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This seemingly easy question is anything but. It all depends on how you define candy and the US. You see, people have been making candy in their homes since the time of the ancient Egyptians. In fact, Cleopatra’s favorite sweet treat was honey balls (Fine Dining Lovers) The colonists were no exception.They made candy using recipes from cookbooks carried back from Britain. What kind of sugar were the colonists using to make candy you ask. Well, they used cane sugar from the West Indies, barley malt from England and maple syrup from the local maple trees.

 

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Top Image: European Settlers Processing Maple Sugar, circa 18th century (New England Maple Museum) Bottom Image: from Northeast Pennsylvania Maple Association

Oh, and we can’t forget the Native American Indians who taught the colonists how to extract the maple sugar from indigenous maple trees. The colonists were probably excited because the maple sugar reminded them of preserved candied fruit from Britain.

And, here in Haiti and the West Indies is where the colonists got some of the sugar cane to make their candy.  And check out this old barley mill that made sugar. Yup, they eventually figured out how to extract the sugar from barley to make all kinds of things including candy.

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Top Image: Haiti Sugar Cane Plantation 1700s (Brown University) Bottom Image: Old Barley Mill of Wilmington, DE, 1890 (Library of Congress)

Hey, remember, the question was about candy! I thought you were going to tell us where candy started in the US? Hang on, we’re getting there. I told you at the beginning of this blog, this is not an easy question. So, let me keep going and try to answer the question. Let’s see, what kind of candy can you make with sugar from cane grass, barley grain, and maple trees?

Guess I ‘m running out of space here, so check back next week for the answer to where is the birthplace of candy in the US. And, hey if you have the answer, can you please share it with me.

 

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Glycemic index, sweetness, and health risk

Does sugar deserve its bad rap?

As we know, sugar is getting some pretty bad press these days. Getting lost in the conversation is that the composition of various sugars, the level of sweetness and health risks vary greatly. Sugar is a natural product that sustains nearly all life on Earth. But there are some sugars that are smarter choices than others. Of course, everything in moderation, but avoiding sugar altogether can create its own health risk.  Click on the info graph below to determine:

What sugar has the lowest and ideal ratio of fructose to sucrose (hint: it is not a fruit sugar)
What sugar is the sweetest compared to white sugar
Which sugars have the lowest and highest Glycemic index (hint: health risks multiple with high GI)

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