Author of "Sweet as Sin" gives guests a taste of history

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Deadwood, SD Folks might need to take a trip to the dentist after the sugary sweet history of candy presentation Wednesday at the Days of '76 Museum.

Susan Benjamin is a candy historian who recently released her tenth book, "Sweet as Sin," based on the origins of America's favorite candy.

Benjamin presented a walk through the history of sugar and candy paired with a tasting of the historical treats.

The museum has sold historic candy from Benjamin's shop for four years and when they invited her to the area, she was happy to give folks a glimpse inside the candy shops of the past.

Benjamin says,"Really what I want and what I want with all the work that I do is for them to have a really great time, and part of that is trying new things and part of that is learning new things and a little bit of that I believe, I hope, taps into their own experience getting candy from grandmothers, grandfathers and friends as they were growing up and having great memories."

Museum guests were amazed at the story of honey bees and sugar cane traveling from around the world, and their favorite experience seemed to be the licorice root that was commonly used as an antique toothbrush.