The medieval sweet tooth

In her book, Candy: The Sweet History and Chocolate: The Sweet History, Beth Kimmerle considers the increased appetite of sweets in medieval Europe. The article appears on the National Geographic website.

Kimmerle reveals that sugar became popular after the crusades and was used for candying fruit and flowers for transport. Other treats also had roots in the Middle Ages:

Gummy worms' roots are in medieval Islamic pharmacies, Richardson said. From the seventh and eighth centuries onward, gums -- made from sugar, fruit, and gum arabic (the sap of the acacia tree) -- were used to soothe sore throats and other ills.