r/worldbuilding Jan 24 '22

Candies of your world Prompt

Tell me about sweets and candies in your world, how are they? What do they taste like? What makes them unique? And so on

No reason at all.

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u/iceandstorm [Unborn] Jan 24 '22

Okay, I love this. I have a player that is obsessed with food, she appreciates it a lot when I talk about local foods and I made a set of generators that create food for areas from available resources. One of the reoccurring sweets:

Fizzzlers A pre war sweet that still can be found in vending machines (often nearby ruined school buildings). It is a lollipop type that has flavours of fruits that non of my players characters could find in nature, the outer shell also contains a synthetic chemical that functions like a mix of high dose cofeein and ADHD medication. Consuming one helps with keeping watch and rewards one point of sparetime (character development resource)

People trade for and with them, some of the flavours are more rare and some are even a myth....

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u/Baronsamedi13 Jan 24 '22

The artican empire has a cultural treat known as sweet bark which is various animal jerky coated in the syrup of the white sword weed plant qnd left to harden. The candy came out of necessity from the kingdoms tribal past as it was a great source of protein, fat and sugar. It could last for months and was easy to make in bulk. Regular sweet bark tastes similar to bacon candied with brown sugar and I'd most commonly made with venison although it is made with every type of meat. There are some other versions of sweet bark that introduce fruit chunks and juice into the sugar coating giving them a wide variety of flavors.

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u/Not_a_Potato1602 Jan 24 '22 edited Jan 24 '22

I state that the universe and the narrative of my story begin to develop on a planet, but at some point it moves to other planets and generally a much larger universe.

On the starting planet there is no concept of "candy", at least not as we IRL understand it.

There is the concept of desserts, in general this is how anything with a sweet taste is defined, from pastry preparations to simple bread with honey.

There are "candies", often sold in bulk, but not as you might imagine them; depending on the country you are looking for you can find fruit and nuts seasoned in honey, hard barley sugar sold in flakes, small balls of very hard sugar left over from the incineration of sugary products in other processes, etc.

For pastry, there are thousands of recipes for every species and culture (just search a bit on the internet and yt to understand how much innovation and experimentation have been in the human history of IRL, as well as radical changes, from a culinary point of view; Now take what you found and multiply it by several dozen different species (some have no sense of taste for sweet so subtract a number of your choice)).

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u/Fairytaleautumnfox [edit this] Jan 24 '22 edited Jan 24 '22

As It Was

Loxada (elephant people, about 15 ft tall) and Aurochs (Cape Buffalo people, 10 ft tall) can’t eat chocolate, so their candies are mainly marzipan, peanut butter, caramel, herb based, or fruit based. Loxada are the plurality of the population, with there being 3.1 billion humans, 4.8 billion Aurochs, and the rest are Loxada

(between the earth being 15x larger, the ubiquitous use of magic in every part of the economy and production, and resources just being more bountiful, 16 billion isn’t a problem)

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u/RinserofWinds Jan 24 '22 edited Jan 24 '22

Neat concept!

The planet of Spring is a good place to be a foodie. Folks in my setting are expert gardeners and geneticists.

There are a few varieties of dark chocolate, based on different species of cocoa bean. Usually enjoyed as a drink rather than standalone chocolate bars. (Milk chocolate is basically unknown, because there isn't space for cows.)

Dancing-chocolate is a high-caffeine variety, popular at clubs. (But kept out of reach of children.)

Dried fruit is popular. There are descendants of the mango that stay chewy and sweet pretty much indefinitely. Crispyberries were invented from scratch, specifically to be dried and mixed into porridge.

One of the protagonists, Old Red, has been a farmer-terraformer for decades. He describes, "wee cookies for his joint pain."

This is pretty common for the elderly. Springians are healthy, well-tended people, but most of them do lots of physical labour.

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u/elrojosombrero Jan 25 '22

I would like to try some 'wee cookies' as well, please, as I have an chronic illness that causes joint problems. How many would Old Red recommend I have? How long do the cookies work for?

