Monday, June 3, 2013

Cool Confections

I haven't been detailing our purchases during these last few trips to DC and Philly, but we are suckers for a museum gift shop, I tell you:  books, decorative household items (candlesticks, pots), historical toys, historical candies (especially at Old Sturbridge!).  And Mama always likes to get a patch or enamel pin for her collections.  Sometimes, I pick up a magnet for our large magnetic chalkboard in the kitchen.

But unbeknownst to me, Sis and Mama found a really cool souvenir this last time:  a bag of colonial candies!  They are packaged by Cool Confectionaries, which has a store in Harper's Ferry and also sells Civil War-era goodies and treats enjoyed by African-Americans in the 19th century.  There was a whole slew of candies, including candied rose petals, an actual licorice root, fennel comfits, dragees (like Jordan almonds), Turkish delight, brown sugar candy, candied tamarind, a macaroon, and a chocolate stick.  It was great fun to share the treats and have a little taste of history.

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