Candy. It is often delicious and extremely hard to avoid when you get a craving. The origin stories of some of the most famous of these treats seem to be stranger than fiction. Grab a handful of your favorite as we take a look at some of these wacky tales.
Beachgoers know of this famous candy. It is common to find saltwater taffy at various beach boardwalks and fairgrounds; however, the exact person who created taffy is unknown. The naming of this treat is a bit misleading though. Although both salt and water are used to make it, saltwater as we think of it is not. How then did the term come about? The rumor goes that a tropical storm flooded the taffy store of David Bradley in 1883. Despite a ruined stock, customers continued to flock to the store. Not wanting to disappoint them, Bradley sold the soaked taffy, dubbing it “saltwater taffy”. Despite trademarking the name in 1923, John Edmiston never got a cent of royalties due to how popular the joking name had already become. Regardless of whether any salt is actually used, taffy continues to be a treat.
10/10 Dentists Promote
You would imagine that this paragraph’s title could not possibly be true. What dentist would promote candy? True, candy-eating does cause tooth decay due to high sugar content, but interestingly enough, job promotion is not why dentists are said to promote this next candy. The weird truth is that cotton candy was influenced by not just one but two separate dentists. Candy floss had been out for some time, but in 1899, William J. Morrison, a dentist, co-patented a new machine to create the fluffy treat. Even the term cotton candy was brought to us by another dentist by the name Josef Lascaux. Sometimes the odd truth brings the most smiles.
O Lolli Lolli
Would you eat a candy called “tongue slap”? What about a candy named after a famous racehorse? If you answered yes to either of these, you will be pleased to learn that these are possible origins of the name of this candy on a stick. From the Roman apple toffee loli phaba to Old English vendors calling out the name “lolly pop” meaning “tongue slap” as they peddled their wares, linguists cannot come to an agreement on who takes credit for the name. In fact, it was American George Smith betting on his favorite racehorse, Lolly Pop, who originally trademarked the term in 1931. It is likely each iteration plays its part in the naming of this delicious consumable on a stick.
The Lost M&M Color
If you are scratching your heads trying to think of which color is missing, the answer is going to leave you more confused. Originally explicitly for the military, this candy entered the public domain after the end of World War II. The color palette consisted of brown, violet, green, yellow, and red. The last of these colors was flagged by the FDA as carcinogenic in 1979. After a public outcry over the effects of FD&C Red No. 2, the red M&M was removed from the bags. As lovers of M&M’S will know, red is again in the palette, being reintroduced in 1987. The bizarre twist on this story? Mars, Inc. never used FD&C Red No. 2 in the first place. Allergic reactions to certain color dyes are still an issue, but at least we can safely say this treat does not cause cancer. Did you notice which color is truly still missing?
Indulge your Sweettüth
Unlike the previous entries, every candy produced by the Sweettüth company has questionable origins. The brainchild of Gerhardt von Sweettüth, the company bearing his name has opened only recently but has been suspiciously quiet. Although clearly in operation, no personnel have ever been seen entering or exiting the facility. The chocolate that Sweettüth produces is divine, rich, and creamy with a hint of some mystery ingredient obsessed consumers cannot decipher. Whatever the secret ingredient in the chocolate, it makes up for the eerie behavior around the factory.
Death by Chocolate
The Sweettüth factory is finally opening its doors to the public beginning with a few lucky individuals. Select candy bars were paired with a golden ticket, and you just happen to have found one. Sweettüth himself greets you. As the tour is about to start, a piercing scream is heard from somewhere in the factory. The CEO asks that your group not move until his return, popping off for an hour. Being curious, you decide to investigate. Is Sweettüth harboring a dark (chocolate) secret? Schedule your game today at bondsescaperoom.com or by calling 703-884-1524. What really makes the chocolate taste so good?
Written by Zachary Hullings