February 22, 2017
When Mary Poppins sang "A spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down," she might have been on to something.
In Shane Confectionery's collection of antique cookbooks, there are plenty of recipes for candy medicine.
"Candy and medicine have a long and intertwined history, starting with pre-Roman digestive cures that used honey and herbs," said Laurel Burmeister, the old-fashioned candy shop's archivist.
For those curious about the history, Shane will host a discussion on March 11.
Here's one not-so-fun fact: Laxatives have become associated with chocolate because the candy was often used to cover up the taste of cod liver oil, which was an active ingredient in the constipation treatment.
The talk will take place in Shane’s historic kitchen and will be followed by a hands-on demonstration. Attendees will be able to assist in making cough drops on antique drop rollers.
Tickets for the event are $12 per person. Space is limited.
Saturday, March 11
7-8 p.m. | $12 per person
110 Market St.