Marshmallow, cotton candy, our childhood candy
Childhood treasures, solace or adult fantasies, these sweets are in keeping with the times.
It is in high demand on Valentine's Day because, in and of itself, it is a statement. A sudden fate when you learn that candy apples were forcibly created by an American confectioner. Christmas 1908, in Newark on the East Coast. William Kolb, in the back of his shop, enjoys dipping an apple in a bowl of
cinnamon sugar. Tempted by the result, he placed some in the window. immediate success. Candy apples first appear at carnivals around New York. Imported into France, it is more glamorously referred to as candy apple. Perhaps in reference to the forbidden fruit or its scorching appearance.
His name was not forgotten, because it seems that it came from the imagination of a child. And even those who have never licked it sang it thanks to Renaud's Mistral Gagnant: "And the true pioneer who cut our lips and clenched our teeth..." The recipe is very simple: flavored boiled sugar, often caramel, originally in a box, later in real wrapping, and now in plastic wrap . Today, the sweetness, which evokes seaside holidays, is less elevated than it was in the baby-boom singer's days.
Originally, this purple medicinal plant fought coughs. The candy is made from the extracts of its root, sugar and egg whites. In the 19th century, gelatin replaced vegetables, but the preparation retained its name. And in 1948, these sweets became industrial: the American Alex Domick received a patent for an extraction process for the production of dough in the form of long cylinders ready for cutting. Today, the queen of American campfires can be more subtle, flavored with strawberry and basil, yuzu, and even vegan.
In good weather, it is beautiful in the seaside resorts and on the beaches. Praline, made of peanuts, almonds or hazelnuts wrapped in boiling sugar, was first made in the 17th century by the chef Count Plessis Praslin that bears his name. The little story goes that the Marshal used it to seduce the ladies of the court. In Montargues, this specialty is caramelized, and very brown. On the other hand, in the Lyon region, it's pink and slips into pancakes and brioches. This elegant alternative has found a place in Galettes.
It is a favorite of children, perhaps because it reminds them of a beloved pacifier. And today, there is something for everyone: strawberries, cola, creme brulee and some good for the teeth! A lollipop is a sugar-glucose syrup cooked with water. Its farthest ancestors could have been boiled sugar which was eaten by medieval nobles using sticks. Its modern version could have been invented in the United States, at the beginning of the twentieth century. Candy on sticks patented by Bradley Smith in 1931 under the name "Lollipop".
This is the star of theme parks. Cotton candy is very weak and seems to come from another world. In 1897, two Americans, dentist William Morrison and confectioner John C. Wharton, developed a machine capable of stretching colored sugar into filaments wrapped around sticks and baptizing Fairy Floss, the imaginary floss. In France, it is necessary to have a less flattering image: the image of the father's beard hair. Today, the scientific community refers to it to describe about fifteen "extremely cloudy exoplanets" of very low density located 2,400 light-years from Earth.