Root Beer Candy

Written by Sarah Provost
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Old-fashioned root beer candy offers a flavor that appeals to everyone. Whether you're 4, 40 or 104, the intriguing, complex taste of root beer never cloys. Root beer flavored candy sticks are wonderful, and root beer pops delicious, but it's root beer barrels, the crown jewels of penny candy, that everyone remembers.

Although Native Americans used roots as food and the Colonists made root beer as one of many "small beers," root beer as we know it today has only been around since the late 19th century. It was developed by Charles Hires, a pharmacist. His recipe included more than 25 roots, herbs, and berries. He first presented it to the public at the 1876 Philadelphia Centennial, and a chorus of yums went around the world.

History hasn't recorded who first thought of making root beer into hard candy, but a lot of people would like to thank him. Today, root beer barrels aren't as easy to find as they used to be. When you do find them, they are likely to be overpriced. However, a quick search online can set you up with a supply line of reasonably priced root barrels.

Candy Merchants Online

The easiest and least expensive way to support your root beer barrel habit is to buy from bulk candy suppliers online. That doesn't mean you have to clear out your garage to store it. Online distributors sell root beer barrels in anything from bags of ten on up. As if anyone would be able to make do with just ten!


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