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Chocolate & Confectionery

A special selection of the best candies and chocolates bites from Ireland and England.

History around the confectionery

There are historical traces evoking sweets from 600 BC in Ancient Persia. Cane sugar, introduced 200 years later by Alexandre Le Grand in the Mediterranean, is used primarily for medical purposes. It was during the Crusades that sugar was brought back to the European continent where it was first used mainly by apothecaries (precursors of pharmacists). As early as the 17th century, sweets such as white nougat, praline, barley sugar appeared, and during the 18th century, marshmallows and liquorice.

It was only in the 19th century that sugar became more democratic with the development of beet sugar. The last century saw the coexistence of artisanal and industrial productions, consumption increased and competition became more international.

Today, the profusion of confectionery makes it possible to satisfy the greatest number. The Mallow Tree brand offers different kinds of marshmallows in various colours, while Queen’s Delight offers us sweets with delicious fruit flavours.

The development of chocolate

There are traces of use of chocolate dating back 4000 years by the Olmec civilisation and later by the Mayans and Aztecs. Chocolate was then considered the drink of the gods, it was used in rituals by the Mayas or as currency for the Aztecs. It was after the discovery of the Americas that chocolate was introduced to Spain. It is then mixed with sugar or honey to sweeten it, it becomes very popular among the richest. It was consumed in hot chocolate for the first time.

It was in the 17th century that chocolate finally conquered Europe. To facilitate its transport, it is made in chocolate bar. It was only with the industrial revolution that chocolate became popular, indeed the invention of the chocolate press made it possible to create a fine powder. This was mixed with liquids, then placed in a mold, it solidified and became a delicious treat.

Chocolate can be found in all kinds of recipes today, it can be found in cookies like the chip cookies from East Coast Bakehouse, it can also be used as a coating like Jacob's brand cookies. For everyone's enjoyment, there is an infinite variety of chocolate!

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