Officially, candy is any sweet, rich confection made of sugar or any other sweetener, and is often combined with fruits and/or nuts. The history of candy dates far back to ancient times when people snacked on raw honey from bee hives, and the first confections were fruits and nuts rolled in honey. Sugar manufacturing began during the middle ages. However, cane sugar was so expensive that only the wealthy could afford it. Spanish explorers brought cacao back to Europe in 1519, and when the Europeans combined cacao with sugar, in an instant, virtually an entire continent became chocoholics.
When hard candy became popular in the seventeenth century, the price of manufacturing sugar decreased. “French –style” candies with rich cream centers first appeared in 1851 at the Great Exhibition in London, but it wasn’t until the discovery of milk chocolate in Switzerland in 1875 that the American candy bar became such a phenomenon; by the end of the 1900 there were well over 500 factories producing candy in the U.S.
Traditionally, bite-sized chocolate was foil-wrapped in different eye-catching colors. During the 1950’s, Cadbury and Nestle took this to a new level in the UK when they added a cellophane twist wrap to the foil, with an inner foil strip and a clear cellophane outer wrap. Nestlé’s Quality Street and Cadbury Roses became household names. The easy-open packaging together with a wide variety of presentations made these products a worldwide success. As the American candy bar gained in popularity, the flow wrap for bars answered the call for packaging.
Today there are many ways to package candy, and there are many things to think about when choosing packaging for confections. Presentation, durability, shelf life, and barrier needs are just a few of the topics. We offer packaging solutions for anything from hard candies and cough drops to truffles and chocolate bars in countless packaging options to fit your product’s marketing needs while staying in your budget.