Sugar, Spice & All Things Nice!

ConfectionerFor 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.

confectioners2On 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.

Marzipan Hedgehog

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!

Confectioners Conference

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!


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5 Responses to “Sugar, Spice & All Things Nice!”

  1. February 12th, 2016

    Martha from West Virginia says:

    Looks sweet and delicious, wish we could be there! Please post some photos of the event

    • February 12th, 2016

      Melissa Blank says:

      Thanks for the comment. This is just our first try at confections day. With all the buzz I have heard even before the event, I can assure you we will do it again.

      I will be writing a guest blog next week for Making History Now on the event and you can see images there.
      Thank you
      Melissa Blank
      Historic Foodways

  2. February 20th, 2016

    Peggy Gelnett says:

    Looks wonderful!!! I would live to come if it’s offered again. Please add me to your list.

  3. November 9th, 2016

    Brooke says:

    Where can I find recipes for these desserts. My daughter has to make a food from 1750-1825 for her English class and I can’t find the recipes. please help.

    • November 9th, 2016

      Historic Foodways says:

      Please use the recipes index at the top of the page. You will find all our recipes from this blog listed there, filterable by type of dish.

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