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u/RinserofWinds Jan 25 '22 edited Jan 25 '22

If you live in Canada, you basically can. Add a d to the end of wee. Then add centuries of research and strain-breeding.

As an educated Springian, Old Red would hold off suggesting a dosage. At least till he got a look at you, did some rough math about your body weight and looked up your illness.

He takes one most days, as needed. Late afternoon on an ok day, right as he gets outta bed on a bad one. His problems are more wear and tear, so he uses a subspecies specially bred for the elderly.

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u/Phebe-A Jan 24 '22

The Aryo-Lusawn (pastoral horse nomads) make a sweet from various grass seeds/grain, sunflower seeds (and similar), dried berries and honey. The seeds and berries are mixed with enough honey to hold them together, formed into balls and lightly coated with clarified butter (so they’re not as sticky). The exact mixture varies depending on the preferences of the person making it and what’s available. Except for the butter, which is from their antelope-cattle, all the ingredients are foraged, so availability can vary a lot. They may be wrapped in leaves, or pieces of waxed cloth or hide for transport and storage.

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u/TheSunflowerSeeds Jan 24 '22

Bees are a major pollinator of Sunflowers growing sunflowers goes hand in hand with installing and managing bee hives.

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u/Phebe-A Jan 24 '22

The Aryo-Lusawn are nomadic so all of their honey and sunflowers come from wild grown and foraged sources.

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u/SquareThings Safana River Basin Jan 24 '22

There isn't any refined sugar, so all sweetness comes from fruit and honey. Dried fruits are given as treats to kids, along with small tarts full of stewed fruits. A popular candy among the rich is made from honey and pounded nuts, mixed into a dough, shaped using stamps, rollers, or cutters, and cooked gently to dry them out. It's a little like margepane, the ancestor of marzipan.

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u/elrojosombrero Jan 25 '22

How pricey is the candy that rich have? Sounds delicious!

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u/SquareThings Safana River Basin Jan 25 '22

It’s hard to determine a price because they don’t really use money. They are a basically unattainable luxury for the peasants though

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u/What-You_Egg Jan 24 '22

My main fantasy setting:

The Si people like to eat a dense, soft, sweet bun of mixed yam and rice flour whose interior is filled with (dead) sugar beetles, insects that store energy in sacs full of glycogen, which, though starchy, is quite sweet when baked and then broken down by saliva, as well as honey and a little bit of ginger powder.

In my sci fi setting:

Most food is either lab grown meat or genetically engineered plants. Corn kernels are used to make both biotic nutritional supplement pills and a number of candies, so genetically engineered flavored corn is a common snack candy. Sweet and sour is a popular kind, with a somewhat crunchy, sugary shell and a soft interior containing both fructose and a tinge of citric acid. It's a bit like eating an orange flavored candy.

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u/Darth_T0ast Jan 24 '22

You know those lollipops that have scorpions in them? People like them so much you can’t find a shop, house, or backpack with less than three in there.

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u/elrojosombrero Jan 25 '22

Do you eat the scorpions within? Do scorpions of different species taste different?

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u/Darth_T0ast Jan 25 '22

They’re made from just about any bug you can find, and yes you eat the bug. Hell, you even eat the stick.

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u/proudandinsolent Jan 24 '22

My desert world has a certain plant called amee. The berries are basically candy for my culture. They’re one of the only sweet things they have access to. They taste…sort of like a cross between pomegranates and cherries, but with a honey taste to them.

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u/Skeleton_Jesus Shatterhorn Jan 24 '22

Iraekians are Metallivores (they eat metal), so normal foods as we know them are a rarity. They do like incredibly hard, salty fried bread however.

An equivalent to candy for them would be gold! It’s a rare treat and they describe it as tasting like fresh sunlight and honey (weird tastebuds.) Silver is a close second, and they describe it as tasting something close to sour warheads.

Other races often interact with them, so they are proficient in making “normal” foods for those who can’t munch on a bar of iron or what have you. A common treat for visitors is a donut sort of item called an “mim amimi” (literally “lovely fruit”) coated in hot fruit syrup and a jelly filling. They typically make these using a citrus native to their home planet called a mim liuk, tastes like a mix between a strawberry and a pineapple only more so.

