Those folks at SWNS digital have gone and investigated the story of our sweet tooth.
So don’t feel guilty as you open your third selection box over the festive season our ancestors were at it as early as 8000BC, that’s before the birth of Christ if you’re a believer. From The Dawn Of Man To Present Day: A History Of Sweets.
Britain’s sweet tooth developed as early as 8000BC – the days of cavemen, historians have revealed
Christmas a sweet eating binge
Confectionery historian Tim Richardson has created a timeline to show how our love of sweets has developed over the centuries, with Stone Age cave paintings showing our early ancestors raiding bee hives for honeycomb to get their sweet fix.
It also reveals that the first lollipops are thought to have been enjoyed way back in 1550AD, gums and pastilles came in during the 1650s while toffee was a little later, in the 1890’s.
Boiled sweets, chewing and bubble gum, liquorice, sherbet and marshmallows are also detailed in the timeline, which shows how our sweet-loving taste buds have evolved to enjoy the latest look and style candy.
The timeline shows the first records of humans eating sweets are depicted in cave paintings from around 8000BC, which were discovered near Valencia.
Between 2000BC and 1400AD, sweets started to appear in different shapes and forms around the world – from Sanskrit texts describing ‘milk-based sweets laced with sugar’ in India, to Arabic almond lozenges mentioned in Persian cookbooks.