A TIMELINE OF SWEETS
By Tim Lambert
The Middle Ages People eat preserved fruits, jelly and wafers
16th Century The Tudors eat sweet foods called sweetmeats, preserved fruit, gingerbread, sugared almonds and jelly. They also eat marzipan.
17th Century People start eating barley sugar, Pontefract cakes and ice cream. The French make nougat.
18th Century People eat caramel and macaroons. Turkish Delight is invented.
1848 Chewing gum is first made commercially
c. 1850 Modern marshmallows are made
1853 Potato crisps are invented
1869 Kendal Mint cake is invented
1875 Milk chocolate is invented
Late 19th Century With the Industrial Revolution sweets are mass produced although they are still expensive.
1890 Peanut brittle is invented
1893 Wine gums are first sold
1897 Candy floss is invented
1899 Liquorice allsorts are invented
1903 The ice cream cone is invented
1905 Dairy Milk is introduced
1906 Bubble gum is invented
c. 1908 The first lolly pops are sold
1910 Walnut whip is introduced
1915 Milk Tray is introduced
1918 Jelly babies are invented
1920 Flake is introduced
1921 Choc-ices go on sale in the USA. Fruit and Nut is introduced.
1922 Ice cream is sold in the street for the first time
1923 Milky Way is introduced in the USA. The ice lolly is invented.
1929 Crunchie is introduced
1930 Snickers and Freddo are introduced
1932 Terry's Chocolate Orange and All Gold are introduced. Mars bars are first made.
1933 Whole nut is introduced. So are lovehearts and Black Magic.
1935 Aero and Kit kat are introduced. Milky Way is introduced in Britain.
1936 Maltesers and Blue Riband are introduced. Dairy Box and Quality Street are also introduced.
1937 Smarties and Rolo are introduced. Milky Bar is introduced.
1938 Cadburys Roses are introduced
1948 Polo mints are introduced
1951 Bounty is introduced
1957 Munchies are introduced
1958 Picnic is introduced
1959 Caramac is introduced
1960 Starburst is introduced. The first ready salted crisps are sold. Galaxy goes on sale.
1962 After Eight Mints are introduced. Topic is introduced.
1963 Toffee Crisp is introduced
1965 Chewits are introduced
1967 Twix is introduced
1971 Curly wurly is introduced
1974 Skittles are introduced
1976 Yorkie, Double Decker and Lion Bar are introduced
1983 Wispa is introduced
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