According to many food historians, hard candies like the candy cane were originally manufactured for medicinal purposes—think: cough drops. "When sugar first became known in Europe it was a rare and costly commodity, valued mainly for its supposed medicinal qualities and found its place in the pharmacopoeia of the medieval apothecary...Sugar gradually became more widely available in Europe during the Middle Ages. In Britain it was considered to be an excellent remedy for winter colds. It ...

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