These sweets have been enjoyed around the world for thousands of years. Early man developed a taste for sweets by digging honey from bee hives. Recorded history traces several types of actual candy to the Egyptians 3,500 years ago. Boiled candies were popularized in 17th century Europe. By the mid-1800s, more than 380 American factories were producing candy. Sweet-making developed rapidly into an industry during early 19th century American through the discovery of sugar beet juice and the advance of mechanical appliances. Homemade hard candies, such as peppermints and lemon drops became popular in America during that time.