December 19th

National Hard Candy Day -

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On December 19th, individuals across the globe observe National Hard Candy Day, an event dedicated to paying tribute to the traditional goodness of hard candies. It is a day for candy lovers, young and old, to celebrate a shared fondness for these tantalizing treats that hold a special place in our childhood memories.

Whether you prefer a fruity lollipop or a refreshing peppermint drop, National Hard Candy Day recognizes these classic sweets and encourages us to revel in their nostalgic charm.

History of National Hard Candy Day

Hard candy has a long and fascinating history that stretches back for centuries. Its origins can be traced back to ancient civilizations who used honey to create candy-like treats. However, it wasn’t until the Middle Ages, when sugar became more readily available, that hard candies truly began to grow in popularity.

The term ‘hard candy’ as we know it today came into existence in the early 17th century. This followed the perfection of sugar refining techniques. However, at that time, only the affluent had access to such luxuries, including turning sugar into hard candy.

Over time, the recipe for hard candy evolved from simply sugar and water. By the nineteenth century, technological advancements and the availability of additional ingredients led to a significant variety in the types of hard candies.

The tradition of eating hard candies during Christmas dates back to the 19th century. In Germany, candy canes were given to children to maintain their attentiveness during long nativity plays. This tradition stands to this day, acting as a testament to the timelessness of hard candies.

As such, National Hard Candy Day is not simply a celebration of this age-old sweet treat. It is a nod to the nostalgia that hard candies bring. Today, hard candies can be found in a plethora of shapes, sizes, and flavors. National Hard Candy Day continues to be celebrated by desire to rediscover the simple joy that a piece of hard candy brings. It is observed by sharing candies, hosting candy-themed parties, and even making one’s own hard candies at home.

National Hard Candy Day Timeline

Use of Sugar Throughout Europe

Sugar begins to be used more frequently throughout Europe, leading to the creation of hard candy.

Sugar Access Increases

Sugar becomes even more accessible due to plantations in the West Indies, making it possible for more people to enjoy hard candies.

First Candy Store

The first candy store opens in Nidderdale, North Yorkshire, England.

First Hard Candy Machine

Lozenge-cutting machine—first hard candy machine—was invented.

Hard Candy in Pop Culture

Hard Candy began to be referenced more frequently in pop culture, guest-starring in songs, stories, and more.

National Hard Candy Day

December 19th is designated National Hard Candy Day to celebrate the sweet confectionery.

Ideas to Celebrate National Hard Candy Day

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Hard Candy Appreciation Party

Invite friends and family for an evening dedicated to hard candy. Encourage everyone to bring a bag of their favorite brand to share with the group.

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Local Taste Test

Visit local confectionery shops that sell different kinds of hard candy. Purchase an assortment and have a taste test at home to determine your new favourites.

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Hard Candy DIY

Learn how to make hard candy at home. There are many easy to follow online tutorials. Share the results with workplace colleagues.

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Candy Themed Movie Night

Host a movie night featuring candy-centric films like 'Charlie and the Chocolate Factory' or 'Wreck it Ralph'. Serve various types of hard candy as your movie snacks.

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Hard Candy Hunt

Just like Easter egg hunt, you can hide hard candies around your backyard or inside the house. This can be a fun game for kids and even adults, adding excitement to the celebration.

5 Interesting Facts About Hard Candy


Origins of Hard Candy

Hard candy is believed to have originated from Ancient Egypt and Ancient China. They used honey and fruits to make hard candy-like substances that they used for their culinary and medicinal purposes.


World Record for the Largest Lollipop

The largest hard candy lollipop was made by See's Candies in 2012. It weighed 7,003 pounds!


Old-school Method

In the early years, hard candies were made by hand. Confectioners would boil sugar until it reached the hard crack stage, then it was flavored, colored, pulled into long ropes, and finally cut into pieces.


Peppermint Candy Canes

Candy Canes, popular hard candy, were originally all white. The red stripes and peppermint flavor were added in the 20th century.


Everlasting Gobstoppers

Inspired by Roald Dahl’s book 'Charlie and the Chocolate Factory', the Everlasting Gobstopper was made. It's a type of hard candy that changes colors and flavors while it's being eaten.

National Hard Candy Day FAQs

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National Hard Candy Day Word Search

  • Sweet
  • Candy
  • Sugar
  • Caramel
  • Lollipop
  • Toffee