Candy Dishes

Appears in

Oxford Companion to Sugar and Sweets

Oxford Companion to Sugar and Sweets

By Darra Goldstein

Published 2015

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candy dishes, like ashtrays and cookie jars, are specialty containers that serve modern consumer habits. Usually of low, shallow form, possibly circular or square, candy dishes tend to be lidless (and unsanitary), while candy jars have lids. Some candy dishes could be confused for ashtrays and vice versa; in a nonsmoking household, an ashtray might be deployed as a candy dish. By extension, almost any vessel could function as a candy dish. Wrapped or unwrapped, candy apparently shows best in glass, according to the great number of dishes in evidence in this medium.