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Oxford Companion to Sugar and Sweets

Oxford Companion to Sugar and Sweets

By Darra Goldstein

Published 2015

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Only rarely do we stop to consider the history and traditions behind the sweets that bring smiles to our faces. Numerous small museums throughout the world help visitors learn about the history, ingredients, and manufacturing processes that give rise to the candies and confections people love. Wide-ranging exhibitions focus on particular companies or different genres of sweets. The museums on this list offer a glimpse of highly local culture even as they explore larger issues, such as the cultural significance of sugar and the societal costs of its production. From the exhibitions, visitors can discover the art of confectionery from chocolate to baked goods to Gummi Bears, while museum cafés and shops often offer a taste of the sweet things on display.