Tantalizing and comforting, it is universally craved by sweet teeth of every generation. It can be found in February’s heart-shaped boxes and springtime’s pastel baskets. In October, costumed kids seek the sweet temptations at every house on their block. Stockings hung by chimneys with care brim with the coveted treats in December.
On November 4, we celebrate the savored star of Candy Day.
Since the ancient Egyptians preserved fruits and nuts in honey, candy has been savored. Through the ages, every culture has made a unique contribution to its evolution. The Aztecs offered what is perhaps the most worshiped of all when they began consuming chocolate as part of their religious rituals.
Today, candy is a universal confection and declaration of affection. Personalized gift baskets are the most popular offerings; suitable for any occasion from get well wishes to thankful acknowledgements.
From the comforting nostalgia of candy bars we grew up with, to artisan truffles that send palates into chocolate ecstasy, candy simply makes everything better. We all have a favorite to which we gravitate when in need of self-indulgence.
To celebrate Candy Day, create gift baskets for family and friends, and fill them with caramels, chocolates, and chewy delights. Don’t forget your elderly neighbors – and don’t forget my M&Ms!