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Let’s Talk About Boston’s Candy Industry at Loring-Greenough House on Dec. 5th

Last updated on November 28, 2017

Whether it’s the holiday season, Halloween or Easter — it’s always a good time to talk about candy. Come Dec. 5th a local Jamaica Plain resident will lead a discussion about Boston’s candy industry.

Sugar Sugar is a discussion about the Boston candy industry by JP resident Rhea Becker on Dec. 5, 2017.

“Boston has quite a long history with candy making. We have some of the oldest candy companies in the country, like NECCO. Although it moved recently to Revere from Cambridge,” said Rhea Becker, a Jamaica Plain resident and member of the Tuesday Club at the Loring-Greenough House, will lead the discussion.

Becker’s love for candy started as a young child as she grew up sampling the sweets in her father’s store, which was a newsstand in South River, New Jersey, selling newspapers, lottery tickets, cigarettes and candy.

“I had my pick of candy. Although my dad worried about us kids getting cavities and wanted us to get bags of peanuts instead,” said Becker to Jamaica Plain News, adding her current modern day favorite candy is Milky Way.

“Our survey of this sugary landscape will include vintage chocolates, hard candies, chews, bubble gums, unique novelty candies and more. Even if you are a sweets aficionado, you are sure to learn something new,” reads the Facebook event page.

The event costs $5 for non-members and free for Loring-Greenough House members. A ticket includes the presentation and candy tasting. The event is on Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2017 from 7 to 9 pm. Click here to purchase tickets.