Early in my debut novel, A Bride Opens Shop in El Dorado, California, widow Elenora Watkins and her nine-year-old daughter, Tildy, meet the hero, a mercantile owner named Miles Rutledge. Tildy asks Miles if he sells candy, which he assures her he does.
Miles, Elenora, and Tildy proceed to Rutledge Mercantile, where Tildy is delighted to find several jars of candy on the counter, one of which includes her favorite: peppermint sticks.
Following are four more candies that may or may not have been available in a shop like the fictional Rutledge Mercantile in 1870, the year my story takes place.
Which of the four candies do you think existed in 1870?
(Disregard the modern packaging, which could be misleading.)
You can leave your guess in a comment.
I’ll update the post over the weekend to include the answer, so you could check back Monday. I’ll also provide a link to this post at the end of next Friday’s.
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Update and Answer
Guess what? Everyone who guessed is correct!
Yup. All four of the candies shown were available in 1870.
The Necco® Wafers were called candy lozenges at the time. They first appeared in 1847 when Oliver Chase, a young English immigrant invented the first American candy machine, a lozenge cutter. He and his brother, Silas founded Chase and Co., which became the first member of the New England Confectionery Company (NECCO).
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I’ve updated the Friday Fun post from last week. You can click this link to see the answer.