Did you know that Milton Hershey did not initiate his chocolate empire with chocolate? He actually began it with caramel! As early as the seventeenth century, American women were using caramelized sugar and water to make caramel candies. These first caramels were hard, a good thing at the time because it made the caramel easy to transport and it had a very long shelf life. Somewhere around 1850, it was discovered that by adding milk and fat products to this cooked sugar mixture, a sweet chewy confection was produced. Pick out your favorite brand and type of chewy and gooey caramel from Candy Crate's caramel candy section and enjoy the candy that America has been devouring for hundreds of years.