Many sources (including company Web sites) vaguely date the recipe in the 1940s. Apparently this product (or similar products) is known in other parts of the country by different names: fairy candy, fairy food, sea foam, angel food and honeycomb toffee.
An examination of old confectionery texts confirms recipes with these names.
Boiled "sugar plums were known in the seventeenth-century England and soon were to appear in the American colonies where maple-syrup candy was popular in the North and benne-seed [sesame seed] confections were just as tempting in the South.
Today's cough drops and peppermint sticks descend from this tradition.
As time and technology progressed, so did the art of confectionery.
When the mixture bubbles to 293 degrees, the copper bowl is removed from a gas-fired stove and gelatin is added. This comprehensive catalog with instructions exemplifies the time when British and American confectionery were one in the same. The Webster's New World Dictionary of the American Language defines "Candy Butcher" as selling confections and newspapers on trains.
In exactly 90 seconds, baking soda is added, turning the mix from a dark tan to a light gold..mixture [put] "to sleep" overnight in 2-foot-by-4 foot metal boxes...called "coffins." [the candymaker] covers the boxes with blankets. This book is readily available; published as Martha Washington's Booke of Cookery, transcribed by Karen Hess, Columbia University Press ISBN 0231049315. As for being attributed to a butcher hired between 18 on the John Robinson Circus, it is a matter of conjecture.
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Food historians propose the first sweets were consumed as a sort of medical treatment for digestive troubles.This ingredient is generally omitted from the other recipes."Those who know about it come in with mouths watering, cast their gaze across the rows of chocolate creams and molds to see if they'll taste any today."All of the peoples of antiquity made sweetmeats of honey before they had sugar: the Chinese, the Indians, the people of the Middle East, the Egyptians and then the Greeks and Romas used it coat fruits, flowers, and the seeds or stems of plants, to preserve them for use as an ingredient in the kind of confectionery still made in those countries today.Confectioner and preserves featured in the most sumptuous of Athenian banquets, and were an ornament to Roman feasts at the time of the Satyricon, but it seems that after that the barbarian invasions Europe forgot them for a while, except at certain wealthy courts were Eastern products were eaten...Without those conditions, warm, moist air sucks too many bubbles out of the sponge and takes away the scratchy chewiness that defines the product... Medieval feasts had provided several roles for sweetmeats." ---Sugarplums and Sherbet: The Prehistory of Sweets, Laura Mason [Prospect Books: Devon] 2004 (p. A thorough study of this topic requires comparing/contrasting dictionary definitions, literary references and cooking texts through time. When others started selling items on the seats they were called butchers also.