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Thanksgiving Candy: Yea…It’s a Thing!

Thanksgiving CandyHalloween may be over, but fortunately candy season is in full swing. You know October means Halloween candy (Duh!), December means Christmas and Hanukkah candy, but what about November? Well, Wockenfuss Candies has a line of Thanksgiving Candy. Yea…it’s a thing!

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Thanksgiving Candy from Wockenfuss

Now in its fifth generation of candy-making, Wockenfuss knows a thing or two about what it takes to make great candy. We are proud to be one of the oldest candy makers in Maryland, and we are proud to offer several Thanksgiving-themed chocolates sure to make your Turkey Day special: Milk Chocolate Turkey Flats and Milk Chocolate Turkey Pop.

All of our delicious chocolate and candy treats available at our eight convenient locations, and online. Just allow 3-6 business days for shipping.

The History of Thanksgiving

Native Americans had always held ceremonies to give thanks for a successful harvest and to ask for good fortune for the coming winter. The same is true for people in England and throughout Europe. A successful harvest is and was means to celebrate. So it is no surprise that when the Pilgrims and Puritans came to North America they brought these traditions with them, traditions that would eventually blend with native traditions.

Did You Know that Florida, Texas, Maine, and Virginia each claim to be home to the first Thanksgiving? It’s true. And each has documents supporting its claim. In fact, Spanish explorers and other English Colonists celebrated religious services of thanksgiving years before Mayflower ever landed on Plymouth Rock. So why do we associate the first Thanksgiving with Pilgrims and Wampanoag?

According to James W. Baker, author of Thanksgiving: The Biography of an American Holiday, the 3-day event in Plymouth in the fall of 1621 was “the historical birth of the American Thanksgiving holiday.”

The Pilgrims and the Wampanoag were not identified with Thanksgiving until roughly 1900. Just as Thanksgiving was gaining nationally attention, after President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed the first national Thanksgiving 37 years prior (there were actually two that year), two publications helped solidify the Pilgrims and Wampanoag as part of the Thanksgiving culture. Longfellow’s best-selling poem The Courtship of Miles Standish (1848) and Governor Bradford’s lost manuscript Of Plimoth Plantation (1855) helped spur the wave of music, literature, and popular Thanksgiving art centered on the Pilgrims and Wampanoag.

By the beginning of the 20th century, the Pilgrims had become synonymous with Thanksgiving.

Fun Fact: While President Lincoln declared the first National Thanksgiving in 1843, the national holiday was not officially established on the fourth Thursday each November until 1941 by Congress.

If you have any questions about how to order Thanksgiving Candy online, please contact Wockenfuss Candies by calling 1-800-296-4414 or email When you’re not savoring our sweets, stay satisfied by following us on FacebookTwitterGoogle+, and Pinterest!

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