The custom of calling a chocolate candy a “bonbon” was born approximately in the 17th century, in France, imitating the syllables French children would express in delight when savoring chocolates.
The name “Whiskey” is named as “Uisge Beatha” in gaelic, which means “water of life”. The massive dissemination of Whiskey began as an antidote against the loss of someone close, and thus this “medicine” was drank primarily at funerals. With time, drinking and celebrating for those loved ones transformed into an act of happiness and thus celebrating became famous and more common because of its almost magically reanimating faculties and its pure and special aroma and taste.
The legend goes that in 1708 in Barcelona, Spain, during a time of hunger, the authorities announced a bakers contest to create a hard food substance that would last months. The winner was Pablo Turrón creating nougat (a mixture of almonds, honey and sugar) which was appropriately named “Turron” in honor of its creator.
In respect of its discovery, it’s told that in the 18th century, the winegrowers took the decision of transforming their wine into brandy (aging it inside barrels for many years), due to the extremely low demand for this beverage. This originated the first cognacs with golden tone, trapping aroma and exquiste taste.
In the year 1600, Maria de Medicis, Queen of France, mandated her master pastry-cook named Giovanni Pastilla to revolutionize the industry of sweets in the world by creating something new. One of the creations was hard candy, discovered after combining various ingredients and tastes. The hard candy is called “Pastilla” in honor of its creator.
The birth of this alcoholic beverage has its origin in the arabic culture. It was them who brought the sugar cane for the purpose of being cultivated in the New Continent. Once the colonizing process started, the cane was taken to the American continent by the Spaniards, who cultivated it in the New World. Later, the British and French people adopted this cultivation in the Caribbean area.
In 1829 in the city of Cañuelas located in the province of Buenos Aires, Argentina, in the military camp of General Juan Manuel de Rosas, a young mulatto was warming up milk with sugar when she saw the General’s rival, General Lavalle, approaching the camp, so she ran to warn the soldiers leaving the milk and sugar over the low flame that converted into dulce de leche (milk caramel). Upon returning to the container still over the low flame, she tasted with delight the sweet and tasty spread that had formed.
Mead, as an alcoholic beverage with a long story, consists of water and honey produced through a fermentation process. Its discovery was accidental, given by natural fermentation of honey. All ancient civilizations consumed it, from the Greeks and Romans, to the Hindus, American tribes, Celts and Maya among others, and it was the main alcoholic beverage consumed until the beginning of the last millennium.
In the era of the Renaissance in Rome it was a common sight to see the rich men of that time carrying elegant and fine boxes filled with candies to offer the ladies passing their way. The custom of a man giving a woman a gift of candies is still thriving.
The ban in Russia regarding the entry of foreign wine, along with the low cost and accessibility of the necessary ingredients for vodka, encouraged its development and massive consumption. At first, Vodka was called “white Whiskey”.