Next morning, the "heart" of the mix is coated with a 1/45-inch thick swirl of wood-hard candy..."It's impossible for someone to make a small batch at home because the tough hide would swallow the tender core...[the candymaker] cuts the core int o 1-by-1 inch squares...[and them] takes the squares to the "enrobing room," where they are dressed in either light or dark chocolate... Your local public librarian can help you obtain a copy. (and sing.) Sweet food, as sugared cakes or pastry, confectionary (obs.); preserved or candied fruits, sugared nuts, etc.; also, globules, lozenges, drops, or sticks made of sugar with fruit or other flavouring or filling; sing. Hawking merchandise such as candies, peanuts, drinks, etc., is like butchering meat.
565-6) [NOTE: This book has an excellent chapter on the history of confectionery and preserves.
Boiled "sugar plums were known in the seventeenth-century England and soon were to appear in the American colonies where maple-syrup candy was popular in the North and benne-seed [sesame seed] confections were just as tempting in the South.
In New Amersterdam one could enjoy "marchpane," or "marzipan," which is very old decorative candy made from almonds ground into a sweet paste.
When the mixture bubbles to 293 degrees, the copper bowl is removed from a gas-fired stove and gelatin is added. This comprehensive catalog with instructions exemplifies the time when British and American confectionery were one in the same. The Webster's New World Dictionary of the American Language defines "Candy Butcher" as selling confections and newspapers on trains.
In exactly 90 seconds, baking soda is added, turning the mix from a dark tan to a light gold..mixture [put] "to sleep" overnight in 2-foot-by-4 foot metal boxes...called "coffins." [the candymaker] covers the boxes with blankets. This book is readily available; published as Martha Washington's Booke of Cookery, transcribed by Karen Hess, Columbia University Press ISBN 0231049315. As for being attributed to a butcher hired between 18 on the John Robinson Circus, it is a matter of conjecture.