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Sweet as Sin: The Unwrapped Story of How Candy Became America’s Favorite Pleasure | News Release | City of Alexandria

Screen Shot 2017-02-14 at 2.55.54 PM.pngThe Alexandria Black History Museum Presents:

Sweet as Sin: The Unwrapped Story of How Candy Became America’s Favorite Pleasure

Author and historian Susan Benjamin discusses candy’s incredible history, moving from its origins up to the modern era of mass-production. The story of candy is also intertwined with African American history via  the sugar cane industry—infamous for its widespread use of enslaved labor and horrific working conditions. Benjamin further relates the abolitionist movement’s efforts to undermine sugar cane production and candy’s use as both a medicine and a treat during the Civil War.

Susan Benjamin is the founder of True Treats Candy, the nation’s only historic candy company. The author of nine books, Benjamin is also a journalist, former college professor and radio show host, and a member of the Culinary Historians of Washington.

Lecture, tasting, treat bag, and book signing


Saturday, February 18, 2017screen-shot-2017-02-14-at-2-51-48-pm

Time:  11 a.m.

Alexandria Black History Museum

902 Wythe Street

Alexandria, Virginia 22314

Cost: $10

Reservations Encouraged: (703) 746-4356

The Alexandria Black History Museum is located five blocks from the Braddock Road Metro Station on the Yellow and Blue Lines. Street parking is available.


The City of Alexandria is committed to compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, as amended. To request a reasonable accommodation, e-mail black.history@alexandriava.gov, or call 703.746.4356,Virginia Relay 711.



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Images from True Treats Candy

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