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Before sugar became readily available, nearly all sweets were made from honey.
Honey was often used in Ancient China, Middle East, Egypt and parts of Greece to coat fruits and flowers to preserve them. This practise really formed very early sweets or candy. In fact. in certain parts of the world, you can still get fruits and flowers coated in honey although today, this is usually used as a form of garnish or decoration.
Many sweets are made today by dissolving sugar in water or milk to form a syrup, which is boiled until it reaches the desired concentration or starts to caramelise. The type of sweets depends on the ingredients and how long the mixture is boiled.
Modern sweets can come in a wide variety of textures, from soft and chewy to hard and brittle. Some examples of modern forms of sweets are: caramel, toffee, fudge, praline, tablet, gumdrops, jelly beans, rock, lollipops, candy floss, candy canes, peppermint sticks, peanut brittle, chocolate coated raisins or peanuts. Hard sweets are usually referred to as boiled sweets in the UK.