National Hard Candy Day - December 19
Tue, Dec 19, 2023

National Hard Candy Day

National Hard Candy Day celebrates the sweet treat that has stood the test of time! Though there are now many varieties of sweets, hard candy has a special place in everyone’s childhood memories. Adults often carry a few pieces in their pockets as a sweet surprise.


The origin of candy dates back to ancient Egypt, where dates, honey, and almonds were used as primary ingredients. In Rome, candy was made with poppy, sesame, walnuts, molasses, and maple syrup. France even incorporated candy into state affairs, as one chancellor was able to win the king’s favor by presenting him a dish of candied fruit. It is believed that the term “candy” was coined by Italian pharmacists, who used the treats solely for medicinal purposes.

In 1659, the first chocolate factory was founded in France by confectioner David Shelley. He created what we now recognize as candy, and they were often sold in beautiful copper and silver boxes (bonbonnieres) decorated with precious stones. These boxes were presented at weddings and to dignitaries, and now you can do the same on National Hard Candy Day!

Interesting facts

  • Chupa Chups was the first candy to make it to space!
  • The world record was set by New York confectioners who created a 3-ton candy! They had to use ladders and master building techniques to complete the task.
  • Scientists claim that sucking on candy helps to improve concentration while completing tasks.

How to take part

On National Hard Candy Day, grab some of your favorite treats and indulge! You could even try making your own lollipops at home with one of the many recipes available. Don’t forget to spread the sweetness and treat your family, friends, and neighbors.

When is National Hard Candy Day celebrated in 2023?

National Hard Candy Day is observed on December 19 each year.


Weekday Month Day Year
Tuesday December 19 2023
Thursday December 19 2024
Friday December 19 2025
Saturday December 19 2026

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