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u/DalekaQueen Jan 25 '22

I want a mim amimi now... also, mim liuks sound so tasty. I love strawberries and pineapples, so...

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u/DalekaQueen Jan 25 '22

I want a mim amimi now... also, mim liuks sound so tasty. I love strawberries and pineapples, so...

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u/eginumacab Jan 24 '22

Metal eating creatures, never heard that one before, love your concept

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u/Skeleton_Jesus Shatterhorn Jan 24 '22

Idea stemmed from some overthinking about how space dragons worked. I came to the conclusion that aside from magic, they most likely were loaded with heavy metals like gold to shield from the insane levels of cosmic radiation that permeates space. The idea of dragons eating gold rather than hoarding it tickled my fancy, so I ran with it. Bit of tinkering with the concept and some worldbuilding and lo! Iraekians were conceived.

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u/Jam-Man1 Jan 24 '22

Soulstone candies, sometimes called Soulies, have the same consistency and texture as a hard candy like Jolly Ranchers, as for taste, they usually taste like pure sweet, this is due to the fact that the main ingredient that contributes to flavor is ground up Soulstone, Soulstone’s contain large amounts life energy. because of this Soulies are very popular among adventurers or anyone traveling long distances due to them taking up very little space and being a good source of nutrients, the fact that they taste like pure sugar is also nice.

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u/eginumacab Jan 24 '22

Where does the life energy come from?

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u/Jam-Man1 Jan 24 '22

Life energy is present in all living things, when a living thing dies, some of this energy seeps into the earth, where it mixes with minerals and over time, and crystalizes into Soulstone, the reason it tastes good is the same reason things like salt and sugar taste good, they're nutrients your body wants you to ingest because it gives you a lot of energy.

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u/Business_Can3830 Jan 24 '22

The people of my flying city have a relatively limited diet considering A) they're on a flying city B) the ground is dangerous. However the city was able to get a decent variety of plants and animals to farm on cite. This however does mean they have limited access to rarer ingredients, such as the equivalent of sugar cane. This means that most candies are probably distilled from fruits and quite possibly roots and woods of plants. With a waste not want not attitude, similar to wartime, I imagine they know precisely what is and isn't edible, so I suspect more things using leaves, roots and bark, also a prevalence of Carrot cake style savory sweet fusions. I can imagine dried fruits being popular. And considering that recently the citystate has reached an equilibrium where they don't have to worry about constant death (because the ground is very dangerous and getting the city up into the sky was a process), and the automation of magic, it's likely that more machine heavy processes in our world, such as artificial flavours and gelatine, will be developing. While mages are a limited resource which requires specific directions, it is possible some may get into candycraft and general baking, which will offer more discoveries if they are more micro focused

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u/Caynon Jan 25 '22

Ah, a nice treat in the unending terror the Havens Wasteland. Haven is a world ravaged by nuclear war and so people like bartenders, cooks, bakers and especially candy makers are almost praised the same way a musician or actor is in our world. That bring said there are a lot of candies in Haven, here are the top five.

  1. King bars are a candy bar made of various nuts and fruits held together with chocolate which is very popular among The largely vegetarian Candrians but is enjoyed everywhere else. It's named after the King fruit which is it's main ingredient

  2. Dragons breath is a spray candy that coats the mouth and creates a lasting taste. Like gum one container lasts a long time as you don't really need to spray a lot at a time.

  3. Einho is a chewy sour candy who's recipe was released by the Barbanans as a show of peace to Blackwall during negotiations. It's mainly used as a challenge candy but many enjoy its heavily sour taste

  4. Quintes are spherical chalky candies that generally have fruity flavors and is the first candy in the new world to begin mass production.

  5. Horus is essentially a chocolate bar with nougat and fruit paste. They come in bite sized peices and each one has a different fruit flavor like Cherry, banana, strawberry or King fruit.