One of the great traditions of Christmas in the 1800’s was placing a piece of three-dimensional clear toy candy in your mouth and savoring the sweet taste. While there was no flavor, the sweetness reminded you that it was Christmastime! On Saturday, November 21st, get into the Christmas spirit with a FREE early holiday demonstration of clear toy candy making. Stop by the Mansion kitchen between 11 am and 3 pm where our “candy maker” Suzanne Wainwright-Evans will share her passion for molded candy and its fascinating history. In the decades between 1855 and 1875, many food items were used as tree decorations. The industrialization of candy making had much to do with this phenomenon. Clear toys or “Christ Kindlin,” as the Germans would say, got their name from the fact that the cast figures were three-dimensional miniatures of real life. Miniature books were once called toy books, and so, anything miniaturized from life was styled as a toy. They were considered “clear” because they were made of sugar and light came through them. These candies came in clear colors of red, yellow and green. The clear toy candy demonstration will be ongoing throughout the afternoon. When you arrive, why not take a FREE holiday tour too! Stop in the Museum Shop to buy some of these special holiday sweets in Christmas themed shapes. Why not add a bit of Victorian sweetness to your holiday celebration this year!