In 2009 a shop in Cambridgeshire denied a schoolboy who wanted to buy wine gums. Supposedly he was “underage.” A close relative to gumdrops, jelly babies, jujubes, jujyfruits, and pastilles, a wine gum (or winegum) is a delightful, totally non-alcoholic treat that has been a classic British confection for over a century.
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- According to the description on a candy package, “The pleasantly firm texture allows the full fruit flavors to linger – similar to the pleasurable experience of savoring a fine wine.”
- A more interesting explanation is that the inventor of wine gums, Charles Gordon Maynard, developed the candy to help people cut down on their alcohol consumption–and end up with diabetes instead.
Apparently the name has been misunderstood since day 1. Charles Maynard’s father, a strictly teetotal-ling Methodist, almost fired his son from the family confectionery when he heard about the new sweets. It took an effort to convince him that these fruit flavored gummies are perfectly kid-friendly.
Can you tell me about another strange British sweet?
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