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Sweet History at the Rising Sun Tavern

February 11 @ 3:00 pm - 4:15 pm


Valentine’s Day sweets are older and more remarkable than taste reveals. So sit back, enjoy the candy and learn the tantalizing stories of how each of them came to be true American sweethearts. We’ll start with a sampling of the earliest aphrodisiacs (4,000 years old) and end with Cinnamon Hearts (1940s) with such favorites as truffles (turn-of-century), Conversation Hearts (1860s), heart-shaped chocolates, and the ever-delicious marshmallow sweets (2000 BCE/mid-1800s) and even more. But your jaw will drop when you hear the stories, all about traditions of love and courtship, ancient desire, Speakeasy pleasures, and even Civil War medicines! Bring your questions and memories but above all, your sweet tooth! Even if you attended this event last year, there will be new and exciting “pieces” of candy history to learn!

Event hosted by Susan Benjamin, a candy historian and author of numerous books, including “Sweet as Sin: The Unwrapped Story of How Candy Became America’s Favorite Pleasure” (Prometheus, 2016) which made the Smithsonian’s “Best of Books about Food 2016.” She is also founder of True Treats Candy, the nation’s only research-based historic candy company. A former college professor, Ms. Benjamin gives presentations throughout the nation, including the Smithsonian Museum of American History and the Mount Vernon Gardens and Hotel, where the New York Times cited her talk as one of the top five events of the weekend. Ms. Benjamin has appeared on numerous programs via NPR, Public Radio, Fox News, NBC News, Voice of America, ABC News Hour Radio and many more. Articles featuring Ms. Benjamin have appeared in such places as, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Vice/, the Arizona Republic, the Sacramento Bee, Woman’s Day and BonAppetit. True Treats Candy was listed by Food Network Magazine, and Holiday Lettings, Trip Advisor’s international arm, as one of the nation’s top 50 “Sweet Spots.”

This event is recommended for those aged 16 and up.


February 11
3:00 pm - 4:15 pm
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Rising Sun Tavern
1304 Caroline Street
Fredericksburg, VA 22401 United States
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