Posted on February 15, 2016
Many people celebrated Valentine's Day yesterday, and some of those people celebrated with candy:
So...do we really need more candy today?
Today, you can enjoy doing experiments with gumdrops, building models of gumdrops, playing with gumdrops, AND eating gumdrops!
Scholastic, gumdrop sodium chloride models and covalent
- Gumdrop geodesic dome from Scientific American
Gumdrops are made of gelatin, coloring and flavoring, and of course lots of sugar. They are available in fruit or spice flavors.
There isn't one simple story about how gumdrops were invented, although everyone seems to agree that they were invented in the U.S. A lot of people float around the “fact” that they were invented in 1801, but there are no details to check – no who, where, etc. The first mentions in print of “gum drops” seem to be in Illinois, in 1859, and Washington, in 1860. Certainly by the end of the 1800s, gumdrops were popular.
The first modern gumdrop was created in 1915 by a fellow named Percy Truesdell.
Did you know...?
- An old fashioned saying, “goody, goody gumdrops!” is supposed to indicate huge delight.
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