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True Treats Candy Hosts Free Historic Water Tasting

 From Sparkling to Spring the Waters are Unique

Includes Candy and Soda Samples – Event Followed by an Old Time Movie


Contact Person: Lucile Allen

(304) 461-4714 –

Harpers Ferry, WV (April 12, 2018): On April 21st a surprising culinary treat will be available to all at True Treats Historic Candy’s theater: an historic water tasting. Yes – water. In this free taste-bud opening experience, the public will sample over 20 kinds of water from numerous time periods and categories from the first in the nation through today’s municipal, spring-fed, and sparkling water, with descriptions of them all.

According to True Treats Candy founder, Susan Benjamin, the event is part of Harpers Ferry’s Earth Day WaterFaire which celebrates the area’s river heritage. True Treats decided to join in from a culinary perspective, inspired by Berkeley Springs West Virginia’s international water competition, where Ms. Benjamin was a judge. She said: “Each water sample has its own distinct characteristics that reveal so much about our history and what drinking water has become today.”

The water tasting will give visitors the opportunity to vote on each selection – the winner will be announced through the media, on the True Treats Web site, and through e-mails to interested participants. In addition, the event will include:

Samples of hard candies, formally known as “boiled sugars,” made with a water base, and related treats;

  • Samples of ginger beer, sarsaparilla and other old time favorites;
  • A lottery with an historic prize for the winner;
  • Displays of historic water jugs and glasses from the 1700s-mid-1900s; and
  • Post-tasting old-time movies

Tickets, Times, and Parking

The tasting is from 2:00-5:00 and the movie runs from 5:30-7:00. True Treats will provide visitors with a list of local restaurants who will be open for dinner at that time. Tickets for the movie are free but advance tickets to guarantee a seat should be secured at True Treats Historic Candy at 144 High Street, Harpers Ferry lower level. More information will be posted on the True Treats Web site – and Facebook page or by calling (304) 461-4714. The theater is located in the rear of True Treats Candy store. Visitors concerned about parking can call and we’ll tell them where to go.


About True Treats Historic Candy

True Treats Historic Candy, the nation’s only research-based candy company, was listed by Food Network Magazine, and Holiday Lettings, Trip Advisor’s international arm, as one of the nation’s top 50 “Sweet Spots.” The company and founder Susan Benjamin have been featured on NPR, Fox News, NBC News, Voice of America, ABC News Hour Radio,, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Vice/, the Arizona Republic, the Sacramento Bee, Woman’s Day, Bon Appetit, and others. Ms. Benjamin also takes the company on the road, giving talks and tastings at museums, historical societies and other venues such as New York’s Mount Vernon Gardens and Hotel, which the New York Times cited as one of the top five events of the weekend.  Ms. Benjamin’s tenth book, “Sweet as Sin: The Unwrapped Story of How Candy Became America’s Favorite Pleasure” (Prometheus, 2016) made the Smithsonian’s “Best of Books about Food for 2016.”

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