Posts Tagged ‘history’

Jordan, Almond, I now Pronounce you Man and Wife

Wednesday, August 19th, 2009 by Jon
Jordan Almonds are a wedding staple and have a truly unique place in candy history

Jordan Almonds are a wedding staple and have a truly unique place in candy history

Sharability: 10

Denture Danger: 8

Convenience: 9

Novelty: 5

Overall: 9

 Jordan Almonds are one candy that I would never turn down. The hard and sweet candy shell packs such a crunch that when you make it to the almond in the center you are greeted with a soft bite. The almond adds a neutral almondy taste to the candy, which makes for a great balance of flavor leaving you craving more.

The almond sits inside the candy egg for so long that it actually becomes not only soft but also chewy and a little sugary which mixes quite well to create contrasting textures, tastes, and consistencies.

The Jordan Almond has the history to go with it. It was originally created for weddings to represent the bitter-sweetness of married life between bitterness of a raw almond and the sweetness of candy.

A tradition with Italian Weddings is each guest is welcomed at their place setting with a small box or bag known as ‘bomboniere’ of five almonds. These five almonds represent five wishes for the bride and groom: health, wealth, happiness, fertility and longevity.

There is a Greek tradition that if an unmarried woman puts the almonds under her pillow, she will have dreams of her future husband.  When she finds that husband, the Almonds (known as koufeta) come into play at the wedding. They are usually placed in little bags in odd numbers. The indivisible odd numbers symbolize how the newlyweds will share everything and remain undivided.

This classy candy not only packs a crunch for your munch, but it has a whole history to tell. So next time you pick one up, don’t forget that you could be eating an almond representing health or happiness and you should let that sink in to enjoy the Jordan Almond to the fullest.

Haribo Gummi Bears are the “Gold” Standard

Monday, July 13th, 2009 by Jon
Haribo Gummi Bears were invenetd in the 1920's

Haribo Gummi Bears were invented in the 1920's

Despite hundreds of unwrapped bulk items, Gummi Bears remain one of our best selling items and, love or hate them; they are a candy with a unique taste and history.

Gummi Bears were created in Germany during the 1920’s by Hans Riegel, the founder of Haribo, and were originally called Tanzbar which loosely translates to “dancing bear.”

The original gummi dancing bear was longer and leaner than today’s gummi bears and an unsubstantiated claim is that this influenced one of the logo’s of the famous pop band, The Grateful Dead.  It wasn’t until 1951 that the design changed to the current style.

An interesting piece of overlooked trivia is that the name HARIBO is an amalgamation of the owner’s first name (HA), his last name name (RI) and a tribute to the town in Germany, Bonn, (BO) where the company was located.

Haribo Gummi Bears were quite a rarity as the original ones, known as Gold Bears, were imported and had “cult status”.  It wasn’t until 1982 that Haribo began producing gummi candies in America.

Despite a World War and three (3) generation of ownership, Haribo remains one of the largest gummi candy producers in the world creating approximately eighty (80) million gummi bears a day for global distribution!

Herman Goelitz, of Jelly Belly fame, is also credited with making the first gummi bear; however, a distinction needs to be noted as he was the first person to make Gummi Bears in North America which occurred in 1981.

Cracker Jacks were quite innovative!

Tuesday, July 7th, 2009 by Jon
A Cracker Jacks Advertisement from 1919

A Cracker Jacks Advertisement from 1919

Cracker Jacks  have been an American icon ever since their introduction in  1893 at the World’s Fair in Chicago. Their name was given by a bystander who said, “That’s a Cracker, Jack” when he had his first taste!

Nineteen (19) years passed and in 1912, the first toy “surprise” was included and this is one of the first examples of a company marketing a “limited” edition” which has become commonplace in the candy industry in the past few year…

1918 was another banner year for branding as Sailor Jack and his beloved mascot Bingo were introduced.

Perhaps the piece of trivia that I find most intriguing is that Cracker Jacks were one of the first products to actively benefit from subtle product placement which has become the norm. Think of ET and Reese’s Pieces or Ronald Reagan and Jelly Bellies and this will give you an idea of where the trend started.

According to Mike Pesca, a correspondent for National Public Radio, the inclusion of the famous lines, “Buy me some peanuts and Cracker Jacks” in the 1908 classic “ Take Me Out to the Ball Game” generates approximately $25 million dollars worth of free advertising!

The boxes have become increasingly difficult to source but, like peanuts, they remain a staple of American summers and long nights at baseball games….

By the way, if you can tell us which rock star mentions Cracker Jacks in one of his songs, please let us know and we will send you a $10 Sweetcertificate!