Cherry Rock Candy on String
During the late 1800’s, there were several rock candy companies in the USA, including one formed in 1880 by the partnership of Charles Dryden and Noah Palmer. These companies supplied various forms of crystals and syrups as cough-cold remedies, soda fountain syrups, and delicious confections. In addition, vast amounts were used in saloons. Every bar had its own creation of “Rock & Rye” (Rock Candy dissolved in rye whiskey) ostensibly, of course, to cure their patrons’ colds – or at least to make them forget they had a cold in the first place!