My Great Great Grandfather owned a 3 story steam driven Candy Compay
( F Walter Candy Company) the largest West of the Mississippi in the late 1800s ) He sold chocolates, ribbon candy, and more in St Louis, MO and internationally to the crown heads of Europe.
His company was eventually bought by Mars Candy which was bought by Cadbury.
In researching him I always wondered how he got into Candy and confections since he descended from glass and crystal makers in France.
I discovered a couple of things. His mother's family were bakers. His uncle had married into the Haas family of confectioners and a lot of the same chemistry used to make glass and crystal was similar to making candy.
Swap out sand for sugar
Swap out potash for flavors
Ribbon candy and ribbon glass are made with the same basic tools and techniques.
Lollipops are panes of glass on a stick
Taffy is like pulling and shaping molten glass.
I also found that other children of glass and crystal makers moved into candy in the 1800s.
He is very connected on WT hs profile is
but hs wife Eva Weber is a mystery and I often wondered if she had ties into the confectionary world through her family. As she is a total brick wall I have no idea.
Her profile is https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Weber-5077
I would love it f someone can find any info on her!