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Hello sweet poets! It’s time to do the Q! Mish here as your host as we write our last quadrilles for 2022.

With many of us around the world celebrating the holidays, it had me contemplating something delicious for our muses to nibble on.

CANDY!!! I like CANDY! Do you?

Before you dive right in, here are some fun facts.

The Origin of Candy

Believe it or not we can give credit to ancient Egyptians who made the first version by adding fruits, nuts, dates and spices to honey. Modern candies came to America from Britain and France during the early 18th century. We can thank an English chap by the name of Joseph Fry for inventing the first “candy bar” or as we refer to them in Canada, “chocolate bars”. Fry discovered that by mixing cacao butter, cocoa powder and sugar, he could make a paste. The paste went into molds and voila!

The Largest Candies in the World

Imagine a giant butterscotch candy weighing 1.6 tons (3,527 lbs.) measuring 1.54 m (5.02 ft) x 1.54 m (5.02 ft) x 45 cm (17.7 in)! This monstrosity was made by Nadar, a candy factory in Trondheim, Norway in 1997 and still holds a Guinness World Record.

It took over 3 hours to make the longest string of licorice. Lakritsfabriken, a candy store in Helsingborg, Sweden and Scandi Candy in Vellinge, Sweden worked together to set this record in 2012. It was 1,702 ft.9 inches long.

The world’s largest candy cane was crafted by Fabiano’s Chocolates and Ice Cream in 1998 at Lansing City Market, Michigan measuring 11 m 14.7 cm (36 ft 7 in) long and 10.1 cm (4 in) in diameter.

Lollipops Came From Lolly Pop

Though many American companies claimed to be the first to bring us the modern “lollipop”, according to a book called Food for Thought: Extraordinary Little Chronicles of the World, it was George Smith from New Haven, Connecticut that invented these little wonders on a stick in 1908. He named them after a well known race horse, Lolly Pop.

Source: www.candyhistory.net



Candy is nostalgic and we all have our favourites from childhood. Pixie sticks, candy necklaces, string licorice, Bazooka gum, jujubes and candy cigarettes were only a few of mine. I think I rode my bike almost every day during the summer to the “corner store” for “penny candy”. It was just as entertaining to pick it out as it was to eat it from those tiny paper bags. Candy brings back memories. We associate it with celebration, happiness and positivity. Oh now I have that Sammy Davis Jr. song in my head….

Who can take a sunrise?
Sprinkle it with dew
Cover it with chocolate and a miracle or two

The Candy Man
The Candy Man can
The Candy Man can ’cause he mixes it with love
And makes the world taste good

Oh, who can take tomorrow?
Dip it in a dream
Separate the sorrow and collect up all the cream


The Candy Man makes everything he bakes
Satisfying and delicious
Now, you talk about your childhood wishes
You can even eat the dishes

Who can take the rainbow?
Wrap it in a sigh
Soak it in the sun and make a groovy lemon pie



Let’s sweeten up our quadrilles, shall we? Pop a bit of candy into your poem. Use it as a noun, verb or adjective. As always, the theme and style of your poem is open. Just remember your quadrille should be exactly 44 words, not including the title and include the word “candy” or a derivative of the word.

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  • Have fun!!