[00:00.00]For many people, there is nothing better than a piece of candy.
[00:05.47]Sweets date back thousands of years to the ancient Egyptians, who ate sesame seeds with honey.
[00:14.47]In the United States, a good place to learn about candy is the True Treats Historic Candy store in Harpers Ferry, West Virginia.
[00:26.46]The store sells many kinds of treats that were popular during different periods in history.
[00:34.31]The unusual collection has everything from chocolate kisses to edible bugs.
[00:41.53]True Treats is said to be the only historic candy store in the United States.
[00:48.88]The business opened eight years ago.
[00:53.80]It has everything from ancient Greek chewing gum to favorite candies from the 1900s.
[01:02.20]Susan Benjamin is the store’s owner.
[01:07.10]She tells people interesting facts about the 400 products found in True Treats.
[01:14.05]Many visitors enjoy reading historical information written on product labels.
[01:21.18]Benjamin notes that sweets were first used to treat health problems.
[01:27.26]"Sugar was used as medicine, and the Turkish delight was made for sore throats somewhere around the year 900. And it became very popular worldwide."
[01:37.69]People also enjoyed some plants that were naturally sweet.
[01:43.64]They chewed on tree bark, branches and roots.
[01:47.84]"In the mid-1800s, kids would go and buy a root of licorice plant and they would chew it and get that delicious licorice flavor."
[01:57.22]One popular product at True Treats is a mix of roasted crickets and mealworms.
[02:04.02]Benjamin says these insects were once considered a sweet snack.
[02:11.33]"The crickets, to me, taste a little bit like sesame. I've had ants, and some of them are a little bit bitter, almost tart like lemon."
[02:19.29]Small round fruit and nut chocolate candies were popular from the 1920s to 1950s with people who played card games.
[02:30.47]"And they made little candies that people could pick up with their fingers in one hand and hold the cards in the other."
[02:39.27]Some visitors to True Treats find candy that brings back memories.
[02:44.71]Others are too young to have grown up with any of the candy in the store, like Bev Soriano.
[02:51.53]"I came here a lot as a kid, so it's kind of a lot of nostalgia, which is weird because it's in such an unfamiliar setting, yet I have so many fond memories."
[03:01.90]Benjamin has also written a book called Sweet as Sin about the history of sweet treats.
[03:09.96]I’m Jonathan Evans.