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Richardson Brands Co. Rock candy is the product of the further refining by recrystallization of pure cane sugar. In fact, it is the purest form of sugar available, because all impurities are excluded as large crystals form. Crystal growth is based on the particular characteristics of sugar (sucrose) chemistry, and cannot be done with the various “sugar free” substitutes found in the market.
Richardson Brands Co. Company Information:
16 Business Park Drive Branford
Connecticut 06045 USA
Ph 203 481 2276
Fax 203 488 8085
Richardson Brands Co. History:
" For centuries, Rock Candy has been recognized as having marked therapeutic and preservative qualities. In fact, in the West, sugar was used only as a medicine or preservative until – in the middle of the 18th century - people “discovered” it made a sweet treat as well. The earliest known date that white sugar was refined was about 200 BC, so it is probable that the further refining into what was later known as “sugre candie” was at about that time.
There are many references to what we now call Rock Candy in literature. There are several references to it in the poems of the Persian poet Jalai-ad-Din Rumi, who lived in Turkey in the middle 1200’s. One early English reference in 1584 seems to sum up the virtues of Rock Candy where it is quoted “White sugar is not so good for phlegume, as that which is called Sugar Candie.” And Shakespeare, in Henry IV, (1596) referred to its therapeutic value as a throat soother for long winded talkers. "