual labor, and sweets, in fact, were piece goods, then the XX century was marked by the mass production of sweets. Here came what is called a “double-edged sword”. On the one hand, sweets became more accessible – they could be afforded by less affluent people. On the other hand, in the production of many natural products have been replaced by analogues of chemical origin. The modern composition of sweets can safely be called harmful to human health. However, in recent years there has been a tendency to return to the old tradition of making sweets and using exclusively natural ingredients.