The Popular Choice
Sweets had always been expensive and were viewed as a luxury only available to the very wealthy. However, the 19th century was a rapidly transformative time that introduced many exciting technological advances. New machines were invented, meaning the mass production of confectionery became cheaper. This, paired with the fact that sugar became less expensive to buy meant companies, such as Quiggin’s, began to make sweets, including many that you still enjoy today.
As towns and cities grew, confectioners found themselves with a new customer: urban factory workers. These were people who were working long hours, six days a week and needed a large number of calories to keep their energy levels high. Sugar was the best way to do this, and they ate sweets by the bagful.
Sweets also became a firm favourite with children, and the Victorians added bright food colouring to make their products more enticing in shop windows. Britain was starting to see the emergence of sweets like wine gums, peanut brittle and jelly beans. Liquorice Allsorts also made their first appearance during this time. All these, plus many more are still available to buy in Quiggin’s online shop.
Confectioners, like Quiggin’s, were setting up across the country to meet the sweet demand and happily, we are still here to continue spreading a bit of happiness.