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For many of us, these words evoke childhood memories of stories and nursery rhymes told by our grandparents and that warm and fuzzy feeling we get from remembering trips to the local candy store with the change Grandpa gave us from his pocket to buy that special treat!
As a musical theater and movie buff, I often think back to the first time I saw Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, where the happy candy store clerk introduced all the delectable items, their bright vibrant colors, their exotic names and tastes. (Well, exotic when you are 8 years old!).
And like many of us with a sweet tooth, this has led to my lifelong fascination with Confections. Now, as a member of Historic Foodways, my specialty as the Confectioner for our group, provides me the opportunity to delve into how these delectable morsels of sugary goodness became ingrained in our everyday eating habits.
On Saturday, February 13, 2016, Historic Foodways will be debuting a brand new special event; “Sugar, Spice and All Things Nice: Confectionery in Colonial America.” This will be an exciting event, as we will have special demonstrations featured throughout the day in the kitchen, and two hands-on classes for visitors to sign up and try their hands at creating confections in the scullery.
The classes require additional purchased tickets, available online here and at all Colonial Williamsburg Ticket Offices. There will be activities for foodies of all ages, including kids! There are only 10 spots available (and only one child per family) but you might want to consider “Colonial Kids Cook: Marzipan.”
The Apothecary shop will also be in attendance presenting medicinal confections and special displays in the Historic Area stores!
Finally, and most exciting for you, our guests, will be a visit to the Governors Palace. Our curators have created a beautiful new faux food display as part of the Governor’s Palace tour with examples of eighteenth century confections. We hope you can find some time to come visit us on the day of the event, and travel back to a time where you can learn the secrets form the world of confectionery and America’s love for the sweet treat!