A Short History of British Sweets
It’s a well-known fact that the Brits just love their sweets. In fact, did you know that the average British adult eats 30 kilos of sugar in just one year? This figure might sound startling but that 30 kilos isn’t just made up of lollies. It also includes fizzy drinks and foods such as yogurt, bread and ready meals. Additionally, British people have a higher annual spend on chocolate than people of any other European nation.
Brits have been consuming sweet treats since the Middle Ages. Although chocolate didn’t arrive in the UK until the 1600s, before then foods were often sweetened with various flavourings like honey, sugar and nuts.
Fast forward to the industrial revolution and machinery production during the 19th century. Lollies could be produced on a far larger scale than ever before, everyone fell in love with them. Confectionery companies thrived. People all over the UK were eating more and more sweets!
Many of the iconic sweets we know and love were born between the mid-19th and mid-20th century. For example, Dairy Milk, KitKat, Smarties and Jelly Babies.
Interesting Facts About British Sweets
- Despite their name, Wine Gums have never contained wine.
- KitKats were originally known as Chocolate Crisp.
- Oxchocolate, a blend of meat and chocolate was once made by
- Rowntrees. Why this ‘yummy’ treat never took off no one knows!
- Love Hearts (produced by Swizzels-Matlow) were first made for use in Christmas crackers in the ‘50s.