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What’s in a Name?

The name of the month of June finds its heritage in the Roman goddess Juno, the principle goddess of the Roman Pantheon. She symbolizes marriage and the well-being of women. The Roman word itself began as Juno, then transformed to the Latin word Junius, and from there became Juin in Old French, on to Jun in Middle English, where now we presently understand it as June.

Ah June, National Candy Month

Yes, it’s true; and no, it’s not April 1 st. As if we don’t already suffer from a near-constant barrage of sugar-packed holidays, here comes yet another reason to “treat yourself” – whether that be to the fifth helping of your favorite sweet treat, or more likely, another trip to the gym in a vain attempt to work off what you just indulged in.

Does June have what it takes to live up to it’s “National Candy Month” moniker? Only one answer seems appropriate: “Why not?” It’s the beginning of summer, after all – a time for romance, a chance to loosen up a bit, relax, go on vacation, or even go pen the next great American novel. Surely candy has a place here?

See below for some candy history and candy-licious links:

The science of candy-making @

Everything you ever wanted to know about candy @

Play fun online games and learn all about Mr. Wonka @

A Brief History of Candy

Humanity has enjoyed sweet candy confections for thousands of years. The idea of a sweet treat was likely first invented by cavemen who ate honey from bee hives. Halvah, a sesame seed/honey type of candy, is known to be one of the earliest recorded candies made. It dates as far back as the year 3000 B.C.. During ancient times the Egyptians, Arabs, and Chinese prepared confections of fruit and nuts candied in honey.

In Europe, during the Middle Ages, the high cost of sugar made candy a delicacy available only to the wealthy. Boiled sugar candies were enjoyed in the 17 th century in England and in the American colonies.

Chocolate, as a drink, was a favorite of Montezuma, Emperor of the Aztecs. Hernando Cortez, the Spanish conquistador, brought the drink back to Spain in 1529. It remained a favorite of the Spanish royalty for many years before becoming consumed widely throughout Europe. Three centuries later chocolate was first used as a non-liquid confection in England.

Sweet-making developed into a viable industry during the early 19 th century through the discovery of sugar beet juice and the advance of mechanical appliances. Homemade hard candies, such as peppermints and lemon drops became popular in America during that time. By the mid-1800s, over 380 American factories were producing candy — primarily “penny candy,” which was sold loose from glass cases in general stores.

At the turn of the 20 th century one could purchase ready-made candies such as Cracker Jacks, Hershey’s Milk Chocolate Bars, Tootsie Rolls, and more. According to the 1900 U.S. Census approximately 31,242 people were engaged in the business of candy.

The making of candy is quite simple. It is nothing more than dissolved sugar in water. Differing levels of applied heat determine the various types of candy: hot temperatures make hard candy, medium heat produces soft candy, and cool temperatures result in chewy candy.

iSucceed Staff Favorite Candies

In an odd moment of self-reflection, the iSucceed staff was asked to ponder their favorite candy. Results from this rigorous and exhaustive survey yielded the following results:

  • The “Kit Kat” bar, indubitably.
  • The infamous “100Grand” and “Whatchamacallit” candy bars.
  • Mocha Truffles, for those coffee lovers who enjoy dabbling in the more elegant side of confectionaries.

June Recipe – Homemade Lollipops

Click the link below to see a recipe on how to make your very own Homemade Lollipops!

June's Flower – The Rose

One of the earliest flowers known to man, the rose symbolizes love, beauty, passion and perfection. The botanical name, “ Rosa”, comes from the Latin word meaning red. Nebuchadnezzar used roses to decorate his palace. They were also grown for perfume oil in Persia, while the Greeks associated roses with the blood of Aphrodite's beloved Adonis.

  • The Red Rose symbolizes Love
  • The White Rose symbolizes Worth, Innocence and Secrecy
  • The Pink Rose symbolizes Elegance, Grace, and Frivolity
  • The Yellow Rose symbolizes Friendship and Joy
  • The Peach Rose symbolizes Desire and Excitement

iSucceed Staff Favorite Roses


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June’s Birthstone - Alexandrite

The gemstone Alexandrite is the color changing variety of the mineral Chrysoberyl. Its color varies from red to green depending upon the light source. The gemstone is named for the former czar of Russia, Alexander II, and was first discovered in the Ural Mountains of Russia, supposedly on the day of his birth.

The element Chromium gives Alexandrite its color. In most minerals, a trace element like Chromium would provide only one color to the mineral, but Alexandrite has two!

A June Poem

“June, Au Contraire!”

Everything not carved speaks an unknown tongue
of earthen ocher bone and pillars, wooden waving

Everything not hard bellows a smoky chuckle
of fiery crackling uproar and sparks, windy wafting

Everything not steeled laughs a mistral stream
of liquid blue run and emeralds, water winding

Everything not chiseled whispers an icy breath
of cloudy quiet chill and mists, woeful weeping

Everything not angled sings a spirit rhapsody
of ancient magic chant and night, wondrous waking

She is everything he is not, and so he lingers…
never leaving, but always away

Caught by thoughts of go and stay.

-J.R. Szolomayer


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