Dakota Midday: Sugar And Slavery? Susan Benjamin On Candy History

Jul 19, 2016

Candy may feel like a sinful pleasure, but its past is not so sweet. Susan Benjamin spent time with Dakota Midday to talk about the history of candy, including cane sugar's role in enslavement, candy's medicinal origins, and the evolution of marketing innovations. She also reveals her preferred treat and what "historic candy" really is.

Photo courtesy True Treats Historic Candy

Benjamin is the owner of True Treats Historic Candy and author of Sweet as Sin, a look into the social and cultural evolution of candy. She is hosting a book signing, presentation and candy tasting event in Deadwood July 20 at noon MT.