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Hard candies started to become popular in the 19th century. Some of the earliest types of candies that were considered hard candies included lemon flavored candy drops and peppermint candy drops. In the Great Exhibition in London, in 1851, French-style candies, with a cream center, came onto the market for the first time. Hard candies appeal to those who desire a sweet treat that takes its time rather than the quick bite of sweetness you get from a gummy or a piece of chocolate.