Sweeten Any Occasion with Delicious, Nostalgic Rock Candy!
We’ve been refining sugar for more than 2000 years, but no one really knows when the art of making rock candy came into vogue. Sources show that it was already being done in the Middle East by the 13th century, and in England by the late 1500s. By the time the Dryden & Palmer Co. was founded in the USA in 1880, rock candy crystals, despite their sweet and satisfying flavor, were used mainly as a soothing sore throat remedy. Several companies supplied the crystals, and their biggest business came not from drugstores, but from bar and saloon owners who would dissolve the sweet crystals in rye whiskey for their patrons—for medicinal purposes only, of course!
But when Prohibition took effect in 1920, the saloon market dried up. Dryden & Palmer was the only major rock candy maker to survive. The company changed the game completely by introducing a revolutionary new product: rock candy-on-a-stick. Almost overnight, the new candy treat became a sensation; and when a few years later the company began coloring and flavoring their rock candies, things got really crazy. People loved the fruity flavors, the sparkling looks and sweet essence, and before long Dryden & Palmer rock candy had become a prized staple in general stores and candy aisles all over the world.
Today, Dryden & Palmer still produces the finest rock candy on earth, and The Candy Gallery is proud to offer a great selection of these delicious, eye-catching treats to help you create a stunning party or reception. You’ll find our bulk rock candy a great choice for any color-themed event—and a huge hit with your guests too! We carry both loose crystals (for filling vessels) and the popular pre-wrapped swizzle sticks that go so well with any beverage. Mmmm…long live rock candy!