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Sweet treats in the Victorian Era

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Posted at 2:19 PM, Dec 15, 2017
and last updated 2017-12-15 14:19:00-05

THOMASVILLE, Ga. (WTXL) - From creamed chicken and sweetbreads to fruit cakes and baked calf's head, Victorian-era cookbooks ranged from everyday normal culinary items to strange foods you frankly don't see as often, to even simple candies like the candy cane.

While the candy cane and it's predecessor, the candy stick, were invented well before the Victorian era, it wasn't until the end of the period that their iconic red stripe would be added.

"We're not really sure why they were added, but we know they weren't there because candy sticks, peppermint sticks specifically, were traditional white sticks," said Gregory Cohen, the owner of Lofty Pursuits. "And when they made them into candy canes, they just bent the traditional sticks."

If you can't make it out to Thomasville Friday night, you can stop by Lofty Pursuits in Tallahassee, Florida to try Cohen's candies.