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The English word "candy" derives from Arabic "qandi," meaning something made with sugar.
Indeed, the first candies were sugar coated nuts, seeds and fruits.
The ancient Egyptians preserved nuts and fruits with honey, and by the Middle Ages physicians had learned how to mask the bad taste of their medicines with sweetness, a practice still widespread.
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Food historians propose the first sweets were consumed as a sort of medical treatment for digestive troubles.
Some of these may approximate sponge candy, others might produce very different products.
One of "signature" ingredients in sponge candy is baking soda.