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National Hard Candy Day & All The Candy Holidays

December 19th is National Hard Candy Day; July 18th is National Sour Candy Day. National Candy Day is December 4th. See all the candy holidays below.

We’ve all had hard candy of some type: butterscotch, horehound drops, lemon drops, lollipops, mints, root beer barrels, sour balls, and fruit flavors galore.

Hard candy begins by boiling sugar and water, then adding flavors and colors. As the syrup boils, water evaporates, and the sugar concentration increases.

Who invented hard candy?

Cavemen ate honey from beehives. Ancient Arabs, Chinese, and Egyptians rolled fruits and nuts in honey. That was it for many centuries.

In the Middle Ages, merchants brought sugar back from the Indian subcontinent, where sugar cane originated. But it was very costly. Whether for tea, baked goods, or confections, sugar was a treat for the wealthy. Honey was the sweetener available to those of lesser means.

By the 17th century, there were many more sugar mills, and sugar became more affordable to the middle class. Confectioners began to express their creativity, resulting in the large selection of hard candy we have today.

With the Industrial Revolution (1750 to 1850), candy-making developed into an industry and hard candies became accessible to everyone. Hard candy on a stick followed: The word “lollipop” (originally spelled lollypop) first appeared in print in 1784.

Here’s more about the manufacture of hard candy. Read it as you enjoy a piece.

Pick up a bag or two at the supermarket, or head to the candy store to customize a nostalgic selection.
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  • January 3: National Chocolate Covered Cherry Day
  • January 8: National English Toffee Day
  • January 10: National Bittersweet Chocolate Day
  • January 26: National Peanut Brittle Day

  • February 1: National Decorating With Candy Day
  • February 2: National Heavenly Hash Day
  • February 8: National Molasses Bar Day
  • February 11: National Peppermint Patty Day
  • February 15: National Gum Drop Day
  • February 19: National Chocolate Mint Day
  • February 15: National I Want Butterscotch Day
  • February 23: Tootsie Roll Day
  • February 25: National Chocolate Covered Nut Day

  • March 8: National Peanut Cluster Day
  • March 19: National Chocolate Caramel Day
  • March 24: National Chocolate-Covered Raisin Day
  • March 26: National Nougat Day

  • April 5: National Caramel Day
  • April 5: National Peeps Day
  • April 12: National Licorice Day
  • April 21: National Chocolate Covered Cashews Day
  • April 22: National Jelly Bean Day

  • May 2: National Truffle Day
  • May 4: National Candied Orange Peel Day
  • May 12: National Nutty Fudge Day
  • May 23: National Taffy Day

  • June: National Candy Month
  • June 24: National Pralines Day
  • June 16: National Fudge Day

  • July 7: National World Chocolate Day
  • July 15: National Gummi Worm Day
  • July 18: National Sour Candy Day
  • July 20: National Lollipop Day
  • July 28: National Milk Chocolate Day

  • August 30: National Toasted Marshmallow Day

  • September 14: National Gobstopper Day
  • September 22: National White Chocolate Day

  • October: National Caramel Month
  • October 12: National M&M Day
  • October 28: National Chocolate Day
  • October 30: National Candy Corn Day
  • October 31: National Caramel Apple Day

  • November 4: National Candy Day
  • November 7: National Bittersweet Chocolate with Almonds Day

  • December 7: National Cotton Candy Day
  • December 16: National Chocolate Covered Anything Day
  • December 19: National Hard Candy Day
  • December 26: National Candy Cane Day
  • December 28: National Chocolate Candy Day

    [1] Head to the supermarket or candy store and pick up some hard candies (photo © Q Candy.

    [2] Christmas hard candy, an old-fashioned gift available seasonally from Wisconsin Cheeseman.
    Related Candy Holidays

    English Toffee
    [3] January 8th is National English Toffee Day (photo © Bakingdom [alas, now closed]).

    See's Peanut Brittle
    [4] January 26th us National Peanut Brittle Day (photo © See’s Candies).

    Pieces Of Butterscotch Candy
    [5] February 15th is National I Want Butterscotch Day (photo © Taste Of Home).

    Sour Balls Hard Candy
    [6] July 18th is National Candy Day. Sour balls and other penny candy became popular in the mid-1800s (photo © Boyd’s Retro Candy)[source].

    Fancy Lollipops
    [7] July 20th is National Lollipop Day (photo © Insung Yoon | Unspslash).

    Bunch Of Candy Canes Tied With A Red Ribbon
    [8] We end the year of hard candy with National Candy Cane Day on December 26th (photo © Luciana Borges | Squarespace).


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