Candy on the Frontier

L BrodayThe candy business is alive and well in the U.S. especially during holidays. Christmas stockings aren’t complete without it. I thought it’d be fun to look at the candy that found its way to the settlements in the Old West.

General stores and mercantiles would’ve most certainly stocked:
Rock Candy (lemon drops)
Jelly Beans
Peppermint Stick

Strange that some of the early “candy” like licorice, peppermint, and horehound started out as a medicinal treatment. My dad loved the taste of horehound candy and bought it by the bagfuls. I tried it a couple of times and always ended up spitting it out. It tasted horrible. Although it was good for a sore throat, I opted for peppermint. It tasted much better.

TwiceTexasBride smTWICE A TEXAS BRIDE, the second in my Bachelor series, released last week. I’m so excited to finally share this story with you.

This one features the middle brother, Rand Sinclair. He’s sold his saloon and bought the ranch he’s always dreamed of owning. He’s closed off his heart to love because every woman he’s ever had feelings for always walks out on him. He can’t go through that again.

But when he finds a woman and six-year-old boy hiding in one of his outbuildings in the dead of winter, he offers them the warmth of his fire and food. She won’t say why she’s out in the weather with no coat or blanket. Her deep fear tells Rand she’s running from something or someone. Seeing her desperation and knowing he can’t turn her out, he offers her a job as cook for him and the men he’ll hire come spring. Although reluctant, she accepts.

As her secrets come out, he discovers she’s running from a killer outlaw who wants the boy whose name is Toby. Rand risks everything he has–his name, his heart, his life for the woman who’s awakened a fierce hunger for love.

Toby dearly loves peppermint stick. When they go into town for supplies, he begs Callie for some. It’s there in the mercantile, she sees the ruthless outlaw and knows she has no choice but to leave Rand, even as she knows it will destroy him. She has a deathbed promise to keep.

I hope you’ll take this exciting journey with me as Rand and Callie learn to trust again and open their hearts.

Book Three, FOREVER A TEXAS BRIDE, will be out in December. Don’t miss the thrilling conclusion to this series. I’ve saved the best for last!

What is your favorite candy, either bought or homemade? I’m giving away a copy of TWICE A TEXAS BRIDE to a person who comments (your choice of print or e-book.)

About LindaBroday

I'm a NY Times and USA Today bestselling author of western historical romance. I love stories of the old West and the people who once lived there. I haunt libraries and museums and can hang out in them for hours. To tell all the stories that are in my head would take a lifetime.


Candy on the Frontier — 17 Comments

    • Hi Dearest Jacqui! Thank you so much for coming. I really appreciate it. Now I know we are sisters. I keep a stash of Twizzlers in my desk drawer and cannot write without munching on it. Strawberry is my flavor of choice. I used to crave chocolate but somehow I don’t want that anymore. It’s Twizzlers!

      Thanks again, sweet friend, for coming over.

    • Hi Sherry! Thank you so much for stopping by with your favorite candy. Oh yummy! I’ve eaten my share of Butterfinger in my life. Used to love it and any other chocolate. But I’m taking a break now and I’m on a licorice kick. Love Strawberry Twizzlers.

      Thanks again for coming! I appreciate it.

    • Hi Anon1001! Thank you for coming by to share your favorite candy. You can’t go wrong with Hershey bars. Add almonds to it and you have a great snack. I HAS to be nutritious. It has almonds. I’ve eaten many a Hershey bar in my time.

      Thanks for coming!

    • Hi Quilt Lady! Thank you so much for stopping in. It’s always a treat to see you. I love anything homemade and those peanut butter balls sound right up my alley. I’m a peanut butter-aholic. I love that stuff anyway you give it to me. Now the black jelly beans would be all yours. I’m not too fond of them.

      Thank you again for being so loyal.

  1. Dark chocolate milky ways are my favorite. But I do love the old fashioned lemon drops 🙂

    • Hi Cindy! Thank you for coming over. It’s so nice to have you here. Yum! Dark chocolate milky ways. I’ve sure eaten my share of those. Sometimes I think I would’ve died if it hadn’t been for my horrible sweet tooth. I’ve been addicted to sugar all my life.

      Those lemon drops sure hit the spot too, except I have to be careful and limit them. They cause sores in my mouth. I guess from the acid. But I do love the taste of them. In the first book of this Bachelor series, Texas Mail Order Bride, Cooper Thorne kept a sack of lemon drops in his pocket. He loved those things.

      Thanks again for visiting!

    • Hi Lisa Wells! Wow, this is nice! Thank you for coming by. It’s wonderful to have you visit. Your candy of choice is one that I’ve eaten a lot of. And make it dark chocolate and you’ve got a deal! Yummy! When I was young I hated dark chocolate but now it’s the only kind I want.

      Thanks again for coming over!

  2. I would have to say Almond Roca is my favorite candy….I also love peanut butter flavored taffy (esp Kits) I have to be good now, as I am diabetic, but I can still have a little bit of the good stuff!

    • Hi Deborah! Thank you for coming to share your guilty pleasure. I love having you. I don’t know why, but I’ve never eaten Almond Roca. That is very strange. As big a candy eater as I am, you’d think I’d surely have eaten some. Now, the taffy is right up my alley. Love the stuff.

      I’m sorry to hear you’re diabetic. I have two sisters who are and I know the struggle. But a little now and then is okay. Thanks again for stopping by!

  3. Great blog, Linda.

    I love red licorice and usually go through a period in the Spring where I need my licorice (strangely enough, I haven’t had it yet this year). And dark chocolate is a must, all year long. Also, fudge… I love fudge, particularly the boxes my older daughter brings me back each summer, when she returns from a week in Cape May (looking forward to it in July). 🙂

    • Hi Liette! I love your name. Very pretty. Thank you for coming by. I love having you. Yep, I hear you about the red licorice. I keep that in my desk drawer. Munching on it helps me think while I’m writing. I also keep dark chocolate Hershey kisses in my pantry and steal several through the day. Fudge used to be a favorite but not much anymore. I guess my tastes have changed again.

      I truly appreciate you coming and hope you won’t be a stranger.